County Introduces ‘Gift Outside the Box’

County Introduces ‘Gift Outside the Box’

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Acting Director Patty Bubar has launched the county’s "Gift Outside the Box" holiday campaign at Pike & Rose located at 11920 Grand Avenue in North Bethesda.

The DEP public awareness campaign aims to help residents make sustainable choices to reduce waste, support local businesses and encourage volunteerism during the holiday season.

The Gift Outside the Box campaign has five main themes:

  • Give to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle: Reduce waste by buying gifts made from recycled or reused materials, and minimizing wrapping.
  • Gift Greener: Help the environment by greening how you buy and what you buy.
  • Give Back: Instead of a traditional gift, donate to charity or volunteer with others.
  • Gift Experiences: From theater tickets to Montgomery Parks classes, give loved ones’ activities and experiences, instead of more stuff.
  • Buy Local: Support county businesses and purchase locally made products.

The five “Gift Outside the Box” themes will be displayed on RideOn buses and in county buildings and featured on county social media and at events through the end of December. DEP has launched a Gift Outside of the Box webpage, which provides information and resources for residents looking to “green” the holidays. Visit