GIFT GUIDE: $50 and under

by , 12/13/07

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$50 goes a long way with these green gifts – good for all your loved ones, they’re stylish, sustainable, and will have your recipients thanking you for months to come…

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In an age of MP3s, you may wonder “where have all the cassette tapes gone?” These clever little reycled cassette coin purses pose a solution, turning old tapes into usable vessels for all your stray pennies. Hand-made and one-of-a-kind, the cassette tapes are available from Marcella Foschi, Italy.

$39 from DesignBoom

Sun Jars, SuckUK, Solar power lighting, Solar LED Light, Tobias Wong, Toby Wong, Sun LED light, sustainable lighting

Ever wish you could bottle sunshine? With Tobias Wong’s charming lighting concept, you can. Sun Jars collect solar energy during the day and emit a warm amber glow at night. Containing an energy-efficient LED and a rechargeable battery, the Sun Jar will give light for up to five hours with each charge.

$42 from Reform School

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Deck the halls with reusable water bottles! Every year over 50 billion plastic waters are sent to landfill in this country – despite the fact that tap water is as clean and safe and way cheaper than bottled water. Show your holiday generosity towards the earth and your fellow man by picking up one of these stylish aluminum Sigg bottles. It’s better for the environment and better on you wallet, too. And in time for the holidays, now you can pick up lovely brushed aluminum Sigg bottles in red and green.

$15.99-$24.99 from Sigg


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Similar to Transglass, this bedside table carafe is the perfect solution to midnight thirst. It’s made from recycled glass and gorgeously shaped, so you’ll appreciate it even at 3 am.

$18 from Reform School

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From our favorite king of felt, Josh Jakus, this wine pocket will have you arriving to your holiday parties in sustainable style – bring the wine, and leave the bag as a great hospitality gift! Made from a single piece of wool felt made from factory waste.

$29 from Branch Home

herb savor, herb preserve, herb preserver, green gardening, green food, green herbs, sustainable herbs, eco kitchen

When you get home from the farmer’s market with a bag full of organic goodies, the last thing you want is to watch them wilt after just a few days. With the Herb Savor, herbs are preserved for up to three weeks with a cleverly designed vessel and a bit of water.

$34 from A+R Store

Lumen Adam Frank

The holidays are often called the “season of light,” and Adam Frank’s Lumen oil lamp is just the thing to light up the dark holiday nights. Lumen comes in five different nature-inspired designs that project a shadowy image on the wall when lit.

$48 from Adam Frank


.MIO, MIO Culture, MIO bowls, eco bowls, felt bowls, decorative bowls, green bowls, green accessories, eco home accessory, eco bowl

Great for organizing keys, change, and other tiny things around the house, SoftBowls are made from 100% molded wool and made right here in the US of A by local craftsmen. You can even use them as cozies for your planted creatures! Designed to minimize environmental impact, SoftBowls are produced using less than one-tenth of the energy needed to create their ceramic counterparts.

$35 from MIO

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Based in Mendocino, Frey Vineyards grows organic and biodynamic grapes, and they’re also one of our holiday party sponsors! The wine is great, and the company is committed to environmental responsibility as ever was a vineyard.

Starting at $12 from Frey Vineyards

red sail bags, recycled sail bags, aum, aum shopper, ban on plastic bags, eco friendly tote, eco bags, eco tote, green bags

Plastic shopping bags are so 20th century. Upgrade to this AUM Shopper bag from Red Flag design, a Canada-based company that makes great tote bags from recycled sails.

$38 from Branch Home

american apparel, american apparel organic, american apparel sustainable, sustainable style, organic cotton basics

The line is nothing new, but we just can’t get enough of the organic cotton basics from American Apparel, which now come in a variety of great colors.

Starting at $15 from American Apparel

Heath Ceramics, Heath bud vase, heath ceramics eco-friendly, eco-friendly ceramics, green ceramics

While some may debate the material sustainability of ceramics, there’s something to be said for tradition, and a company committed to local economies and environmentally-responsible production methods like water-recycling and low-fire temperatures. Heath Ceramics combines bright, modern designs with the artisan-quality, handcrafted techniques of Edith Heath’s legacy. The limited edition Winter Bud Vase will be a great to-be-heirloom gift, and the best part? Heath has recently switched all their packing material to ExpandOS, a sustainable material made from 30% recycled paper, biodegradable, and totally recyclable.

$22 from Heath Ceramics

JimiX, Jimi, recycled wallet, recycled plastic accessories, recycled plastic money clip, eco wallet, eco money clip

We love the whole line of Jimi recycled plastic “wallets” for people who hate wallets and accessories – the JimiX is a great combination of the original Jimi wallet plus a sturdy money clip. Buy four and get the fifth free!

$16 from Jimi

Bambu Bowls Medium

These colorful bamboo bowls are hand-coiled, shaped, and given a food-safe waterproof finish. Produced in Vietnam by manufacturers committed to environmental protection and fair labor laws, the bowls are a perfect housewarming gift for holiday parties.

$12-$15 from Re:Modern

Vintage Record Snack Bowl, Vinylux, Elsewares

A perfect gift for the record nerd in your life, the vintage record snack bowl gives new life to damaged or unplayable old vinyl LPs. Great for nuts, popcorn, and conversation starting, you can even custom tailor your bowl down to genre of music (although you can’t choose individual artists).

$26 from Elsewares

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This clever frame turns old bikes into usable and super-cool picture frames to hold pictures of all your loved ones in sustainable style. Available in 4×6 and 5×7 sizes.

$38 from Elsewares

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  1. k December 14, 2007 at 5:34 pm

    dang! the AUM bag is on backorder.
    thanks for the list!

  2. Reggie Rasmussen December 13, 2007 at 3:41 pm

    Another great gift idea, Put your house on the waiting list for a sloar system that you do not have to pay for. Citizenre plans to offer a complete photovoltaic solar system to customers with no upfront cost and only a small deposit of $500 to $1000 of out of pocket expenses. They are trying market solar with an approach similar to satellite TV, cellular telephones, and alarm systems. That is to provide the customer a complete solar system with no upfront charges and make money from a service contract. In this case the service contract would be a rent agreement. They intend to put a complete solar system on clients home. When the system produces electricity, it will lower the bill from the current utility provider. In most cases the savings from the lower bill will more than cover the rent fee that the company intends to charge. The company currently has no product available but intends to deploy in the middle of 2008. They are currently taking reservations and have over 26,000 takers so far. I have written several articles on this company in my blog and even have a couple of videos that I have recorded at Feel free to take a look. I welcome comments. As in any start up business, a chance exists that they may never get off the ground and fulfill any preorders, but if this is the case – the potential client has not lost anything. If you cannot afford the upfront cost of solar today, this may turn out to be a great alternative. What better gift to give to the green member of your family than a way to produce your own electricity with equipment rented from Citizenre all for a price that is most likely below the electricity bill hat you have now!
    If anyone would like company information you can go to

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