There are gifts for every budget, listed in increasing order by price. The list will be updated as I find more unique, thoughtful gifts, so please check back.
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Everyone can use beautiful, quality frames for their favorite photos and artwork. These have a sleek, contemporary style made of sustainably-grown plantation rubberwood. At the end of their rubber-producing life, the trees are harvested for wood rather than being burned. They black finish is water-based black and the mat boards are made from recycled paper. Fill one with a meaningful photo to make the gift even more special.
Heart of Haiti is a collection of art, housewares and accessories handmade by Haitian artisans that was launched after the earthquake in January 2010. They receive 22% of the retail price for each item, and many items are made of recycled materials, including oil drums, newspaper and more. Haiti may no longer be in the headlines, but its people still need help. Give gifts from this collection and give back to Haiti. (aff)
You know this person. He or she is constantly painting her home and changing things up. Give them a gallon of zero- or low-VOC paint and encourage their habit. Or it could be that friend who wants to take the plunge to color on their walls or just needs a change. Package it supplies like paint pans, rollers and dropcloths, along with an offer to help do the painting, and you’ve got a great gift. My favorite brands are Glidden Brilliance (Walmart) and Olympic (Lowe’s).
Most of us can’t afford to own a wine cellar, or even a wine fridge. Still, all wine lovers need a good place to store their investments. These bamboo beauties by Oceanstar can hold up to 12 bottles of wine in perfect horizontal positions. And whether empty or half-full, the design is gorgeous enough to be displayed on a countertop. Available in a natural or espresso finish. (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)
It’s easy to tell folks to stop drinking bottled water, but you’ll probably have a better chance of getting them to do it if you give them the means. Give a PUR faucet-mounted water filter so you can prove, once and for all, that filtered water tastes just as good as, if not better than, bottled. (aff)
As much time as we each spend in bed in our lifetimes, the bedroom is one place where we should all go green. And there’s nothing quite like falling asleep in comfy, cozy organic bedding. As organic bedding goes, Amy Butler is among the best. I should know. I’ve been sleeping on her bedding for several years and I can vouch for the fact that it’s durable, even with regular use. (aff)
If there’s a chef on your list, or anyone who is really proud of where they live, these cutting boards from A Heirloom are a great idea. These beauties are handmade of bamboo plywood, and you can place the heart cutout on any area of the state. Keep in mind that these are made to order, so there is a 2-week lead time. In other words, if you want one, don’t wait!
These graphic, one-of-a-kind dinner plates are made by Brooklyn-based artist Sarah Cihat. Believe it or not, they are made from dishes she finds from garage sales and thrift stores. She then cleans, glazes and re-fires them to create one-of-a-kind pieces of art. These are worthy to be hung on a wall.
Beautiful textiles come naturally to the designers of Hammocks & High Tea. Their pillows come in a variety of gorgeous prints, from chevrons to ikats and everything in between. And anyone who loves keeping their home beautiful will appreciate what this high-quality, high-style pillows can do to make a room feel polished. Plus, they’re made of a linen/cotton blend and printed with water-based, no-VOC inks.