Preparing for the Holidays? Rather than white, make it a GREEN holiday this year.

Finished your holiday shopping yet? Can’t figure out what to get for your special someone?

You have come to the right place! If any of you are looking to buy more sustainable or fair trade gifts for loved ones here is a quick list of websites for different kinds of socially and environmentally responsible gift ideas. Check out the links below to buy very special holiday gifts for your loved ones AND support your favorite green organizations.

Two Special Holiday Auctions:

Dr. Jane’s Personal Items Auction – with proceeds going to the Jane Goodall Institute THIS IS A FAVORITE OF OURS!

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Farm Sanctuary “Charity Buzz” Holiday Auction – with proceeds going to Farm Sanctuary.

Other Resources for Green Gifts.

  1. Roots & Shoots Beads for Life make a great stocking stuffer!
  2. Tanzanian Gombe Reserve from Green Mountain Coffee has the Jane Goodall Good For All Seal of approval and makes a great gift for a coffee lover!
  3. The Rainforest Site has fair trade items for sale from around the world.
  4. Ten Thousand Villages is another great fair trade store.
  5. Novica is an online store that has partnered with National Geographic to offer fair trade goods from indigenous and impoverished groups from all over the world.
  6. Organic Bouquet is a fresh flower delivery company that donates a percentage of each sale to a different non-profit organization (each NGO has their own sponsored bouquet).
  7. Fire & Light Originals formed in 1995 as a partnership between the Arcata Community Recycling Center in Humboldt County, California, and a group of local investors who wanted to develop an innovative plan for using crushed, recycled glass. Their dishware is beautiful and it’s all recycled glass from CA!
  8. If you’re looking for furniture, Whit McLeod furnishings are made from reclaimed lumber. The finest quarter-sawn oak, salvaged from oak wine casks. Infusing the grain with burgundy highlights. And creating a line of home furnishings for indoors and out.
  9. The Sierra Club has a Green Holiday Gift Guide
  10. Most major environmental non-profits, zoos and aquaria offer animal adoptions as a great gift and charitable donation. To find information about your local Zoo or Aquarium visit the Association of Zoos and Aquariums
  11. Ocean Conservancy Wine Club – Located in the wine country of California’s Central Coast just south of beautiful San Luis Obispo and famed Morro Bay, and five miles from the rugged coast, Edna Valley Paragon Vineyard soils are rich with ancient marine deposits. Be one of the first to experience the Ocean Conservancy Wine Club, each delivery includes seasonal food & wine pairing tips and sustainable seafood recipes from celebrity chef Joey Altman. For every quarterly shipment of Edna Valley Vineyard wines, a contribution of $5 will be donated to Ocean Conservancy. To join the wine club call 1-888-391-WINE (9463).
  12. Endangered Species Chocolate – Savor chocolate this holiday season while saving our planet. Endangered Species Chocolate premium and organic chocolate is 100% ethically traded and their colorful wrappers not only increase awareness of threatened or endangered species, but also inspire proactive conservation. Endangered Species Chocolate donates 10% of net profits to help support species, habitat and humanity to Ocean Conservancy and Chimp Haven. Shop today for holiday gift giving ideas!
  13. Looking for the perfect gift for the boater on your shopping list? Greenboatstuff.com is dedicated to providing boaters and sailors with high-quality environmentally friendly boating products. Greenboatstuff.com extensively researches every product they carry to assure they are made in a responsible way and have the least impact on the environment. While shopping be sure to indicate Ocean Conservancy as a Friend of the Earth at checkout, and Greenboatstuff.com will donate 5% of the sale to support our ocean conservation efforts.
  14. Social Studies Designs makes really cute accessories and ornaments made from recycled clothing.
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