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Green gift ideas for an eco-friendly Christmas

Photo by Jonas N.

People love getting presents they feel good about. So why not indulge with holiday gifts that show some respect for the environment?

Of course, creative DIY projects and "experience gifts" are ideal to avoid excess waste and packaging. But if you're set on retail, shopping green – and shopping local – can be a great way to give and give back this Christmas.

We’ve put together a list of eco-friendly gift ideas for the whole family, to help make your holiday season a little greener.

$20 or less...

Garden in a bag

These fun little packages are great for the windowsill gardener, and for cooks who love fresh herbs year-round. Each kit includes a packet of seeds, certified organic soil, and coconut husk drainage chips. The waterproof bag makes the mini-garden easy to plant and store, and there’s a variety of different herbs and flowers available.

$10.50, Lavish and Lime

 

The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard


Based on a popular short film, this book provides an insightful glimpse into our society's material culture and its impacts on the environment. It’s an interesting read for the environmentally-conscious consumer, containing a wealth of facts, diagrams and details. And don’t fear for the trees – the book is printed on 100 per cent post-consumer fibre, using ink made of soy and other natural oils.

$15.20, Book Warehouse

 

Naughty & Nice onesie

Made of organic cotton and screen-printed right here in Vancouver, this adorable onesie is a perfect holiday-themed item for the green baby. Parade Organics sells these cute little outfits from their shop in Gastown, along with a selection of eco-friendly toys and children’s gifts.

$20, Parade Organics

 

$50 or less...

Recycled rubber passport holder 

An ideal gift for a holiday vacation – this handy, waterproof passport cover is made from recycled car tires. Made by a company in Montreal, the simple black design is great for guys or girls. And if passport holders aren’t your thing, they’ve also got other reclaimed rubber accessories like wallet organizers, wine bottle bags and luggage tags.

$22, Lavish and Lime

 

Reclaimed bamboo earrings

You can’t go wrong with jewelry, especially with these beautiful, environmentally friendly designs. Vancouver-based co-founders Scott Dominic and Nicole Neves decided to get crafty with the wooden scraps from Dominic’s furniture and home reno business. The result? Classy and sustainable accessories at a decent price.

$42, Dominic Design + Manufacturing

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