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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Win A Kinkajou Glass Bottle Cutter to make your own crafty holiday gifts!

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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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2. Leave a comment below telling us what you would make with a Kinkajou Bottle Cutter.
(extra points for creativity and inspiration!)

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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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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 cufflinks to photo art canvases, check out our picks for customized gifts here.

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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 always sarcastic in my head and I know that for my young children, each day of December holds the promise of something holiday related. Unfortunately, while Christmas can bring out the best in our giving spirits, it can also be a nightmare of consumerism at its worst and the packaging, wrappings, and trappings of holiday celebrations both small and large make it even worse. Fighting the “gimmes” with children at this time of year can be hard, especially when Santa is supposedly able to bring anything your child’s heart desires. Read on to learn how you can you make the holidays a little greener for the planet, a little kinder for everyone, and little lighter on your wallet.

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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

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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

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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Inhabitat test drives a gorgeous WeWOOD watch

Inhabitat test drives a gorgeous WeWOOD watch

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

8 Energy-Efficient LED Light Strands for the Holidays

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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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.…

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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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DIY: 6 Delicious Herbal Teas You Can Make This Winter

DIY: 6 Delicious Herbal Teas You Can Make This Winter

As the cold weather settles in, there is nothing like a hot cup of tea to take winter’s edge off. Rather than raiding your grocery store for pre-packaged flavors, why not try your…

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6 Ways for You to Give Back This Thanksgiving and Beyond

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Thanksgiving is a time of plenty, and of appreciation. It's a holiday in which we'll get together with friends and family to celebrate the bounty of the autumn harvest, to share food…

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Make Your Own Thanksgiving Turkey Using Fruit and Vegetables

Make Your Own Thanksgiving Turkey Using Fruit and Vegetables

Vegetarians (and vegetable lovers) don’t need to be left out of the Thanksgiving festivities. Create your own colorful vegetable turkey and join in on the feast. The raw vegetable…

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6 Vegan and Vegetarian Turkey Alternatives for Thanksgiving

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