The greenest gifts you can give may be your love and undying gratitude. But for those of you who also want to give something a little more, um, tangible, we suggest the following local and eco-friendly gifts:
It’s never too early for kids to learn about the environment, or how to serve a perfect cuppa tea. This delightful miniature tea set from Green Toys is made from recycled milk containers and is available at Greater Goods (1626 U Street).
Special offer: Mention GoingGreenDC and get 15% off all purchases from Greater Goods (in store only, may not be combined with any other offers).
Now you can enjoy candy cane, eggnog, and strudel without the calories. A holiday gift set from Our Butterfly Effects includes a six-pack of soy melts, a spa candle, room spray, and a six-piece tea light set in four delicious scents. The eco-friendly soy candles are made without color additives or dyes, GMOs, paraffin, pesticides, or herbicides. The Winter/Holiday Collection is also packaged in recyclable materials and features a festive message tag.
Special Offer: Get 15% off orders over $30 with discount code GoingGreenDC.
Lounge in style with beautiful wool pillows from local artist Gretchen Cook. The wool is imported from Germany and dyed using eco-friendly practices. Nature-inspired motifs make these perfect for the stylish interior design diva. Available at RCKNDY (1515 U Street).
Wake up and smell the Hazelnut Coffee Body Scrub from Perfect Organics. This luxurious extra-gentle all-natural scrub is made with invigorating coffee beans, replenishing plant oils, and soothing botanical extracts.
Price: $24.99. Add a reusable, sustainable fiber gift bag for $7.
Special Offer: Use the “greendc” discount code and receive 15% off online orders.
For the groovy green guy in your life, Herban Lifestyle’s new men’s grooming products—shaving oil, facial soap, facial lotion, aftershave–are completely natural, with no artificial fragrances or preservatives, and scented with organic spices and essential oils. Plus they come in manly eco-friendly packaging.
Special Offer: GGDC readers get 20% off on all orders. Please put “WDCGG20” in the notes/messages to seller at checkout.
Tranquil Space, one of our favorite eco-friendly yoga studios, offers a variety of gifts including owner Kimberly Wilson’s TranquiliT line of lifestyle bodywear made from organic, sustainable, luxurious bamboo fabric. You can also purchase personalized gift cards and class passes online or at the studio for the yoginis on your list.
The eco-baby gift set from holeco life is ideal for the new parents on your list. It includes eco-baby body lotion, eco-baby multi wash, eco-baby body oil, and eco-baby powder, all made with natural and organic ingredients. All products are completely non-toxic, eco-friendly, and come in earth-friendly packaging.
Special Offer: Get 15% off products over $20 (in-spa only, offer valid through December 31 2009.
Biggs & Featherbelle’s holiday bath soak duo includes Snowtopia and Citrus Cheer fragrances and is created with nourishing salts, herbs, buttermilk, and essential oils. The salts are great for soothing achy muscles and itchy skin or just relaxing. Made without synthetic fragrances, dyes, or additives.
Special Offer: Get 15% off your purchase when you use the “GREENDC15” code at checkout.
Be the Bay recycled gift cards are printed on 100% post consumer recycled paper using soy-based inks. Each clear-top box of eight cards includes two Rockfish cards, two Blue Crab Cards, two Deadrise cards, and two Sailboat cards. The company donates at least 10% of profits toward environmental restoration and education projects around the Chesapeake Bay.
Special Offer: Get 10% off online store purchases with code DCGREEN. Offer good through January 31, 2010.
On Eco-Artware, you’ll find recycled silver jewelry by Washington artist Courtney Gillen, who works with recycled metals. The site also offers many other environmentally friendly gifts such as earrings made from vintage game tiles and multi-color tote bags handwoven from cleaned plastic fruit juice packs.
Price: Earrings (pictured) are $48.
Terraessentials offers a trial-size set of four organic body washes (Lavender Garden, Cool Mint, Left Coast Lemon, and Sultry Spice) made from gentle, detergent-free, coconut and organic olive castile, naturally-occurring clay minerals, organic botanical extracts, and organic essential oil. The set is packaged in an attractive gift box with real plant-based cellophane and a reusable sparkling gold bow.
Special Offer: Free trial size organic soap with orders of $30 or more. Please put “GoingGreenDC” in the comment box of the shopping cart. This offer may not be combined with any other offers and is good through December 31, 2009.
Uncork a rare and sustainably farmed wine from Washington, DC-based Farmstead Wines. The company sources wine from small, family-run farms in Europe that produce hand-crafted wine.
Special Offer: For a limited time, Going Green DC readers will receive 25% off purchase– enter promo code “holiday11” at checkout.
For the Love of and Greater Goods have teamed up to create District Suds, a special line of soaps available at Greater Goods or online. The beautiful, faintly lavender scented soap is a great stocking stuffer.
Special Offer: Get 20% off all For the Love of products (online only) when you mention GoingGreenDC.
Don’t let dry, cracked lips ruin your holiday fun. Stock up on vanilla + anise flavored Brew lip balm from Skincando and while you’re at it, get some for your moisture-challenged friends as well.
Special Offer: Mention this gift guide and get $1.00 off Brew lip balm at Apres Peau (in-store only).
Last but not least, consider giving the gift of a membership to Live Green so that your friends and family can enjoy discounts to local companies all year round!
More local gift guides worth perusing:
Stay tuned for our non-material gift-giving guide later this week featuring gifts that don’t come in a box, and check out the Etiquette Advocate’s tips on regifting.