I’m a big fan of creative, unique gifts. I’m not a gift giver naturally, but when it has to happen, I like to make them fun to open.
For a wedding, I like to think of practical things that the bride and groom can really use as they build their lives together. My old stand-by is a holiday collection of as many after-season sale items I can fit in a box, like Christmas towels, Easter decorations, Thanksgiving centerpieces, and even gift wrap and notecards. I am nothing if not practical!
If you’ve got a young couple who might appreciate a little “green” gift, here’s today’s contribution to your arsenal: a non-toxic cleaning supplies tub. Buy a big plastic tub on sale and fill it with:
- hydrogen peroxide
- big boxes of baking soda
*See what to do with the three above at my basic natural cleaners post.*
- dollar store spray bottles
- a foaming handsoap dispenser and Dr. Bronner’s Castille Soap or Shaklee H2
- microfiber cloths
- if you’re really green, homemade cloth napkins (find an old tablecloth secondhand)
- Biokleen Dishwasher Detergent is a must for the full package
- depending on your budget, Soap Nuts, Biokleen Bac-Out and oxygen bleach are some of my favorite “not homemade” laundry supplies.
- You’ll want to include a list of how to use everything, found here. If you’re crafty, it’s nice to tape individual instructions for each cleaner onto the bottles for easy refills.
- Of course you’ll want to include Kitchen Stewardship in a footnote on the bottom of the list, so your new friends can be a part of the craziness, too! 🙂 Heh heh heh…..
I’ve only done this once, but the bride was raving and even asked for a digital copy of the instructions to share with her mother.
What are your best creative gift ideas? Could you give a “green” gift to a new young couple? This one works for me!
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