Roundup: Black Friday Alternatives

Roundup: Black Friday Alternatives

Black Friday at this point has become almost as much of a holiday as Thanksgiving, so much that it's almost hard to avoid all the hype over doorbusters, deals, and consuming more, more and more. But there's a lot of things we can think of that would be a lot more fun — check out our favorites after the jump.

We're not necessarily suggesting you go on a consumer fast like Buy Nothing Day (but if you want to go for it!), but there are a lot of other ways to spend time with your family, relax or make something:

Exercise — no better way to follow-up Thanksgiving than with a little sweat.
Simple Green: Jogging
Green Ideas: Green Your Workout
Green Mini-Escape: Neighborhood Exploration

Make something and bond with your family.
Roundup: Our Best How-To Projects and DIY Guides

Volunteer and give thanks to your community.
Community Involvement: Green Volunteerism
Inspiration: Community Partnership for the Homeless
A Summer of Service: A Different Kind of Staycation
Holiday Giving: Help Those in Need
Donate to Green Charities With GoodSearch

Get ready for the upcoming holidays.
How To: Make a Magazine Christmas Tree
How To: Make Easy Green Wreaths All Year Round
Two DIY Paper Snowflakes
Wrap Your Gifts in a Dishtowel, Furoshiki-Style
9 Ways to Green Your Gift Wrapping

Just relax and enjoy the long weekend
14 Ways To Keep Warm Without Turning the Heat On or Up

Buy Nothing Day: Foiled!
Survey: Black Friday vs. Buy Nothing Day

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