Green Gifts for Adventurers, Athletes, Animal Lovers and More!

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E’s selection of great gift ideas from edible wreaths to recycled gym bags to rugged pet toys and fun watering cans.

FOR THE COOK:

Herbs on Display

The cook in your life will always have herbs on hand and an artful way to display them with the Culinary Three Herb Wreath ($54.94) from Organic Bouquet. The wreath features rosemary, thyme, bay leaves and chili peppers grown in Mendocino County in California. It’s certified organic, and the red and green provide a beautiful natural complement to holiday décor. organicbouquet.com

FOR THE ADVENTURER:

Packable

Start an adventurer’s trek off right with the Mountainsmith Kinetic TLS Waistpack ($44.95) from REI. The handy pack is made of 100% recycled PET material and designed to travel well on long treks, with ergonomic design, a fleece-lined front pocket for a smart phone/mp3 player (and a headphone cord port) and mesh side pockets for stowing water bottles.

For extra usefulness, pack it with single-serving organic pasta, casseroles, chile and bisque packs from Mary Jane Farms ($8) which can be cooked right in the pouch, and organic freeze dried blueberries, strawberries, apples, bananas or mangoes ($4.25) from Natural High. rei.com

FOR THE GARDENER:

Pour It On

Terracycle has a knack for giving waste new life, whether it’s turning juice pouches into fencing (seriously), tree skirts or messenger bags; wine barrels into composters; or recycled plastic containers of all stripes into window boxes, trash cans and a signature Recycled Watering Can ($11.99). We like the watering can’s curvy design and durability—and the fact that it’s made in the U.S. and keeps waste out of landfills. dwellsmart.com

FOR THE ANIMAL LOVER:

Furry Friends

Dogs and their human companions will get a chuckle—and lots of quality playtime—out of the Orbee-Tuff® Snowball ($9.95) from Planet Dog—a geometric white ball printed with the word “Snowball” that’s nontoxic, recyclable, minty and guaranteed “doggie-durable.”

For feline friends, nothing beats the cuteness of the Ho-Ho Hairball cat toy ($10) from West Paw Design, a Santa hat-wearing furball with eyes that’s filled with certified organic catnip. It’s guaranteed to drive Whiskers wild. planetdog.com; westpawdesign.com

FOR THE ATHLETE:

Gym Worthy

While the Sundown Bag ($99) from Lilypond would be a great gift for anyone who likes to head out on weekend getaways, it’s also the perfect bag for athletes and gym-goers, with a ventilated exterior/interior pocket for holding sweaty stuff, yoga mat straps and an adjustable shoulder strap with a padded shoulder. The bag has a unique design with a continuous top handle and the external and internal contrasting fabric is 100% recycled. lilypondusa.com

Sip in Style

There are so many variations on the reusable bottle—one of the coolest new versions is the Bamboo Bottle ($20-$25): a bottle made of glass (more than half of which is recycled) in a bamboo sleeve with a BPA-free plastic top and bottom. It can handle ice-cold water or hot coffee without altering taste or leaching unwanted chemicals, and all components other than the bamboo sleeve are dishwasher safe. Various tops are available for hot/cold drinks, including the classic top, the flip top and the hot top. bamboobottleco.com