200+ Inspiring, Ethical and Eco-Friendly Gifts in Inhabitat's 2014 Green Gift Guide

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Have you heard that green is the new black? If you don’t particularly feel like having your feet run over numerous times by rabid shopping cart-pushers today, why not skip the Black Friday madness and peruse eco-friendly gifts from the comfort of your own computer screen? Inhabitat’s 2014 Green Gift Guide is full of unique, useful and eco-conscious presents for everyone on your list, from the gals to the guys, the big kids to the wee ones, the green thumbs to the gadget geeks, and everyone in between. We’ve also got affordable offerings under $20 and under $50, and for those who choose to avoid consumerism altogether, we’ve got clever DIY tutorials for goodies you can make yourself and buy-nothing gifts of time. So get comfy, down some coffee, and get a head start on your holiday shopping here.

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15 Affordable Green Gifts Under $50

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Want to get your friends and family great green gifts but don’t have a lot to spend? Our 2014 Gifts Under $50 Guide is chock full of interesting, eco-friendly and off-the-beaten path presents everyone will love. From this cool cutter that turns old bottles into glasses to a handmade scarf that doubles as a purse to a handy kit that lets you can your own food at home, check out all of the affordable gift ideas in our guide here.

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Giving someone a great gift they’ll really treasure doesn’t mean dropping a ton of cash. Sometimes the best gift you can give a friend or loved one is something much less tangible: your time. This year skip the store-bought gifts and give your loved ones a little bit of your time instead. We’ve come up with 11 lovely ideas that are sure to yield plenty of love and memories this holiday season. From cooking them their favorite meal to hosting a movie night featuring all of their favorite flicks, read on for our favorite gifts of time.

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DIY Holiday Decor Idea: Spiced Citrus Pomanders

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If you ask anyone which scents they associate with the holiday season, chances are that several of them will name warming spices, and citrus fruits. From gingerbread cookies to blood oranges tucked into stockings, these scents have been associated with winter celebrations for over a thousand years, and bringing these aromas into your home with scented decorations is both easy and fun to do. The type of pomanders that I’ll be describing below have been used as ornaments since the 14th century, and work as well in modern homes as they do alongside rustic, vintage decor.

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