These terrific products with a sustainability edge work great for the holidays or anytime you want to make someone feel special.
Powertraveller Powermonkey Extreme 12V Solar Battery Charger from REI ($199)
This waterproof solar charger can juice up tablets, phones, music players, e-readers, cameras and GPS units. It turns itself off two minutes after a device has been filled up.
Gecko Traders Recycled Market Bags from ReUseIt ($22.95; two or more, $19.95 each)
These strong, colorful totes are made from recycled rice and feed bags, and handcrafted in small batches by disadvantaged workers in Cambodia, through a fully certified Fair Trade Federation member. A plus: They stand up on their own for easy packing.
Reclaimed Wood Garden Spikes from Bambeco($25)
These rustic garden markers are perfect for the green thumb on your list.
iPad Cases from Blackbox Case and Uncommon Goods
I couldn't decide which of these iPad cases I liked better. Blackbox Case's bamboo coverings look invincible and I love the wood finish ($149), but I also love the novelty of Uncommon Goods' upcycled mail sack ($55).
Baseball Bat Bottle Openers from Uncommon Goods($95-$100)
Major League Baseball fans will be thrilled with one of these bottle openers, handmade from authentic game-day bats swung by Major Leaguers. They come in a gift box; a story card has a holograph number that can be plugged in at Uncommon Goods to learn in which game the bat was used.
Java Love Premium Sampler from Java Love Coffee Roasting Company ($24.95)
Coffee is always a good gift. This sampler marries Java Love's most popular blends: Guatemalan La Flor Del Cafe, Ethiopian Yirgacheffe and Sumatra Aceh Gold. The Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance beans are roasted in microbatches at the roastery and café in Bethel, N.Y.
Organic Chocolate Bar Library from Lake Champlain Chocolates ($33)
This yummy set of six organic and fair-trade-certified chocolate bars includes a milk-chocolate bar, a dark-chocolate bar, a sea-salt and almond milk chocolate bar, a cherries and dark chocolate bar, a peanut-butter milk chocolate bar, and a salted-caramel dark chocolate bar.
Ecosystem Journals ($10.95-$19.95)
These colorful journals are filled with 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper; versions come in artist (blank pages), architect (graph paper) and author (lined pages) and varying sizes and covers.
Make a Donation
You can always give to a green charity in your recipient's name, such as the Natural Resources Defense Council, where options include donating to save bees, wolves, marine wildlife, elephants, rainforests and butterflies.