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green gift guide.

Thanksgiving has passed and the chaos of Christmas shopping is in full swing. Why not be thoughtful of the environment while you’re on your holiday hunt this year? Simply support local businesses and eco-conscious products! Here’s what made the top ten list for my personal green gift guide:

  1. Jade yoga mat via Moss Envy – Give the gift of zen with this all natural yoga mat constructed of natural rubber (contains no PVC or ozone depleting substances commonly found in standard yoga mats). Made in the USA. Bonus – a tree is planted for every mat sold!
  2. Burt’s Bees almond milk hand crème – This ultra-rich (and delightful smelling) cream helps to relieve harsh hands brought on by old man winter.
  3. Whole Living magazine – Sign someone (or yourself) up for a subscription to get a dose of the latest eco-friendly happenings; everything from sustainable recipes to natural stress remedies.
  4. Mrs. Meyer’s Cleaning Set – Since cleaning is an inevitable part of life, why not use great-smelling and earth-friendly products while doing it? Enter Mrs. Meyers Clean Day. (I personally love the  holiday seasonal scents: orange clove and Iowa pine)
  5. Aveda limited edition candle – Set the ambiance with a SCENTsesational (couldn’t help myself) candle like this one from Aveda. The glass holder is made from 95% recycled materials and comes covered in hand-crafted lokta bark paper from Nepal.
  6. Night Owl Paper Goods to-do list notebook – ‘Tis the season to make those lists (and check them twice). Do it in style with this sustainably harvested birch jotter pad.
  7. Equal Exchange spicy hot cocoa – A mug full of hot chocolate is the timeless way to warm up on a cold winter’s night. Spice it up with this cayenne and cinnamon infused version for an extra kick! Note: it’s also organic and uses fair trade cocoa — score!
  8. YESto organic chapstick – Ban chapped lips for the arctic-like months with these organic and conditioning lip butters. Paraben, petroleum & phthalate free!
  9. True Food by Andrew Weil – A book of 125 recipes that support overall well-being through the use of fresh and seasonal ingredients. (It definitely has a spot on my xmas list!)
  10. Faribault Woolen Mill Co. wool throw – Keep the chills at bay and support a small business by warming up with a cozy wool throw (made right here in Minnesota)! Eco fact: Since sheep produce a new fleece every year, wool is a great renewable fiber source.

Are these items you’d consider gifting, either for yourself or for a loved one, this year?

Psst – Take your green thumb one step further by wrapping the gifts in newspaper to reduce, reuse, recycle! :-)

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