2014 Green Gifts For The Holidays
The holiday season is on the horizon, and it’s time to start brainstorming for gift ideas for all of the people on your list. This busy and often hectic season is the perfect time to remind others to be eco-friendly and conscious of their impact on the environment. Giving green gifts to your family members and friends allows you to showcase the importance of sustainability while still letting them enjoy a present they will love.
The Best Green Gifts for the 2014 Holiday Season
Gifts for Her: To make any space more cozy and welcoming, an eco-friendly candle made of safe, non-toxic materials is a perfect choice. Soy wax candles come in a variety of scents, making it a versatile and easy gift for any woman in your life. In addition, Inhabitat notes that you could consider purchasing recycled wine glasses for the girl you know who loves merlot, or you might want to think about sustainable bamboo cooking utensils for the foodie on your list.
Gifts for Him: There are so many green gifts for men to choose from, it can be difficult to finalize your decision. According to a Huffington Post article, the Dixon golf ball is an eco-friendly alternative to the traditional golf ball. This ball is made from recycled materials, and golfers who return old and used golf balls to the company will receive $6 in return. This helps minimize waste and provides them with new materials for their regenerated balls that are known for their high performance standards. Other gift ideas for men include all-natural skin and shaving products, and cologne that is produced from sustainable materials.
Gifts for Kids: Kids are so easy to please, especially around the holidays. There’s no reason not to opt for an environmentally friendly gift that will put a smile on their face and help teach them about the importance of preserving their world. All-natural, wooden toys are a great choice for kids because they are safe and they help to inspire the imagination. Other ideas include beginner garden kits and books that emphasize caring for the environment, such as “Charlotte’s Web.” These gifts allow kids to have fun while learning at the same time.
Gifts for Babies: You can even include the tiniest person on your holiday shopping list in your eco-friendly holiday season. Organic baby clothing items are gentle on a baby’s skin and good for the environment. Cotton onesies, sleepers and outfits are soft and sweet — and you can choose from a variety of different designs. Whether you are shopping for a baby girl or baby boy, you will be able to find the perfect outfit made from organic and sustainable materials. Cloth diapers, organic baby skin care products and wooden teething toys also make ideal gifts for infants.
Gifts for Pets: It’s easy to get busy shopping for all of those humans that you know and love, but don’t forget about your pets this holiday season. Whether you are a dog person or a cat lover, you’ll find green gifts that will make their holiday both merry and bright. For your dog, consider purchasing a dog bone made out of recycled materials. Treat your indoor cat to the gift of the outdoors with cat grass — a product that allows you to grow a small amount of grass inside your home to give to your cat. Other ideas include dog and cat bowls made of natural resources, and organic pet treats.
No matter whom you are shopping for this holiday season, there is sure to be a green gift out there that meets your requirements. Whether you have a boss who loves to golf or a cousin who is passionate about fashion, you can find an eco-friendly gift that they are sure to love. These unique and creative gifts are sure to delight anyone who receives them this holiday season, and they also will serve as a reminder about the importance of protecting the world for the generations to come. Shopping green for the holidays is a wonderful way to capture the true meaning of the season.
Ryan McNeill is the president of Renewable Energy Corporation, one of the Mid-Atlantic’s largest residential solar energy companies – committed to installing quality, American-made solar panels and energy products for homeowners.