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Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas: Last-Minute, Eco-Friendly Guide (PHOTOS)


First Posted: 12/24/11 02:23 AM ET Updated: 12/24/11 09:52 AM ET

It's that time -- forget paying normal shipping fees for Christmas presents, overnight delivery isn't even an option at this point, and some stores have already shut down for the holiday. What's a last-minute shopper to do?

Embrace the green, material-free, DIY options that are also conveniently suitable for anyone cutting it down to the wire with gifts this year.

According to RecycleWorks, an additional 1 million tons of waste are produced each week over the holiday season, with household waste rising by over 25%.

In the spirit of recycling and reusing, we're spiffing up some of our favorite suggestions from years past and sprinkling in a few newbies to deliver you our top suggestions for a (relatively) material-free, green holiday season. Be sure to also check out this DIY techies guide for more ideas, and read these green energy tips to get you through the holidays and beyond.

Do you have a great last-minute green gift suggestion? Share it with us in the comments below!

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Cut out some cardboard from a box and make your own board game! Be creative, have fun, and create a personalized version of any old favorite. Use recycled paper to make cards and create questions based on family memories. This gift can be homemade, personal and long-lasting.
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