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This is the season for giving and it’s easy to get caught up in buying gifts just to get them. Take a deep breath and make your Gift Giving List based on sustainability and thoughtfulness. The planet will thank you and so will the people on your list.

Here are some of the eco-fabulous gifts I’ve found:

FOR HER

  • Consider giving an the gift of an experience. Would she love a facial, a massage, a trip to the theatre? Be creative.
  • Vintage Dictionary Rings
    These adorable rings are handmade of oxidized, recycled sterling silver and feature paper from vintage dictionaries from all over the world. Pile them on one finger to create a wide band or wear them as singles for a more delicate look. Set includes five rings: two dictionary bands and three plain bands. Handmade in North Carolina by Betsy Carr.

FOR HIM

  • GreenSmart Messenger Bags
    This company is awesome and I love their products, incidentally, I’ll be reviewing the Narwhal Messenger Bag later this week. Their bags are made from recycled plastic bottles and they’re so cool looking. They come in fabulous colors and all their products are named after endangered animals. And just when you think it can’t get any better, they donate 10% of their profits to the World Wildlife Fund and other organizations helping to create a greener planet.

 FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES

  • Eco-Dough Tube from Creative Kidstuff
    This is an all natural modeling compound handmade with flour, salt, cream of tartar, organic rosemary oil, vitamin E oil and extracts from beets, oranges, turmeric, paprika, blueberries, red cabbage, carrots, spinach and limes. The compostable, 100% post-consumer waste Eco-Dough Tube contains five 4-oz containers of Eco-Dough – one each pink, orange, yellow, green and blue. Eco-Dough doesn’t dry out and become crumbly like other play modeling dough, and a few drops of olive oil will return it to its original consistency if it is left out over night. Ages 2 & up.
  • My First Organics Seed Starting Kits
    I purchased the My First Organic Classroom Bundle for my daughter’s kindergarten class last year and a Homeschool Bundle for us to use at home. They are fabulous tools to teach kids early about the origins of healthy food and why it’s so good for them and the Earth. Everything in My First Organics seed starting kits is Earth-safe. Each kit is made up of a reusable or recyclable mini-greenhouse complete with organic seeds, soil and biodegradable pots that can be placed directly into the soil. Step-by-step, kid-friendly guidance and illustrations are also included, making each step simple.

HOLIDAY HOME

  • Recycled Windshield Wine Goblet
    What a beautiful way to recycle car windows and windshields. Made by artisans in Colombia. Ideal for indoor, outdoor, and casual entertaining. Residual tint from its sun-shielding days adds character with a cool, green hue. Sold as a set of two. Due to the reclaimed nature of this item, each will vary.

MORE ECO-FABULOUS GIFT IDEAS:

The Soft Landing has great gifts for babies, children and adults. It’s the first store of its kind to offer only products made confirmed to be free of BPA, PVC and phthalates.

Check out Retro Housewife Goes Green’s Green Holiday Guide for more Green Gift Guides, Recipes and more.

Visit our 2009 Green Shopping Guide from My Green Side.

You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.~Kahlil Gibran

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By Wendy Gabriel

GREEN TIP:  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Through blustery winds and mountains of snow, hither and fro I go buying Christmas gifts for my husband, daughters, parents, grandparents, in-laws, sisters, nieces, nephews, friends, children of friends, soccer coaches, choir directors, and everyone else that is on my ever burgeoning list.  On top of that, I am trying desperately to remember my Reduce, Reuse, Recycle mantra.  No one makes it easy.  When I venture out into the retail meccas, I get this overwhelming urge to buy everything.  OK, calm down . . . breathe . . .

I found some great green gift ideas that might help someone else navigate during this crazy, hectic, magical season.

For the person in your life who embraces environmental sustainability, there are some biodegradable pens and cards at Clean Calgary Association.  As an added bonus the cards are embedded with seeds so when they are done being useful, they can be planted.

For teachers or coaches, etc. Plow & Hearth has some nice pewter ornaments you can purchase for a great cause.  For each ornament you buy they will plant a tree at “a site around the world where reforestation is needed.” They also plant two trees for every tree they use to make their catalogs.

A little bit of everything can be found at Our Green House.  Check out their great toys!

More fun, safe toys can be found at HearthSong and Magic CabinThese companies also plant two trees for every tree they use to produce their catalog.

Time-honored family traditions and a little slice of green living really can walk hand-in-hand during the holidays!

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