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Thinking Outside the Holiday Gift Box: A Baker's Dozen Unique Ideas

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Whether you are celebrating 12 days of Christmas, 8 days of Chanukah or 7 days of Kwanza, here's a baker's dozen artsy ideas to solve your gift-giving dilemmas for quirky friends and relatives!

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1. Make Mine Green

Spend your green on recycled art greeting cards from the Greenhouse School.   Give unique, elegant note cards and gifts, and help out some creative school kids and the environment at the same time.

An exciting recycled art program helps to provide much-needed income for the progressive Greenhouse School in the greater Boston area.   The kids use recycled waste paper, construction paper and other donated scraps to make handmade paper from which they create stunning greeting cards and envelopes, bookmarks, miniature gift bags, ornaments, gift tags, and even wrappers for another of their projects - handmade soaps! Charming new versions of their holiday cards use repurposed tissue paper overlays for a stained glass look.

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Buy their items or simply consider donating to this cutting edge school that provides a spectacular education to many underprivileged kids. It's a win-win investment in society as well as the opportunity to buy unique gifts.

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The school is run by OEN contributor Daniel Patrick Welch and his wife Julia Nambalirwa-Lugudde. All proceeds benefit The Greenhouse School.

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2. Be A Joy Magnet!

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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