Inhabitots on JustMommies: Green Ideas to Make Your Holiday Season Bright

By Inhabitots

Christmas and Hanukkah are just a few days away, and there's plenty of fun to be had preparing for the celebrations. From festive baking and crafting to ideas for last minute gifts and ways to volunteer for the holidays with your family, here are several ways to make your season even brighter.

What do tots love almost as much as Christmas? Helping out in the kitchen! You and your pint-sized chef can bake up a bounty for holiday guests with our delicious vegan recipes for almond cookies and pumpkin chocolate chip muffin cupcakes, which are so easy to make, even a toddler can whip up a batch as evidenced in this beyond-adorable cooking video!

Put the finishing touches on your festivities and keep kids busy and entertained by getting creative with these 7 last minute Christmas crafts. From creating flower ornaments out of toilet paper rolls and decorative cookie houses out of milk cartons, we show you plenty of ways to turn household items into eco-savvy holiday decor.

All shopped out? Here are 5 great ideas for memorable, non store-bought gifts that are sure to ignite the spirit of the season.

Bond as a brood by helping those who are less fortunate. Here are 6 family-friendly green volunteer projects that will cast a charitable light on your holiday season.

There's no need to make a last minute trip the store if you run out of wrapping paper. See our tutorial on how to make recycled holiday gift wrap and tagsfrom materials salvaged from your recycling bin or headed for your trash can! If you're not feeling crafty but still seek a sustainable wrap, try reusableBobo wrapping scarves or Bobo Baby Wraps to make your offerings shine.

Who needs clay when you can sink your teeth into an organic Hanukkah Driedel cake? See how we baked these yummy, festive treats.

Still searching for the perfect, last minute-holiday gift for a loved one? Inhabitat's green holiday gift guide is full of suggestions handpicked by our editors to enchant and delight tots, boys, girls, new parents and more!