Shopping can be challenging for the health-conscious consumer, especially this time of year, with tempting but not-so-healthy treats appearing at every turn. Luckily, there are plenty of healthy and environmentally-friendly gifts available, so you can treat even your most discerning friends to a gift that will delight and satisfy, while keeping the planet healthy as well.
Check out the gift ideas below for lots of helpful hints for shopping for even the most difficult-to-shop-for loved one!
Whether your mom is laid back or a go-getter, a foodie, or into beauty, there are plenty of gift ideas for mom that will give her a special thrill when she opens the wrapper.
For the relaxed mom, try all-natural massage oils or bubble bath, or a delicious tea sampler.
For a mom who loves to cook, try a home canning kit, or some tasty chocolates (though these are so tasty they might not make it into baked goods). :-)
If your mom loves to be pampered, safe and natural body products or makeup could hit the spot.
None of these sound quite right? Check out these 50 gift ideas for mom!
Dads can be notoriously hard to shop for (or maybe it's just mine), but if you're struggling for ideas, check out this handy list.
Does your dad love to barbecue? Try some bamboo grill tongs, or an organic spice rub kit.
For the dad who's into health and fitness, try a heavy-duty smoothie blender, or a BPA-free reusable sports water bottle.
And if your dad likes to pamper himself a bit, go for a cruelty-free all-natural skin care set.
There's no shortage of kids' toys on store shelves before the holidays, but most toys these days are made from plastic - and usually packaged in lots of plastic wrapping as well - not so friendly for the environment.
Instead, try toys made from wood, natural and non-toxic paints or fun building kits, or other toys from eco-conscious companies.
Your kids will still have a blast, and you can feel good about not contributing excess waste or harming the planet. You can even explain to your kids (if they're old enough) why these toys are a better choice and how they are helping to save the planet.
For the favorite foodie in your life, there are plenty of healthy options to choose from. Try fine chocolates, organic oils or vinegars, or some fair-trade gourmet coffee.
Or go for gluten-free, Paleo, or vegan options, depending on his or her food preferences.
For your friends and loved ones who love treating themselves to something special and luxurious, go for all-natural makeup, aromatherapy, luxe bath products, or organic-skin care options.
They'll love the natural scents and and gentle effectiveness, as well as the fact that they aren't putting harmful chemicals on their skin!
Armed with these gift ideas, you'll be able to complete your holiday shopping in a jiffy, and feel good that you're doing something nice for your family and the planet this holiday season!