Gallery: CHEAP GREEN GIFTS – under $50


LUMEN BY ADAM FRANK- $48 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

IN VITRO ORCHID – $30 Anyone can send a bouquet – this is the high-tech way to send flowers. A nutrient-rich gel supplies all that this orchid needs to grow in its sterilized test tube. No water or maintenance necessary – biotechnology does the work for you. When the plant reaches the top of the tube simply transfer to potting soil (not included). + $30 from Uncommon Goods

DESIGN LIKE YOU GIVE A DAMN BOOK – $35 This groundbreaking book on humanitarian design from around the world is a must for ALL designers. Inspire the designer in your life and feel good about donating to a worthwhile cause while you are at it. All proceeds from the book go to funding Architecture For Humanity’s important work providing shelter in impoverished and disaster-relief areas.

$35 from Architecture For Humanity

DECONSTRUCTED SHAMPOO BOTTLE RING- $48 The bold and stylish O-U Ring by Studio 1a.m. is made from deconstructed shampoo bottles, encapsulated in polycarbonate, aluminum, and rubber. Different parts of bottles mean no two rings are alike! Also available as a pendant necklace.

+ $48 from Studio 1a.m.

CONVERTIBLE PICTURE FRAME- $42 This multi-tasking frame doesn’t just hold your family snapshots- it doubles as a bud vase, then turn it over and it triples as a holiday candle. What’s more, the frames are made from spalted alder, fallen trees that naturally age in the forest. The unique grain and pattern means no two pieces are alike.

+ $42 from Branch Home

TREES FOR THE FUTURE- $45 For a mere $45, have 450 trees planted in your friend or co-worker’s name. Trees For The Future, a non-profit dedicated to planting trees to help the environment and rural communities, has restored sustainably productive life to over 56,000 acres of land in Asia, Africa, and Central America. Your gift includes a Treeplanting Certificate and bumpersticker, plus the warm and fuzzy feeling of knowing you’ve done something good for the planet.

+ $45 from Trees For The Future


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  1. Alex December 8, 2006 at 1:56 pm

    I know plenty of tree planters that get roughly 10cents a tree, and a lot of them are just college students making a decent amount to carry them through for next year.

  2. Jess December 8, 2006 at 10:46 am

    450 trees for $45?! Surely that can’t be done while paying a living wage.

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