Eco-friendly gift ideas for the holidays

Eco-friendly gift ideas for the holidays

For those last-minute shoppers, why not give a green gift  this holiday season? Here are a few sustainable ideas for everyone on your list:

Bamboo wall panels
Help your loved one stay organized and eco-friendly with a bamboo dry erase wall panel. Its surface makes it easy to write down to-do lists, grocery items, reminders, calendar dates and more. And when you're done, simply wipe it off!

Bamboo panels without a dry erase surface are also a great present to put under the tree this holiday season. The specially designed panels can reduce ambient noise and provide a modern accent to any room. They're also great for the environment. San Francisco-based company Smith & Fong has bamboo panels that are good for three Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design credits, which can help to create a more sustainable world.

For the fashionista on your list, search through eco-friendly clothing brands for the perfect garment. Sustainable shopping is becoming increasingly popular for its luxury look and eco-friendly qualities. H&M has come out with something called the Conscious Collection, which includes sustainably made clothing. With the elegance of each piece, no one would ever know that it's made from ethically sourced materials.

Believe it or not, some candles aren't friendly to the environment and emit synthetic chemicals which can be unhealthy to breathe in. Instead, look for environmentally conscious candle companies that use natural wax and chemical-free cotton wicks. Select a few different scents for each room in their home.

Kitchen essentials
Every chef needs a good, durable cutting board. Rather than the traditional wood cutting board, opt for a bamboo one. Not only does bamboo release more oxygen into the air than wood, it's not as susceptible to housing bacteria - its durability prevents deep rivets from being cut into the board.

Bamboo wine rack
If you're still searching for the perfect gift for the wine connoisseur you know, consider getting him or her a bamboo wine rack. It can be displayed in any room of the house, acting as a piece of decor while providing a storage area for all of his or her bottles of vino.

Audubon coffee
For the coffee enthusiast in your life, give them the gift of caffeine. Audubon coffee is a special variety. The beans don't need sun to grow, which eliminates the need for deforestation. Combine these beans with a customized mug for the perfect holiday present they will use over and over again.