Green is a Holiday Color for a Reason!

Green Christmas

The holidays are very near or maybe almost ending for some! It is a time for sharing and caring not only about friends and family but the environment too. The holiday’s are about over indulging and over doing but that doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips to make your season greener and brighter!

* Re-gift all you want! There is nothing wrong with putting unwanted/unused past gifts to good use! We do it all the time with the 3R’s is there any difference if you recieve something you think someone else would enjoy more?

* Send out e-cards or eco-Cards. I know there are traditionalists that say receiving an e-card is lazy or unfestive however it saves on many trees and garbage that will be thrown out after New Years. There are many companies around that make cards with that have a low impact on the environment so if you must have something tangible then use those. For example Good Greetings LLC, Pear Tree Greetings or Season’s Greenings.

* Gift Grab Bags! To cut down on spending and large amounts of wrapping paper try picking names out of a hat with your family so you only have to purchase 1 gift. Grab Bags are fun too! Set a price limit and go to town! The holiday’s aren’t about how many prezzies you get or how much money you spend. They are about family and togetherness! You can be more relaxed and enjoyable when you aren’t worried about money.

* Holiday Lights. The winter holiday’s are quite bright with all the homes decorated with millions of lights and lawn ornaments. I understand it gets darker earlier and decorations are always pretty to look at but try to purchase energy saving lights or solar powered ones. Decadance does not need to carry over into all aspects of the holidays! Give yourself the gift of lower energy bills during the holidays. Try lights like these Multi Color C9 LED Holiday Lights – Energy Saving – Outdoor or Indoor.

* Recycled Wrappings. Now that you have presents that will need to be wrapped try using recycled content paper or bags. I personally prefer bags or boxes because they last much longer and can be reused multiple times. If you keep an eye out for particular patterns and colors they can even be used for more than just the holidays. The Gift Wrap Company Festive Tidings Eco-wrap, Gift Bag, and Ribbon Assortment, 10-Count

* Be crafty! There is nothing wrong with making meaningful gifts either! It is the thought that counts after all…right? Bake some cookies or winter breads to give to co-workers or neighbors. You could even plan a cookie exchange. You can find plenty of crafty gifts on the internet and use what you have around the house. Be creative and green! Best of Christmas Ideas

* Decorations. Speaking of being crafty why not craft your own holiday decorations! This way you get exactly the decorations you are looking for, you save money and have a super fun time doing it. Making your own holiday decorations can double as gifts for others while speding quality time with your family and friends. Simply Handmade: 365 Easy Gifts & Decorations You Can Make (Crafts)

Holiday Savings

Green Channukah Gifts

Even though Channukah has already begun it’s never too late to stock up for next year!

chanuka cards
Front: Happy Channukah
Inside: Blank
Process: Letterpress
Paper type: 100% recycled heavyweight stock
Size: 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches, folded
Origin: Made in the USA


channuka candles
Celebrate the Festival of Lights with these long burning, hand dipped, 100% beeswax Hanukkah candles.
Each box contains 45 tapers.
Each taper will burn for 75 minutes.



menorah puzzleCome on, play the Menorah Shuffle! Place 4 beads of one color on the dowels on each end. The object – switch the positions of the beads by moving on space forward or jumping one bead of the opposite color. It takes a minimum of 24 moves. Hand Made in North Carolina. All wood.

The blocked stamp image of a snowflake is printed using soy based inks on Handmade Blue Speckled Grow-A-Note® paper embedded with a hardy blend of wildflower seeds.




Great Holiday Gifts Under $100

organic towel set

Long-fiber Turkish cotton is used for higher quality towels because of its strength and superior absorbency. The long-loop construction is beautiful textured, absorbent and durable, and also allows for quicker drying. These towels are styled with a solid section of gathered stripes at the edge of each end, for a fresh modern look.



desk clock
Elements of nature unite to create these clean-lined clocks of solid cherry wood, copper and sea-washed stone. Black hands perch on a smooth time-weathered stone, and four copper inlays mark the face. No two exactly alike, just as mother nature intended.


cardboard rhino
Trophy hunting goes guilt-free, green, and animal-friendly when it’s a whimsical Cardboard Safari Robbie Rhino! Robbie Trophy Puzzles are laser-cut for precision fit and easy assembly using slotted construction. They look great in their native brown color or can be decorated with paint, glitter, wrapping paper or other craft materials. The perfect companion for home or office and a great gift for your favorite hunter (or animal lover). Each trophy is made from 100% recyclable cardboard, a non-toxic, environmentally friendly product. All figures are packaged flat for shipping and include detailed instructions. One trophy head per package.

desk set
Eco-friendly desk set. Looks like leather but made of recycled cotton reclaimed from the apparel industry. 7 pieces: journal, note holder, pencil cup, magazine/file holder, mail sorter, business card holder. Comes in a covered box.

Green Gift Ideas Under $10



Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris ‘Guadarrama’) A delightful way to celebrate the holidays with a yule tree ornament that is an attractive gift that will bloom in the garden.




 Neodymium magnets are the most powerful, permanent magnets in the world. Unlike other magnets that slide, these carry the weight of the stone while holding several thick pages securely. The magnet is permanently bounded and will last   forever!  Each one is unique and sizes are various!



Made from rolled Japanese Newspaper. Graphite Core.
Set of 12
Size: 7″ x 1.5″






Bring those groceries home in style with an Envirosax Eco-Friendly Bag. Founded in 2004, Envirosax® originates from Currumbin Valley in South East Queensland, Australia. The Envirosax team uses renewable and recyclable products where possible, and is committed to operating on ecologically sustainable principles. Situated on 10 acres of pristine Australian rain forest, the Envirosax team’s abode is totally ecologically sustainable with solar hot water and photovoltaic cells for electricity. A sewage system recycles waste water, watering the extensive – gardens and filtered rainwater tanks provide the premises with water.

More Holiday Discounts and Deals!

10% OFF site wide for Cyber Monday

On sale at VivaTerra. Save up to 70% on natural home décor, unique women’s accessories, elegant dinnerware, organic gifts and more. 10% off plus free shipping on orders over $150.00. Offer ends Dec 31st 2009.
Coupon Code: SAS200912

10 Days of Deals – Save up to 60%! Plus, Free Shipping on $75+ orders with code FREESHIP

Save over 50% at EDUN

Black Friday Goes Green!

Save 10% and receive free shipping over $30 at – your home for green gifts.


iTunes Gift Certificates – Easy, last-minute Gifts for the Holidays

Stunning Tea Gift Sets Under $30 – Shop Numi Organic Tea

Great Discounts as Black Friday Goes Green at!

Save 50% on 3 games with a 3 game gift certificate from Nick Arcade.

FREE shipping on orders over $75. Enter code FREESHIP at checkout.

Free Shipping on ALL orders over $75 at the Crayola Online Store!

Save 15% on retail orders over $50 at Use Code AFSAV15 at checkout. Expires 12.31.09.

81% off – Botanic Spa Special: 4 Spa Favorites PLUS a Free Set of Cosmetic Bags for $10 (while supplies last)

Free Shipping on Orders Starting at $49 – Only Natural Pet Store