Holiday Gifts
by China DeSpain
Categories: Lifestyle.
Photo: Alice Harold

The holiday season is in full swing, and the gift giving pressure is on. Fortunately, there’s no need to brave traffic, crowds, and long lines to wrap up your shopping. Check out our compassionate gift guide roundup to find something for everyone on your list.

Inhabitat — The green design website has gift guides for everyone under the sun. Regardless of whether you need presents for kids or pets, goodies that you make yourself, or something for the animal lover/vegan, they’ve got you covered. From eco-jewelry to DIY packages, Inhabitat has it all.

VegNews — The popular magazine is loaded with options for the vegans and vegetarians in your life. Their holiday shopping guide is a handy PDF, which means it’s easy to print and bring with you, if you want to join in the hustle and bustle. But if you’re happy to shop from your laptop, they’re recommending everything from vegan chocolate to animal-friendly shoes to upcycled earrings.

The Kind Life — Actress and animal superhero Alicia Silverstone has a list of cute and quirky consumables. She’s suggesting soaps and bath scrubs, dessert gifts, adorable DIY twig frames and home goods, and plantable! greeting cards. Alicia also offers weekly deals on eco and animal-friendly products on her opensky store; sign up to get the goods.

Treehugger — No green gift guide roundup would be complete without including the greenest website of all (sing that in your head to the tune of Rudolph!). Treehugger has a group of guides geared toward the greenies on your list. Subdivided into ten categories, there are more than 100 ideas included, targeting the foodie, fashion buff, green geek, animal lover, health and wellness guru, and more. We’re talking sushi cat toys, a necklace made from repurposed Barbie breasts, and a recycled Dr. Seuss notebook. And “all of these gifts come with another more subtle one: A healthy respect for the earth.”

Girly Girl Army — For the Glamazon animal activist on your list, look no further. GGA is offering up an eclectic mix of fashion, toys, and trinkets. There’s the standard girly fare, such as studded pumps and vegan makeup. For more whimsical options, check out the adorable “I’m not a nugget” chick backpack, the octopus to-do list, and the josephine toilet seat. Of course, there’s an abundance of vegan cookbooks and snacks on the list, as well as a guys guide, which suggests shirts, watches, books, and gadgets.

The Daily Green — In a departure from the rest, The Daily Green has gift guides for multiple holidays. Ready to tackle your Valentine’s Day shopping? Here you go. Attending a wedding in the near future? There’s a guide for that. But for those of us who are just looking to tackle the holiday bonanza that is December (Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivas, Kwanzaa, the Solstice, etc.), there are plenty of eco-friendly choices here. Choose from toys, consumables (to avoid saddling your loved ones with “stuff”), budget-friendly options, food and gourmet gifts, recycled presents, and so much more. There are several years’ worth of guides here, so you’re bound to find a little something for everyone.

And of course, there is always the option to make a donation in someone’s honor to a non-profit for a cause they love. You can save an acre of rainforest, or sponsor a pig, or help a town get clean water, all for the holidays. Helping to save the world is certainly a worthy gift.

There you have it! Our 2011 Compassionate Gift Guide Roundup. We hope this helps ease the stress of seasonal shopping, both on you and the planet. Shop, give, and be merry and bright. Happy holidays from all of us here at Ecorazzi!

About China DeSpain

China DeSpain is a San Antonio-based writer and blogger. She loves pop culture, animal rights, health and fitness, international travel, books and wigs. Follow China on Twitter: @ChinaDeSpain

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  • Anonymous

    China,
    I have another compassionate gift I found on line and in my local botanical garden. Its called a TickleMe Plant and it will close its leaves and lower its branches when tickled. By growing this plant I have found that my students become more sensitive and compassionate about all living things and what they need to survive. You can search TickleMe Plant to see a live one in action or to get a Greenhouse kit for someone you love.