The idea of Green Gifts can cover a lot of territory. Keep yourself green — don’t overspend. Live below your means.
Environmental organizations offer helpful suggestions.
Follow the bouncing Frog at http://howtoboilafrog.com/frogshop/ – give up beef, stop that coal plant, buy used, grow a winter garden, use a condom, power down, put on a potluck to build up your tribe – or find your own solutions to Overshoot. But take action. Every one of us is personally in charge of creating a sustainable future, but all the rest of us are here to help.
Acres USA , “an invigorating mix of articles ranging from how-to and practical, from inspiring to educational, from breaking news to reflective,” offers a gift card with your gift subscription decorated with dung beetles wearing Santa hats, http://www.acresusa.com/magazines/giftsub.htm.
Change.org offers Holiday Gift Guides for various interests, including environmental, http://environment.change.org/blog/view/end_junk_mail_do_it_yourself_buy_a_parks_pass_an_alternative_green_gift_guide. They suggest gift subscriptions to Community Sponsored Agriculture, joining a bike-sharing program or a community garden. Think Local.
Heifer International encourages humanitarian aid gifts, http://www.heifer.org/site/c.edJRKQNiFiG/b.204586/?msource=kw2795&gclid=CNvskMaqsKUCFSdtgwodPwEAZg.
The Natural Resources Defense Council provides its gift suggestions, https://secure.nrdconline.org/site/Ecommerce?store_id=2661. Oceana offers ways to save the oceans, https://store.oceana.org/. The Nature Conservancy has gift suggestions and offers discounts at various partner retailers to members, http://my.nature.org/benefits/?autologin=true.
Rodale Insitute, champion of organic farming, has a home and garden center in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania selling items that focus on growing, wellness, sustainability and design: http://www.shopterrain.com/. FAIR supports fairness and accuracy in reporting. Support them at http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=110 with books, magazine subscriptions, hats, tee shirts and other gifts. Brave New Consversations explores ideas and perspectives that see the world and its resources in different ways, with thinkers such as Alan Grayson, Thom Hartmann, Amy Goodman, Henry Rollins, Markos Moulitsas, Shepard Fairey and Margaret Cho: http://bravenewconversations.com/dvd/?akid=1344.657222.Nv5vym&rd=1&t=1.
Support either a coral reef or rainforest conservation area with Seacology’s Save an Acre program, http://www.seacology.org/save-rainforest-coral-reefs/.
Give a gift membership to a conservation organization such as the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, http://www.xerces.org/ or the Society for Preservation of Poultry Antiquities, http://poultryb.dot5hosting.com/sppapage.html. Make a donation to the Society for Environmental Journalists, to support solid reporting on the environment, http://www.sej.org/get-involved/donate.
Books always make good gifts. Peruse your local bookstore for books that reflect the receiver’s tastes. Consider Trish Riley’s guides to green living, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Green Living (Penguin/Alpha Books 2007) and
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Greening Your Business (with Heather Gadonniex, Penguin/Alpha Books 2009). For the poultry lover, Christine Heinrichs’ How to Raise Chickens and How to Raise Poultry (Voyaguer Press, 2007 and 2009).
Dover Books publishes scores of inexpensive and delightful books for children and adults, http://store.doverpublications.com/