The holidays are a season of excess, but by making some key changes, you don’t have to give up any joy to have a great time and feel good about your habits. Sustainable Gift Guide. Experiences rather than things are a great option – especially for those who already seem to have it all. If you opt for consumable items, consider homemade vs. store-bought. Also, look for durable, energy-efficient, goods, gifts that give back, and items that can be recycled or composted at their end of life. Choose email receipts, items with minimal packaging, and opt out of free gifts with purchase.