20 Green gift ideas

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'Tis the season for giving. And with that is the season for wasting. This year instead of buying unwanted gifts that gather dust in people's closets or pile in landfills, choose green gifts that give back in a good way. SheKnows offers 20 great green gift ideas to get you started:

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Organic soap gift set

This organic soap gift set from Bali is perfect for that special lady in your life. Each natural fiber gift basket contains four unique soaps wrapped in a batik fabric. The soaps are produced in a small cooperative of artisan soap makers and organic farmers from the mountains of Bali.

Ingredients such as beeswax, coconut oil, aloe vera, vetiver, clove, vanilla, and floral essences are sourced locally. The success of these soaps has helped encourage even more organic and sustainable farming in Bali, according to the Eco Express website. Cost, $25.99

Revenge Is T-shirt

The eco-friendly brand Revenge Is makes shirts strictly from organic cotton and recycled plastic bottles, and they are printed with non-toxic soy-based inks. T-Shirt themes include: All Love is Equal, Revenge Is Saving The Earth and The Best Revenge Is Peace.

'By wearing a Revenge Is t-shirt, you are accepting that personal responsibility and relaying the message that you care,' says Marilyn Barrett, owner and creator of Revenge Is.

Cost of select T-shirts, $21 to $32, available at select retail stores and at the Revenge Is website.

Soy ink calendar

This Nikki McClure calendar, printed on acid-free paper using soy ink, is perfect for your co-worker's cubicle or your teacher friend's classroom. This year marks the first that the cover has had more than just two colors. January also is unique, as it's a first in the McClure calendars to use a combination of two different cut papers instead of one. Cost, $16


Clean water

Give families in developing countries the precious gift of clean water. A hand pump protects the water so it's clean and safe to drink and cook with. This is Water Aid America's star gift, according to its website. Cost, donate $120 or more to be eligible for the gift.

Kaleidoscope crystal quartz earrings

The ladies will love these crystal quartz earrings from Brilliant Earth. All the products at this company use ethically sourced, conflict-free diamonds, fair-trade gemstones and 100 percent recycled metals. Best of all, five percent of the profits are donated to African communities affected by the jewelry trade. Cost, $125

For more gifts on SheKnows:

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