Giving someone a great gift they’ll really treasure doesn’t mean dropping a ton of cash. Sometimes the best gift you can give a friend or loved one is something much less tangible: your time. This year skip the store-bought gifts and give your loved ones a little bit of your time instead. We’ve come up with 11 lovely ideas that are sure to yield plenty of love and memories this holiday season. From cooking them their favorite meal to hosting a movie night featuring all of their favorite flicks, read on for our favorite gifts of time.
Gardening is a wonderful pastime that can soothe the soul and nourish the body all in one go. From vegetables to culinary herbs, flowers, or even cacti, plants make every living space a little bit brighter, and those who take up gardening rarely ever quit. To pamper your green-thumbed loved ones, check out our list of 14 gifts for budding botanistshere.
All those cardboard boxes you receive during the holiday season can be easily upcycled into a fun, architectural Christmas decoration! this project is easy to make with kids (if you help out with the sharp cutting tools!), or even at the office. Follow our easy tutorial to design your own custom village scene, with little houses, churches, or even skyscrapers. We've also included instructions on how to create adorable tiny Christmas trees from cardboard to create a forest around your village. Next time you receive a shipment in the mail, save the box and read on.
China is the world's second largest market for LEED green building activity, but the sustainable architecture movement is still limited by local developers' preference for fast and cheap construction. However the newly minted net-zero Glumac Shanghai office could change that mentality in a big way. Developed by Gensler in collaboration with Shimizu, GIGA, and Glumac over the course of a year, the Shanghai office boasts a stunning array of high-tech sustainable features and is China's first LEED v4 Platinum certified building. It's also designed to become the first building to achieve Living Building Challenge certification in Asia. Click through to learn how one of Shanghai's healthiest offices is paving the way to a greener future in China.
Don’t know what to do with last year’s colorful Christmas cards? By following our easy tutorial, you can create festive garlands that you can use to decorate your home, Christmas tree, and gifts. Read on to learn how you can create two sizes of garlands from recycled materials. All you need is some string, scissors, and a stack of old holiday cards!
With the ubiquity of smartphone technology and tablets, there’s really a little bit of gadget geek in every person on your holiday gift shopping list. Whether your loved ones’ wider interests lie in music, photography, gardening or cycling, we’ve got you covered for green gadget gift ideas for the upcoming season. From a reusable cardboard smartphone amplifier at just $10 – perfect for the office Secret Santa or hard-to-buy-for teenagers – to a splurge on an electric bicycle that will knock somebody’s socks off, there’s something on the list for every budget too. Click through to see them all.