I adore the holiday season. From candlelit nights and spiked eggnog to evergreen boughs on the mantel and solstice soirees, the stretch from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve is one of my most-beloved times of the year. I can’t get enough of sitting beside the wood stove in my flannel PJs, mug of hot cocoa in hand. I clamor for nights on the couch nestled under a blanket and watching Love Actually (I finally broke down and bought a copy after years of renting it, and still, after more viewings than I care to share, I weep with happiness when Jamie proposes to Aurelia). I eagerly anticipate checking out the incredible annual offerings at the nearby Grove Park Inn’s National Gingerbread House Competition (everything on these intricate, highly creative houses must be edible; some of them truly boggle the mind in their inventiveness). In short, if it’s holiday minded, more often than not, I’m a fan.
While I often make many of the items I give, I’m always on the prowl for gifts that are as nice to behold (and bestow) as they are beneficial to the environment. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite ecologically minded treasures for holiday gifting. There’s something for every budget, and nothing over $100 (so you can save some green while going green). I’ve got things for growing, eating, reading and wearing and for helping you tread more lightly on this verdant planet in the process. Here’s wishing you and yours a joyous, healthy, happy holiday season! — Ashley English
Image above: 1. The Green Beauty Guide, $16.95; 2. Recycled Stainless-Steel Origami Pendant, $39.95; 3. “Etcetera” Boogaloo Toy, $34.00; 4. Paper Seed Potter, $15.49; 5. Cherrywood Honey Stick, $10.00; 6. Honeybee Habitat Scatter Garden, $17.00; 7. Wooden Clothes Drying Rack, $89.00
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Image above: 1. Edible Flower Seed Bomb, $7.00; 2. Tron Birch Earrings, $46.00; 3. Dark Chocolate Salted Caramels, $11.75: 4. Shiitake Mushroom Kit, $19.95; 5. Pomegranate Tote, $44.00; 6. Countertop Bag Dryer, $20.00; 7. High-Top Sneakers, $56.00; 8. Beechwood Diblett, $7.00