Greening the Holidays: Green Gift Ideas

The holidays are a time for giving. This season, make the eco-friendly choice, and give gifts that will bring joy to your loved ones and to our planet!

Need some inspiration? Check out some of the latest green gifts and gadgets that are ringing in the holiday spirit!

Water-Powered Clock

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A water-powered clock is a true green-friendly gift. Powered solely by water (or any electrolytic fluid, such as soda, coffee, etc.), the clock has an internal converter that extracts electrons from water (or other liquid) molecules and provides a stream of electrical current acting as a fuel cell to generate power. The clock not only keeps precise time, it’s a scientific marvel!

Organic Herb Garden Kit

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An organic herb garden kit is another green-friendly gift. This kit makes growing herbs easy and fun. The kit, available from Olive Barn for $30, comes with supplies for growing three herbs (basil, chives, cilantro, oregano, parsley, or thyme). The kit also comes with three organic, biodegradable pots and saucers (made from rice hulls), compressed soil wafers, wood plant markers, and instructions. Additionally, the whole kit comes packed in a gable box made from recyclable materials.

Green an Office

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Have a family member or friend with a small business? Why not encourage your entrepreneur to green their office by converging all their communication networks, telephone, data and video, on to one network! Known as IP Trunking, it’s an ideal technological upgrade, especially for businesses, because it greatly reduces energy consumption. Gifting someone with a small business information about IP trunking is not only free, but is a gift that could potentially result in many rewards.

Charitable Donation

Making a charitable donation in someone’s name is a humanitarian and eco-friendly approach to gift-giving. Additionally, it’s an excellent gift for the individual who has everything and simply wants to give back to the world. Bluebell Giving allows you to order a greeting card, accompanied by an activation code for a specific donation amount. Once the intended individual receives the card he/she can redeem the code and put the money toward a charity of his/her choice.

Mentos Wrapper Waste Paper Basket

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Isn’t it lovely? The mentos wrapper waste paper basket is definitely a great gift for a quirky individual who likes practical, but unique items. Offered by Hipcycle for $24, this is a gift that promises to surprise. Handmade in India, discarded mentos wrappers are tightly rolled and attached to a wire frame. This colorful recycled creation can also be used as a storage container.

Recycled-Bottle Coat Rack

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One final eco-friendly gift is a recycled bottle coat rack. Uncommon Goods offers this innovative item for $50. Designed to withstand the weight of up to four heavy coats, this rack is made from the tops of wine bottles. It is colorful, unique, and useful. The rack comes with four clasps for securing it to a wall. This is a great gift for a self-proclaimed wine expert or just an individual who loves interesting wall décor.

Shopping for gifts can be fun, especially when looking for eco-friendly items. There is an immense amount of green products available, ranging in price from free to very expensive. Whether you are looking for an eco-friendly gift that is practical, unique, innovative, etc., there is something out there for everyone.

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