We love gift giving around the holidays, but sometimes it can be a little much… especially for our wallets. But who can deny the warmth we feel with our brother/daughter/friend/hair stylist’s eyes light up with gratitude and excitement?

No one.

Regardless of what we plan to spend, giving green is the way to go, whether it is a donation, an eco-friendly gift, a homemade treat or a (still intact) regift.

But if you plan on buying, here are some of our favourites that you can score under $20.

Bambu Bowls



Traditional bamboo craftsmanship combines with gorgeous, sustainable design in these bamboo-based bowls. Each bowl is developed through Lacquerware, is hand coiled, shaped, and finished. They use a clever layering process that delivers 18 laters of natural laquer to create a waterproof and durable finish. Suitable for both hot and cold foods, these bowls are available in a variety of colours, among them cayenne, blue corn, green apple and naked.

Available in 4″, 6″ and 11.5″ diameter, made of bamboo and natural lacquer.

Mini Creamers



Handmade by Lisa Jones and  Pigeon Toe Ceramics in Portland, O, these clay, earth-friendly canisters are finished lead-free glaze and fired in a kiln that’s powered by renewable energy. Perfect for serving cream (or nondairy creamer) at your next coffee/cookie gathering. Available in Yolk, Peacock, and Meadow (green). All glazes are non-toxic and food safe.

Approximately 2.25″ diameter x 2.25″ tall

Wood Print Art



Made with water-based inks and printed on chemical-free maple veneer, these prints are beautiful for kids, families, and any room in the house! The veneer is derived from U.S.-grown trees milled by companies that practice sustainable-yield forestry techniques

8″ x 10″ (larger sizes and different types of prints available)

Green Interior Design by Lori Dennis



Award-winning designer and author Lori Dennis shows that interior design can be both stylish and eco-friendly. This easy-to-use, entertaining guide discusses every aspect of interior design—furniture and accessories, window treatments, fabrics, surface materials, appliances, plants, and more—from a green perspective in terms of reducing waste and pollution and turning a home into a healthy, comfortable environment. Readers will learn how to use sustainable materials, the best ways to search thrift shops and antique stores, find the ultimate green products, use local materials, switch to nontoxic products, and become energy efficient.

Hard Drive Case



We loe BuiltNY for their awesome lunch bags, so why not bring your hard drive around in style, too? The Built NY Hoodie Portable Hard Drive Case is a stylish and helpful way to keep your back up in the best place possible. With a rigid EVA core and an elastic neoprene custom fit, your portable hard drive is sure to stay safe. It looks cool, too.

Fair Trade Fare



There is loads to choose from at Ten Thousand Villages, a nonprofit Fair Trade Organization (FTO), designed to benefit artisans, not to maximize profits. They market products from handicraft and agricultural organizations based in low-income countries, providing consumers with products that have been fairly purchased from sustainable sources. There are plenty around the world–we recommend checking one out near you or shopping online.

Image courtesy of petitcollage.com

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