YES! Magazine’s Green Holiday Gift Guide

Our guide to gifts that are thoughtful, fun, creative, and sustainable: Including tips, how-tos, books, and more for earth-friendly celebrating this year and beyond.
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Make it Green

Gift Bow

Tutorial: How to Make the YES! Greenest Gift Bow
Former YES! interns Kim Nochi and Jon Sayer show you how to make the Greenest Gift Bow in this YES! But How? video.


Make Your Own Kombucha
Our readers from Coyote Ridge Farms share their Kombucha recipe. 

Fabric Gift Bag

DIY Homemade Gift Bag
Why not avoid wrapping paper and make your own gift bags?

Gift Bag

Gift(bag) Your Calendar
In this video, former YES! intern Alyssa Johnson demonstrates a few easy steps for turning your old calendars into holiday gift bags. 

DIY Envelope

Eco-Mail: Reuse Envelopes 
Sending holiday cards? Send your greetings green!

Paula With Napkins

Easy-to-Sew Reusable Napkins
Create simple napkins worthy of company from fabric scraps around the house.

Give Green

Intern Christmas Party

YES! Picks: Green Gift Ideas
A holiday guide to thoughtful gifts that will get you on the nice list, from the YES! staff.

Christmas Bulb

Green Gift Ideas from our Facebook Friends
We asked our followers on Facebook: How are you giving green this holiday season?

Colin Beavan and Family

Christmas With No Presents?
"No Impact Man" Colin Beaven suspected the holidays would be just as merry without all the stuff.

Advent Holidays

Advent Conspiracy - Christmas Can Still Change the World
Advent Conspiracy proposes that people buy less and give more--of their time and love.

Christmas Market

Meaningful Holiday Season
Tips for meaningful gift-giving.

Unstuff the Holidays

Let's Unstuff the Holidays
YES! Executive Director Fran Korten longed for simpler surroundings and made a resolution to move more stuff out of the house than came in.

Celebrate Green

Holiday Manicure

Get Polished, Sustainably
Natural alternatives to a holiday party manicure.

Menorah lights

Light in Dark Times
Rabbi Ted Falcon on finding hope during the holidays.

Shannon Hayes Holidays

Reclaiming Christmas, Radical Homemaker Style
YES! Blogger Shannon Hayes asks: Can you take on consumerism without being a Scrooge?

Live Green 

Family Holidays

To Build Community, An Economy of Gifts
For a multitude of reasons, we need to need each other.

Snow Angel

Happy Holidays? 6 Ways to Get There
Research-tested strategies for feeling the joy of the holiday season.

Salvation Army Holidays

Have Yourself a Commons Holiday
The holidays can be a time to expand the idea of family and take a step in the direction of commoning.

Shop Green at the YES! Store

Crowfoot poster with new banner

Poster: Chief Crowfoot Quote
Features a quote from Blackfoot Chief Crowfoot, paired with a photo of massed fireflies after a summer thunderstorm. Part of our new set of posters inspired by the Winter 2013 issue.


Bidder 70 with new banner

Bidder 70 DVD
BIDDER 70 centers on an extraordinary, ingenious and effective act of civil disobedience committed by University of Utah economics student Tim DeChristopher in the name of climate justice.

Chico bag with new banner

YES! ChicoBag
Support the switch to reusable bags, and tell the world about YES! while you're at it.

Forks Over Knives

Forks Over Knives: The Cookbook
If you want to lose weight, lower your cholesterol, and prevent (or even reverse) chronic conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes, the right food is your best medicine. If you?re ready to try cutting meat, dairy, and oils from your diet, this cookbook is for you.

Radical Homemakers

Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture
Shannon Hayes' book on celebrating a lifestyle where the pressures of a consumer culture are cast aside.

Urban Homesteading

Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living
This book provides an inspirational how-to and why-to for the urban homesteading movement.


Carbon Free Poster

Poster: Get Carbon-Free
Beyond Lightbulbs: How to Get Carbon-Free in 10 Years

Wendell Berry Poster

Poster: Wendell Berry's 17 Rules for a Sustainable Community
This poster shows what a thriving community is made of. 

Less is More Poster

Poster: Less Is More: 5 Steps
to Redefine Making a Living

Nourish your spirit, put your money where your values are, build relationships, and more.

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