With the holidays approaching it’s time to start thinking about gift giving. If you or your boyfriend are going to make going green a New Year’s Resolution, but you don’t want to break the bank, give one of these inexpensive, eco-friendly presents. Your boyfriend will feel like the luckiest (and greenest) guy on the block.
1. Aladdin eCycle Recycled and Repurposed Travel Mug
Why you should get it: Everyone wants to be able to have a drink on hand, but all the disposable plastic cups and bottles can really add to the land fills, plus there are questions into the safetly of reusing them. This recycled mug is made from 85% recycled content and 30% post consumer content and all the surfaces that touch your drink are 100% BPA free, meaning your recycling plastics and keeping toxic chemicals out of your drink.
Where to get it: You can find it at Rei.com for $14.95.
Who should you get it for: The coffee or tea lover, the hiker or explorer, or anyone who likes having a drink on hand.
Gift giving quick tip: Fill it with his favorite holiday drink, tie a big bow around it, and leave where he’ll surely find it when he wakes up.
2. Recycled Rubber Pet Placemat – Oversized Bone Shape by o.r.e.
Why you should get it: This cute mat gives a place for your boyrfriend’s furry friend to lie down while eating or napping. It’s a fun bone shape that’s 14″ tall and 22″ wide. At the same time, it’s made of recycled rubber.
Where to get it: It’s available at Organize.com for $14.99.
Who should you get it for: The dog owner or pet lover.
Gift giving quick tip: Since it’s a gift for him and his dog (or cat or other furry companion), give it to him when his pet is around so he can immmediately put it to good use.
3. Insignia® – 1.8″ LCD Digital Photo Key Chain
Why you should get it: This little device lets your man keep all his photos of you near while eliminating the need for paper. It stores up to 40 images at once and have a 3 hour battery life.
Where to get it: This can be found at your local Best Buy or at BestBuy.com for $19.99.
Who should you get it for: The man who keeps a million photos in his wallet.
Gift giving quick tip: Fill it up with cutesy or romantic photos of you and him together, or just you, before you give it to him.
4. Totes Eco Umbrella
Why you should get it: This umbrella keeps you dry while recycling plastic bottle plastic. Its fabric is made of 100% recycled PET plastic bottles, the handle is bamboo, and the shaft is 70% recycled materials.
Where to get it: You can find this at your local target or online at Target.com for $17.99.
Who should you get it for: Anyone who takes the occasional stroll in the rain.
Gift giving quick tip: This could be difficult to wrap so take an empty gift wrapping paper roll, slit it lengthwise, and wrap it around the umbrella before wrapping to help with a smoother appearance and keep him from ever guessing what it is.
5. Radius Source Toothbrush Travel Kit 6-pk
Why you should get it: Instead of tossing your plastic toothbrush every 3 months, change out just the brush head and make a smaller pile in the landfill. This toothbrush has a reusable handle made from 50% recycled wood, dollar bills, or flax with 50% recycled plastic. The kit includes floss, soap case, toothbrush case, toothbrush, mini storage case, and razor case.
Where to get it: You can find this at your local target or at Target.com for $15.99.
Who should you get it for: The clean Nick, dentist, or toothbrush enthusiast.
Gift giving quick tip: Wrap all the pieces seperately so he thinks you’ve gotten him six presents instead of one.
6. Korres Absinthe Men’s Shave Cream
Why you should get it: This rich, moisturizing shave cream contains no parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, petro-chemicals, phthalates, GMO, or triclosan. It’s also a cream, not a foam so it doesn’t contain any propellants.
Where to get it: You can buy this on Sephora.com for $22.00.
Who should you get it for: The green guy who wants a smooth face.
Gift giving quick tip: If you want to get him a bigger gift, pair this with a blade shapener to extend the life of his disposable blades.
7. Cables Unlimited Eco-Friendly Battery-Free USB Wireless Optical Mouse
Why you should get it: This mouse recharges itself so it has no need for disposable batteries. No batteries means no waste, and self charging means less time spent waiting for it to be charged.
Where to get it: Get it at Amazon.com for $24.79.
Who should you get it for: The techy guy, gadget geek, or computer gamer.
Gift giving quick tip: If your guy is a video game lover, this gift goes well with whatever game he’s been craving.