sustainablog’s 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

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Avoid the last-minute gifts… for the love of God and all that’s holy!

Struggling with gift ideas? Definitely, want to stay away from the mall? I’m with you on both counts – Christmas shopping is right up there with major dental work on my list of favorite things.

But there are people in you life whom you want to give a gift during the holiday celebrations, and you want that gift to be something that’ll be meaningful. If you’ve got a good greenie on this list, here’s our small list of some unique ideas (which can all be bought online!).

Games Greenies Play

Got a potential business mogul on your list? Why not steer them towards environmental responsibility in their entrepreneurial pursuits. The board game GBO Hawai’iΒ “brings sustainability to life in a fun, interactive way,” according to Sustainable Industries Magazine.

And if you find that someone in your home or circle of friends really gets into the game, you can always follow it up with a copy of game creator Scott Cooney’s book Build a Green Small Business: Profitable Ways to Become an Ecopreneur (yes, that’s an affiliate link… and Scott’s a friend and colleague here at Important Media). Check out the introduction video to get a fuller sense of the game:

If you had the power to change the world for the better, how would you do it? from Scott Cooney on Vimeo.

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Buy a Bag, Help an Aye-Aye

aye-aye cotton charity bag

Huh? No, I didn’t have a brief neurological episode there; the aye-aye is an endangered primate species. The folks at BTC Elements have decided to make helping Elphaba, the baby aye-aye mentioned in the article linked above, a part of their own holiday plans.

Their Aye-Aye Recycled Cotton Charity Book Bag is not only a conversation starter, but also raises funds for Elphaba and the Duke Lemur Center where she lives. Exclusive to BTC, the bag was designed by founder Summer Bowen andΒ Mark Waggoner of Gillens Army.

Next page: For the Winer on your list…

A Bottle of Wine and a Movie

Prefer to give experience and/or event gifts? A special night out, or a gourmet dinner served in? Why not add a bottle of wine and a movie… specifically, a movie about wine. Paige Donner’s documentary Wine & Climate Change is in production, and for as little as $20, you can pre-order a digital download of the film through her Indiegogo campaign.

Higher contribution levels can score you a bottle of wine, or even an invitation to the film’s premiere. (And, yes, Paige is a past contributor to sustainablog… and we’re happy to give her project some love). Check out her pitch video for more details:

Next page: Bay Watch


save the bay t-shirtDo you have someone on the list who would appreciate a donation in his/her name more than any “thing” you might buy? Obviously, lots of choices out there – all the major environmental organizations have something along these lines. A smaller non-profit you may not have heard of, Save the Bay, focuses on conservation and restoration efforts of the San Francisco Bay. So, if you’ve got a fan of the Bay Area on the list, s/he might really like that… along with the cool t-shirt, calendar, and newsletter that come from the organization. A Bay Sustainer membership can cost as little as $5/month.

Next Page: Fish… and Food

Go Fish… and Herbs

Nope, I haven’t become aquaponicsΒ obsessive: this concept is just catching on all over the place. And, like Back to the Roots’ Home Aquaponics kit (which is still available for 9 more days), Ryan Coghlan has gone to Kickstarter with a small-scale aquaponics system. The Goldfish Garden is just that: the equipment necessary to grow herbs or flowers in a small space with fish water and waste. Check out Ryan’s pitch video for more details.

That’s what we’ve got, but we’re open to suggestions. Found a great green gift for someone on your list? Got something you’d like to share with shoppers? The comments are open… go for it!

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