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Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas for Your Loved Ones This Holiday Season

With December just around the corner, you’ve probably already started thinking about what to purchase your loved ones for the biggest gift-giving season of the year. Finding the perfect gift can be difficult, especially if you’ve got people on your list who have everything, who don’t really have many hobbies or who have restrictions on […]

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With December just around the corner, you’ve probably already started thinking about what to purchase your loved ones for the biggest gift-giving season of the year. Finding the perfect gift can be difficult, especially if you’ve got people on your list who have everything, who don’t really have many hobbies or who have restrictions on what they will accept.

If you’re in that sticky situation where you simply have no idea what to buy someone, why not consider buying them eco-friendly gifts? They are the perfect gift for people on your gift-list who avoid products made of or tested on animals or gifts bad for the environment. They’re also the perfect gifts for people who like to find ways to save money.

Solar Powered Gadgets

For the gadget-junkie or penny-pincher in your life, consider giving them something solar powered this holiday season. There are solar-powered backpacks that charge your electronic devices, solar-powered remote-controlled cars, and robots, solar-powered fans, flashlights, radios and more! There are even solar-powered water fountains for the gardener or landscaper in your life.

Cruelty and Blood-Free Jewelry

Due to the exposure of the blood diamond trade and the disgusting working conditions of miners and gem-hunters, jewelry made with real gemstones has become less popular over the last several years. However, if you’re looking for the perfect piece of jewelry for that special someone, consider lab created diamonds as an ethical and sustainable alternative. Man made diamonds and other lab created gemstones provide all the beauty and grace of the original stones with none of the attached cruelty and resulting guilt.

Energy-Efficient Gifts

These days, there is an energy-efficient version of just about everything. Energy-efficient gifts are great for those who like to save money, and they’re even better for the environment. You can purchase anything from energy-efficient stoves and heaters to energy-efficient TVs and appliances. These make great gifts for those friends who do everything they can to help save our environment.

Water Filtration Pitchers & Reusable Water Bottles

All over the world, there are 20,000 plastic bottles being purchased every second. You read that correctly: 20,000 plastic bottles every second. This amounts to a staggering amount of plastic pollution once those bottles are tossed in the trash. Why not help cut down on your friends’ plastic bottle consumption and buy them water filtration pitchers and reusable water bottles instead?

This will ensure your friends always have fresh, clean water to drink and something refillable and reusable from which to drink it. Plus, you’ll be helping them save money as well as the environment. It’s estimated that the average American spends over $100 a year just on bottled water. For an average family of four, that’s over $400 a year just for water! Trust me, they’ll thank you for it.

Gifts Made from Bamboo

Products made of bamboo are some of the most environmentally friendly products you can purchase, and there are tons of things made from bamboo now. You could purchase your loved ones’ bamboo pillows, bamboo utensils and cutlery, bamboo clothes and towels, bamboo brushes and toothbrushes, bamboo hampers, toys, art, and even weapons! The possibilities are endless, as are the benefits to the environment.

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