Gifts: Eco Friendly Gift Ideas for Christmas and other Celeberations

Every Christmas a lot of stuff changes hands. LOTS! and LOTS! and LOTS!!! Some are useful. But many end up in our trash a month, 2 months 3 or 6 months later. I mean I have received for a Christmas a tissue paper holder cover, a cheap body spray full of chemicals that smells like an insecticide, a plastic contraption that I never figured out what it is. I am sure many of you have had similar experiences. It is said “It is the thought that counts.” I am not sure how much thought went into those gifts. I mean do we have to throw anything at people. Is this really what Christmas is all about? In my very humble opinion many gifts that bring real and lasting happiness are not material stuff at all.

The Blue Marble

Taken from wikipedia
Taken from wikipedia

This Christmas can we choose the green market place to do our Christmas shopping? Lets us help our beautiful planet recover a little. And by so doing heal ourselves. For, what is good for the planet is good for us and what is good for us is good for the planet. So on to the online tree hugging dolphin loving stores for shopping. Keep that car in the drive way. Get a cup of good fair trade coffee, sit in your comfy chair, take a deep breath and relax. Let your fingers do the walking and let mother Earth breathe easy. Are you ready! Here we go!

None Stuff Gifts

The is a web site where you will find a list of items that you can give which are none stuff. You can give someone a CSA membership for a couple of hundred dollars. CSA stands for community supported farming. The receiver of this gift will get a year’s worth of fresh vegetables right off the farm. The veggies are in season and often organic. I wish someone generous will give me this gift. Not only will I get nutritious and delicious veggies I will be supporting local environmentally sustainable farms and farmers.

You can give a Volunteer Vacation. This is giving someone the joy of giving. Instead of a luxury vacation such as sitting at the beach sunning yourself and sipping a cool drink in a far off island, you will be giving back to the community by helping out in restoring a local ecosystem that is in danger or any of many other needs that could use a helping hand. This could be unbelievably uplifting and rewarding gift.

This is my favorite one. You can plant an urban tree in the name of the environmentalist in your life. He or she will be trilled. It costs anywhere from $25 to $100.

Another lovely gift is adapting endangered animals such as the sea otter and sea tutle in the picture.

There are many more terrific gift ideas like these on this website and other web site. Explore for yourself and enjoy .

Gifts from Recycled Material

If we have to buy stuff how about buying those that are made from recycled material. On this same web site you will find a recycled gift section and they have some cool gifts many will be happy to have. For instance they have colorful and techi looking cufflinks made entirely from computer circuit boards. A gift after my own heart. There is a chair and ottoman made of recycled skis, very cute for $375. It is a bit expensive but then chairs are expensive and it comes with an ottoman. I can see myself relaxing in it in a garden or porch. Wait till you see the yogurt container earring for $6.95. It is the cutest thing ever. They have hundreds of enticing items. Go to their website and have fun!

Gifts From Social and Enviromental Justice Companies

Now, if we have to buy stuff that are new, here are some environmentally and socially just companies to do business with.

Ah Shayh Skin Care Products

I stumbledupon this website as I was researching for this hub and it fits perfectly with what I have in mind. It is collective of women from the US in cooperation with women from the Dogomba tribe in northern part of Ghana where shea nut butter is harvested. The major goal of this women’s collective is the eradication of poverty through economic opportunity, education and a voice in their government for these African women and their families. The people of Dogomba have relied upon the shea butter tree for their lively hood for ages. The butter is used in cooking and for skin care to protect against the tropical sun.

The Ah Shayh collective not only is committed to the social justice of eradicating poverty but also is dedicated to environmental justice. The company makes sure that the cultivation of the shea tree is environmentally sustainable. They are careful that the savannah ecosystem remains in balance and able to support the diverse wild life. They are a member of Co-op America and operate under fare Trade guidelines. Co-op America is an organization that sets high standards of social and environmental justice of which I have been a member for years.

In fact you can go to the Co-op America web site and you will find hundreds of companies that are green and socially conscious.

World of Good Inc

World of Good Inc is a young company about five years old whose main goal is to help consumers make good choices. Choices that are good for the producers, consumers and our environment. When you buy a hand bag, a piece of jewelry, furniture, or clothing you are buying well made goods by expert artisans that are fair trade. They are beautifully hand crafted mostly by women in the developing world. These women are poverty stricken and only want to be able to feed, take care, and educate their children with dignity.

So when we buy these beautiful items from World of Good we are helping these families around the world. What better way to give this Christmas. World of Goods now has a new product line known as Original Good but they are the same company with the same initiative. WorldofGood has recently teamed up with e-Bay and you will find many of their items sold there at very reasonable price and shipping is free. There are beautiful organic hand made clothing, stunning hand crafted jewelery, hand bags,shawls, home decor etc. I saw a gorgeous bracelet made out of recycled bone (from a yak) for $5 and it is hand made in Nepal. You can’t bit that price.

There are many more socially and environmentally conscious companies on line I leave it to you to explore more. Have a merry green Christmas!

Comments 7 comments

Green Lotus profile image

Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Great gift ideas lelanew

LRobbins profile image

LRobbins 6 years ago from Germany

Great ideas. I'll have to check out the Daily

lelanew55 profile image

lelanew55 6 years ago Author

Hello Green Lotus and LRobbins. Thank you so much for your feedback. You two are the first and second to make comments on this hub and the third and fourth on any of my other hubs.I am trilled. I guess I haven't been doing enough socializing on hub pages.I will try to participate more often.

LeRobbins do check out Daily It is terrific website. I think I will link to them so readers can go straight to them form this hub.

charm_baker profile image

charm_baker 6 years ago from Los Angeles, California

Greetings Lela,

I finally took some time to respond to some of the great comments that my fellow Hubbers have left. You truly have a great hub here Lela. Not only is it right on time and right in season, but I'm all for a healthier environment. These are some excellent gift ideals that I will make sure my own readers are familiar with. (Through a url tracker of course) Keep up the good work.

As for comments, some people are just bad about responding, so don't worry, it's not always about the content. Sometimes we all just get a little lazy about commenting. I usually don't like short vague comments, but I don't always have time to leave my usual "long winded" one, so I guess a short one is better than nothing. But like you said, when you socialize a little more yourself, the comments will flow a little more. Later gator:)

lelanew55 profile image

lelanew55 6 years ago Author

Charm_Baker it is so great to hear from you. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such an encouraging comment. I know you are a very busy writer from reading your hubs so I feel privileged that you took the time to leave such an uplifting comment. I will be reading more of your hubs to pick up more useful info about making money writing on the web. Let us keep hubbing.

festersporling1 profile image

festersporling1 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Good stuff. The season is upon us!

lelanew55 profile image

lelanew55 6 years ago Author

Thank you for stopping by festersporting 1

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.

    More by this Author

    • Rue: Culinary Uses

      Most people do not think of rue as a culinary herb. In the west, it is used with great caution as a medicinal herb mostly. That is because it is considered poisonous and very bitter. But rue used to be used extensively...

    • Grilling Fish and Chicken on a Panini Grill

      Grilling fish and chicken on a panini grill is is an easy, quick and healthy way of cooking these foods. It takes about 4 to 10 minutes, doesn't need much oil or butter, excess fat is drained off, and the best part...

    • Travel Ethiopia: Gondar, Axum, Lalibela

      Northern Ethiopia is home to the Amhara and Tigray ethnic groups. But within this two groups there are differences in manners of speech and culture according to regions. So even the seemingly homogeneous north is rich...

    Click to Rate This Article