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Shop Your Conscious This Holiday Season – Green Gift Ideas

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Lifestyle | 0 comments

‘Tis the season for gift giving … and maybe doing a little shopping for ourselves too! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite eco-conscious products and retail shops to help you find the perfect gifts.

Shop Your Conscious With Rodale’s

rodalesRodale’s has curated their shop with nurture (how it makes you feel), nature (how it’s made) and neighborhood (where it comes from) in mind. The result is an eco-conscious shopper’s delight. Start by browsing their gifts section by category or price or checking out the holiday decor for fun ornaments and party supplies. For women, the jewelry shop has some great pieces, many made with recycled or vintage materials, and the apparel section has a wide range of clothes made with natural and organic fibers. Need to buy something for a foodie, how about a butter churn? OK, maybe that one’s a little over the top but browse around and see what you can find.

Upcycled Toys for Girls and Boys

green toys fire truckWe’ve listed Green Toys in past holiday gift guides and they continue to be a huge hit with the little ones so here we go again! From tea sets to fire trucks, Green Toys makes colorful, high-quality toys from post-consumer recycled plastic milk jugs. They’re all manufactured ;in the U.S. to minimize emissions from shipping too. Parents will love that the toys are dishwasher safe so they’re easy to clean.

Go Glass

lifefactory glass water bottleWe all have at least one person on our list whose must-have accessory is a water bottle. For that special someone who’s always willing to let you snag a sip, pick out a fashion-friendly Lifefactory water bottle in their favorite color. The glass bottle leaves liquids tasting great while the silicone sleeve ensures the bottle can travel safely without breaking. I’ve been using mine for a few months now and love it.

If your water bottle toting bestie has a baby, why not get matching baby bottles too?

For those who might need a more rugged water bottle, we also love Sigg drinking bottles made of eco-friendly, light weight aluminum and certified as free of harmful chemicals. Their eye-catching designs make the bottles really stand out.

Slay Power Vampires And Keep Batteries From Burning Out

powerslayer kitWhether you’re buying for an eco-conscious friend interested in saving energy or a gadget geek who wants their devices’ batteries to last longer, Velvetwire’s Powerslayer may be the perfect gift. Phones, tablets and other devices continue to suck in electricity as long as they’re plugged in. This means the batteries are overcharging regularly – especially when we charge devices overnight – which gradually ruins the battery life. Powerslayer helps by powering off when the device is fully charged so the battery lasts longer and no electricity is wasted. For more information on Powerslayer, read our review.

Manly Pampering

Shaving SetDelight the gentleman in your life with a stylish shaving set that will turn a mundane task into a pleasurable experience. Beaver WoodWright, located in western Pennsylvania, crafts handmade shaving sets and soaps. This set will last for years and eliminate the need for the wasteful plastic shaving handles that are constantly being thrown away.

Choose from the products in the Beaver WoodWright shop or custom order the perfect set.

Even if your guy isn’t ready to replace his disposable razors, this Herban Lifestyle Men’s Grooming Set offers some manly pampering that’s great for him and the environment. The set has a facial soap, shaving oil, and aftershave that are all made with organic and fair trade ingredients.

Feeling Creative? DIY Gifts

lavender eucalyptus sea salt scrubTreat your friends and family to these inexpensive, eco-friendly and luxurious DIY creations:

A dead sea salt hand & foot scrub will exfoliate and moisturize those areas that are often most affected by the dry air. I just used my scrub the other day and I immediately felt the difference. Oh, and, don’t forget the bamboo spoons for scooping. (Why bamboo? Learn more here.)

Give lip balm and get creative with the flavors. Add peppermint oil for a seasonal twist or mix raspberry oil and vanilla to make a sweet raspberry cheesecake balm. The possibilities are endless!

Mix up some seasonal homemade foaming hand soap. It’s so easy. Just combine distilled water, castile soap and essential oils. Give the gift in the foaming hand soap dispenser that best matches your friend’s style.

Stuff Stockings With These Green Gifts

flip & tumble 24-7 bag

One of the best sellers in our store this year was our favorite reusable bags.

If you know someone who always forgets their reusable shopping bags in the car or at home, flip & tumble’s 24-7 bags make the perfect gift. These are your average sized reusable bag, but they fold into a pouch that is small enough to keep in a purse or coat pocket for whenever you need it. They are also stretchy, durable and come in a variety of bright colors.

Flip & Tumble’s produce bags for vegetable and bulk shopping are also a great gift. But warn the recipient that their fellow grocery store shoppers, checkout clerks and everyone at the farmers market will stop them to ask where they can buy them too. (Hint: Grocery stores and farmers – you need to start selling these!) Flip & Tumble produce bags are a fine mesh, perfect for vegetables and bulk items. For finer bulk items, like sugar or flour, these organic cotton muslin bags are up to the job.

Zoya Nail Polish

Zoya Nail Polish SalmaWe gave you some ideas for pampering the men in your life, but don’t forget the ladies! Zoya nail polish, best known as a professional nail polish used in high-end spas and salons, is made using an eco-friendly, vegan formula that is free of toluene, formaldehyde, DBP (phthalates) and camphor. With over 300 colors to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect color for everyone on your list.

Use this link to sign up for an account with Zoya and a coupon for a free bottle of nail polish will be added in your account. When you use the coupon and add 2 more polishes to your order, you’ll get free shipping as well!

To use the coupon click the My Account link at the top of the page, then click the My Promotion Codes link. From there you can apply the coupon to your cart.

Smithsonian Encyclopedia of Garden Plants for Every Location

Encyclopedia of Garden Plants for Every LocationWhether your an avid gardener or a homeowner who just wants to find a beautiful plant to flourish and flower in that dark corner of your yard, this book is perfect for you. The Encyclopedia of Garden Plants for Every Location is not your typical, boring encyclopedia. It’s more like a beautiful coffee table book filled with eye catching photos and useful gardening and landscaping information, organized in a way to help even the most novice gardeners select plants for their yard.  

We have a bias when recommending this book because the editor, James Gagliardi, is our brother. However, Nicole is also the perfect person make this recommendation and says, if she had this book to reference over the past several years of home ownership, James certainly would have had enjoyed fewer desperate phone calls and requests for planting lists.

Replacing even small sections of grass with plants can help revitalize the eco-system in your area by creating places for birds, bees and butterflies to eat, live and thrive. With James’ help, Nicole has transformed her own yard from a wildlife desert to a place that literally buzzes with activity in the summer and now your and your gardener friends have access to the same expertise!

Kim brings a hint of homesteading to the blog while focusing on changes that work with today’s busy schedules. She often shares recipes for making your own beauty and cleaning products and even canned goods. You can follow Kim on Twitter at @kim_ann.

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