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Going Green And Gift Buying: Unique Solar Gifts and Solar Gadgets

Updated on May 27, 2011

Go Green: Unique Solar Gifts and Solar Gadgets

If you're looking for something eco friendly and 'green' for someone this holiday season, check out these options.

Today more than ever before, people are looking for viable alternatives to using conventional energy sources and solar power is becoming more and more popular.

If you have someone special on your list that you think could really enjoy a solar gadget or a unique solar gift, you'll love some of the choices out there.

Or if you just happen to be in the market for some of these items, try the solar variety and see if you're not pleasantly surprised by their efficiency and pleased with yourself for going green!


Solar Sound

The idea of solar sound may sound a bit 'out there', but you can buy many products that have an energy supply using solar rays.

Here are some great examples of solar sound products:

  • Bluetooth portable speaker for use with iPhone, iPod, & MP3 players

  • Solar sound systems that play iPods and iPhones

  • Cooler/sound system combo that plays iPods, MP3 players and cell phones

  • Solar audio and light systems

  • Solar jukebox

  • Radios that run on solar power

Solar Chargers

A solar charger makes a great gift. Consider ones that charge multiple devices, are durable, weather proof and that store large quantities of energy. Here are 2 great products to choose from.


  • These chargers will charge cell phones, iPods, MP3 players, PDAs, GPS systems, and digital cameras

  • They run off wind and solar power

  • A fully charged K3 will charge a Blackberry or an iPhone 5 times before needing recharging

  • Comes with a large capacity internal battery


  • Stores up to 96 hours of energy

  • Charges iPhones, iPods, MP3 players, PDAs, GPS and digital cameras along with multiple other electrical devices

  • Comes with a micro USB port for the latest Smart Phones

You can charge using USB port, solar power or a wall socket plug

Solar Toys

Toys for all ages are available that run off solar power.


  • Weighs 1 lb.

  • Exposure to sunlight makes the motor and the wheels go

  • Also functions with artificial light sources

  • Demonstrates the properties of solar power - great educational toy for all ages


  • Great educational toy for kids and adults alike

  • Build 6 separate models depicting solar power

  • A 6-in-1 toy demonstrating other energy sources


  • Solar powered race cars and model kits

  • Physics solar workshop kits

  • Solar wind turbine desk model

  • Solar hopping frog toy kit

  • Solar powered cable car kit

Solar Backpacks

These lightweight backpacks pack a solar punch because they have solar panels built into the fabric which capture solar rays which becomes energy.   While you're hiking expending your energy, you're gathering energy in the backpack to recharge your gadgets!


  • Extremely lightweight

  • Sleek design and many compartments

  • Adapters for charging iPhones, iPods, Samsung, LG, Nokia, and Motorola phones

  • Additional adapters available


  • Lightweight

  • Made of recycled fabric

  • Comes with USB plug, battery and connectors for all kinds of gadgets

  • Main compartment will hold a laptop sleeve

Check to see which solar backpacks have chargers for what products but most support numerous cell phones, iPods, iPhones, MP3 players, Blackberries and Smart phones. Most even support Nintendo and other game players!

Solar Ovens

Some of the great things about solar ovens:

  • Solar ovens are portable - most weight a little over 20 pounds

  • You can use them in summer or winter

  • Solar ovens are rustproof

  • Setup takes only minutes

  • Temperatures are easy to monitor

  • You can cook from 360-400 degrees using a solar oven

Go Green: Unique Solar Gifts and Solar Gadgets

There are many great solar products out there and the more we go solar, the less we rely on traditional energy sources.

These products make great gifts whether they're for someone special on your list or for yourself or your home.

Check out more great solar products at Happy shopping in the effort to go green!

Cooking in a Solar Oven

How Solar Backpacks Work

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Solar Chargers for Boats and Cars


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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Your comment is much appreciated adair_francesca - and I hope so too. It's about time we got green!

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      adair_francesca 7 years ago

      Solar gadgets are really cool. Great hub! I hope more people will use solar gadgets.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      BKC - I'm liking the solar backpack, too although my husband couldn't quite figure out why someone needed a solar backpack! That was too hilarious. I'd love to have one of those ovens too and have that on my list since we get over 300 days of sun here - very if only I can keep my Griffin away from the oven. Maybe the HEAT would be a deterrent although I have a feeling probably not.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Oooh love the backpack idea - and I so want a solar oven. Super great ideas here. Thanks so much. A big YAY here too - and rated up!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      ListLady - You are too funny - I am psychic don't ya know? Or was that psychotic? I'm glad the things I picked were good to know about. I'm kinda thinking about that solar oven myself now that I did the research on it!

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      TheListLady 7 years ago from New York City

      I have wanted a solar oven like forever! Thanks for the information. As a matter of fact whenever I think about something I want - or a particular food I must eat - you always have a hub waiting. Wonderful!

      Thanks for all the unique solar info. Yay! And rated up!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Multifunctions - love the name by the way - thanks so much for stopping by and for the kind comment.

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      Sanjay Sapre 7 years ago from India

      you have given me so many bright ideas thumbs up for you.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Thanks Prasetio - it is an evolving market I think and hopefully more and more solar energy will catch on. I'm all for it as if we could turn away from oil, we might have a better shot at saving the planet. It's worth a try in my humble opinion! Thanks for the read, as always!!

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Another great hub from you. I never thought that "solar energy" would be a good gift. I found various products using solar energy. Wow...We have to follow your tips. We have to make this as special gift and support "go green". You have original ide. I love this hub. Vote up as usual.


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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      I'd love one of those too,'s hard to decide for me sometimes 'do I really NEED this' or do I just want to have this new 'toy?' I think I'm a female nerd because I love learning how to use anything that has electronics associated with it! I think me needs to stick to cooking though.....

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      Crewman6 7 years ago

      I love it... speaks to the nerd in me. It would be awesome to have a solar powered backpack! Then my notebook and kindle could always be charged wherever I go!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Of course, Dim - that goes without saying!

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      De Greek 7 years ago from UK

      If I send you my birthday, can I expect some of those presents?...... :-))

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Thanks, Katie - you're too kind! I'm glad you liked the ideas as I got some great ideas for gifts from doing the hub. This is always a positive!

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Awesome, I'm loving the green solar gift ideas, you have some amazing ideas, I had many a light bulb moment looking through them finding so many perfect gifts for so many on my list. Congrats on your perfect 100 score and 333 hubs. Your one impressive hubber. Peace and Love :)

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Thanks, Christopher for the read and great comment. I was thinking though that even in-town trekkers might enjoy them as we all are so desperately in a panic if our 'devices' aren't powered up at all times!

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      Christopher Price 7 years ago from Vermont, USA

      I can definitely see the solar backpack being a must have for long term hikers and wilderness trekkers. Keeping a GPS, a cell phone or even an Ipod charged could be essential and a real lifesaver in an emergency.

      Good hub.


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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Lela - I have heard about cooking on the hood of your car - even on the engine - so I know you're not kidding! Sounds like Texas would be a great place for using solar energy though!!!

      BJ - Now that actually sounds like something our government would come up with...the car is 'only $5000 but then you need this and it is $25,000'. And I don't know if it comes in pig or old goat - will have to check on that!

      Carolina - I'm tempted to buy 1 or 2 of them myself - for merely educational purposes of course!

      Dream On - Thanks for stopping by!

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      DREAM ON 7 years ago

      Keep the ideas coming what great gifts.I think I just want to get them and keep them for myself instead.

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      carolina muscle 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      What a cool post -- I need all these toys !!!!!

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      A solar hopping frog toy kit? Wow! I have to tell frogdropping about that one. Does it come in pig, too. If so, I'll buy one.

      Speaking of saving energy, I heard there is a new electric car on the market and the price is less than $5,000. What a bargain! But you have to buy a 5,000 mile-long extension cord for it - price $25,000.

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      Lela 7 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      I love solar gadgets! Extension cord are so 90's. We have a natural solar oven here in Texas - it's called the hood of your car! Great for grilling hot dogs on the 4th of July! Seriously!

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

      Pamela - Thanks so much for the read and for the kind comment. I think that more and more, we'll (hopefully) see more energy efficient products on the market.

      Darlene - Ditto - I think the greener we become, the better off we will be planet-wise so I'm all for going greener!!

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      Darlene Sabella 7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Wow, Audry this is fantastic, I love all these great ideas, I am also a green freak, and my daughter has taught me how important eating green is...thumbs up I love this hub...great job girlfriend

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Audry, I have never seen this many solar powered items before and didn't know many of them existed. Great selection and your hub is laid out in a very attractive way.