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Consider green gifts this season

Give the gift of nature this season!


What do you give to that person who has everything? How about the gift of nature
Local conservation foundation encourages you to consider green gifts as alternative in 2023 during gift-giving season

Looking for alternative gift ideas this holiday season? Consider ‘green gifts’ such as donation to trails, Pedestrian Walkway at Bayfield River Flats, conservation education, tree planting or habitat

Are you struggling to find gift ideas for your loved ones as the holiday season nears? A local charity asks you to consider ‘green’ gifts in 2023. 

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) offers a number of gift ideas. These ‘alternative gifts’ range from certificates for donations to trails or conservation areas, conservation education, wetlands as habitat for turtles, a new Pedestrian Walkway at Bayfield River Flats, tree planting or another conservation program of your choice. You could buy someone a certificate for a snowshoe rental or you could donate to the South Huron Trail Mobile. There are lots of programs that can benefit from your support.

A present doesn’t have to have wrapping paper, bows, and ribbons to be a gift, according to the Conservation Foundation. Anyone purchasing a ‘gift to nature’ receives a gift certificate (your choice of paper or email) they can give to the present’s recipient. In the case of donations, the purchaser can receive a charitable gift receipt for income tax purposes.   

Dave Frayne is Chair of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation. He said giving certificates or donations is thinking ‘outside of the box.’ 

“If you are looking for something different to give as a present this year, consider the gift of nature, the gift of community,” he said. “We have a number of green gift ideas to suit the person receiving the gift.” 

Another benefit of ecological gifts, according to the Conservation Foundation, is there’s no need to use a lot of wrapping paper or tape when you give one of these presents. This reduces waste. “People appreciate knowing that the gift they receive is making a difference to their community,” he said.

Donating to this registered Canadian charity before the end of the 2023 calendar year may provide benefits at tax time. Donations of more than $20 are eligible to receive a charitable gift receipt for income tax purposes. To donate now, or to order one of these special ‘gifts of nature’ and ‘gifts to your community,’ you may email or call 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610. 

You may also visit the Conservation Foundation web page to learn more.

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