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In my last post for the Green Christmas Guide, I wanted to share some ideas for inexpensive gifts that are still worth giving (and getting). All of these ideas are inexpensive without being cheap.
(By the way, speaking of gifts, come back tomorrow for our handmade Christmas gift carnival for more gift ideas! )
For the writer friend: I love to write things down. I think that’s part of the reason I love blogging. My mind works best sometimes when jotting things down. That’s why I like to journal. Sometimes when life doesn’t make sense, or I am trying to wrap my head around a new concept, I find writing it all out helps me. This fair trade, handmade journal is graced with kancu leaves and handmade paper. It’s study and functional as well as beautiful. This would be a perfect gift for friends who love to jot things down. Purchase from Ten Thousand Villages for $18 (pictured above)
For the coffee lover on a budget: There is nothing better to go with writing in a journal than a hot drink. I recently wanted to buy a stainless steel stove-top espresso pot, but found that most stainless steel versions were a bit expensive. I was happy to find an Ikea stainless steel espresso pot for only $20 dollars. Not only can you make a nice shot of espresso in it, but you can also make a delicious cup of Teecino in it (an herbal coffee). I find that teechino made in the espresso pot much more flavorful. For foamy milk, you can add the $3 dollar milk-foamer.
Speaking of coffee, don’t forget the organic, flavored coffee I featured earlier. They have gluten and sugar free flavors, and have a holiday sampler set for only $10 dollars! Purchase at Johnsjava.net.
For the eco-lover household: These beeswax candles with lead free wicks are scented with essential oils. They are absolutely wonderful! When I first got married, a dear friend gave me a large candle jar, scented like pumpkin pie. She told me how she always liked to use scented candles to make a welcoming fragrance in her home. I proudly used mine too. Later, more aware of the problems with in-door pollution and how many candles contribute to that, I stopped using candles. However, these candles have a positive impact!
From the Big Dipper Waxworks: ” Beeswax candles are naturally dripless and smokeless, and they tend to have a longer burn time than candles made from other waxes. Beeswax also burns clean and purifies the air at the same time! In addition to supporting sustainable beekeeping, the consumption of beeswax candles is also good for the air we breathe. Unlike paraffin candles, which are made with a petroleum-based wax, beeswax candles have a completely clean non-toxic burn and produce negative ions when burning…Negative ions relieve stress, boost energy and alertness levels, reduce the amount of dust mites and dander in the air, and they may help protect against airborne germs by attaching to positively charged ions that are holding other contaminants airborne.”
Their holiday aromatherapy candles are perfect hostess gifts. I especially like the pine scent. Purchase from Big Dipper Waxworks, $15
For the blogging friend or office worker: Speaking of negative ions, I have always been intrigued by the Himalayan salt lamps that so many ND’s recommend, such as Mercola. These also have a positive impact on the air inside your house by releasing negative ions to help relieve stress, boost energy and “clean” the air by attaching to contaminants that are airborne. Solay Wellness has a wide variety of lamps to choose from. The one pictured above actually works by being plugged into your computer! Perfect for bloggers or office workers. Purchase from Solay Wellness, $24.99
They also sell an 8 ounce Himalayan salt tin that would make a great hostess gift. ($9).
For the ornament exchange: In some families, ornaments are exchanged. This year, why not make your ornament gifts both unique and fair trade? Ten Thousand Villages sells a wide variety of Christmas ornaments. To watch a video about the artisans who made the above ornament, go here. This unique angel ornament is made out of orange peels! Purchase at Ten Thousand Villages, $12
I’d love to hear your ideas! Don’t forget about the carnival tomorrow!