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Healthy & Green Gift Ideas


Friday, December 07, 2007


Here are a few gift ideas葉hings that I love and some that are on my own wish list葉hat are perfect for the health- and environmentally-conscious people in your life. Isn't that just about everyone these days? ;-)

CARDS

These Grow-a-Note Greeting Cards are made out of 100% recycled paper. Beyond that, they'll never go to waste葉hey can be planted directly into the soil and their embedded seeds will grow into wildflowers!

BOOKS

I recently got A Slice of Organic Life from my local library and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a book of small do-it-yourself projects (like making soap, making non-toxic household cleansers), food tips (baking bread, raising hens for eggs, buying organic), and other eco-friendly lifestyle ideas.


Anyone interested in organic gardening/farming, community supported agriculture, local/seasonal food, environmental responsibility, limiting urban sprawl, and simple living will really enjoy It's a Long Road to a Tomato . It's a collection of essays/stories by a man who quit the corporate world, bought a farm, and became an organic farmer in New York.


Hungry Planet: What the World Eats is an amazing, enlightening and entertaining book of photographs that examines what families across the globe eat every week and how war, poverty and social status also affect our diets. It's filled with information from leading nutrition researchers too and it will really make you stop and think about what's on your plate預nd why.

GREEN FITNESS GEAR

Eco-friendly yoga mats, props and bags abound these days. I've never been disappointed with Gaiam's products.


I love my Sigg water bottle because it's eco-friendly, reusable and eventually recyclable. It's a must-have for any exerciser who wants to stop buying single-use plastic water bottles.


Lululemon offers a wide variety of natural and organic apparel for yoga, Pilates and general fitness. Other brands that offer similar eco-friendly fitness gear include: Gaiam , Prana , and Patagonia .

HEALTHY PET

I'm a HUGE fan of SmartyKat toys and accessories, which my local Target store carries. They make great gifts for your own pet熔r your pet loving friend. With organic catnip, natural treats, and toys made from post-consumer recycled materials, what's not to love? My cats love the SweetGreens cat grass too. They also make products for dogs .

OTHER

Reusable bags are the kind of thing that many people would use, but that they don't want to spend money on themselves. I love these bags with a message, from GetHipGetGreen.com . They're medium-size, but of a heavyweight material and exceptionally strong. They come in two styles "Love this Planet" and "Get Hip Get Green." Another great source for reusable bags, containers, water bottles and lunch bags is ReusableBags.com .
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FAHIMEH* 1/9/2008 5:33PM

    Hi Nicole. I love your ideas.It is very cool to give our loved ones green gifts.

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LAUREN419 12/27/2007 9:16AM

  I love these green gift ideas. My boyfriend and I did gift cards this year to save on wrapping paper and tape. Also, it saves on people having to go return things which saves on receipts and gas for the car.


I love your ideas though! So cool!

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EMBBEAR 12/19/2007 6:13PM

    WOW! I'm so excited to drop by this blog entry. I bought my family coffee from Thanksgiving.com, fair trade, organic, and each purchase donates to different causes. HOWEVER I don't think I can get away with buying everyone coffee each year, I'm especially enthused about the cat toys for my own feline, I had no idea Target carried that line.

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