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The Green Life: Your Gifts Are On Our List

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November 26, 2007

Your Gifts Are On Our List

Finding one of these presents under the tree could turn the most ardent Hummer driver into a tree hugger. What green gift would you be most grateful to receive?

FOR YOUR BROTHER
Smnd07_gl_shirtHe'll have style and substance with a fresh renewable-energy T-shirt (pictured; organic and sweatshop free), hipster hoodie (made from organic fleece), rugged wallet (made out of discarded truck-tire inner tubes), geek-chic luggage tags (made of old circuit boards), or recycled messenger bag.

FOR YOUR SISTER
Smnd07_gl_necklaceShe'll toast your thoughtfulness when she unwraps this recycled-glass necklace (pictured) by artist Kathleen Plate. Or send her out on the town with a pull-tab clutch or shoulder bag and some ecofriendly lipstick to stick in it. Sis the shy and retiring type? Encourage her to express herself in a vintage-record-sleeve journal or one made from elephant poop (no, really).


FOR YOUR FOLKS
Smnd07_gl_wirebowlsDecorative bowls woven from telephone wire (pictured) or vases made from recycled paper will add beauty to their home and benefit craftspeople in South Africa and Vietnam. Foodies or green thumbs will appreciate an herb-garden kit with organic seeds in a biodegradable pot.

FOR YOUR (FURRY) BEST FRIEND
Gl_fuzziesFido will drool his appreciation for a fabric chew toy made of recycled soda bottles (pictured) and rest easily on an organic, hemp, or recycled doggie bed.

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Shoppers' Survival Guide

CoolgreenstuffOOH AND AAH at the chic, surprising gift ideas in Cool Green Stuff, a book by Dave Evans. Or reconsider consumerism altogether with Shopping Our Way to Safety, Andrew Szasz's look at personal versus political choices.

Smnd07_gl_lovebagSmnd07_gl_redbagJUST SAY NO to paper or plastic--bring your own stylin' tote from b. happybags, Blue Lotus, envirosax.com (left), gethipgetgreen.com (far left), Reiter8, or reusablebags.com.

ELIMINATE UNWANTED GIFTS by setting up an Alternative Gift Registry, where you can request anything from that recycled lamp you've been coveting to copies of your friends' favorite recipes.

WRAP IT UP in a decorative, reusable bag, cloth, or envelope from fwraps.com, lagniappegiftwrap.com, luckycrow.com, or wrapsacks.com.

SWAP, FREECYCLE, OR DONATE any unwanted holiday gifts--and anything else that's cluttering up your house.

GET MORE IDEAS FOR CRAFTY RECYCLED GOODS: elsewares.com, etsytrashion.com

. . . FOR FASHIONABLE FRIENDS: btcelements.com, pangaya.com

. . . FOR GREEN HOUSES: branchhome.com, buygreen.com, greenfeet.com

. . . FOR FAIR-TRADE FINDS: novica.com, tenthousandvillages.com, worldofgood.com

. . . FOR THE LITTLEST ONES ON YOUR LISTS: greennest.com, kee-ka.com, littletwig.com

. . . FOR NONMATERIAL PRESENTS: newdream.org/holiday

. . . FOR THE TREEHUGGER-TO-BE: gogreengift.com, Greensender, or the Environmental Working Group's Pollution Solutions Gift Bag

. . . FOR THE FRIEND WHO HAS EVERYTHING (or needs a little good karma): oxfamamericaunwrapped.com

STILL STUMPED? Check out gift guides from Care2, E Magazine, Green Promise, Plenty, Salon, Shift Your Gift, Sustainable Travel International, Treehugger, and VegNews.

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