Teens are difficult in many ways, but especially when it comes to Christmas shopping. In teen world, what was in one minute is out the next. Keeping of track of “cool” gifts is a fulltime job. You’ll be relieved to know that eco-friendly gifts are always “hip” (substitute up-to-the-minute slang here). Here are a few gifts that will make shopping for your teen a snap.
Recycled Candy Wrapper clutch
With the amount of candy wrappers under their beds, teens should love these fashionable creations. This clutch is made of recycled candy wrappers, a zipper and has a recycled rubber strap. It is very cute and colorful. Uncommon Goods sells the clutch for $28.00.
Recycled Skateboard Circle Necklace
Isn’t amazing how easily teens can break a skateboard? Well one Canadian company decided that too many of these boards were filling up landfills. They take broken skateboard pieces and make stunning jewelry. These pieces will vary in style and color. Uncommon Goods sells the necklaces for $28.00 each.
Solar Sun Jar
Remember when you were a teen and used to trap fireflies in a jar? This is even better.
It is made from a mason jar that has a LED light inside. You charge it during the day and it automatically lights up at night. It can be used outdoors as long as it is not too cold or windy. Target sells these for $44.99 a piece.
This is a take on Monopoly that focuses on saving the planet. Teens take Carbon Credits and trade them from Clean Air. It helps teens understand it’s important to keep the Earth clean. Most of the game pieces are made from recycled materials and the ink is vegetable oil-based ink. Late For The Sky sells Earthopoly for $24.95. It is for 2 to 6 players age 8 and up.
Uncommon Goods Online Store
Gift cards can be good for the environment, particularly e-gift cards. You can get e-gift cards from places like the Uncommon Goods. These are emailed to the gift recipient who enters the gift card code at checkout. Nothing printed and no plastic melted for these gift “cards.”
Elephant Poo Paper Journal
I know it doesn’t sound like anything you want to see, let alone write on, but the paper is surprisingly clean. I have actually run across this in a specialty store and I can vouch for the fact that it does not smell. It is actually very pretty and helps to save trees. Guys will love that this paper is made from poop, girls will love that it is beautiful, and they both will love that it saves trees. The journal has 20 pages and sells for $14.00 at Uncommon Goods.
H2GO Radio Control Deluxe Hydrogen Racer
Just when you thought he outgrew his radio-controlled cars, this version will draw him back in. This futuristic car is sleek and can run on solar power. It comes with everything you need to get the “motor running.” Etoys sells the racer for $109.99 and it is suitable for ages 14 and up.