GUIDE TO SANE GIFT SHOPPING & GIVING
As stated in the intro post to Frugalista Gift for the Eco-Minded, it’s near impossible to ignore environmental issues. Your eco-active gift recipients certainly don’t. This post is for them if they love caffeine, coffee, tea, chocolate; and the snacks that go with them.
Coffee is an easily available eco and fair trade gift. Go no farther than your local Starbucks for some new and exotic blends for the coffee lover on your list. Starbucks has, for many years, consciously purchased responsibly grown, fair trade coffee.
Like their Starbucks Reserve® Organic Galápagos produced from Bourbon plants. Plus a soft chocolaty taste!
$15 – 8 oz starbucksstore.com
The Starbucks Reserve® Malawi Lake of Stars from East Africa offers a chocolate and orange spice combo.
$12 – 8 oz starbucksstore.com
If your recipient’s a Starbuck devotee, giving them an at home fix saves them a trip. And, then, you’ve done your part for the environment, too. Starbuck’s also has a great job creation program (Create Jobs for USA Fund) for a limited time.
Or try MONTANA COFFEE TRADERS. They work with several grower cooperatives to benefit communities on social, environmental, and
educational levels. If your gift recipient likes bright and lively, give them the Monteverde Sunrise blend from Costa Rica. Has a nutty, sweet and aromatic flavor.
$11 – 12 oz, $68 – 5 lb coffeetraders.com
Coffee Traders’ Organic Four Directions Blend benefits American Indian Students. It’s certified USDA Organic and Fair Trade, and shade grown. A medium roast with smooth, creamy body and earthy undertones.
$12 – 12 oz, $70 – 5 lb. coffeetraders.com
If you choose the coffee option, consider bundling several coffee blends into a gift basket.
Or, bundle a couple with two nice, large cups and saucers.
The Tea Lover’s Gift Basket will delight your tea drinker. Blends include fair trade green, black and decaffeinated teas. 2 mugs. Bonus: Your gift recipient will find great uses for the pretty woven basket it comes in.
$35 – small basket, $69 – large basket gxonlinestore.org
Like the Lavender Blueberry Chocolate Tasting Squares (59% Cacao) from Dagoba Organic Chocolate. They partner with cacao growers to help
“farmers reforest land for greater economic opportunity and environmental restoration.”
Bonus: The lavender, blueberries and dark chocolate provide antioxidants.
$27 – 36 x 0.32 oz. (9g) square dagobachocolate.com
You might prefer their Chocolate Lover’s Gift Basket for your eco-recipient. Includes three indulgent drinking chocolates and three specially selected bars. All in a handmade basket with a bow.
Like the gift basket idea, but want something a little less expensive? Try the Dagoba Favorites Gift Set, featuring their New Moon, Lavender, Roseberry, Xocolatl, Milk, Dark, and Chai bars.
The organic Gnosis Vegan, Organic Aphrodisia Raw Chocolate Bar is a mouthful. It might also make you re-think vegan. This bar is filled with so much healthy goodness it might actually cure something (disclaimer the manufacturers make no such claim!) They do, however, break down the meaning and purpose of all 13 ingredients. Still, if they’re vegan, love chocolate and/or eat organically, they’ll think this is bar is delicious.
Organic, Fair Trade Certified, Raw, Vegan
(2 oz, $8) gnosischocolate.com/
For more delectable, environmentally responsible, fair trade chocolate visit endangeredspecieschocolate. They throw in a little altruism.
A portion of some of their delicious chocolate sales include donations to the African Wildlife Foundation and a stuffed animal,
like the Adopt a Leopard chocolate bar set.
Your eco recipients get six succulent pieces of fruit; nuts; and chocolate with the Organic Malibu Munch Fruit Gift. The company hand packs the gift on the day it ships, ensuring freshness. The chocolate and nuts, as well as the fruit, are all organic.
Your eco co-workers will think you really, really like them when you present this FrugalistaEco gift. The Gourmet Organic Popcorn. Three
extraordinary flavors: Alderwood Smoked Sea Salt; Fleur de Sel; Pimentòn de La Vera. The last two flavors offer an International touch. Each box serves 2-4 people. Certified Organic. Made in USA
$25 – Set of 3/ $40 – set of 5 ecoexpress.com
The Organic Beer and Munchies set isn’t strictly healthy, but is organic. The set
features 2 organic microbrews. And from reviews sounds like these brews pass the test. Gourmet organic popcorn and a toffee chaser also included. Bonus: all comes packaged in a sustainable bamboo case.
All of these delicious Frugalista Gift choices work for family, friends, co-workers, hostess and housewarming gifts–just about any eco-minded recipient on your list. Still, if you need more ideas, check back for the next installment of Frugalista Gifts for the Eco-Minded.
Thanks for stopping by. Happy Frugalista shopping!
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