Friday, November 26, 2010

Green Gifts

Happy Black Friday. If you're like me, you'd rather not be fighting with the crowds, looking for great gifts. Honestly, I'd like to be shopping online and watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas, instead. Giving to family is and should be fun, so here are a few eco-friendly gift ideas to get you started.

For the little peanuts in your life:
Buy him his first truck. It's made from 100% recycled milk jugs. It is also sent to you in fully recyclable packaging.  My son loves his! (Also, check out the recycling truck and firetruck.)
Green Toys Dump Truck

PlanToys Roller

This roller will encourage crawling or rolling to chase it around the room. Plan Toys use manufacturing methods to reduce energy consumption and waste. You can feel good about where these toys come from!

For the toddlers:
Let them make music with a xylophone. Plan Toys makes this colorful xylophone out of recycled rubber wood.
Plan Toy Oval Xylophone

MiYim Simply Organic Good Earth FairyI know several little girls who would love a sweet fairy. You can feel good about your little one snuggling up with this 100% organic cotton Good Earth Fairy. She is dyed with plant and mineral dyes instead of chemicals. (MiYim has lots of other adorable plush toys, including their Jane Goodall collection--the lion is too cute!)

For the older set:

Elenco Snap Circuits Green - Alternative Energy KitAn experiment is at their fingertips with this green electronics kit. If you have kids in your life who want to take the stereo apart to see how it works, this is the perfect gift.

This building kit is decidedly feminine, so it would be fun for the girl in your life who likes to create. The recycled cardboard kit is also fully recyclable.
Totem Nature By Kidsonroof

For the Big People:
I am loving these vintage sari scarves. They are handmade from entirely recycled materials. I think the cinnamon one is the loveliest. It would certainly brighten my mood on a dreary winter day.

My husband might be getting this dopp kit for Christmas. Every man needs a sturdy bag to transport his bath products. It's repurposed mountain bike tubes and is even made in Colorado!

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