Friday, December 14, 2007

Green Gift Guide - DC - For Boss/Coworker

For Boss or Coworker

Ah, always a tricky thing to shop for the people you work with. You don't want to spend too much money on the boss, as not to seem like a kiss-ass, but you still want to get something that someone who gets paid three times more than you would appreciate. As for your coworkers, many of them aren't really friends, but we sometimes spend more time with them than with our families. Here are some gift suggestions for the people who share 8+ hours of our daily lives - your gifts will make them smile and will have less environmental impact on the world (but, you don't have to tell them that. Esp. if they drive a Hummer.)

This incredibly stylish notebook by Handmade Expressions is perfect for staff meetings (or venting your work frustrations at lunch). These fab notebooks ($20-25) are made from recycled cotton rags (no paper!!) The leather covers are made from animals who died naturally (really!!). Find them at Hoopla DC at 2318 18th Street, NW.

For the coffee (or sake) lover: Vintage is the greenest green of all and these fab porcelain espresso (or sake) classes are sure to please even the most finicky boss. This set is by the German designer Legardo Tackett and is $45. Find it at Millennium at 1528 U street, NW. [Note: Millennium carries one-of-a-kind, vintage products, so this exact item may not be available by the time you make it to the store. So hurry! Or, you can always pick another fabulous gift from their great vintage collection.]

If you can't yet afford any of the custom upholstered furniture made with Knoll's line of eco-friendly fabrics, then pick up a lovely, soy candle ($25) from Vastu, 1829 14th St. NW. It's made with the highest quality fragrence oils and 100% pure soy (which is much better than traditional candles made from petroleum-based paraffin. Soy candles produce less soot, are less toxic and actually diffuse the scents better.) The scents are as sophisticated as Vastu's furnishings: Cool Cucumber Melon, Lemongrass, Berry Creme Brulee, Blackberry Sage and others. Your office mate will be so impressed that you shop at Vastu. You can say, "oh, I picked it up for you on my last shopping trip there . . ." (wink wink . . . I won't tell.)

Pacifica Soaps smell so incredibly good that I spent over 20 minutes at the display at Homerule (1807 14th St NW) trying to smell each and every one. Each Pacifica bar ($6.99) is hand-made using a biodegradable, vegan, vegetable glycerin soap base, herbs and the signature Pacifica soap fragrance blends of natural oils and essences. N0 animal testing, animal ingredients or artificial colors.

For the co-worker who likes to cook up a storm when they're not working 80 hours a week, get them a Rice Hull Garden from Potting Shed Creations. A USDA-certified organic garden in a pot (which is made of discarded rice hulls). It comes in Chives and Lemon Basil. Find it for $17 at Hoopla DC at 2318 18th Street, NW.

Does your office coffee suck, but your co-worker or boss doesn't like to spend their money on Starbucks? Or maybe they are actually conscious of the paper coffee cup waste (did you know that due to the petroleum-based plastic lining in most coffee cups, they can not be composted or recycled? Or that Americans use and discard approximately 14 billion paper coffee cups a year?) Either way, this on-the-go coffee press is sure to be a hit. They can load up the press with their favorite coffee blend at home, then just add water at work and voilĂ , fresh brewed alertness. Find it at Homerule (1807 14th St NW) for $17.99.


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