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. Being an environmentalist, 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!