I love gifts that keep on giving (and don’t end up in landfills)! Here are eight plastic-free, long-lasting, and instantly-gratifying gift ideas for the compassionate kids in your life. Happy holidays!
1. Adopt a farm animal, $10 and up
“Adopt” a rescued farm animal in a friend or family member’s name through Farm Sanctuary, one of the best animal protection organizations in the nation.The recipient will receive an adoption package, Sanctuary newsletter, a calendar and shelter event invitations.
2. Adopt an elephant, $75, $25, $10
Visit Thailand’s Elephant Nature Park www.elephantnaturepark.org to “adopt” an elephant in a friend or family member’s name (you can even see the ele’s name and picture!). Donations provide year-long care for rescued pachyderms at a reputable, safe haven (the incredible founder, Lek, was featured in the documentary “How I Became An Elephant”). Elephant lunches and medical kits are also options.
3. The best lunch-box ever, $39.95
Never buy another lunch-box again! The 3-tiered “tiffin” http://www.to-goware.com/store/cart.php?m=product_detail&p=71 is our family’s personal favorite. Super easy to clean, never wears out, and completely eliminates the need for plastic ziploc bags—genius! Package-deal includes the carrier bag with a pocket for utensils. Order online or find a retailer http://www.to-goware.com/retailers/index.php near you.
4. BPA-free glass water bottle in a non-toxic silicone sleeve, $14.99 and up
Teach your little one about re-using, eliminating plastic and toxins, and reducing pollution with a simple glass water bottle they can call their own—for school, hikes, and daily outings. The silicone sleeve helps prevent breakage—we’ve never cracked one yet! Order online http://www.lifefactory.com/kids.html or check availability at your local eco-boutique, Whole Foods, or The Container Store for in-store pickup.
5. “Vegan Is Love” t-shirts and onesies, $20
Toot, toot! That’s the sound of my own horn. I’m so excited to share with you my new set of kid’s t-shirts and infant onesies. http://www.WeDontEatAnimals.com/tshirts.html Now your little herbivores can wear their hearts on their sleeves!
6. Tree People tree dedication, $25 and up
Teach your little ones about the gift of green—and finding sustainable solutions to urban eco-system problems. Plant a tree in a friend or family member’s name and help save vital forest land. The recipient will receive a personalized greeting card of your choice. http://www.treepeople.org/tree-dedications
7. Plant eighteen billion fruit trees, $20 and up
The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation’s mission is to plant approximately 3 trees for every person alive! An award-winning international nonprofit charity you can truly trust, FTPF is dedicated to planting fruitful trees and plants to alleviate world hunger, combat global warming, strengthen communities, and improve the surrounding air, soil, and water. Purchase a donation gift certificate and the recipient will receive a note and certificate. http://www.ftpf.org/donation.htm
8. Shop Etsy and support local artisans, prices vary
Search Etsy http://www.esty.com for kid’s eco-toys, organic blankets, recycled-fabric teepees, hooded bath-towels, and more—and choose to narrow the results to sellers in your neck of the woods. Support your local economy, save on shipping, and find one-of-a-kind, eco-friendly gifts.