GUIDE TO SANE GIFT SHOPPING & GIVING
As stated in the intro post to Frugalista Gift for the Eco-Minded, environmental issues remain at the forefront. Chances are good that a recipient on your gift list is eco-active. This post is for the practical ones.
Eco-minded cooks will love the antimicrobial Totally Bamboo Cutting Board set. Sustainable, durable bamboo in three perfect sizes. Light and dishwasher safe. Pretty, too.
Educate the eco-beginner, or intermediate, with Eat Good Food: A Grocer’s Guide to Shopping, Cooking & Creating Community Through Food. Written by owners of beloved institution Bi-Rite Market in San Francisco, the book guides the reader into savvy, sustainable and local grocery shopping decisions—with detailed sections covering every department. The buzz? This book is relevant, interesting, and useful to shoppers across the country. It also includes recipes.
$33 http://biritemarket.com $20 Amazon.com
Your eco gift recipient will love the economical and health benefits of the Tabletop Oil Mister. These replace the grocery canned cooking sprays that serve some nitrous oxide or carbon dioxide with each spray. With the Mister, they’ll use their own choice of pure, healthy oils (i.e. olive oil). Less fat, more flavor. Money saved. Fewer cans in landfill. Bonus: The mister looks pretty alone. Adding herbs and spice diffused in the oil makes it more attractive.
Give your eco recipient the gift of an energy vampire slayer. The P3 International Kill A Watt EZ Electricity Usage Monitor gets high ratings on energy sites and Amazon currently has it at an amazing price. The unit measures and displays the energy usage, efficiency and costs for household appliances. Your recipient easily determines which appliances are gobbling energy. Or, using energy when the appliance is off. Simple: plugs into an outlet. Prudent: The monitor also forecasts costs. Handy in the recipient’s likely wish to wean off the grid.
$60 $24 Amazon.com
Give them effortless, non-messy indoor composting with the All Food Recycling Compost Kit with Bokashi. Discard all food—even bones—without unpleasant odors. The Bokashi, “fermented organic matter”, decomposes the food instead of putrefying. Thus, produces no odor. Instead the kit produces nutrient matter ready to transfer to the garden in about 10 days. Holds 5 gallons of food waste. Includes 1 gallon bag of Bokashi, which lasts for one bucket full of compost. (Additional bags $14 @Amazon)
$89 $47 Amazon.com
Stay tuned for the next installment of Frugalista Gifts for the Eco-Minded.
Happy Frugalista shopping!
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