Green Gifts

Options for conscious giving this holiday season

Keeping things green is always a festive way to go, so minimize the impact of your gift-giving this year with these eco-friendly options from our 2011 Gift Guide.

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Plumen Light Bulb Set

These energy-efficient alternative bulbs provide a fun variation on the incandescent standby. They look great exposed, so there’s really no need to shade.


This low-impact espresso maker works faster from start to finish (read: more efficiently) than most electric machines take to warm up. Simply add boiling water and push down for the perfect cup of espresso.

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PACT Men’s Socks

Since socks seem like an inevitable inclusion on any gift list, why not pick ones that are quirky, colorful and knit in Turkey from soft organic cotton in a green factory running on wind power. The makers of these stockings are striving for positive change in the world, one snazzily outfitted foot at a time.

Bamboo Original Bottle

Sleek and well-insulated, this portable water bottle won’t infuse water with the harmful chemicals that come from certain plastics and metals. Plus, the handsome eco-friendly vessel keeps coffee and tea nice and hot.

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Intelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Destress Express

This certified-organic kit by Aveda founder Horst Rechelbacher delivers Intelligent Nutrients’ calming essential oils efficiently and tastefully. The diffuser dispenses the aromas silently and without the use of heat to create a purely calming natural sanctuary.

Nau Stainless Steel Pint Cups

The always sustainably minded designers at Nau have teamed up with Klean Kanteen to make an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic Solo cups. Made with food-grade stainless steel, they’re perfect for camping, hiking or even use at home.CH readers can enter a special promo code CHNAU20 to receive 20% off of the set of four pint cups.

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The Repurposed Library

Give old tomes new life with this guide to DIY book projects, which helps you convert worn hardbacks into functional works of art.

Grow Bottle Hydroponic Herb Gardens

Hand-crafted from recycled wine bottles these hydroponic kits are simple and self-contained, letting herbs flourish inside even the most cramped kitchen space. The basil, mint, chive and other herb systems are washable and re-useable with refills.