‘tis the season for stressing out about finding the perfect presents for people I know. but this year I’ve decided that rather than trying to keep up with the latest fashion trends or gadget craze—that slicing & dicing thing you saw on the home shopping network & bought for EVERYONE you know last year…how’s that working out for people? ;)—I’m going look for unique items that help out the environment or give back to great causes.

so in the spirit of a green Christmas (but I still hope it snows!), here’s a fun gift idea or two for every generation …

for babies:


this sweet gift tote has an assortment of organic animal plushies & wooden toys in a cotton canvas bag. I kind of want that owl for myself, though…

for preschoolers:


kids will love playing farmer’s market with this adorable toy fruit & veggie cart. one pound of bananas, please—do you accept Monopoly money?

for older kids:


do you know a child who is begging for a pony that’s not quite in the budget? indulge a young animal-lover on a smaller scale with this self-cleaning fish tank that also grows edible plants like wheatgrass & basil.

for teens:

help your fave adolescent peace out & protect what’s no doubt their prized possession with this bamboo cellphone case.


for college students:

anyone would become a campus style icon sporting this elephant laptop case, made from 100% recycled cement bags.


decomposition books made from recycled paper are a great way to motivate note-taking & they’ve got cover options ranging from whimsical to lovely.


for adults:

beautiful bamboo coasters with a whale design support Seafood Watch, an organization dedicated to sustainable fishing.


what’s a prettier winter sight than a flock of twittering cardinals & chickadees in the snow? let your feathered friends dine in style with this natural cedar pagoda bird feeder.


if you’re looking for a quick host/hostess gift, Endangered Species Chocolate donates 10% of its profits to conservation causes, & they’ve got a variety of yummy fruit/nut blends.


…& don’t forget the pets in your life!

most cats are pretty well entertained by wrapping paper alone, but these sushi roll catnip toys by Whimsily Ever After are too cute to pass up.


or if you’ve got a tail-wagger in the house, an organic Betty Woof hemp tug-of-war toy.


what are your most inspired green gift ideas this holiday season?