Give the gift of green.

It’s a lovely thing, giving a gift. Whatever the tradition or religion, whatever the source of the custom, there’s no arguing that it’s a lovely thing. However, that lovely thing has been corrupted by our out-of-whack consumer society. No longer is sentiment enough — that sentiment must be expressed through sheer size and shininess.

But hark! There’s another way. Greener items abound, and greener ways of giving do too. And say what you will about our challenging economic times, they may mean we buy less — and, in the process, give more.