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Eco-Friendly, Green, and Upcycled Gift Ideas

Updated on January 15, 2015

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Give the AquaFarm!
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Committing To The Eco-Friendly Causes

The wonderful thing about environmental causes are they do not require too much initiative, and they are super easy to begin implementing. What makes conservation such an easy cause to commit to, is it does not take gigantic efforts to begin helping the planet. Starting off slowly with baby steps, does just fine for this type of special cause. Giving a gift that gives back to the environment, is a lovely way to show someone just how much you care. By giving a recycled, upcycled, or eco-friendly gift also, is a way to showcase the true reflections of your inner spirit. That is why taking the time to become crafty and creative, with any gift you plan to give, is always better than purchasing something off a retailer's shelf.

Giving A Gift of Love to A Conservationalist

It is always a nice gesture to try to give a gift to someone, which reflects the recipient's convictions. Take my sister in-law Terrie, who dearly loves animals. Last year for Christmas, my husband and I gave a donation in her name, to the local humane society. She went crazy over it! She was genuinely thrilled. Giving someone, who is passionate about the environment or animals, an earth-friendly, organic, gift- is just another way of making a contribution to that person's beliefs and convictions. I cannot think of a better way to show someone, how much they are really appreciated for being who they are, than investing in their passions!

Earth-friendly gifts also work well for people, who live very busy lives. People who are deeply dedicated to their family life and hard work, generally appreciate someone taking the time to make a special effort towards their passion. Often folks like my sister in-law, feel like they cannot effectively support a cause, because they cannot donate their time to it. Your sincere and earth-friendly Christmas gift this holiday season, will show that person, just how to go about doing something positive for a cause, such as the environment, in a new and inventive way. Maybe, just maybe- your Christmas gifts this year, will start a new Christmas trend for next year's gift-giving season, between all of you.

If you are not sure where to begin the hunt for earth-friendly gifts, try www.potterybarn.com. They have a complete department dedicated to environmentally friendly items for purchase. Pottery barn's eco-friendly items not only make great Christmas gifts, but they have some lovely ideas and items for purchase for someone getting married, housewarming gift, or for celebrating a birthday.


Eco Friendly Upcyling Gift Ideas

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Fill a bag up with a pre-made mix of your choosing from your favorite family cake, cinnamon rolls, or cupcake recipe.  Include the recipe, tie a great ribbon around the bowl, and you have a gift.
Fill a bag up with a pre-made mix of your choosing from your favorite family cake, cinnamon rolls, or cupcake recipe. Include the recipe, tie a great ribbon around the bowl, and you have a gift. | Source
Fill up the recycled bottles with either sea salt, rosemary,  lavender or olive oil for a great personalized gift.  My daughter loved the set I made for her.  Total cost $7.00.
Fill up the recycled bottles with either sea salt, rosemary, lavender or olive oil for a great personalized gift. My daughter loved the set I made for her. Total cost $7.00. | Source

Give A Gift that Lasts

Giant Arborvitae Tree/Shrub
Giant Arborvitae Tree/Shrub | Source

Eco-Friendly Kid Gift Idea

For a clever, kid-friendly, organic gift this year, as part of my granddaughters Christmas surprises, I plan to buy them each a Green Giant Arborvitae pine tree , from the Arbor Day Foundation. Kids today love to be a part of something bigger than themselves. This inexpensive gift, is just other way to provide that for them and teach them a little about conservation. It is also a way of getting children to think about the community they call home. Getting a child on the right track of doing things for their community, and understanding the importance of giving back to the community, as early as possible is the main goal.

The reason for selecting the Arborvitae pine trees was because they grow in my region. They also grow three feet high annually, and they are extremely hardy trees. They are also safe for human consumption, which is something that definitely needs to be considered before giving a child a plant. Plus they will look fabulous in my back yard. Kids love seeing things that represent a piece of them in your home; like a painting of theirs on the refrigerator. But with a tree, it is something they will be sure to enjoy for a lifetime. I think it is a great way to show a child that they belong there and that it will always be their home.



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    alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

    I think buying a tree as a gift for Arbor Day is a wonderful idea that will continue producing benefits in the future. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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    Julie Grimes 6 years ago from Columbia, MO USA

    Bob, you are my hero! Thanks for the laugh. Your comment is too funny..., "kill pretend villians or disrobe"..., fantastic line.

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    Robert E Smith 6 years ago from Rochester, New York

    I think your article was beautiful. Only one problem though, none of those gifts move, beep, buzz, kill pretend villians, or disrobe in any way. What can you do with that? It is just simple beauty that is eternal reflecting the creator of nature, a God that is eternal. Who wants that? It is not a gadget, or anything entertaining. Wow, if I thought that was any good I'd waste my time in an art museum, just looking at the paintings. How lame!... Anyway, you get the point. This is what humans should do, see the beauty in the simple things, like the author's picture on the top right corner of this article. Wow!! now THAT is beautiful. :)

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