Green Stocking Stuffers for Everyone on Your List
With only a few shopping days left before the holidays, most people have their big presents wrapped and ready to go. But don't forget that sometimes great things come in small, stocking stuffer-sized packages. We've collected small gift ideas for everyone on your list, from the outdoor adventurer to the environmentally conscious shopper. Hang your stockings by the chimney with care, and fill them with a few of these green gifts:
For the budding environmentalist: Amateur artists will love recycled crayons from Crazy Crayons ($3-$10), which can help teach children about the importance of sustainable living, and to be conscious of what they consume and discard. If your youngsters are the more adventurous type, give them the tools to explore: try magnifying glasses, binoculars, and guides to your backyard flora and fauna. Gifts like Wild Republic's plush birds play real bird calls, and encourage your little ones to get outside and start exploring.
For the die-hard cyclist: Even the most devoted athlete has to take a break every so often. For a beer after a long ride, they'll love Resource Revival's recycled bicycle chain keychain bottle opener ($12). If your cyclist is a foodie, try Anna Brones's beautifully illustrated cookbook The Culinary Cyclist (Elly Blue Publishing, 2013, $9.95). Beyond delicious and easy recipes, Brones's book gives readers genuinely useful lifestyle tips, explaining how to shop by bicycle and have "an impromptu picnic without breaking your champagne glasses in your bike pannier." (Check out a few of Brones's recipes here on the Green Life.)
For the outdoorsy type: Practical and perfectly stocking stuffer-sized, the Lifestraw personal water filter ($19.95) is a great gift for campers and backpackers. If the hiker on your list has a favorite park, opt for Liberty Bottle Works' Topo water bottles ($11.99-$26.69), which come printed with topographical maps of several American wilderness areas.
For animal lovers: Animal lovers of all ages will appreciate a wild animal adopted in their name ($25-$100), or the sponsored care of a rescued farm animal, from Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary ($10-$50).
For gardeners: Greenaid sells small seed bomb tube kits for the guerrilla gardener on your list, packaged by themes like garden herb and golden poppy ($4.99-$11.99). For the more festive, check out Earth Easy's Christmas tree grow bottle kit ($19.95). The green-thumbed recipient can raise their own Scotch pine for holidays to come.
For conscious consumers: If your loved ones don't yet own a reusable shopping bag, this should be first on your list. Pick up a pack of four from the Sierra Club ($15.99), or buy classic Chico bags individually ($5.99). Reusable hand towels are another everyday essential for busy environmentalists. People Towels sells two packs of beautifully designed towels and a handy carrying bag for $15.99, or individually towels from $6.
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