GUIDE TO SANE GIFT SHOPPING & GIVING
The eco-minded gift recipients on your list love it when you honor their eco sensibilities. If they’re a foodie, we have you covered in the intro post to Frugalista Gift for the Eco-Minded (Foodie Edition). If they’re into taking a break with coffee, tea, chocolate or snacking, the Eco Minded: Down Time post will help you make their day. And if the eco-minded on your list is more the practical type, Gifts for the Eco-Minded Practical Types lists great ideas.
This edition gives you ideas for Frugalista Eco Gifts for home—great for housewarmings, host/hostess and the health conscious.
New and seasoned gardeners will appreciate Smith-hawken tools. These include handles made of certified, sustainable European ash. Guaranteed to last a lifetime. Choose the Smith & Hawken® 2 Piece Tool Gift Box Set.
Or, choose singular tools like the Smith & Hawken® Premium Quality Solid-forged Long Shovel. Its solid forged metal makes it great for digging or shoveling.
If they love fresh herbs, give them the Bamboo Grow Box. Fresh organic oregano, basil or parsley right from their kitchen counters. They’ll cultivate the beneficially healthful herbs in a beautiful, durable bamboo pot made from all-natural materials. Can’t get more organic or eco-conscious than growing them at home.
Give them natural peanut butter without the mess. The Peanut Butter Mixer eliminates the oil separation problem. It screws onto a standard 16 ounce peanut butter jar. Crank the mixing rod. No more separation. Just creamy peanut butter. Bonus: easy clean-up.
Chef Alice Waters (owner of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Calif.) was one of the pioneers of sustainable cooking. Your eco-minded health addict might enjoy her book In the Green Kitchen: Techniques to Learn by Heart. The book includes 50 recipes from Chef Waters and other famous chefs — along with the know-how to create them using fresh, local ingredients.
Recent studies list many reasons that sodas, both loaded and diet, are bad. In addition, there’s the issue of the discarded cans and plastic bottles.
The soda loving eco-minded on your list will enjoy Sodastream Jet Starter Kit. Healthier, fresher fizzy drinks in 30 seconds. The kit includes a hermetically sealed BPA-free plastic bottle that lasts for three years. Bonus: unit requires no electricity or batteries.
$100 $85 Amazon.com
A less expensive alternative: Fizz Giz Soda Maker and Home Carbonation. This hand-held unit carbonates anything. That includes water, juices, wine; even fruit—just about whatever the user wants to make fizzy. It also stores easily in a drawer. About the shape of a banana, it’s also portable; great for camping, etc.
You can argue that coffee isn’t healty, but they’re going to have it. Might as well have it in the Chemex®. Invented in 1944 by a chemist, this coffeemaker’s claim to fame comes because of the glass of its hourglass-shaped flask. The glass doesn’t absorb odors or chemical residue resulting in a better cup of coffee. Brewing only involves high quality filters ($8/100) and boiling water. Thus, the Chemex lasts forever—unless they’re clumsy! Comes in 3, 6, 8 and 10 cup sizes (Each cup equal 5 ounces).
$42.90 (10 cup) chemexcoffeemaker.com
(Also available at Sears, Amazon and Williams Sonoma)
And if you really want to make a health point, check out Choffy. Choffy brews like coffee and smells like chocolate — with neither the caffeine nor the calories.
$15 per 12-oz bag www.drinkchoffy.com.
Know someone who’d appreciate an air purifier? Your eco-minded recipient might prefer the Solay Fair Trade Himalayan Salt Crystal Lamp to cleanse the air. Naturally. With salt excavated from 250 million-year-old Himalayan sea beds. The lamp charges the air with healthy saltwater ions. Users describe breathing and sleeping easier from both the ions and the deep serene glow of the hand-chiseled crystal. Lamp sits on a Zen-inspired wooden base. Comes in gift box.
Special $35 http://www.natural-salt-lamps.com/saltlamps.html
You will hopefully find a fit for your health and/or hearth inclined eco-minded recipient. Or, find new items on the listed retailers’ sites. Or, be inspired to ideas of your own.
Happy Frugalista Shopping!
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