The holiday season is officially upon us and that means gifts, gifts, and more gifts. Whether they are big or small, they are just as fun to give as they are to receive. If you or your friends and family are particularly environmentally-conscious, giving in to the consumer mindset might not seem like the best way to show you care. We’ve selected some of our favorite gift ideas that are either made from eco-friendly materials or offer helpful ways to make your carbon footprint just a little bit smaller.
Koostik the Original, $90
This all-natural home for your iPod or iPhone uses basic acoustic principles (no electronic parts) to amplify sound from your iPhone’s speaker to up the volume by 2-4 times. You won’t get the kind of amplification you would from electric speakers, but it’s enough to share some tunes with friends at an intimate gathering or perfect for a quiet night at home.
Solio Bolt charger, $70
We are all guilty of charging up our gadgets on a daily basis, if not more, and using up tons of electricity. This solar charger will help you get your power from the sun and will give you a convenient way to power up your dead smartphone on-the-go. The device will charge thousands of devices via USB and just in case you want power on the go but aren’t in a sunny place, the portable charger can be recharged itself via a USB cable.
Sprout Watches, $30+
This brand of watches offers good variety for reasonable prices and every watch is made from biodegradable materials like corn resin, organic cotton, and bamboo. The company has styles for both men and women that range from sporty and casual to more classic and dressy. All of the watches use a mercury-free battery and come in recycled packaging.
Slip your favorite gadgets into a cozy natural protective sleeve with these cork cases for your iPad or iPhone. Cork, a sustainable material, is durable, water-resistant, and nice and cushy to protect your Apple products. The iPad sleeve features a snap closure and the iPhone sleeve does not.
The best way to start conserving when it comes to your home is to first find out how much electricity you are using. This monitor provides real-time information in both dollars and kilowatts so you can see how much you are using and where you can cut back in both electricity and cost. Start taking measures to conserve and watch how your households usage goes down.
They may not be the flashiest to give as gifts, but if you know someone who wants to start reducing their carbon footprint, using Belkin’s line of Conserve products like the Conserve Insight energy monitor (above) is a perfect way to start. The line includes timer-based socket plugs, surge protectors with remotes, and a plug to turn off standby power.