The wintry wonders of November are settling in, the last of the leaves have lost their will to hang on, and mornings are chilly enough to make me wish I didn't really have to get out of bed. This can only mean one thing. Yes, the holiday season is approaching, and once again we are spending much time here trying to figure out how to make it more meaningful (and less hectic!).
Gone for us are the days of gadgets and gizmos, last minute frantic shopping to buy, something, anything, that could be given as a gift. We've started to focus on more handmade, more personalized gifts, and when that doesn't work, we go green. Recycled, Fair Trade, organic, natural- gifts of these nature are so much more meaningful because they benefit our planet, too. We are baking, putting our organic sun-dried tomatoes into decorated jars of oil, making necklaces, making cutting boards, and making photo gifts. And when that doesn't cut it, or when we just run out of time to go homemade, we are giving some awesome green gifts to our loved ones.
We've put together our 2009 Holiday Green Guide with some of our favorite green gifts this season. We've searched far and wide to carry a wide selection of gifts that will fit everyone on your list. Some of them are available on our main website, while others are only available on our eBay World of Good store. (But don't worry, if you want items from both places, just shoot us an email and we can combine your orders with a shipping discount!).
So here goes. Happy Holidays to all, and here's to keeping it simple, keeping it meaningful, and keeping it green!
We just love this awesome board! It is made from 100% recycled paper, pressed into a product that Preserve calls "Paperstone". It is a gorgeous, durable, stone-like material that looks sleek and stylish in any kitchen. Perfect for that eco-someone who loves to cook! Price: $24.99
These gorgeous bags are handmade by a Fair Trade cooperative in India, using recycled cotton scraps from a fabric mill. Beautiful patterns make these bags a sure hit. Because of their handmade and recycled nature, each one is totally unique, so you will never see anyone with an exact copy of your bag! Price: $38.99
OK, so have you ever wanted to put ice in your water bottle, but the cubes wouldn't fit? Those days are over, with this awesome, wide-mouth water bottle. Don't forget that stainless steel is THE safest, BPA-Free choice for water bottles these days. And who wouldn't love the funky, artsy designs? Price: $12.99
We love these beautiful bottles as a more affordable alternative to SIGG. Besides, we weren't thrilled this year when SIGG admitted they knew their bottles contained trace amounts of BPA all along. Price: $12.99
Wanna see more bottles? CLICK HERE to view all of our reusable water bottles.
Natural Shaving Kit for Men
This stylish little kit comes with the most wonderfully moisturizing sassafras, all-natural shaving soap, a natural boar's hair bristle brush and a classy hardwood soap box. For that eco-man in your life! We've received rave reviews about this kit! Price: $23.99
Keep it meaningful, and give them a gift that will really benefit everyone who uses it. This filter removes along list of contaminants, including chlorine, pesticides, and heavy metals, making it easy to "take back the tap". Say good-bye to bottles, and hello to clean, sparkling, delicious tap water. Price: $109
Mmmmm.... our very favorite soaps, bundled together in this cute soap sampler. All-natural, handmade, and heavenly. These delicious soaps are a pure indulgence!Price: $10.80, on sale
Mmmm....natural soaps make a heavenly gift. CLICK HERE to view all of our incredibly indulgent natural soaps!Recycled Silver and Fair Trade Glass Necklace
Handmade by artist Josie Lamb Williams, this is a beautiful and elegant piece of green jewelry. Hand-crafted sterling silver, accented by Fair Trade, recycled glass, this unique gift will be cherished!
We have lots of eco-friendly jewelry ideas! CLICK HERE to view our line of eco-jewelry.
Now this is cute! Instead of all the plastic toys and video games, how about a fun way for kids to learn how to stay healthy and fit. This DVD set teaches youngsters easy, simple stretches that make yoga fun. Price: $21.95
OK, I know what you're thinking. Socks for Christmas??? Isn't that what your mom gets you? But, wait, honey.... if you've never tried these socks, you just don't know what comfort is. The warmest, most comfortable socks you will ever wear, and softer than you thought wool could be. And they breathe, too, so your feet just don't sweat. Amazing! My husband won't wear any other socks now. Price: $17.99
We have finally found an affordable, solar flashlight! And it's not just any flashlight, wither- it's waterproof, it floats, it's shatterproof, it can hold a charge for three years, it can charge in sunlight AND room light, and just in case, it has a back-up lithium battery. Besides that, it's lightweight, and a convenient size. Once again, my husband the Gadget Guy, has thoroughly tested this flashlight, and he enthusiastically gives it a double thumbs-up! Perfect for camping, hiking, fishing, boating, biking, and as an emergency light in your car that is always guaranteed to work.
We love this fun shirt! Besides the fact that it is organic cotton, the message is awesome: a school of bicycles eating a hummer. Available in olive green with a yellow screen print (eco-friendly dyes, of course). Yes! Price: $28.99
Only from India, land where cows are revered for the beautiful animals they are, could we get a cruelty-free leather journal! The leather used to make this classy journal is from cows that died of natural causes. Additionally, the paper is tree-free, made from recycled cotton scraps from fabric mills.
It's back to basics with this simple, beautiful, hand-carved wood top. There is something about old-fashioned toys that is making wooden creations so popular once again. And with all the problems in plastics and with lead paint on toys, wood is seeming to be such a simple, green solution. Who doesn't remember playing with a top when they were little? Price: $8.99
This is an educational, fun gift for children of all ages. Not only will they learn the art of making chocolate, kids will also learn the fascinating history and economy of chocolate, as well as learning about raw materials an dhow they are sourced from around the globe. Price: $9.95, on sale.
A beautiful, elegant cutting board makes the perfect addition to an eco-kitchen! Additionally, this is truly a gift that will last many years, and when necessary, can be re-finished for many more years of use, making it a truly sustainable product. The maple and walnut have been sustainably harvested right from our own forest, and then crafted by my husband Alex into beautiful and sturdy boards. Custom boards are available, too! Price: $31.99
This awesome green book is geared toward teaching youngsters about green issues, from recycling to taking care of our planet. beautiful illustrations make this an enjoyable read, and printed environmentally friendly, too! Price; $14.95
PLA Corn Plastic Water Bottle with Filter
A reusable water bottle with it own filter, free of petroleum plastics! ALthough there are still many possibilities for improvements on these new corn-based bio-plastics, we believe it's a great start for getting away from petroleum forever! Price: $7.99, on sale.
We love the delicate intricacies of batik. This cotton scarf is funky, stylish, and eco-friendly, supporting a Fair Trade artisan co-op in India. Price: $23.99
This beautiful necklace is so simple, yet so chic. Made in an extraordinary family-run artisan cooperative in India that helps its artists rise above poverty. Price: $19.99