You made your list and checked it twice, but now you realize there’s one gift you forgot to get. If the thought of heading to a mall at this time of year gives you anxiety, fear not! Our Eco-Gift Guide has got you covered!
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1. FridgeSmart® Containers
Great for anyone who loves leftovers and hates waste!
Now you can preserve your farm-fresh produce even longer! Redesigned containers offer better air circulation and advanced moisture protection. The storage chart is relocated for easier viewing, while an improved venting system moves to an easy-open seal. New, modular sizes offer storage flexibility and nest together to save space. All parts dishwasher safe. Starting at $18.50.
For more information, visit tupperware.ca.
2. A Membership to a Tool Library
Great for the DIYer in your life!
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A Tool Library allows its members to borrow tools and access other resources, like “how-to” materials for a membership fee. Rather than having to own several different kinds of fancy or complicated equipment (that, let’s face it would likely spend a significant amount of time collecting dust in a basement) a membership to a Tool Library is a more convenient and affordable way to complete DIY projects. There are Tool Libraries popping up across Canada, find your local chapter:
3. Parkdale Butter Espresso Face Balm
Great for anyone who likes to feel pampered!
Espresso Face Balm has been especially formulated for use on the face, particularly around any wrinkles that may be forming. The Vitamin E in the soy butter helps to regenerate skin cells, and heal any visible abrasions. The Green Coffee seed extract smells divine (think shot of espresso) and the antioxidants in this extract have been shown to slow signs of aging and protect skin from further damage. The small amount of caffeine in this extract also increases circulation and tightens pores.
When applied under the eyes, it reduces dark circles and puffiness. Can also be used as a gentle make-up removal cream. This moisturizer contains no preservatives, perfumes or additives.
For more information, visit Parkale Butter.
4. A Naturepedic Organic Cotton Pillow
Great for those who love their beauty rest!
Naturepedic Organic Cotton Pillows combine a luxurious 300 thread count organic cotton outer cover with a 50/50 blend of certified organic kapok (also known as silk cotton) and certified organic cotton filling for a comfortable and healthy sleep. Available in standard to king size as well as toddler and low-fill versions perfect for kids. Able to be machine washed and dried! Certified by OTCO to the organic and non-toxic standards of the Global Organic Textile Exchange (GOTS).
Made in the U.S.A. Starting at $49. For orders in Canada, call: 1- 844-792-9002 or visit Naturepedic.com.
5. A World-Changing Gift from Me To We
Great for the aspiring change-maker!
The Me to We Store is full of inspiring gifts that make life-changing impacts in communities overseas. In this shop, you’ll find some incredible options, such as a Rafiki, a colourful chain of locally sourced glass beads, made by a “mama” in Kenya. Me to We’s net profits are donated to their charity partner Free the Children; the other half is reinvested to grow the enterprise. So in buying one Rafiki Chain, you are also providing one month of clean water to a family.
Check out more of their meaningful gifts at shop.metowe.com.
6. A Foodie Box from FoodiePages
Perfect for the gourmand!
These thoughtfully curated boxes are filled with small batch Canadian gourmet food products and hand-packed in eco-friendly boxes and shipped anywhere in Canada. Boxes range from $20 – $100. The FoodiePages team brings you over 160 Canadian artisan food makers and boutique wineries at FoodiePages.ca.
7. An All Natural DIY Craft Kit from Kiss Naturals
Great for the youngsters!
Kids can make lip balms, bath fizzle, soaps, moisturizers, even face paint! Each kit comes with all the natural ingredients you need to make your own version of everyday skincare items, and a wealth of information on how to make healthy choices when shopping for health and beauty products. It’s never too early to teach kids the benefits of natural beauty products and what to look out for. Kits range from $9.95 to $29.95.
For more information, visit kissnaturals.com.
8. A membership to The Travel Society
Perfect for the adventure-seeker!
A one-year Travel Society Magazine subscription is a perfect gift for the travel lover in your life. This quarterly online magazine is full of tips, stories and photographs from experienced travellers – many of whom have been members of The Travel Society for twenty years. In addition to the magazine, The Travel Society is also a boutique travel agency, specializing in off-the-beaten-path trips to exotic locations. All of their trips are customizable and follow the philosophy of helping travellers make the most out of their travels while minimizing the impact on the people and places they visit.
For more information, visit thetravelsociety.com
9. Gifts that give back
Perfect for everyone
Of course if you’re looking to avoid over-consuming this season, giving to a charity on behalf of your loved ones is a great option. There are so many worthy organizations to support, here are just a few to give you some ideas: