Furnishing and decorating a new home can be a lot of work. Whether you know newlyweds, new homeowners, or simply a new roomate, we've compiled a great list of unique green gifts to make a new house feel like home.
1 Custom Return Address Stamp, $35-85 from Primele (Etsy): The perfect way to celebrate a new address. Choose from a variety of font styles and layouts.
2 Modern-Twist Vinotagz, $14 from Velocity Art & Design: Upgrade the standard wine-as-gift with these non-toxic translucent silicone stemmarkers that can be written on and easily wiped off. The storage box fits on the neck of a wine bottle making them a perfect gifting pair.
3 City, Region or Country Towels, $20 from catstudio: Celebrate a move to a new city, or provide a nice reminder of your giftee's roots, with these charming illustrated dish towels. Each design is silk screened, then framed with a hand-embroidered border on a 100% cotton dish towel.
4 Pink Himalayan Salt, $12 from St. Helena Olive Oil Co: Go with the old Jewish tradition of giving salt, bread and sugar, "Bread so that you shall never know hunger; Salt, so your life shall always have flavor; Sugar and so your life shall always have sweetness." This jar contains pink Himalayan salt packed in a 160ml reusable weck canning jar.
5 Chalkboard Honey Pot, $28 from Terrain: Write a greeting on this adorable chalkboard honeypot. You could also substitute this (honey) for the sugar part of the traditional gift above.
6 Rope Knot Doorstop, $40 from UncommonGoods: We love this unique take on a doorstopper — it's sculptural and functional all at the same time. The knot shaped stopper weighs in at four pounds and is iron wrapped in jute. Bonus points for giving it to someone who owns a beach house.
7 The Firestarter Kit, $15 from Velocity Art and Design: A lot of people would be ecstatic about moving into a home with a fireplace. This neat kit comes with pine needles, fatwood, locally harvested and dried sap, and 15 strike-anywhere matches - all enclosed in a medical glass test tube that's sealed with a cork.
8 Herbal Swag, $39.95 from Williams Sonoma: Winter might not be the best time of year to start an herb garden, so instead try this handmade hanging herbicide-free and pesticide-free dried herb swag.
9 Clean Day Gift Set, $24.99 from Mrs.Meyers: Help them get their new pad sparkling clean with an eco-friendly cleaning set. This one comes boxed with a variety of cleaner types in a range of Mrs.Meyers scents.
10 Custom City Map Print, $18-30 from jennasuemaps (Etsy): Modern, graphic and colorful city maps. Choose from over a hundred cities, or if you don't see the town you want, any city can be custom designed in a variety of size and color options.
2011 Green Gift Guides
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• Green Gift Guide: 20 Gifts Under $20
• Green Gift Guide For Minneapolis
• Green Gift Guide For the Home Renovator
• Green Gift Guide for the Techie
• Green Gift Guide: Best Gifts Under $75
• Green Gift Guide For Design Lovers
• Green Gift Guide for Chicago
• 10 Fantastic Green Gifts Under $100
• Green Gift Guide For Home Cooks
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