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The holiday season is a great time to splurge on those that you love and to show them that you know what is important to them. So if you have a “crunchy mama” in your life – that is, someone who appreciates sustainable gift giving and wants to indulge the planet at the same time as she indulges herself – then this is the gift guide for you!
These days there are thankfully many options for environmentally friendly gifts – here are some of my favorites!
Green Gifts for Crunchy Mamas
You don’t have to sacrifice quality to be environmentally friendly! Here are some of my favorite gifts for the special “green” mama in your life:
Organic clothing and goods
I love Tender Sapling for so many reasons – especially their focus on encouraging kids about virtues, world citizenship, and environmental sustainability. They have wonderful organic products for all members of the family. Treat your mama friends with a beautiful T-shirt (including maternity!), or a sampling of their cards, made from recycled paper.
One company that I have just discovered is Indigenous, dedicated to organic, fair trade fashion. Who wouldn’t want to wear this beautiful Women’s Luxury Organic Tank or elegant Women’s Turtleneck Top? And be sure to check out their collection of “Treasures that Make a Difference” – now on sale!
All natural pregnancy care products
All natural care products designed especially for pregnancy are a perfect way to indulge expecting moms. Products like Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter
soothe stretching skin, and this gift set from Earth Mama Angel Baby even includes wellness tea!
For the kitchen
In the kitchen I’m especially conscious of the products I use, as I know they will can a direct impact on the health of my family. That’s why I love to find all natural products like these beautiful Bambu Kids In The Kitchen Utensil. And what better way to start your little one off on his eating journey than with this Bambu Baby Feeding Starter Set?
And if don’t want to feed your family junk – but want to make food they will actually eat – then you must check out the Weelicious cookbooks! I adore all of her recipes, which are both practical but also stretch your ideas about what your kids will try. She has two cookbooks – one with a range of family recipes, and her new one that focuses on kid lunches! Both highly recommended.
On the go
Busy moms are always on the go, so don’t forget to give them some reusable food storage items they take with them! I always forget to drink enough water, so I would love a reusable water bottle like this U Konserve Glass Bottle with Silicone Sleeve. U Konserve also has great lunch bags, like this Insulated Lunch Sack or this kids’ version, Kids Konserve Sky Insulated Lunch Sack. And check out the kids’ lunch boxes from PlanetBox. My sons would love this Shuttle Lunchbox with blue aliens!
Organic and fair trade tea
As seen in last year’s gift guide, I love tea! Fair trade teas like Punjana Fair Trade Tea are not only good for communities but ultimately for the environment. Numi Organic Tea is one of my favorite brands, especially since they have fair trade tea, like this Numi Organic Tea Fair Trade Breakfast Blend. Or you could indulge with this Numi Organic Tea Organic World of Tea Collection, which lets you “travel the world with each sip.” Sign me up!
Fair Trade and organic chocolate
Ah chocolate – the ultimate indulgence! Give her a treat she can feel good about eating, like this organic, direct trade Taza Chocolate Oaxacan Sampler. Protect animals with a gift like the Endangered Species Wolf, Natural Dark Squares with Cranberries & Almonds. Another organic chocolate company is Alter Eco. I am very intrigued by their Dark Quinoa Organic Chocolate! Seems like a fun, healthy spin on a puffed rice chocolate bar. But my real weakness is hot chocolate – what better way to treat yourself than with Dagoba Organic Xocolatl Drinking Chocolate or Green & Black’s Organic Hot Chocolate Mix?
Of course, gifts made from the heart are the best kind of sustainable giving! Check out these great ideas for gifts you and your kids can make!
For ideas, be sure to check out these post on sustainable gift giving from Multicultural Kid Blogs! And don’t miss these gifts and stocking stuffers to pamper busy moms!
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Today’s posts are about Gifts for the Season:
Festive Family Holiday Gift Guide Favorites ~ Gifts for Everyone on Your List
DIY Toddler Play Activity Gift Box from Adventures of Adam
Ten Things from Germany as Christmas Presents from La Cite’ des Vents
Ten Things from France as Christmas Presents from La Cite’ des Vents
Easy Gifts Kids Can Make from Hand Made Kids Art
Stocking Stuffer Ideas from Crystal’s Tiny Treasures
100 Non-Toy Gifts from Lemon Lime Adventures
Green Gifts for Crunchy Mamas from All Done Monkey
Gift Guide for Montessori Homeschoolers from Living Montessori Now
Gift Guide – Birth to 18 Months from ALLterNATIVElearning
The Ultimate Yoga for Kids Gift Guide from Kids Yoga Stories
Gift Guide from Peace But Not Quiet
Gift Guide for Promoting Healthy Development from The Inspired Treehouse
Tips for Sustainable Gift Giving from Multicultural Kid Blogs
ALEX Toys Holiday Gift Guide from Still Playing School
Best Gifts for a One-Year-Old from Adventure in a Box
Gifts that Help Kids with Independence from Sugar Aunts
Grandparent Gifts Kids Can Make from The Chaos and the Clutter
25 Heartwarming Christmas Books from Fireflies and Mudpies
Heirloom Advent Calendars from Are We There Yet?
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