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Posted By Jill Fehrenbacher On December 10, 2006 @ 11:43 am In Green Holiday Gift Guide | No Comments

Under 50 Gift Guide [1]

The Inhabitat Gift Guide is back today with more cheap and cheerful gift ideas for under $50. Today we are highlighting green gift ideas that will fit inside a stocking…

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 [3]

In Vitro Orchid, Biotech Blooms, Uncommon goods

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, Architecture For Humanity, New Book, Cameron Sinclair, Humanitarian Design, Green Architecture, Social Architecture

This groundbreaking book on humanitarian design from around the world is a must for ALL designers [6]. 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 [5]

cutey mccutes finger puppets, Branch Home Design, handmade finger puppets

Are you dying of cuteness yet? I can’t look at these pictures without cooing. These adorable finger puppets are handmade by artisans in rural Kenya, using natural wool and vegetable-based dyes. We can’t think of a better stocking stuffer for a small child (or a parent of a small child).

+ $12 from Branch

Solar power LED light, mini LED solar powered light, micro solar flashlight, micro solar LED light, compact-impact

For just $21 you can own the world’s smallest self-powered LED flashlight. This is a great way to introduce family and friends to solar power while keeping an eye out for their safety as well. This little gadget requires no batteries and will last longer than you do, so you never need to worry about it running out of juice.

+ $21 from Compact-Impact

Convertible Picture Frame


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 [9]

Trees For The Future

For a mere $45, have 450 trees planted in your friend or co-worker’s name. Trees For The Future [11], 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 [10]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2006/12/10/holiday-gift-guide-under-50/

[2] LUMEN BY ADAM FRANK- $48: http://www.adamfrank.com/lumen/lumen_all.htm

[3] + $48 from Adam Frank: http://www.adamfrank.com/lumen/lumen_line.htm

[4] IN VITRO ORCHID – $30 : http://www.uncommongoods.com/item/item.jsp?source=family&itemId=15174

[5] DESIGN LIKE YOU GIVE A DAMN BOOK – $35: http://architectureforhumanity.org/designlikeyougiveadamn/

[6] must for ALL designers: http://inhabitat.com/2006/07/06/design-like-you-give-a-damn/

[7] HAND MADE FINGER PUPPETS = $12 : http://www.branchhome.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=12&products_id=99

[8] MINI SOLAR FLASHLIGHT = $21 : http://www.compact-impact.com/contents/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=57&category_id=12&manufacturer_id=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1

[9] + $42 from Branch Home: http://www.branchhome.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=24&products_id=157

[10] TREES FOR THE FUTURE- $45: http://www.treesftf.org/donate.php

[11] Trees For The Future: http://www.treesftf.org/main.htm

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