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Looking for cute green gifts that are unique, affordable and -- not crunchy looking? Here's a top 10 guide to green gifts that'll turn heads -- and hopefully turn your friends into happy environmentalists. May all your holidays be green --
For the would-be gardener: Egg Plant. Anyone with a window can hatch a cute little herb garden! This gift'll look pretty, clean the air a teensy bit, and then grow to flavor a good holiday dish. $12 at Branch.
For the chocolate-addict: Chocolate Lover's Gift Basket. Fair trade, organic, delicious yumminess, from bars to java drops to hot cocoa. $55 at Global Exchange.
For the fashionista: One-of-a-kind earrings, created from reclaimed tins and cans and made in Brooklyn. To the left are the leafy "About to fall" design. $32 at BTC Elements.
For the writer: Helsinki Tents Journal & Cozy. Soft, pretty journals made with organic chambray and recycled paper, silk screened by hand in small batches in San Francisco. $36 at Beklina
For the bibliophile: Deep Economy by Bill Mckibben takes you through multiple, wide-ranging journeys: a year spent eating only local food, a scientific and historical look at the possibilities of a community-based, post-petroleum agriculture, an exploration of mass media and the outlook on local radio, and more. I loved it, and think everyone should read it! $25 in bookstores everywhere.
For the eco-newbie: SIGG water bottle. Get your friends to ditch the bottled water habit once and for all via a pretty, reusable aluminum SIGG bottle. $18.99+ at SIGG.
For the cook: Bambu bowls. These colorful all-purpose bowls are handmade -- via fair labor practices -- from organic bamboo. $24 at Branch.
For the do-gooder: Plant 50 trees through Oxfam America, and feel good knowing they'll "produce not only life-sustaining crops like avocados and bananas, but they also provide much-needed shade for coffee and other staple plants, and prevent erosion." $30 at Oxfam America Unwrapped.
For the minimalist: The Jimi, a thinner wallet alternative made of recycled plastic, in the color of your choice. $15 at BTC Elements.
For Fido: RecycleBone, a gnaw toy made from rubbery scraps left over from the manufacture of other chew toys. $12 at Branch