Five great green gifts

December 16, 2008 at 10:06 pm Leave a comment

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Yes, being eco-friendly means buying less, but you don’t need to forgo giving altogether when you choose gifts with meaning, gifts of service, handmade items and those that are worth every penny. Here are five we think will hit the mark.

For the one who has everything: Why not gift them with the opportunity to give. Check out www.TisBest.org where you can create your own gift card, then email it. Your recipient can then choose from among 250 non-profits to share their gift with. Give any amount starting at $10.

amysanta08-copyFor “she’s no Martha Stewart”: A green decor makeover by Amy Woidke of Ecokind Design. Amy’s talents are many and her designs reflect your taste, yet are as eco-friendly as possible. As she says, “Consider giving the gift of a daily empowering experience, of moving a loved one towards a more personalized, supportive and empowering space, from which they can live their best life!” Best of all, through December 31, 2008, you can get 20% off on gift certificates.

51jo5vfrpfl_sl160_aa115_For the bride and groom to be: The Everything Green Wedding Book by Wenona Napolitano.  Filled with terrific ideas for a classic wedding with an eco-twist. Just like our book,  Celebrate Green!,  Napolitano’s offers dozens of ways to make any wedding more special than ever by helping brides and grooms choose earth-wisely whether they are considering the place, the dress, the food, the ceremony, the decor or any other aspect of their memorable day. The couple will especially appreciate all the resources Napolitano provides. And when you’re gifting them with this book, be sure to include a message about visiting The Everything Green Wedding blog, where they’ll find even more ideas for creating their dream day. (And of course, the book is printed on 100% recycled paper.)

product-2bFor the kind-hearted movie star wannabe: Bamboo sunglasses from Kayu Design. Not only are these gorgeous and made from sustainable material, but for each pair purchased, Kayu donates a sight-restoring surgery for someone in the developing world.

il_75x7545059939For the cutest baby in the world: A darling cap made from a recycled sweater. Whether cashmere or wool, these caps are to be treasured for their design and the fact that they are recycled and handmade with love. This will be an heirloom, guaranteed.

We’ve got more suggestions coming your way later this week.

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