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4th of July Gifts to Light Up the Night

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The 4th of July is a quintessential summer holiday here in the United States. It’s a time to celebrate our freedom, honor our traditions, spend quality time with our family and friends, and enjoy some time outdoors.

Whether you’re hosting a party, attending a party, or keeping it simple with loved ones this year, we have plenty of ideas- from gift baskets to party tips- to help make your celebrations feel extra special. We also have some important eco-friendly ideas to help you celebrate in a sustainable, environmentally-responsible way! 

Different Types of 4th of July Gifts

There are many different reasons to give a gift on the 4th of July. Maybe you’re attending a party and you don’t want to show up empty-handed; a hostess gift can help express your gratitude for their hard work and hospitality. Or perhaps you’re throwing a party of your own and you want to surprise your guests with a small gift or party favor to aid in the festivities. This could be a welcome gift to help get your guests into the 4th of July spirit or a farewell party favor to give them something special to take home. If you’re keeping things simple and skipping the parties this year, a summery gift for the kids or your loved one can help the day feel festive and special. 

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Our Top 5 Independence Day Gifts

1. A lawn game.

The 4th of July is the perfect occasion to spend some time in the backyard, playing games with your family and friends. Lawn games like cornhole, ladder ball, bocce ball, croquet, badminton, washers, or giant Jenga will encourage everyone to get active, spend time together, and create lasting memories. Games like these can also be great icebreakers for party guests who may not know each other that well yet. For a festive DIY project, you could buy a plain cornhole set for the kids and have them paint and decorate it before the party! 

2. A reusable cooler filled with drinks.

Look for a cooler or cooler bag made from recycled plastic and pack it to the brim with the host or gift recipient’s favorite drinks. A cooler is a practical gift for the summer season that’s sure to get plenty of use. And it’s a more fun way to present a 4th of July hostess gift than your typical bottle of wine. 

3. Picnic supplies to bring to the park.

There’s nothing quite like a summer picnic to celebrate the ultimate summer holiday. Pack up a picnic basket (maybe one from your local thrift store?) with a star-spangled blanket, drinks, and homemade treats. This gift idea is one that pairs perfectly with an outing– grab the basket and head to your local park to watch the neighborhood parade or your city’s firework show! 

4. An eco-friendly food container filled with festive treats.

Whether you’re showing up to a potluck or sending your party guests home with leftovers, we love the idea of paring the goodies with a reusable food container that they can keep. This could be some red, white, and blue glass and silicone Tupperware or some colorful BeesWrap food wraps. A gift like this can help reduce waste and make your fourth of July festivities more eco-friendly. 

5. A gift for the grill master.

There’s no holiday that involves grilling quite like the 4th of July. A gift basket like this Grill Master Gift Set filled with BBQ spices, a kitchen towel, and maybe some grilling accessories would make a great gift for a party host– or your loved one stuck flipping burgers all night long! 

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Environmental Considerations for Fourth of July Gifts & Festivities 

The 4th of July is a fun and memorable holiday– there’s no denying that! But, unfortunately, some of our traditions on this day can negatively impact the environment. Here are some tips to keep in mind when shopping for gifts and planning your festivities: 

  • Skip the at-home fireworks. Fireworks and sparklers are a classic gift to give someone on the 4th, but sadly, they release many toxins and pollutants that harm the environment. Instead of disposable sparklers, hand out some biodegradable, non-toxic glow sticks or some LED light-up wands that can be reused at your next party. And if you do want to enjoy some fireworks, go watch your city fireworks instead of setting off your own. 
  • Try to reduce unnecessary waste however you can. Decorations can help set the tone for the festivities, but some are more eco-friendly than others! Instead of a plastic banner, make one out of recycled paper. Decorate your table with natural items like red, white, and blue flowers. Hang actual flags instead of disposable streamers.
  • Minimize the use of disposable dinnerware items like paper plates, plastic cups, plastic tablecloths, or styrofoam coolers. If you do opt for disposable dinnerware, buy ones that are biodegradable or compostable. Better yet, bring food to the potluck in a bowl from the thrift store or a fun container that the host can reuse! 
  • Go plant-based for the potluck. This holiday is traditionally a “meaty” one, with hot dogs, hamburgers, and BBQ typically taking the main stage. But did you know that the meat industry accounts for a whopping 60% of greenhouse gas production? Add some vegan and vegetarian options into the mix this year to make the festivities more environmentally sustainable.

Sure, the Fourth of July is all about red, white, and blue… but let’s make this year a little more “green”! 

Find the Perfect 4th of July Gift!

If you’re looking for more gift ideas, check out the wide range of curated gift baskets and gift sets on our website, or contact us to learn about our custom gifting service

Wishing you all a happy 4th of July from Bestowe!

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