Our national parks system was a green gift the public gave to itself and to posterity. Buy, sell and get to know 22 parks.
Photo by MOTHER EARTH NEWS Staff
To those especially devoted to the cause of environmental preservation and conservation (and/or have someone in their life who is) and want to give green gifts, here are a few ideas.
National Parks Monopoly
Buy, sell and get to know 22 national parks in this variation on the popular board game Monopoly. Houses and hotels are now tents and ranger stations; player tokens are cameras and hiking boots. A portion of the proceeds goes to the National Park Foundation. $35.95; from USAopoly
Divine Organic Chocolates
We were blown away by these amazing gourmet chocolates. The "Every Flavor Box" includes flavors such as Papohaku Ginger and Honey Lavender. From $28 to $75; from John & Kira's
Essential Safety Device
A hand crank supplies power to a cell phone charger, flashlight, emergency FM radio, a flashing strobe light and a high decibel siren to attract rescuers. Also includes a compass. $39.99; from Life+Gear
Innovative Chopsticks Basket
Recycled, sanitized bamboo chopsticks are transformed into an attractive display bowl that folds neatly for storage. $18 (medium basket); from Kwytza Kraft
Affordable Kids’ Snow Shoes
Kids will love winter exploring in these bright snow shoes. Kids' (25 to 60 lbs.) $39; Youths' (50 to 110 lbs.) $49; from L.L.Bean
Take a Load Off
After a long hike or some heavy-duty yardwork, hang the Byer Mountain Swinger chair with footrest from a nearby tree and relax. 225 pound capacity. $49.99; from Dom's Outdoor
A Better Kids’ Bike Seat
Instead of eating dust in a pull-behind trailer or enduring a view of your back, the safe-T-seat allows kids age 4 and under to enjoy a ride from the front seat. Gives the rider more control when mounting and dismounting along with a stable center of gravity. $89.95; from iBert Inc
Organic Baby Products
Diaper rash cream, baby wash, baby oil and lotion; all made from organic botanicals..Dermatologist-tested and paraben/SLS free. $9.99 each; from Nature's Gate
How Groundhog's Garden Grew
Groundhog has bad manners and munches food from others' gardens. Kids will be inspired as Squirrel teaches Groundhog how to grow his own vegetables. Written and illustrated by Lynne Cherry. $15.95.
Ecokids: Raising Children Who Care For the Earth
MOTHER EARTH NEWS contributor Dan Chiras combines the advice of experts with his personal experience in this guide to encouraging children to live environmentally responsible lifestyles. $17.95
Re-fillable compact made of recycled metal holds one lip color plus two eye colors and one cheek color; or one powder, foundation or face accent. The Essentials Envirometal Compact contains a lead-free mirror. $18; from Aveda
Soothing Sachet Pillow
Kids will sleep easy when they snuggle up to this elephant pillow filled with organic lavender, 11" long; $22; from Vivaterra
Joe on the Go
Enjoy fresh coffee anywhere, anytime with this hand-powered coffee grinder and press. Press: $33; grinder: $18 (small); $22 (large); RusTek
Compact Screwdriver Set
This unique, pocket-sized set has 22 different heads with a handle that locks in three positions for maneuverability. Stores in a 3%-by-4-inch pouch. $12.95; from Doc Allen's Tool
Minimize your Ecological Footprint
Jute, cork, bamboo, natural crepe rubber and wool felt make some seriously comfortable shoes. Mens' Loaf, $85.00; Womens' Shuf, $80.00; from Simple Green Toe
A Trend-Setting Accessory
These funky, colorful mitts are made from hemp/cotton/Lycra and add lots of interest to an outfit. $28; from Texture Clothing
Fashion-forward, comfortable clothing for men, women and kids, made of clay-dyed organic cotton, linen and hemp. Everything from T-shirts to yoga wear. From $13 to $50; from Earth Creations
Wise Web Sites
In addition to or place wrapped objects, you could consider making a holiday gift donation to a nonprofit group such as those listed below.
American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Promotes energy efficiency as a means to build a sustainable energy future; offers practical information to help homeowners save energy.
Promotes clean energy as a means to energize the American economy and end our reliance on oil.
Environmental Defense Fund
Dedicated to protecting the environmental rights of all people, including future generations. Among these rights are clean air, clean water, healthy food and flourishing ecosystems.
National Audubon Society
Focuses on conservation of birds, other wildlife and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and Earth's biological diversity.
The Nature Conservancy
Collaborates with local communities and indigenous cultures to preserve biologically critical habitat worldwide.
The Wilderness Society
Aims to leave future generations an unspoiled legacy of wild places, with all the precious values they hold.