This year Re-Nest featured a great collection of eco-friendly designers, so we decided to focus our gift roundup to them, and yes, you can get designer gifts for under $50. We've also thrown in a few of the affordable classic green goods to round out our favorite gifts for 2010.
1 Gold Paper Bowls by up in the air somewhere, $24: up in the air somewhere makes the most gorgeous housewares — we've been lusting after them all year, and they're sure to make an impression on anyone on your gift list. Of everything in their collection, their gold leafed papier-mâché bowls makes the biggest statement with a delicate form and gilded interior.
2 State Shaped Cutting Boards by A.Heirloom, $40: One of our favorite finds of the year! These cutting boards are made out of bamboo, carved in your favorite state's shape, and a heart is engraved on the city of your choice.
3 Felt Modern Doily by PLYtextiles, $42: PLYtextiles makes geometric homegoods out of recycled sweaters — this runner would made a great addition to anyone's dining decor.
4 Morning Glory Apron by Schoolyard Studio, $42: This apron is made of eco-friendly hemp and cotton twill — it's bright pattern and large front pocket would inspire anyone to work in their kitchen (or garden!).
5 Navajo Quilt Pillow by SHAPES&COLORS, $36: Picking a favorite pillow from this textile company was a hard choice — they're all so interestingly graphic, bright and colorful. We eventually settled on this one as our favorite, but you'd be missing out if you didn't explore all of SHAPES&COLORS's collection.
6 Wide Insulated Bottle by Klean Kanteen, $32: This was one of the best gifts we received last year — they keep your beverage piping hot (or cold) longer than you could ever imagine, and are leak-proof to boot.
7 Hanging Air Plant Pod by MudPuppy, $32: We've got a soft spot for airplants, and these pods would be fun alternative to a standard plant pot.
8 Seahorses Espresso Set by Louche Lab, $50.00: Louche Lab makes the most interesting decorative ceramics — all painted by hand! Get your caffeine lover energized with this bright and colorful one-of-a-kind espresso set.
9 Felt Placemats at Canvas, $19.95: These hand-craft, hand-felted wool placemats are perfect for cold weather entertaining. They were made in Nepal by skilled artisans, and come in eight different color combinations.
10 The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession with Stuff Is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health-and a Vision for Change by Annie Leonard, $26: Avoid the tchotchke, and instead give this inspiring book that examines conspicuous consumption and its human and environmental costs.
11 Bamboo Grow-Box Paperwhite at Branch, $46: Paperwhites, amaryllis', and other seasonal bulbs are classic green gifts — this one comes with everything you need: handmade bamboo box, organic soil, organic coconut husks for drainage, all wrapped in ribbon made from recycled plastic bottles.
12 Tina Islands by Woolly Pockets, $29: Vertical gardens have been all the rage this year. Woolly Pockets are the best way to have a vertical garden at home, and the Islands collection is portable and perfect for small spaces.
13 The Food Matters Cookbook: 500 Revolutionary Recipes for Better Living, by Mark Bittman, $35: Mark Bittman's cookbooks are some of the best, most useful and sure to be timeless compilations of recipes. His book focuses on improving your diet through seasonal, plant-based foods, and recipes that will not only benefit your health, but also the environment.
14 Ceramic Ornament by Paloma's Nest, $48: This handmade ceramic ornament is stamped with words from classic Christmas tales and is edged with pure silver leafing. If Christmas sentiments aren't your thing, Paloma's Nest can engrave the words of your choice for any special occasion.
15 Gift Cards!, $Any Price: Year after year, these will always be on our list: a gift certificate to a CSA and Green Depot, for the local produce and green building supplies of your choice to get a great green start on the new year!
Our 2010 Green Gift Guide:
- 10 Green Gifts for Dogs and Cats
- 10 Green Gadget Gifts for the Techie
- 10 Green Gifts for the Home Renovator
- 25 Handmade Gifts for the Home
- 10 Green Gifts for the Outdoors Lover
- 10 Gifts for the Artist, Crafter, or DIY'er
- 25 Green Home Gifts Under $25
- 10 Green Gifts for the Cook
- Alternative Non-Stuff Gift Ideas For 'No Gifts Please' People
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