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I don’t know about you, but this year I don’t want to saddle my kids with all sorts of large purchases that they need to fit in the car for the trip home from our holiday celebrations. Plus, it’s the green thing to do. So with this in mind, I’m focused on giving gifts of experiences instead.
Here are my top last-minute gift ideas:
For the Home-Improver:
Why this is on my list: My father made furniture, worked on home renovations, and fixed things with just two toolboxes and a workbench. Over the years I’ve carefully assembled my own tools, ranging from traditional, tried-and-true tools to the latest innovations. There’s nothing like the satisfaction of creating something yourself, with your own hands, whether it’s a simple DIY project or your actual trade.
For the History or Architectural Buff:
Why this is on my list: Buildings, especially homes, are my life’s work. I’ve studied architecture and had my own remodeling and design business. Old houses have a lot to teach us about the people who built them, lived there, and were part of a given community. They offer us a glimpse of history that helps explain how we’ve come to live how we do.
For the Museum-goer:
For the Community Builder:
Why this is on my list: I’ve been actively involved with Habitat for Humanity and helped them blitz build a house in Yonkers, NY, which we put on TV.
Watch my Building Green video on building a Habitat for Humanity affordable green apartment building with the help of volunteers.
For the Preservationist:
Why this is on my list: In the last five years I’ve been helping out with the restoration of Ernest Hemingway’s home and collections at Finca Vigía near Havana, Cuba. This place was his home from 1939 until his death and he left it to the Cuban people to be run as a museum. This project has allowed me to visit my parents’ homeland several times.
For the Eco-Minded and Lover of Nature:
Why this is on my list: The National Park Service safeguards critical parts of America’s history – from 84,000,000 acres of land to 85,049 miles of perennial rivers and streams to 27,000 historic structures to 582 national natural landmarks, and the list goes on.
Why these are on my list: With our planet in peril, global warming, resource depletion, and pollution, nothing is more important than going green.