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Some tips for a nice Green Christmas for our readers in Hungary...

If you're looking for some gifts that make a difference in the world, then these suggestions from Dan at Treehugger Dan's are well worth checking out.

  • Give a certificate saying "no gift necessary"
  • Rent a reusable live Christmas tree from Oazis Garden Center
  • Jug-style water filter
  • Energy-efficient light bulbs
  • Extension cords with master/slave switches
  • Organic Fair Trade chocolate! www.treehuggerdans.com
  • Give an organic vegetable box from an organic farm like the Open Garden Foundation or Satyor 
  • Make a book of tickets for your loved-one with "services" you can render: erotic massage, a movie, romantic dinner at restaurant of his/her choice, walk in the woods, baby sitting...
  • Reusable textile bags or woven shopping baskets
  • Buy gifts without batteries (like a self-winding watch) or with rechargeable batteries
  • Rechargeable batteries with charger
  • For bigger purchases, make sure the goods are rates A+ in both water and energy conservation; or a vacuum with a reusable bag
  • Insulate their windows for them and help them save 15-20% on their heating bills through Okoszolgalat (Ecoservice). You can cheaply rent a machine from this NGO that cuts grooves in your wooden windows for the insulation strips. The machine (marogep) rental costs 6000 huf for 3.5 days, 10000 huf deposit. Insulation costs 180 huf/meter. 1051 Budapest, Nádor u. 34. Fsz. 2, Tel: 06 1 311 7855, 06 20 519 80 81, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Open M-Th 8-17, F 8-15. Available from several NGOs in other Hungarian cities - see list on website.
  • Get something repaired for them, like a leaking tap, trousers, DVD player...
  • A hiking map or bicycle map for the Buda Hills, Pilis, Aggtelek, Balaton...
  • Oázis Garden Center offers potted deposit-return Christmas trees. Trees may be returned between January 2-8 to the same place with the original receipt. Customers receive credit at any Oaszis Garden Center equal to 50% of the tree cost. The trees cost between 4000-7000 Huf.
  • A bike
  • Monthly or annual public transport ticket

Some shops worth checking out as well:

Greff Elektronika (V. ker, Bank u. 1, M-F 8-17, tel: 332-8083) for electronic goods.

Shoe repair with the old lady in the courtyard of Izabella u. 73 or 75, "Cipesz" (ground floor across the courtyard).

At 1067 Csengery u. 36, there is Magda Szabo, a nice, quick tailor/seamstress who is often open late for emergency repairs. Tel: 1-342-6594

There is also good zipper repair near Ferenciek tere in the courtyard by the church (czipzar).


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