20 Creative DIY Gifts You Can Make Yourself

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Making your own DIY gifts this holiday season is a smart way to ensure that your gift will be one-of-a-kind, and it doesn’t hurt that it’ll probably save you some cash too. We’ve rounded up a list of cool and creative homemade presents for the 2014 holiday season from tricked out terrariums to make-it-yourself lip balm to custom cat pillows. Check out our DIY Gift Guide to see them all!

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20 Verdant Gift Ideas for the Green Thumb

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Gardening is a wonderful pastime that can soothe the soul and nourish the body all in one go. From vegetables to culinary herbs, flowers, or even cacti, plants make every living space a little bit brighter, and those who take up gardening rarely ever quit. To pamper your green-thumbed loved ones, check out our list of 14 gifts for budding botanists here.

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14 Affordable and Green Gifts Under $20

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Green products have a reputation for being expensive, but we have proof that this isn’t always the case. Giving your friends and loved ones eco-friendly gifts doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank, as evidenced by our Gifts Under $20 Guide. From hanging planters to DIY mason jar lamp kits to recycled wine bottle platters, check out all of our wallet-friendly picks here.

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14 Gorgeous and Green Gifts for Her

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Whether you want to woo your wife, charm your mom, sweep your girlfriend off her feet or put a grin on granny’s face, we’ve got a selection of fabulous eco-friendly presents perfect for the special ladies in your life. From dazzling fair-trade earrings to pretty recycled wine bottle planters to luscious vegan truffles, make your life a little easier by checking out our Green Gifts for Her Guide today.

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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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14 Great Green Gifts Your Parents Will Love

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They taught us how to tie our shoelaces, cleaned our poopy diapers and, no biggie, created us — so they definitely deserve some heartfelt thanks in the form of a fabulous holiday gift! From geometric, fair-trade planters to cozy recycled throws to mushrooms they can grow right in their kitchen, check out our awesome gifts for mom and dad right here.

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14 eco-friendly knit gifts to cozy up to

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Share the warmth this holiday season with a sustainable knit gift that will bring comfort and joy to hearts, hands, and Mother Earth alike. From upcycled boot cuffs to convertible flip-top mittens, here are 14 ultra-plush presents to ward off the winter chill. On a budget? We’ll show you how to turn an old or thrift-store sweater into a pair of snuggly sweater-socks—no sewing machine necessary.

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16 Tech-tastic Green Gifts for Gadget Geeks

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With the ubiquity of smartphone technology and tablets, there’s really a little bit of gadget geek in every person on your holiday gift shopping list. Whether your loved ones’ wider interests lie in music, photography, gardening or cycling, we’ve got you covered for green gadget gift ideas for the upcoming season. From a reusable cardboard smartphone amplifier at just $10 – perfect for the office Secret Santa or hard-to-buy-for teenagers – to a splurge on an electric bicycle that will knock somebody’s socks off, there’s something on the list for every budget too. Click through to see them all.

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Have you ever seen some of the beautiful recycled glass bottle designs we’ve featured on Inhabitat.com and wondered if you might be able to make your own? Now you too can make stunning and chic upcycled glass vases, drinking glasses, lamps, hydroponic planters, and candle holders with the Kinkajou Glass Bottle Cutter. If you’d like to give one a spin, you’re in luck – we’re giving away a complete Kinkajou kit worth $100. It comes with a Kinkajou Bottle Cutter, a bottle finishing kit, and everything you need to turn a bottle into a beautiful Firefly pendant light. All you have to do to enter is:

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Inhabitat Green Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Older Kids

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Scratching your head over what to get the older kids on your list this holiday? Look no further than our hip, thoughtfully curated guide to the gifts that will make the standard issue eye rolls take a backseat to enthusiastic glee. You won’t find these presents on typical toy store shelves. We’ve dug deep to bring you unique ideas ranging from a vibrant Wonder Tent to a rip-roaring Spooner Board. There’s a present for every kid’s penchant in this round-up — from gardening and weaving to reading and active play. We’ve got the keys to unlocking a successful holiday right here

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6 Delicious Winter Holiday Cocktails Featuring Organic Spirits

6 Delicious Winter Holiday Cocktails Featuring Organic Spirits

Apple Sparkler To make this bubbly concoction, pour organic raspberry or cranberry juice into the bottom 1/3 of a normal wine glass. Fill the remaining 2/3 of the glass with Samuel…

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HOW TO: Make a Furoshiki Gift Wrap Satchel Out of an Old Shirt

HOW TO: Make a Furoshiki Gift Wrap Satchel Out of an Old Shirt

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14 customized gifts that put a personal touch on the holidays

14 customized gifts that put a personal touch on the holidays

Trying to guess which colors, patterns and styles your friends and family will prefer can be a daunting task - one that can be avoided with customized gifts. By emblazoning your present…

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HOW TO: Prepare healing teas from winter trees

HOW TO: Prepare healing teas from winter trees

People have been using plants for both food and medicine for thousands of years, and most of us are probably quite familiar with several healing teas or infusions. Have you ever made…

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7 tips for celebrating a greener and more budget-friendly holiday

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"It's the MOST wonderful time of the year," sings Andy Williams in my head, usually when I'm looking for a parking space at the grocery store, way in the back. But the singing is not…

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14 Heirloom Gift Ideas That Will Stand the Test of Time

14 Heirloom Gift Ideas That Will Stand the Test of Time

A gift that will stand the test of time is one that can be treasured by many people - not just the current recipient! Heirloom gifts such as cast iron cookware, pocketwatches, and rare…

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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…

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Celebrate the holidays with nature-loving traditions from around the world

Celebrate the holidays with nature-loving traditions from around the…

Although December has become the most commercialized time of year, celebrating the holidays doesn't have to center around spending lots of money on things you don't need. In addition…

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Green Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Tots

Green Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Tots

This holiday season, delight the tots in your life with playful eco-gifts that educate and inspire creativity. From a transforming cardboard pet 'dog' to Montessori and…

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Inhabitat Green Holiday Gift Guide: Eco Friendly Stocking Stuffers

Inhabitat Green Holiday Gift Guide: Eco Friendly Stocking Stuffers

This year, fill the stockings of your loved ones with the things they really crave. Whether you are shopping for the beauty junkie or the outdoor lover, we’ve got you covered with…

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5 tips for a green and happy Hanukkah!

5 tips for a green and happy Hanukkah!

Everybody loves Hanukkah; the festival of lights that comes but once a year! Every December, we look forward to this joy-filled excuse to stuff our faces with fried potatoes, sour…

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14 Green Gifts That Give Back

14 Green Gifts That Give Back

Today is Giving Tuesday - and to celebrate we've rounded up 14 eco-friendly organizations that make gift giving a truly philanthropic act. Voltaic donates up to three solar power kits…

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Do you have a way with words and a passion for design and the environment? Inhabitat is hiring dedicated writers interested in covering breaking developments in the fields of…

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Inhabitat test drives a gorgeous WeWOOD watch

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The chunky Jupiter line comes with a dual watch face, with two Miyota movements to let you keep track of time in your top two destinations. We chose the fashionable Blackwood watch,…

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8 Energy-Efficient LED Light Strands for the Holidays

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Firefly Lights from Urban Outfitters Urban Outfitters is carrying these darling mini LED lights, called Firefly Lights, that are seemingly impossible. The strand is a metal wire with…

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