Gifts for Anyone
Looking for a gift for your neighbor or an in-law? Someone else you don’t know very well? You’ve come to the right place! You’ll find gifts in a variety of price ranges, so you can decide how much you want to spend. Gifts are listed in increasing order by price, so the most affordable gifts come first, with the higher-priced offerings at the bottom. This list will be updated as I find more unique, thoughtful gifts. Some gifts appear in more than one category.
Chances are there’s at least one person on your list who doesn’t “get” why green living is such a big deal to you or who thinks such a lifestyle is unnecessarily restrictive or expensive. Josh Dorfman’s “Lazy Environmentalist” books are a few years old, but his message of practical environmentalism is still a great introduction for green newbies. (aff)
This is one of my personal favorites, and I am a regular customer of this company. If you know anyone (like me) who is obsessed with organic, handmade, luxury soaps, anything that makes them feel pampered, or anything with an awesome fragrance, Nostalgia Organics will be a hit. They’re inexpensive, thoughtful and organic. What more could you ask from a gift?
A journal is an awesome, thoughtful gift, even if the recipient is a person you don’t know very well. Make it even more thoughtful by giving a journal made with recycled paper. The covers on these Green Journals (that’s the brand name) are also made of recycled leather. Then personalize it with a nice message from you on the first page. (aff)
Wine is a go-to gift amongst friends and family members, and it’s a great gift for a hostess. Keep up the tradition, but opt instead for organic or biodynamic wine. All are not created equal — some are simply made from organically grown grapes, and some are kept organic throughout the process. In any case, your recipient will appreciate your thoughtfulness. (aff)
Reusable water bottles are SO last year! I’m kidding of course, because a water bottle is among the most useful gifts you can give. But you know that friend who buys 3 cups of coffee every day in a disposable styrofoam cup? Help them green their habit with this reusable, thermal porcelain mug. Pair it with a Starbucks gift card and they’ll get the message (aff)
Give the gift of time, literally. These eco-friendly watches are lead and phthalate free and feature 100% organic cotton straps, biodegradable cases and buckles, bamboo face plates, a glass cover rather than plastic and a mercury-free battery. Further, 80% of the packaging is made of post-consumer recycled materials. (aff)
Need a gift for that person who has everything? Well, it’s unlikely they have anything like these gorgeous, handmade drinking glasses. Made of recycled glass with an ombre finish (ie. fading color), they are sure attention-getters at the dinner table. (aff)
Green living doesn’t have to come with dowdy clothes. Give them one of these tees and show them you can live green AND still look fly! The Eat Local and natural hair themed t-shirts are especially popular. Live Differently. Dress Differently. Disclosure: This is the t-shirt company I started with my husband. (aff)
As much as all of us spend on our cell phones, eReaders, tablets and laptops, we all need protective cases. But who says the case has to be purely functional? These handmade wool cases from Etsy shop Boutique ID feature awesome animal-inspired designs — including cats, wolves and elephants — for gadgets of all types.
As a little girl, I was nothing if not a bookworm, and there are several kids in my family for whom I can say the same. If you want to encourage love of the written word in a modern age, a Kindle is a great gift. Thanks to technological advances, there are several options ranging in price from relatively affordable to less so, from basic to color with a touch screen. You can decide how much you’re willing to spend. (aff)