GUIDE TO SANE GIFT SHOPPING & GIVING
…she clearly demonstrates how much she loves the earth.
The Bamboo Napkin Rings could look great on her dinner party table. Created from a most durable variety of bamboo. Set of 4
Or, the Dragonfly Napkin Ring might be more perfect for Mom’s table. Each hand carved from horns of domesticated water buffalo. $11/each bambeco.com
As mom serves wine, she can tell her guests that Colombians handmade these Recycled Glass Wine Goblets from recycled glass.
Sturdy and strong wine glasses that even the macho guys won’t mind holding. Set of two.
The Recycled Glass White Wine Decanter might better fit her needs. Its open ice chamber keeps wine frosty without dilution. Also handmade in Colombia with recycled glass.
For local purchase, Pottery Barn offers the 6 set Recycled Goblets for $60.
For potentially faster shipping, Amazon.com also has Recycled Wine Glassware.
Mom more of a sake woman? The West End Sake Set blends well with any décor. Created from sustainable earthenware.
These Record Coasters might bring back memories. They will certainly be a conversation starter. Made from actual recycled records.
The Reclaimed Vinyl Record Bowls makes a nice complement to the coasters. Or, stand alone as a cute addition to a casual table.
Amazon also offers a similar bowl for $27.
Would a Reclaimed Gold or Silver Necklace bring out Mom’s beautiful smile? These will complement spring/summer outfits. Both made from “post consumer” jewelry. Each unique and made by cognitively disabled adults.
The gleaming Mixed Metal Wire Wrap Bangle Bracelet might fit Mom’s style. Crafted and hand-made from recycled aluminum wire, it includes two gold-colored ball accents. The balls are also made from recycled aluminum. This one is pretty and striking.
Or, the Penny, Nickel and Dime Bracelet might be charm her. The sterling silver bracelet uses actual historic coins.
Would she love a scarf made from unused, reclaimed cotton T-shirts? Bonus with the Tee Panel Scarf: cognitively disabled adults helped create these super-soft accessories. Each one unique.
Green3 also offers a Shirt/Tee scarf made from men’s dress shirts for $10.
Organic extra virgin olive oil gives the Verde Bath Salts their fresh, green scent. Packaged in a 32-ounce Italian glass olive oil bottle.
Couple the bath salts with the Verde Olive Oil Soap for $10. Handcrafted and organic; and made of naturally occurring glycerin.
Or, give Mom the Verde Spa Collection for $82. Includes bath salts, body wash, hand & body lotion and olive oil soap.
This Mom will likely devour Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify and Energize Your Life, Your Home and Your Planet. The book provides a blueprint for sustainable living. It also lists product and services resources. Perhaps you could bundle this with one of the green bath products above.
The Organic Dried Fruit Tray makes a beautiful, vibrant presentation. It’s also healthy and, I imagine, delicious.
The 16 ounces of fruit is not only nutritious, organic and sustainably grown—the gift includes a wooden tray crafted from old peach trees.
Mom might prefer to make her own dried fruit. Get her a dehydrator. Prices range from $30 and up; available at many outlets, like Wal-Mart, Sears, Amazon, Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, etc.
The Reclaimed Wine Bottle Basil Grow Kit is two eco gifts in one. Mom gets fresh, culinary herbs at her fingertips. She also knows that one less restaurant wine bottle went to the landfill. Easy to follow instructions included. $38.00 bambeco.com
The green mom is acutely aware of the water issue. Though utilitarian, the Fiskars Holden Rain Barrel might delight her. The contoured barrel holds 48 gallons. Stylish rather than garish.
$70 homedepot.com (can be shipped to store)
Mom will appreciate the Bamboo Three-Arm Fountain Kit‘s simplicity. Also, that she can use it with any shallow container. She’ll love the sound of flowing water on her bedside table or office desk.
Mom love lavender? She might prefer to grow her lavender from seeds. The Lavender Growing Kit includes detailed instruction meant to make growing lavender flowers in her garden easy and fun.
One or more of the Solar Tea Lanterns could be a welcome addition to the ambience of Mom’s next patio gathering. Powered by the sun, these lanterns give off “a natural and inviting glow.” Hang or sit on a surface.
Mom might enjoy an occasional picnic with Dad, the grandkids or whomever. If so, the insulated Metro Moka Picnic Basket makes a perfect gift. It’s fully collapsible, water-resistant, and made of durable canvas.
$34 $50 bluestonegarden.com
The miniature Organic Wine Grape Bonsai gives Mom a little of the outdoors inside. A product of California’s wine country. Includes care instructions and ceramic planter.
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