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Green Gifts

November 19, 2009

I know being green is so trendy right now, but for good reason. We are finally starting to realize that being green is good for the earth, our health and our future. Being “green” can really help save money in the long run too, which is why green gifts are so practical and fun for Christmas.

For wrapping paper, I’m reusing newspaper that I’ve spray painted gold and silver and adding a raffia ribbon. It’s a cute way to give a really hippy chic look, it’s saves money on expensive wrapping paper, and you’re recycling newspaper!

Here’s a few ideas and products I’m into this Christmas season for gifts.

1. For the specific items (toys, books, clothes, etc) I’m looking for this Christmas, I’m going to look for second-hand items first. I’m currently scouring ebay, Craigslist and second-hand stores for gifts for my mom and husband (I won’t say what they are since they might see this). Buying gently used items is a great way to RECYCLE and REUSE, plus you can save a load of cash. Amazon is a favorite to buy used books, sometimes as cheap as just a few cents. I try to make sure they are in good condition and if there is fabric on the item that it comes from a smoke free home.

2. For stocking stuffers, I’m giving reusable travel mugs and water bottles. My favorite travel mug is the Thermos Thermax. This thing keeps any beverage hot for hours. There is no plastic, only stainless steel and silicone, so you know any beverage is not contaminated with Biphenol A or any other dangerous chemicals found in plastic. My favorite water bottle is the eco-friendly Sigg.These come in fabulous colors and designs and have all different sizes, even kids size. How cute!


3. For the person who has everything, or for the practical person in your life, a gorgeous Tiffin! What a cute and compact way to keep all the lunch items together. Instead of putting everything in plastic bags, all lunch (or dinner, picnic or snack) items fit securely in each layer of the Tiffin. No more waste from plastic or paper bags, and items are kept fresh and at a safe temperature. If Evangeline was the appropriate age, I would definitely get one of these for her. Most Tiffin models can also be placed in a microwave. My favorite is from Whole Foods, pictured below. It’s also sold at Uncommon Goods.



What are you gift giving ideas for a little greener Christmas?

One Comment leave one →
  1. November 19, 2009 8:55 am

    There’s a tiffin in the garage you can have………Dad used to bring home dinner in it from the college when we lived in Singapore!

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