Looking for inexpensive gifts for the holidays that are also ecofriendly? Read my pick of items for everyone from kids to spouses to Fido. You may want to purchase some of these for a white elephant gift exchange.
A unique gift idea: a gift card. Wait… I know. Since when is a gift card so unique, huh? Well, how about one from Alternative Gifts International, a nonprofit organization that focuses on humanitarian and environmental issues. You choose the gift card design and the amount (minimum of $5) and the recipient decides what charity to donate to, from a list of designated organizations. Or you can choose a charity in their honor. http://www.alternativegifts.org/
Coupons From The Heart ($6). Made from recycled paper, these are perfect for your significant other and will surely touch the heart.
Recycled Crayon Sticks ($7.95). Ever think used up crayons had nothing left to offer? Think again. Get this for your kids or the kid inside you. Also, this is a creative way to get kids thinking about the three r’s: reduce, recycle and reuse.
Solar Dancing Flower ($9.98). Have fun with this cute, colorful item. Solar powered, so the environment can have some fun, too.
Natural Soap Lump for Dogs ($5.75). Don’t forget your furry companions during gift-giving time. Biodegradable with natural flea-repellant qualities, your canine friend will be grateful.
Bazura Bags Coin Purse ($4.95). Intriguingly made from recycled juice boxes. What a great way to recycle. Plus, they have a vintage look to them. These are handmade in the Philippines by a women’s co-op.
Handmade Coconut Shell Sewing Buttons (99 cents per 20-piece lot). Made in Thailand from an underused natural material. Treat your wardrobe to these and impress those around you.
Keep track of the new, money-saving year using this Recycled Calendar, made with recycled fiber and bound with recycled paper rope. This calendar can be personalized. ($2 for U.S. orders)
How about anything from http://www.greenteagoods.com/? They don’t sell online but through retailers from all across the country. Just check out the huge list here: http://www.greenteagoods.com/retailers.htm. All of their single items sell for under $9 and are made from natural ingredients. Plus, nothing is tested on animals.
Give the gift of trees by giving a gift membership to the Arbor Day Foundation. http://www.arborday.org/shopping/memberships/memberships.cfm?membership=trees. Many things are included with membership. Or you can give out Give-A-Tree Cards. “Every card plants a tree”. They all start at $5.95.