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
He'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
She'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
Decorative 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.
Shoppers' Survival Guide
OOH 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.
. . . FOR NONMATERIAL PRESENTS: newdream.org/holiday
. . . FOR THE FRIEND WHO HAS EVERYTHING (or needs a little good karma): oxfamamericaunwrapped.com