14 Heirloom Gift Ideas That Will Stand the Test of Time

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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 books can literally last for generations if loved and cared for properly, so check out our list of gorgeous heirloom gift ideas that can suit anyone on your holiday list.

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

by , 12/09/14

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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 to the religious holidays, this time of year is traditionally a time to celebrate the natural world and the winter solstice.  In the spirit of the season, we’ve rounded a few ways to celebrate the season without getting caught up in the materialist mindset. From nature-inspired decorations to vegan menu ideas, read on to be inspired by some natural holiday traditions from around the world.

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Green Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Tots

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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 Waldorf-inspired games, all of the gifts in our guide will be sure to bring joy to little ones, while encouraging cognitive and imaginative play. Check out all 14 awesome green gifts for little kids here.

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Inhabitat Green Holiday Gift Guide: Eco Friendly Stocking Stuffers

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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 the perfect stocking stuffer, no matter who is on your list. Click on for things like gorgeous green nail polish, clever coaster/bottle opener sets and seed bomb kits that will beautify the neighborhood.

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5 tips for a green and happy Hanukkah!

by , 12/08/14

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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 cream, and apple sauce, but eight days of burning candles, giving gifts, and frying pancakes could lead to some seriously wasteful behavior. Not to worry, all you eco Hanukkah lovers—there are plenty of ways that you can green up this year’s holiday celebration, and here are five smart tips to get you started!

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14 Green Gifts That Give Back

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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 to aid workers for every solar charger it sells, the National Wildlife Federation dedicates proceeds from its holiday birdseed wreaths to protect American wild animals, and you can even adopt an African elephant for just $25 from the World Wildlife Fund. Check out our favorite gifts that give back here!

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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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Inhabitat is Hiring New Writers - Apply Today!

by , 12/05/14
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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 sustainable design, green architecture, clean technology, and environmental news. Our ideal candidates avidly follow developments in one or more of these fields and are able to source and write daily stories with speed, clarity, precision and wit. We’re offering a platform to broadcast your voice to millions of monthly readers around the globe as well as the ability to work from anywhere and competitive per-post pay. If you think you’d be a great new addition to the Inhabitat team, send the following information to editor [at] inhabitat.com with the headline “New Inhabitat Writer“:

1. A cover letter telling us a bit about yourself, what your interests/specialties are, and why you would make a fantastic writer for Inhabitat.

2. Three published story clips or links to online articles you have written.

3. Three story ideas that you would like to write for Inhabitat.

 

Inhabitat test drives a gorgeous WeWOOD watch

by , 12/05/14
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Celebrate Giving Tuesday TODAY as an antidote to Black Friday and Cyber Monday

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By now, you’ve probably seen videos and photos of Black Friday, where people have beaten each other up and shoved little old ladies aside in order to buy, buy, buy at low, low prices. Cyber Monday is another marketing blitz in which mega-sales occur online so folks can whip out credit cards and buy at a distance, pushing rabid consumerism to an all-time high. Thankfully, Giving Tuesday has come about to counteract the ill effects of the past few days by encouraging people to give to charity instead of spending money on “stuff.”

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10 Must-See Documentaries You Can Stream on Netflix Right Now

10 Must-See Documentaries You Can Stream on Netflix Right Now

Chasing Ice Nearly ten years ago, environmental photographer James Balog embarked on an arctic pilgrimage to gather real-time evidence of global warming in Iceland for National…

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PHOTOS: Inhabitat Spends the Night in Quebec's Hotel de Glace Ice Castle!

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A visit to the Hotel de Glace is truly a magical experience. After the heated check-in pavilion, a path leads to the pointed arch complex made from snow and ice. Fur-covered wooden…

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Six Delicious Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

Six Delicious Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving Breakfast Hash What better way to spend the morning after Thanksgiving than with more of your favorite ingredients? This hash made from brussel sprouts, potatoes, and…

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