"For each of us there is some mission in life if we but find it. All have some definite thing to do, something for which they have been created; and only the doing of this thing will justify their existence here on earth. If we come into the world and occupy space and time without giving back for this privilege, we have not justified ourselves, and our lives in the end are barren." ~ Hay

Saturday, December 10, 2011

10 Unique Eco-Friendly Gifts for the Holiday Season

Are you having trouble finding gifts for that certain someone?  I have compiled a list of environmentally friendly gifts that you can purchase from the comfort of your own home.  Grab a cup of tea and peruse the following websites.  You may find that unique gift for that special someone…..


For The Gardener:  Branch Home offers a wide array of eco-friendly gardening accessories for your home.  You can grow lavender on your windowsill from a handmade bamboo pot.  Kit comes complete with organic soil, organic herb seeds and a ribbon made from recycled plastic bottles.  If you want to try something even more unique, they even offer a kit whereby you can grow your own Christmas Tree!  Check out these selections and many others at:   http://www.branchhome.com/

Upcycled Jewelry
For the Gems in Your Life:  Are you looking for that environmentally conscious gift for the gem in your life?    Upcycled jewelry has earrings made from RoHS circuit boards, earrings made from 8mm film negatives and necklaces made from NYC artifacts. (http://www.upcycled/ jewelry.com ) I’m just loving the film reel earrings….hint!. http://www.etsy.com/listing/72284849/8mm-movie-film-upcycled-earrings

For The Puzzle Enthusiast: Tavern Puzzles has been making steel puzzles for over 30 years.  These are so cool.  These puzzles are reproductions of old blacksmith forged puzzles and come in different levels of complexity. Your puzzle enthusiast will be absolutely delighted.  Please visit:  www.tavernpuzzle.com to select your design.

For Your Child or Baby:  Plant Happy Kids has a wide assortment of “safe & nontoxic” products for your child.  Toys are organic, free of harmful dyes and phthalate-free.  In addition, all is fair traded.   Here is a cricket your young child can paint.  Once the paint dries, you child can use the cricket has a drum… http://stores.planethappytoys.com/-strse-361/Let%27s-Paint%21-Cricket-Drum/Detail.bok

For the Pampered Pooch:  West Paw Design has eco-friendly and pet safe products for your dog or cat.  All products are made in the U.S.A.  Your pampered pooch will love the hurley dog chew as it is made from recycled and nontoxic materials and is virtually indestructible.  http://www.westpawdesign.com/ .

Re-cycled Accessories

For the Outdoor’s Man:  Recycledacc has the coolest gift for your favorite adventuresome guy.  If your man loves the fresh air and is environmentally conscious, he will be “styling” in his new belt – made from recycled bicycle tire.  Even the belt buckle is made from recycled bicycle parts.  http://www.recycledacc.com/

For the Original Gal:  Women of all ages will enjoy receiving a pocketbook made from recycled newspapers.  Ecoist.com has an assortment of handbags made from candy wrappers, soda labels and various recycled materials.  Each product is original as no two can be alike.  Even your young teenager will love this planet friendly purse.  http://www.ecoist.com/

For the Chocolate Lover: 
Nothing speaks of love like chocolate!  Dagoba chocolates are organic, non-GMO and produced by fair trade labor.  Place a chocolate bar in your significant other’s stocking.  What a nice surprise!  www.dagobachocolate.com

For The Gizmo & Gadget Lover:  Arteco repurposes electronic items such as industrial, aerospace and military technology into new items.  This is so very imaginative!  Check out this new clock made from recycled computer cabinets:  http://www.arteco.com/c15.htm


For the Person Who Has Everything:  There is not one single person who cannot benefit from a cloth tote.  With virtually every purchase, we acquire plastic bags.  Our consumption of plastic is ridiculous!  Whenever you go to the store, whether it is a grocery store or a department store, you can bring your own bags to cut down on plastic consumption.  Zazzle.com has a wide assortment of cloth totes with silhouettes that are fun and stylish.  Select one for that special someone and, while you’re at it, pick up one for yourself.  www.zazzle.com/silhouette+bags

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