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Christmas Gifts That Keep Giving

By Fredrica Syren:

I hate going shopping around the Christmas holiday. There is always lots of traffic, no parking spots, crowded malls — and you spend too much money. Since we try to live a simpler life with fewer belongings, I also try to be creative when it comes to gifts. And I really love giving gifts that keep on giving: I’m talking about donating money to charity as a gift. Naturally, I do not do this for kids because I think that’s a bit of an advanced concept for them — but for friends and family, you bet.  

 I for one think it’s very nice to give a Christmas gift that can help others instead of worrying about buying the perfect gift for someone. Now, if this donation also helps save the planet, it’s a win-win in my book. 

 Here are my favorite charities to donate money to this holiday season:

 The Environmental Defense Fund—Their mission is clean air and water,abundant of fish and wildlife, and a stable climate. They work to protectnature and help people thrive.

 Rainforest Action Network– By transforming the global marketplace through education, grassroots organizing and nonviolent direct action, the Rainforest Action Network campaigns for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life.

 The Nature ConservatoryThe Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.

 Beyond PesticidesBeyond Pesticides seeks to protect healthy air, water, land and food for future generations and ourselves. By forging ties with governments, nonprofits and people who rely on these natural resources, we reduce the need for unnecessary pesticide use, and we protect public health and the environment.

 Ocean ConservatoryIts vision is a healthy ocean that sustains life on our planet. They envision a world where we all work together to keep the ocean and our coastal communities healthy and prosperous.

Coral Reef AllianceThe Coral Reef Alliance protects our most valuable and threatened ecosystem. They lead holistic conservation programs that improve coral reef health and resilience and are replicated across the globe.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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