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

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


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.



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.


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.


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.;


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.

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.