Stat: According to the Use Less Stuff Report, Americans throw away 25 percent more trash during the period between Thanksgiving and New Year's than any other time of the year. This amounts to an extra million tons of waste being generated nationwide each week.

Here are some simple gift ideas from the New American Dream on how to REDUCE WASTE GENERATION:

1) Give the gift of time -
Examples: Babysitting, A month of cleaning the cat box or other household chores

2) Homemade gifts -
Examples: Baked goods, photo collage, plant clippings. Make a rope swing, wooden blocks or a sandbox for a child. An emergency car kit

3) Gifts of experience -
Examples: Teach someone how to knit, play a sport, speak a new language, swing dance, change their oil, roller skate, take photos, etc.

4) Donate gifts to charity - This year consider giving gifts of charity that help the lives of those less privileged.

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