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Gifts for the Green Girlfriend

Got a girlfriend who is into all things green? A recycler extraordinaire, composter, animal-lover perhaps? The truth is, there’s a little bit of green in all of us these days. We don’t know anyone who isn’t interested in helping out the planet. But for those with a particular interest in greening up their world, here are some gifts we think she will enjoy.

Leading off our list, Blue Rock Gourds creates beautiful, inexpensive birdhouses from gourds they grow and paint or stain themselves. Their products have to be seen to be believed. They are gorgeous, eco-friendly and made in the USA. These birdhouses make a lovely addition to your girlfriend’s garden, and many are priced under $20! Visit their Etsy shop here.

Celebrate Green: Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations & Traditions by Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson (The Green Year, 2008) is a great gift for the party-giver or the “green” girlfriend in your life. Nearly everyone is concerned about the earth these days; yet celebrations tend to be the times we put our eco-consciousness aside. Covering all the major holidays as well as baby showers, weddings, birthdays, and more, this book offers fabulous ideas and tips on celebrating in style while reducing your impact on the planet. And, we love the authors’ attitude of changing just a few things about your next celebration and letting your “greenness” grow from there. $24.95 on

WE ADD UP T-Shirts are a super cool way for your girlfriend to express herself! For about $22 you can select an organic cotton t-shirt that supports a particular “green” action – whatever is your girlfriend’s passion – recycling, composting, wind power, unplugging, etc. The tee is then custom hand-printed with a unique number, which “represents your position in the worldwide count of people doing something to do their part.” No two shirts are alike. The goal of WE ADD UP is “to show that small changes do make a big difference and WE ADD UP.” The graphics are cute, and come in a fitted womens style. T-shirts are 100% organic cotton, sweatshop-free and made in the USA.

And speaking of T-shirts, there’s nothing cool about them hitting the landfill. That’s why we love products from ReTeez, which takes the soft fabric and cool graphics of previously loved T-shirts and turns them into something useful. Just the other day we had an extremely popular giveaway of their Recycled T-Shirt Tote Bag. Girlfriends love these bags, and for good reason! For just $28, you can give your girlfriend a one-of-a-kind, useful, hand-made ReTeez Tote that is washed with eco-friendly detergent, reinforced with interfacing, lined with recycled fabric and comes complete with an inner pocket. Sturdy and fashionable, they are perfect for books, shopping or the gym.

One Can Make a Difference: Original stories by the Dali Lama, Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, Dennis Kucinch, Russel Simmons, Bridgitte Bardot, [and] Dozens of Other Extraordinary Individuals by PETA Founder Ingrid Newkirk is a fabulous inspirational read for the animal lover on your list. Newkirk interviewed 50 individuals—some famous, some not-so-famous—who have made a positive impact on the world. While some of the stories have to do with the well-being of animals, some are simply tales of impressive accomplishments by determined people. As Newkirk writes, “This book illustrates (a) that even those we admire from afar invariably face obstacles and have to find ways to keep their belief alive and (b) that you don’t have to be a household name to make a difference … you just need to have conviction.” The short chapters lend themselves to lunch-break reading, and it’s under $12 on

Finally, Yogamatic custom yoga mats are made from a material that does not contain latex, rubber, or toxic materials. Choose from a gallery of artwork or upload a personal image to be printed in water-soluble ink directly on a compostable 6 x 2-foot yoga mat. Five percent of profits from each mat sold benefit Global Green. Yes, they are expensive at $85, but they come in some really awe-inspiring and fun designs (including some limited-edition Calvin Klein designs). Your yoga-loving girlfriend just might be worth it! Deadline to order for the holidays is December 17.

Enjoy your online shopping, girlfriends! And be sure to tell them you heard about it on

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