Give Green. Shop Local. 2021.
Updated November 2021
This list of suggestions for a greener holiday was originally compiled by members of the 2011 Davis Climate Action Team and concerned citizens who still want to live more responsibly. It has been updated this year by one of our newest volunteers. We all remind you to give a gift to your loved ones that’s also a gift to the planet.
Download a color-free PDF of the guide
What a relief not to face traffic and crowds in unfamiliar shopping malls. Limit yourself to friendly Davis and Yolo County for your gift shopping this year. Reduce stress, lower your carbon footprint, and help the local economy.
Give a gift from a downtown Davis retailer: https://davisdowntown.com/retail/
Lunch or dine at a locally owned eatery: https://davisdowntown.com/dining/
Find more local spots at DavisWiki (a bit out of date-give the gift of updates!): http://www.daviswiki.org
Patronize a Davis Chamber of Commerce member business: http://www.davischamber.com/search
Give a subscription to a local news source: https://www.davisenterprise.com/
Give a handmade or recycled gift
Nothing is more touching than something made especially for you by hand. Challenge yourself to use local and recycled materials in your crafts. There’s no end to what you can create.
Give a gift of a food basket
Give a gift of homemade food including mixes, bread, jams and meal coupons
Give a gift of dress up clothes from the thrift store
Give a gift of handmade jewelry
Give a gift of homemade craft items (candles, holiday cards, quilts, wreaths)
Give a gift of coupons (babysitting, gardening, making dinner)
Give a gift of a homemade book of memories, family history, or an original story
Give a gift of recorded bedtime stories
Give a gift of music
Give a gift from a thrift store
Give a book from the Friends of the Library book sale https://davislibraryfriends.org/
Give a gift of cloth bags for vegetables at the grocery and in the refrigerator
Give a gift of homemade wrapping papers and gift bags
Give the gift of sustainable living
Many folks appreciate a practical gift that also helps Mother Earth. Why not go the next step—shop locally and buy products that save energy and promote healthy living?
Energy and Water Efficiency
Give the gift of a light bulb – LED bulbs (save up to 77% of energy)
Give a gift of LED holiday lights with timers (save up to 25% in electricity costs)
Give a gift of Smart power strips (reducing “phantom load” saves 10% or more of home electricity consumption)
Give a gift of motion sensor lights
Give a book on energy efficiency
Give a cell-phone solar charger
Give a solar cooker http://www.solarcookers.org/
Give a clothesline with clothes pins or a drying rack
Give a gift of duct sealing or insulation
Give a gift of natural light with a solar tubular skylight
Give a gift of a composter, rain barrel, or worm bin
Give shade or food-producing trees or drought tolerant plants from Redwood Barn Nursery http://redwoodbarn.com/
Or if you want to give a bigger ticket item, consider: an efficient and electric heating, ventilation, and cooling system, electric water heater, high efficiency windows, a solar thermal water heating system, a solar photovoltaic system, or a whole house fan.
Give low-carbon transportation
Give a gift of a bus pass https://unitrans.ucdavis.edu/fares/
Give a bike tune up
Give a bicycle or accessories like lights, panniers, or a helmet
Give an e-bike
For a bigger ticket item, give the gift of an electric vehicle!
Give locally grown and locally made products
Find fresh and unique gifts that also save you time and fuel. Don’t miss out on these special products.
Give a gift from a local vendor at the Davis Farmer’s Market: www.davisfarmersmarket.org
Give a subscription to local CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture): https://www.localharvest.org/woodland-ca/csa
Give a gift from the Davis Craft & Vintage fair (most Sundays): www.daviscraftandvintage.org
Give a work of art (local or not) from
- The Artery: http://theartery.net/
- Pence Art Gallery https://pencegallery.org
- Davis Arts Center Holiday Sale (stay posted): www.davisartscenter.org
Give a local experience
We all get busy with our lives, but the gifts below help us slow down and enjoy quality time together. The hardest part will be deciding which activity to give—this list is just the beginning of many local possibilities.
Give a membership to a museum like Explorit Science Center: www.explorit.org/membership
Give a night on the town
- Try a vegan meal (this list also needs updates, anyone?) http://coolcuisine.net/cool-restaurants-davis/
- UC Davis Theatre and Dance: https://arts.ucdavis.edu/performances
- John Natsoulas Center for the Arts: https://natsoulas.com
- UC Davis Music Department: http://music.ucdavis.edu/events
Give a play, class, or event
- Davis Arts Center (stay posted): http://www.davisartscenter.org/education/class-information
- Davis Musical Theatre Company: http://www.dmtc.org/
- Mondavi Center: http://www.mondaviarts.org/
- Acme Theatre Company: http://www.acmetheatre.net/
- Give a ticket to a Chamber Music Society of Sacramento – Davis concert: www.cmssacto.org
Give the gift of a movie ticket to a local independent theatre: email@example.com
Give an adventure at Outdoor Adventures: https://campusrecreation.ucdavis.edu/outdoor-adventures
Give a class at the UC Davis Craft Center: https://campusrecreation.ucdavis.edu/craft-center
Give a cooking class: www.davisfood.coop/events
Give a spa, beauty treatment, or massage
Give fitness and friendship
Give a climb at Rocknasium: http://www.rocknasium.com
Give a tennis racquet and balls with a link to the Davis Tennis Club: www.davistennisclub.org
Give a pickleball set and link to events at www.davispickleball.rocks
Give a nature outing (free or paid)
Give a Tuleyome hike: http://www.tuleyome.org/events/
Give your own special hike with a picnic: http://yolohiker.org/
Give a bird watching experience: http://www.yoloaudubon.org/
Support a local non-profit
Local non-profits need your help like never before. Plus, many folks don’t want more “things” to clutter their homes, so a gift that helps others is perfect. Match your gift to the interests of the recipient.
Peruse Yolo County non-profits: www.yolocf.org/yolo-county-nonprofits/
Give to independent local media with Davis Media Access: https://davismedia.org/content/growing-community-time-crisis
Give to care for our cooling canopy: https://www.treedavis.org/
Give to spread the love of biking with The Bike Campaign: https://www.thebikecampaign.com/
Make your support go farther with Bike Davis: https://www.bikedavis.us/take-action/
Give to a local treasure with the UC Davis Arboretum: https://arboretum.ucdavis.edu/donate
Give to families in need at STEAC: http://steac.org/
Give to those in need at Yolo Food Bank: http://www.foodbankyc.org/
Give a gift to help women and children: www.empoweryolo.org
Build community health at CommuniCare Health Centers: https://communicarehc.org/
Give a gift to Davis Schools: www.davisschoolsfoundation.org
Give to global understanding with International House: http://www.internationalhousedavis.org/
Give to the wildlife refuge at Yolo Basin Foundation: http://www.yolobasin.org/
Give to a healthy creek at the Putah Creek Council: http://www.putahcreekcouncil.org/
Give to protecting the wild heritage of Yolo County: www.tuleyome.org/
Give a gift to support the work of Cool Davis: www.cooldavis.org/donate-now
Most importantly, give the gift of love, compassion, and simple undivided attention.
Happy Holidays! Happy Planet!
The Cool Davis Climate Movie Circle will screen online #InvisibleHandFilm Dec 11th at 1:30pm with follow up discussion online Dec 12 6-8pm. Register now! https://www.cooldavis.org/civicrm/event/register/?reset=1&id=188 #davisca #invisiblehandfilm #eventsindavis #daviscalifornia More info: https://www.cooldavis.org/2022/12/06/december-climate-movie-circle-the-invisible-hand-online/
City of Davis City Council Meeting set for tonight, Tuesday Dec 6th between 6pm-11pm. Climate Action and Adapation Plan Item #8 PLANNED START 8:10PM.
Livestream LINK online at: Click video next to Dec 6 https://cityofdavis.org/city-hall/city-council/city-council-meetings/meeting-videos