With holiday gift giving season in full swing, we pulled together a list of our favorite gifts that will bring joy to your loved ones AND the environment. Whether you’re the outdoorsy type, an artist, a tech nerd, or a new homeowner looking to make your home more energy efficient, this list is for you. Let’s get these stockings stuffed!
Yes, you read that correctly – Sprout Pencils get a second life once you are finished with them. When the pencils are planted, they grow into plants! Drop a pack of these eco-friendly writing utensils into the stocking of the artists and writers in your life. They can write and doodle to their hearts’ content and then watch their pencils grow into something beautiful when they’re done with it!
Trying to reach Smart House status? Smart Learning & Programmable thermostats (such as Nest or Ecobee) make incredible gifts that keep on giving after the holiday! They can sense the temperature in various rooms and adjust accordingly, be adjusted from anywhere via an app on your phone, and “learns” your habits the more you use it. They connect with your other smart home devices (Nest connects to Google Home and Ecobee syncs with Alexa/Amazon). Most importantly? Not only can you find discounts through your utility provider that can help lower the cost when purchasing your thermostat, it can save you money on your utility bills every month – studies have shown that the Nest thermostat saved people an average of 10% to 12% of heating bills. Talk about a smart gift!
Give the gift of a green thumb! With unique and quirky themed kits available such as Grow Cocktails and Grow Pizza, even a novice gardener will appreciate the fun behind these garden kits by Backyard Safari Company. Obviously, a martini cannot and will not bloom from your Grow Cocktails garden (instead you get a variety of herbs used in specialty cocktails such as mint and lavender) but it sure opens a world of drink possibilities once you begin to harvest your crop! Cheers!
From shopping bags to purses and travel bags, companies like Flip & Tumble are re-thinking how we carry/store our stuff. Made out of materials like nylon, these bags are lightweight and can be folded up to take with you anywhere. And would you look at that, they’d fit perfectly in a stocking!
Lightbulbs made this list? Yes. Yes, they did. Not only do Energy Star certified bulbs last 15-25 times longer than standard bulbs, they prevent up to 785 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions over its lifetime. The average household has approximately 70 lightbulbs – if every household replaced just one of those with an Energy Star certified bulb, we’d save enough energy to light 3.5 million homes for a year! Now THAT’S powerful. They can also look fashionable – check out this vintage-esque filament style LED lightbulb by MaxLite. To find discounts on Energy Star lightbulbs, find your utility provider on this list and start shopping!
Getting a new phone or choosing a new phone case can be exciting – they’re also great stocking stuffers! Ditch the plastic and try out these Pela phone cases that are biodegradable AND compostable! Upgrading you and your friends’ and family’s devices has never looked so good!