The holidays are all about spending time with family and friends, but we all look forward to opening a gift or two. According to PwC, Canadians plan to spend an average of $1,563 during the upcoming holiday season. Ensure sure your dollars don’t waste away in our landfills by following these green tips for gift buying.

Less is more. When shopping, think quality, not quantity – buy one great gift you know your loved one will cherish instead of multiple items. You can also consider donating to a charity or cause in someone’s name. DIY stocking stuffers and homemade treats are always a hit, so don’t forget to reconnect with your creative side.

Charge up your gifts. When purchasing toys and electronic gifts, why not throw in a pack of rechargeable batteries too? Since you can recharge them over and over, it’s the gift that keeps on giving. This will decrease the number of old batteries that end up in landfills. It’s just as important to encourage your friends and family to recycle their old batteries too. Call2Recycle Canada has more than 8,000 drop-off locations across the country and finding a location near you is as simple as plugging in your postal code on

Create an experience. Holiday gifts tend to be all about the latest and greatest products, but they don’t always need to be. Create memories for your loved ones by purchasing experiences instead of what’s making the trendy list. Experiences such as concert tickets, movie passes or a ski trip are exciting gifts that will never ever end up in a landfill.