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Green Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Under $50!

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Looking for unique gifts for your friends and family but don’t have a ton of money to spend? Inhabitat has curated a brand new green gift guide for the 2013 holiday season filled with eco-friendly goodies that can be scooped up for $50 or less. From a set of earbuds made from wood to a mojito molecular mixology kit to an incredible solar-powered bulb that can also charge a mobile phone, check out our Gifts Under $50 Guide for the best affordable, eco gifts out there!

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Breakfast time during the holidays can get a bit harried, especially if people are woken at the crack of dawn by excited, shrieking kidlets eager to tear their gifts open. Rather than relegating your friends and loved ones to a bleary morning full of burnt toast and instant coffee, why not set them up with a basket full of breakfast delights? Folks without kids can appreciate these as well, especially if the baskets are full of little niblets that can be eaten in bed. These baskets are easy to put together, and can be customized for everyone on your list. We’ve got five ideas to get started with ahead.

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14 Green Gifts for the Home

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The greenest presents of all are practical items that the recipient will actually use – which is why we love giving gifts for the home. Whether it be a nifty gadget that turns old bottles into new cups or a solar-powered flashlight that can be stuck to a window to soak up the sun, these handy gifts will brighten your giftee’s day as well as their abode!

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15 Great Green Gifts for Your Parents

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This holiday, show the parental unit how much you care with green gifts that they’ll actually like and use. Our Green Gift Guide for Mom and Dad is filled with eco-friendly presents your parents will be delighted to receive, from fresh herbs they can grow themselves to decorative hooks made of real branches to cozy wool throws made in the USA. Check them all out here!

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Green Holiday Gift Guide: Green Gadget Gifts

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2013 has been an incredible year for green gadgets – from the advent of affordable 3d printers to innovative new renewable energy generators – and we’ve rounded up some of this year’s best and brightest in our 2013 Green Gadget Gift Guide. From a book that unfolds into an LED lamp to solar-powered headphones and a smart pot that keeps plants alive, read on for 17 high-tech green gifts sure to please the gadget geek on your list!

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Resilient Design: Is Resilience the New Sustainability?

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Ever since Hurricane Sandy wrought havoc on the East Coast, ‘resilient design’ has been a hot topic of conversation — and not just amongst architects and designers, but politicians, engineers and city planners as well. In November 2012, ‘Resilient Design’ was a trending search term in Google, moving from near obscurity in the months before the devastating super storm to a popular catchphrase post-Sandy. Natural disasters like this, and more recently the typhoon that hit the Philippines in early November, serve to remind those of us in the green design community that while building with pure “save-the-earth” ecological motivation is certainly important, low-VOC-paints and LEED points don’t matter much if a building becomes uninhabitable due to flooding, earthquake, power outages or some other natural or manmade disaster. That’s where resilient design comes into play. According to the Resilient Design Institute, resilient design is defined as “the intentional design of buildings, landscapes, communities, and regions in response to vulnerabilities to disaster and disruption of normal life”.

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14 Verdant Gifts for the Green Thumb

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Give your friends and family the gift of gardening with presents that help them cultivate their green thumbs. Growing plants is a relaxing and educational experience that will keep giving long after this holiday season, so check out our selection of 14 gifts for plant lovers here.

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Inhabitat Green Holiday Gift Guide: Affordable Gifts Under $20

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This year, why not make Black Friday a little less black by skipping the drudgery of the mall by checking out Inhabitat’s savvy Green Gifts Under $20 Guide? It’s filled with all different kinds of enticing presents from recycled LEGO necklaces to grow your own mushroom kits to stylish metal straws – all for less than an Abraham Lincoln. Check out all of these truly affordable green gifts right here.

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14 Customized Gifts That Put a Personal Touch on the Holidays

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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 with a graphic or text that is near and dear to your recipient (their name, child’s photo or favorite quote), you can guarantee that it’ll be something they’ll want to hold onto. From personalized phone cases to photo art canvases, check out our picks for customized gifts here.

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Announcing the Winners of the Project Kitchen Upgrade Contest!

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You came, you voted, and now it’s time to reveal the grand prize winner of our Kitchen Upgrade Photo Contest! We received over 200 images of ugly kitchens from all over the country, and after narrowing these submissions down to just 10 finalists, we left it up to you to decide which dilapidated kitchen was the most deserving of a super sweet $1,750 kitchen revamp courtesy of Moen. So who won our fab makeover with a chance of getting one of Moen’s beautiful new touchless, water-saving MotionSense faucets? We’d like to congratulate Patricia Blake who took the cake with her photo, the ‘Ugliest Faucet in Town‘! Read on to see her winning entry, and to see our three runners-up.

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6 Incredible Ice Sculptures That Will Melt Away When Spring Comes

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Announcing Inhabitat's 2013 Green Holiday Gift Guide!

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