The ecologically virtuous approach to gift giving is to buy nothing at all. But that probably won’t go over well with friends and relatives, who might equate your principled stance with Ebenezer Scrooge. So let everyone decide on their own whether to plant a tree or microfinance a business, and give one of these way-more-fun options that do minimal damage to the planet while sustaining the holiday spirit of rampant consumption.BL
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