Christmas is almost upon us and if you’re like me you haven’t yet completed your holiday shopping. I’ve compiled a list of some awesome eco-friendly gifts and some links to some other wonderful Holiday Gift Guides to make your life a little easier and put a smile on the face of your loved ones.
ChefMD’s Big Book of Culinary Medicine: A Food Lover’s Road Map to Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, and Getting Really Healthy by John La Puma and Rebecca Powell Marx
Practically Green: Your Guide to Ecofriendly Decision-Making by Micaela Preston
Starring: Eric Schlosser, Director: Robert Kenner, Rating: PG
This is a powerful film that anyone who eats should watch!
Equal Exchange Fair Trade Mixer Basket: This fair trade gift includes a variety of Equal Exchange products in a fairly traded kaisa grass basket imported by Ten Thousand Villages from Dhaka Handicrafts, a non-profit that works to improve the lives of children and rural families in Bangladesh. This would be a great holiday gift idea – one that truly gives back.
The Fair Trade Mixer Basket is on sale for $47 until Dec 15th. Also find other fair trade gifts that support small-scale farmers, ranging from $27-$75. Order online and get 10% off your order and receive free shipping on orders over $75. Use coupon code: giftme10 during checkout. Coupon expires 12/31/09. www.equalexchange.coop.
These pretty pink and blue necklaces are handmade from the broken remnants of 1960s-era Willow dishes. Also know as “Willow Ware,” this china was produced throughout the 1900s and is highly sought after by collectors for the beautiful, detailed images telling an ancient Chinese love story.
A lovely link to the past, the china is salvaged from the Pennsylvania Amish Country in an effort to help the environment and protect wildlife by removing this hazard. Each piece still maintains the original Willow pattern and is finished with sterling silver wire. Handmade in Pennsylvania by artist Laura Bergman. Includes a card detailing the story of the china.
This lovely little lunchbox set includes:
- 1 handmade, machine-washable bag
- 5 machine-washable napkins, so you don’t have to wash them every day!
- 1 pair of eclectic utensils
- flap closure secured with a vintage button
- 1 Lock & Lock lunchbox (for more information: Lock & Lock)
Between the disposable cutlery, bags and napkins, packing a lunch can be pretty wasteful. It doesn’t have to be! And GlueandGlitter has constructed the bag and napkins from vintage linens and organic hemp.
Good-looking, tough, practical, good for the earth and El Salvadorian artisans. If the rubber was strong enough for a car or truck, it’ll surely be able to carry your cash and plastic.
Description: 6 credit card slots and full length paper money compartment.
For the Kids:
The Little Humbugs are based on the engaging book series that involves children on a quest to help The Little Humbugs protect the Natural World.
Designed and created by award winning children’s author and illustrator Marghanita Hughes this engaging collection of Butterfly Girl Fairies and Dragonfly Boys will delight and captivate a generation of nature loving children.
- Butterfly Girl Dolls
- Childrens Books
- Dragonfly Boy
- Personal Care
- Sleepover Kit
- Felt Bead Kit
- Gemstone Collection
- Butterfly Girl Birthdays
- Kids Gardening
Other People’s Fabulous Green Gift Guides:
As I was compiling my Green Shopping Guide for this Holiday Season, I came across a number of really wonderful guides. Here are a few of my favorites:
2009 Holiday Gift Guide: From Love Earth Always, a fabulous downloadable guide containing high quality products from online retailers with fair trade Earth-friendly products.
A Few of RYD’s Favorite Things: Green Gift Guide 2009: Our friends at Recycle Your Day have compiled their first official eco friendly gift guide and it’s fabulous!
A Great Big List of Other People’s Best Green Gift Guides: Twilight Earth brings you the Best of the Best Green Gift Guides, by Jennifer Kaplan, author of Greening Your Small Business.
Eco-Friendly Holiday Gift Guide ‘09: Mambo Sprouts have gathered up a bunch of eco-savvy goodies and have broken it down into categories to make shopping easier for you – like Babies & Tots, Learn & Play Naturally, Foodies & Cooks, Gifts That Give Back, and many more.
Gifts to Green the Earth: Loving Nature’s Garden has compiled a list of gifts which make our homes, families, communities and planet a better, and more sustainable, place, a greener Earth.
Stocking stuffers for sustainable foodies: Robin Shreeves at Mother Nature Network brings us an assortment of small gifts that your foodie will love – all under $20.
The Ultimate Meaningful Gift Guide: Gifts of Efficiency from Energy Circle: This wonderful guide brings you some really fabulous gifts and stocking stuffers.