Now if you are anything like me, the holidays just kind of snuck up on you with an onslaught of parties and that panic of what gifts to get everyone. I hate doing last minute shopping and buying people useless stuff that will probably end up in a landfill. This year, I’m helping my loved ones be more green by giving them gifts with a purpose.
Here are my top picks for the season:
Vampire Slayers – Smart strips and voltage cutters have become easier to find these days. These handy gadgets cut power to appliances and chargers when it’s not needed. Try these: Smart Strip, Belken Conserve Socket, Volt Star Eco-Charger
Z Pizza Gift Certificate – Who doesn’t love pizza? This healthy pizza place is spectacularly delicious made with all natural and organic ingredients. They have locations nationwide so treat someone to a new taste sensation.
Eco Hatchery Green Kits – For those new to green, these user-friendly kits contain everything you need to get started with a green lifestyle and save electricity and water around the house. Plus, you can track your carbon footprint on their web site.
Solar Chargers – like voltage cutters, these handy gizmos are starting to come in all shapes and sizes. You can even get a messenger bag with a solar panel to charge on the go! No electricity needed, just good ol’ FREE and bountiful sunshine! Try these: Solio, Amp Charger Bag, Solar Urban Messenger Bag
Eco Touch Waterless Car Wash – I love this stuff. It saves me so much money on car washes (and saves bucketloads of water.) Plus it’s so easy! Just a quick spray and wipe every week or so keeps my car shiny and clean!
Endangered Animal Adoption – World Wildlife Fund and National Wildlife Federation offer symbolic animal adoptions – great for kids because they come with a cute stuffed animal and you can teach your young ones about animal conservation.
Experience this – instead of giving items, trying giving experiences – a restaurant gift certificate for a couple who could use a nice date night, a spa certificate for your stressed out co-worker, a green maid service for the overwhelmed who have no time to clean.
Happy green shopping!