The Holiday Season is upon us! That means cold weather, celebrations, great people, awesome food, and presents! One way to make this wonderful season even better is by spreading a little green living cheer with your gifts. Now, I know what you are thinking, “Those eco-friendly gifts are way too expensive and I’m already going to have to pay off a ton of debt when this is all over!” It’s true that some green gifts cost a pretty penny, but rest assured that you can find unique and earth friendly gifts for reasonable prices.
Gifts from VivaTerra.com
Viva Terra, which translates to “Living Earth”, is a company dedicated to living in harmony with nature. They are committed to providing unique designs with the eco conscious consumer in mind and many of their items come at a great price. For less than $30 dollars you can find beautifully crafted bowls, scarves, mugs, kitchen accessories, home décor, and even chocolate, all made with the earth in mind.
Eco Gifts from Etsy.com
Etsy.com is a goldmine of unique handmade gifts. But did you know that the website also has a vast collection of affordable handmade eco-friendly gifts? You can find anything from upcyled purses and vintage accessories to candles and recycled jewelry for very reasonable prices. The green friendly Etsy artisans even made it easy for socially conscious customers by creating their own collaborative blog: Ecoetsy.com
Eco-friendly Shoes from Payless
I was very pleased (and surprised) to learn that Payless Shoes had an eco-friendly line, considering that trying to find even the simplest sustainable shoe can cost a pretty penny. The name of the line is Zoe & Zac, and it offers adorable shoes made of organic cotton and recycled rubber soles. For about $25 a pair, Zoe & Zac offers a great combination of sustainability and style without burning a hole in your wallet.
Recycled and Animal Friendly Gifts from UncommonGoods.com
UncommonGoods is an online market place dedicated to showcasing unique gifts at affordable prices. All of their items were made without harming animals and many of their items are made of recycled materials. Just look for the green recycled icon throughout the site.
Green Cookbooks from Amazon
Amazon offers a myriad of green cookbooks under $20 for the eco-conscious foodie. Some of the more popular cookbooks include Alice Waters’ Green Kitchen: Techniques to Learn By Heart and Jackie Newgent’s Big Green Cookbook.
This Holiday Season, show your friends how much you care for them and the environment by giving them unique and affordable gifts with an eco-friendly twist.
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