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Quick Guide to Giving Eco-Friendly Gifts

I know — you’re thinking “ANOTHER green gift giving guide?” Well, it IS the holidays, and shopping and gifts are on everyone’s minds, so here are 50 gift ideas to hopefully simplify your shopping and help you give greener gifts. This list is generic, so you can choose your own favorite brands or organizations to support, and many of these ideas are DIY.

  • Locally grown or made food gifts
  • Organic or fair trade chocolates or coffee
  • Gift certificates to their (or your) favorite eco-friendly retailer
  • Concert or event tickets
  • A zoo or museum membership
  • A reusable travel or coffee mug
  • Reusable shopping bags
  • Green (or your own homemade) cleaning supplies
  • A donation to their favorite charity
  • A CSA subscription
  • Solar chargers
  • A dinner or movie gift certificate
  • Homemade baked goods
  • A cool refillable water bottle (Siggs or KleanKanteen perhaps)
  • A folding (or conventional) bicycle
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Eco-friendly bath products or cosmetics
  • Power surge protectors (that can be shut down when not in use)
  • Hemp T-shirts or jeans
  • Organic cotton or bamboo sheets or towels
  • LED Christmas lights
  • Solar garden lights
  • Heirloom or organic gardening seeds and a bag of fresh compost
  • Natural beeswax or soy candles
  • Books that educate (local foods, simple living, global warming, etc.)
  • Water filter
  • CFL lightbulbs
  • Tire gauge (checking those tires can save lots of gas $$)
  • Homemade bread or goodies delivered every week for a month
  • Family recipes compiled in a wooden recipe box or notebook
  • Babysitting time or coupons
  • Monthly lunch date with an elderly relative or friend
  • Lessons in a subject you excel in that your giftee would love (French, golf, knitting, etc.)
  • Your talents, such as photography, financial planning or hairstyling
  • A photo album you put together
  • An experience, like a day kayaking or a day at the ballpark
  • A plant or a tree
  • Prepaid phone card
  • 100% recycled stationery (with postage stamps)
  • Do-it-yourself photo calendars
  • A gift certificate for a health club, exercise classes, day spa or massage
  • Homemade play dough and bubbles for the kids
  • Housewares made of recycled glass
  • A compost bin
  • A nice refillable pen with a couple of refills
  • Any cool gift you find used — hit the swap meet or consignment shop for unusual or vintage trinkets for those hard-to-please giftees
  • A wine or food of the month club
  • Automatic thermostat controls (and maybe a sweater)
  • Low-flow shower head
  • The ever-popular regift — a new item you receive that’s just not you can be “recycled” — just make sure it’s new and you cover your tracks!

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