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GREEN GIFT GUIDE: Last Minute Eco Gifts

Posted By Lea Stewart On December 24, 2010 @ 10:30 am In Holiday Gift Guide | 2 Comments

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Don’t stress out if you missed the opportunity to have one of the fabulous gifts [1]from our green guides [1] shipped in time for the holidays. There are plenty of thoughtful last-minute green gifts [2] for everyone on your list! So whether you haven’t been able find that special something for your sister, in-laws, co-worker, or even your best friends, we have the perfect ideas that are earth friendly and easy to put together [3] yourself with just a little time [2].

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1. HANDMADE SEED STARTER KIT

A great gift for almost anyone on your list is handmade seed starter kit or even a full-blown window farm [4]. You can customize a planter by covering or painting an aluminum can [5], a yogurt cup, or any other container with a bottom that can be punctured for drainage. Avocado8 [6] has some great tips for the type of soil and seeds to use for a starter kit. To make it even more special, you may want to add a few plant markers to the kit. If you’re feeling a bit more enterprising, take it one step further by making these amazing window farms [4] for your special giftee.

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2. GIFTS OF TIME

A last-minute holiday present that is net-zero and consumerism-free is giving the gift of your time [2]. You can do something as simple as cooking a romantic dinner [2] to something a little more involved like babysitting [8] or hosting a craft party [9]. Whatever it is, your recipient will be grateful and no one will ever know it was a last minute gift!

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3. EDIBLE GREEN GIFT [11]

Edible gifts [11] are a standby last-minute treat. Holiday cookies made from organic ingredients will be enjoyed by all, but if you aren’t very savvy with baking you could try something easier like spiced nuts, chocolate-covered gummy bears, or even your own fudge sauce. If you think your giftee would enjoy something more savory than sweet, this delectable home made tomato sauce [11] is just the thing!

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4. RECYCLED CUSTOMIZED FLOWER VASE

Giving someone flowers can be a nice last-minute gesture for the holidays, but it will be even better when you give them a bouquet in a handmade vase. You can follow these easy instructions [12] to make one from a recycled glass bottle using glue and yarn for a simple and classy look, or for a ceramic-inspired creation try this technique using puffy paints [13].

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5. MAKE A LIGHT BULB TERRARIUM [14]

Here’s a home made gift that is simple to make but looks like it would cost a lot if you actually bought it in a store. We’re pretty sure anyone would be delighted to receive this beautiful light bulb terrarium [14] – especially to brighten up the winter months. See how to make it here. [14]

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6. A PERSONALIZED SKETCHBOOK OR NOTEPAD

Another easy gift is to make vintage-inspired notepads or sketchbooks with 100% recycled paper. You can use a thrift store book cover, or make your own cover by wrapping a sheet of cardboard with a newspaper, fabric or even paint chip samples. Don’t worry; there are online tutorials that will help you with the binding techniques [15].

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7. DIGITAL GIFTS

Go digital with your last-minute gifts this year. For musical friends, gift them a custom playlist you made with iTunes [16], or send them a gift card for Amazon’s mp3s [17]. For literary types, buy them a digital book for their kindle [18], or a subscription to a digital magazine or newspaper from Zinio [19]. Photo junkies will love it when you buy them a pro account on Flickr [20], so they can organize and share all their photos online.

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8. SPOIL THEM WITH A GREEN GIFT CERTIFICATE

Gift certificates can feel like impersonal presents, but you can make them special by choosing a lavish gift with a green theme. If you have a slightly higher budget for your last-minute gift you could pamper your friends with a credit to a eco day spa [21], a home energy audit [22], a home cleaning service [23], or a bed and breakfast [24].


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URLs in this post:

[1] fabulous gifts : http://inhabitat.com/greenholidaygiftguide/

[2] last-minute green gifts: http://inhabitat.com/greenholidaygiftguide/gifts-of-time/romantic_cooking/

[3] easy to put together: http://inhabitat.com/greenholidaygiftguide/make-your-own-gifts-ready/soy-candle/

[4] window farm: http://inhabitat.com/greenholidaygiftguide/make-your-own-gifts-ready/hydroponic-garden-2/

[5] covering or painting an aluminum can: http://www.designspongeonline.com/2009/08/diy-project-sabrinas-paint-can-planters.html

[6] Avocado8: http://www.avocado8.com/blog/archives/gardening/index_fulltext.html

[7] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2009/12/gifts-of-time-make-dinner.jpg

[8] babysitting: http://inhabitat.com/greenholidaygiftguide/gifts-of-time/babysitting-2/

[9] hosting a craft party: http://inhabitat.com/greenholidaygiftguide/gifts-of-time/crafts-2/

[10] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2009/12/home-made-gifts-tomato-sauce.jpg

[11] 3. EDIBLE GREEN GIFT: http://inhabitat.com/greenholidaygiftguide/make-your-own-gifts-ready/tomato-sauce/

[12] easy instructions: http://scrumdillydo.blogspot.com/2009/12/holiday-countdown-loverly-wrapped.html

[13] this technique using puffy paints: http://www.designspongeonline.com/2009/10/diy-project-ericas-faux-pottery-project.html

[14] Image: http://inhabitat.com/greenholidaygiftguide/make-your-own-gifts-ready/light-buld-terrarium-2/

[15] binding techniques: http://www.flickr.com/photos/katej/sets/72157603357966181/

[16] iTunes: http://www.apple.com/itunes/gifts/

[17] Amazon’s mp3s: http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=amb_link_85996151_3?ie=UTF8&docId=1000323481&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=left-2&pf_rd_r=1BV2HXDTJARRV4WGP6QT&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=501935671&pf_rd_i=163856011

[18] kindle: http://www.amazon.com/gp/gc/ref=g_gc-gc_dp_redirect

[19] Zinio: http://www.zinio.com/

[20] Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/gift

[21] eco day spa: http://www.spaindex.com/Lifestyles/EcoHolisticSpas.htm

[22] home energy audit: http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=home_improvement.hm_improvement_hpwes_partners

[23] cleaning service: http://www.greenmaidinc.com/Green-Maid-Services.aspx

[24] bed and breakfast: http://greenhotels.com/index.php

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