Giving Green: 4 Amazing Green Gifts for the Holidays

Let's Keep Christmas Eco-Friendly!
Let’s Keep Christmas Eco-Friendly!

December is here and the holidays are in full swing. We’re all busy looking for trees, breaking out the lights, writing cards, and – of course – buying presents.

Not sure what to get for your friends and family this year? Why not try one of these four great, green gifts!

Bike Tube Belt with Chain Buckle
This handsome belt is made out of an old bike inner tube. The sleek, black tube is comfortable and durable, has attractive yellow stitching, and comes together in a buckle made of bike chains. If you’re looking for some variety, there’s also a second version with a different chain layout.

Grow Bottles: Handy In-Home Herbs
Fresh herbs can make the difference between a good dish and a great dish, but not all of us have the time to keep up full-blown gardens. That’s where the Grow Bottle comes in.

It’s basically a countertop, hydroponic mini-garden made out of a recycled bottle. Each bottle focuses on one herb, is compact, and can be reused year after year. If you’ve got one herb you always like fresh, grab one. Have a few? Grab a couple!

D’awww: Handmade Stuffed Animals
Here’s a cute gift for any little cuties in your life. These adorable stuffed animals and dolls are made by Elizabeth, who unravels and re-knits yarn from clean, used sweaters or uses new natural/eco-friendly materials. Check them out and try not to say “Awww.”

Record Setting Bookends
While vinyl is making a comeback in certain circles, there are a lot of old, unloved records laying around. Given what the records are made of, they’re also not going anywhere anytime soon.

Jeff Davis is giving these old 45s new life as bookends. On the practical side, they have a strong base, good height, and have a core made out of recycled wood – a solid solution for holding up your book collection. On the style side, they’re just darn cool looking.

BONUS: Giving Gifts
If you want to go super-green and the person you have in mind isn’t much for physical presents, consider making a donation in their name. This is a great way to help support what they believe in and do good across the world. If you’re looking for an organization to donate to, try Water.org. Oxi Fresh donates to them for every job booked online, but they could always use more support as they strive to bring clean drinking water to people around the world.

Thanks to uncommongoods.com, eartheasy.com, Donna DeForbes at eco-mothering.com, and emergolde.com for the great gift ideas!

Top photo is reindeers following the white elephant by Carolyn Coles. It is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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