Now that September is here, holidays a plenty are soon arriving. Get ready to green your holiday season, with these top 10 best green holiday books…
2 - I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas: Gifts, Decorations, and Recipes that Use Less and Mean More: This holiday book isn’t perfect, but it is pretty darn great and beautiful to boot. Read my full review.
3 - Naturally Fun Parties for Kids; Creating Handmade, Earth-Friendly Celebrations for All Seasons and Occasions: I’m a little behind, because I’ve been meaning to get a full review up about this AMAZING book. Until then, trust me when I say, this is an excellent guide to greener kid parties for every season and occasion.
4 - How to Plant a Tree: A Simple Celebration of Trees and Tree-Planting Ceremonies: While not holiday specific, this book dives into how you can use trees throughout the seasons to celebrate. Plus, it’s got great tree planting tips. Read my full review.
5 - Glitterville’s Handmade Halloween: A Glittered Guide for Whimsical Crafting!: This is an adorable and whimsical handmade Halloween crafting book. It’s packed with colorful photos plus step-by-step tips about all kinds of Halloween crafts like a Halloween candy garland and cute folk figures. I’m not sure I’d buy this one, unless you’re SUPER into Halloween decor, but I’d for sure suggest you check it out at the library.
6 - Warm Fuzzies: 30 Sweet Felted Projects: If you’re interested in making some sweet homemade holiday gifts AND you’re good with felt, then this book is just what you need. More than 30 cute and colorful projects made from recycled wool sweaters are included. The best part about this craft book is that you get to use reuse sweaters and you don’t have to be a pro knitter to do these projects (thank god).
7 - The Complete Tightwad Gazette: Now, this book is not a holiday or green specific book, but I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve used it. It’s likely one of my most read how-to books and seriously I got it for like $10. SUCH a good deal. There are all sorts of tips in here about how to cook, celebrate, reuse goods and make homemade gifts for the holidays, on a major budget.
8 - EcoBeauty: Scrubs, Rubs, Masks, and Bath Bombs for You and Your Friends: The perfect gift for the holidays may just be non-toxic, greener beauty and body care products, and this book can help you make them. Save money, help the environment and give every pal you have a wonderful green homemade beauty gift this holiday season. Features recipes that use goodies like hemp oil, green tea, soy milk, powdered kelp, goat’s milk and more.
9 - Homespun Gifts from the Heart: More Than 200 Creative Ideas, 250 Gift Tags, & Easy Directions: Many homemade gift guides suck. They’re packed with boring or downright lame ideas that you’d never EVER hand out. However, this book actually has some creative and cool homemade gift ideas (IMO). Not all the projects are green, so I’m trusting you to be creative and green them up, but overall this is a great tip-packed book.
10 - Gourmet Gifts: 100 Delicious Recipes for Every Occasion to Make Yourself and Wrap with Style: If you’re planning on giving food gifts this holiday season, this book is just what you need. With lots and lots of fabulous recipes and awesome tips about perfect food gift containers – some re-purposed. The photos are gorgeous too and the packaging ideas impressive. Note, that this is a better book for already experienced bakers not newbies.
BONUS - Your Money or Your Life: Nothing says holiday season like “consumerism” – well, unless you go another way. I think you do want to cut back this holiday season right? If so, reading this great book can help. Hands down, this is the best book ever about cutting your spending and living better and happier on less. I actually think this should be required college reading, but since it’s not, I’ll just recommend it here. Learn more about cutting back below….
- Common behaviors and problems of kids obsessed with stuff
- Can You Have a $250 Eco-Friendly Christmas?
- Green Consumer Tips for Kids & Teens!
- Ten excellent ways to raise a greedy consumer-driven child
- Parents need to avoid commercialism along with kids
- Commercialism Makes Growing Green Kids Harder