This is just for you, my favourite Kate O'Meara...
Usually I forget to link earth friendly gifts until a week before Christmas, when its far too late! This year I'm getting orgumanised!
It is important to think carefully about the gifts you give. I aim for them to be as natural as possible, as earth friendly as possible, and as RAD as possible! There is nothing worse for the environment than giving a gift that someone never uses... or worse, just throws away! You can encourage people to be more earth friendly with carefully thought out gifts like organic personal care, reusable shopping bags or Soapnuts!
Don't forget to check ebay and your local op shop before buying new, you would be surprised at what you might find!
So here are a few ideas for gifts for the whole family.
For the LADIES:
Envirosax pouch! I love these green bags SO much! They look AMAZING and fold down so small. Each pouch comes with 5 Envirosax, and is small enough to carry in your handbag! No more excuses for forgetting your Green Bags!
Neoflam Cookware! Are you aware of the dangers of Teflon? Neoflam provide a non toxic range of non stick cookware, and come in gorgeous colours! Fellow Dalbians, you can get this from Eloquence! Gold Coasters, you want to get your butt into Eco Vida in Burleigh :)
Cheeki stainless steel drink bottle or flask! You can get these from most health food stores. Or for the coffee lover, a reusable coffee cup.
Organic Clothing! Just google it :)
Organic personal care products! With any luck they love them and you won't have to bring your own body wash when visiting yo Mum! Miessence have everything from makeup, shampoo, moisturiser, toothpaste to PERFUME! Also check out their health care section for some awesome products to create health and beauty from within.
A good book! The Anastasia series I've just linked is very hard to find in stores, but Eco Vida stock them :) Its an amazing and mind expanding book! I recieved "Greeniology" by Tanya Ha last year and I adore it! "Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering" by Buckley and anything by Ina May Gaskin are great books for expecting mothers! "The Continuum Concept" by Jean Liedloff is awesome for all mothers (put it on your own wishlist if you haven't read it yet!)
Microfiber cleaning products such as Enjo or Norwex.
Tupperware or, better yet, Pyrex glass storage containers! Down with cling wrap!
Check out some local markets for handmade or upcycled jewellery or clothing!
For the MEN:
GAD. This is going to be a small section. Men are so hard to buy for!
Most recently I got my Dad a Thermos to take soup to work in.
Miessence products such as Ancient Spice Deodorant or Shaving Gel.
A magnetic energy torch
An eco lunchbox (just discovered a new page, buxtonbaby.com.au!)
Something to DO! Red Balloon is a website where you can buy vouchers for a drive in a rally car or a hot air balloon ride! So many things to choose from. They have spa packages for women, too.
For the BABIES!
Wooden teethers and rattles: no more yucky pastic ones! The Natural Newborn and Eco Toys have a great selection.
BPA free Boon bath ducks
Modern Cloth Nappies! Some companies will even do personalised embroidered nappies! My faves are Itti Bittis, Bonnibuns, B cheeks and Bambooty.
A Rainstick. Seriously though, go to The Natural Newborn and Eco Toys and search by age group, I can't list out ALL the amazing products in one blog!
An amber teething necklace! Homeopathic teething remedy, great for a nephew or neice
A cardboard box and a wooden spoon. For reals!
Organic Doll. The Keptin Jr doll is my favourite! And Butterfly's.
Wooden Kitchen and accessories! Best investment I ever made, Butterfly actually has TWO! Also wash out and store some old spice jars, butter containers etc instead of buying expensive play food!
Makedo! Make toys and cars from the materials around you! You might remember I used some Makedo to make moveable knobs on SB's mud pie kitchen...
Wooden Scooter: we haven't tried these but I want to get Butterfly one for her 3rd birthday
Wind Up Torch!
Play Silks! Encourage your child's creativity and imagination!
Calamity Bolt Hobby Horse! Butterfly is getting one! Giddyup! (You will have to wait until the next stocking, check out the facebook page! They are handmade so there are limited numbers)
Mamamor pregnancy and breastfeeding doll: great for a child who might attend their siblings birth!
Glob botanical paints
Livos natural face paint
A toy cash register! Butterfly plays with this more than anything. Again, save up old cereal boxes etc for your own grocery store!
Green Toys cars, trucks and tea set! Made from recycled plastic and BPA free. We love the recycling truck!
Barbara Lord's Green Cleaner: a small and inexpensive guide to taking care of all household matters the earth friendly way! Not only does green cleaning help the earth, but its very cheap!
The Environmental Toothbrush: comes in adult and childrens sizes, and is compostable once you've finished with it! You can buy them in bulk and use some yourself, and give others as gifts (I find it handy to slip a childrens toothbrush in a present at the last minute)
Trial size bag of Wild Soapnuts! These are the greenest option for washing your clothes available.
Organic Seeds! For the home gardener.
Eco Toys have a great selection of toys under $20... bath ducks, felt play food, puzzles etc!
I could go on and on but this blog has taken me a bajillion years to add links to! The links are to specific products in webstores but have a browse around the rest of the website while you are there. Thankyou to The Natural Newborn, Eco Toys and Eco Vida for being so fracking awesome that I barely had to look beyond these sites! Mwah!