Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Last Minute Green Gifts Galore - Hurry!

Some last minute suggestions for eco-friendly gifts to buy from local stores.

For the traveler. Does your friend have a favorite city? Feet First Sewer Manhole Cover Doormats are made from 100% recycled truck tires. They are exact reproductions of the manhole covers from LA, Paris, London or New York. Funky and green - ready for your muddy boots. Find them at Greater Goods, 1626 U Street NW, for $24.

Maybe for the new homeowners? A lovely vintage condiment set ($26) or a wine and vinegar set ($25) with a modern sensibility. Looks like something Jonathan Adler would use for inspiration . . . but not made in China, these are original, one-of-a-kind pieces. Find them at Millennium, 1528 U Street. [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.]

For the Bead Lover! Get them these beautiful recycled glass beads ($15-30 per string) made in Africa from Beadazzled, 1507 Connecticut Ave., NW. They come in a variety of hues and are fair trade.

For the bohemian fashionista: Rich, textured fabrics were all over the high-fashion runways for Fall. But if you can't afford the latest Balenciaga, then trot on over to Beadazzled (1507 Connectivut Ave., NW) and get your fashionista this beautiful bag made from vintage Thai fabrics ($36). (Model on left in Nicole Miller; model on right in Anna Sui.)

For the cook: The Cucina line of soaps and other kitchen-oriented products are all natural. The scents are amazing and are meant to mingle well with your favorite chef's signature dishes. Homerule, 1807 14th Street, NW, has a great collection of the Cucina products. Everything from hand soap to kitchen sprays ($6.99 and up). Homerule also has several other lines of natural or organic products like Korres, Juice Beauty and Anthony for Men.

For the friend on the go go go go go: This little gadget is super. From the Solio site:

When on the go power for your gadgets is key, plug into the Solio® Hybrid 1000. This hybrid boasts a powerful solar panel and battery in an incredibly compact and slender case, conveniently geared with a built-in rugged carabiner and cable. The Hybrid 1000 is simple to use. Just clip on, plug in, and charge up! Universal Charger – Power virtually all your electronic devices. Works out of the box with most common mobile phones, MP3 players, and GPS units - simply change the adaptor tip. Stores Power - Charge your devices anytime, day or night. Internal rechargeable battery stores power for up to one year. (A full Solio H1000 will charge a typical mobile phone once or give 10 hours of MP3 music - just 1 hour of sunshine = 15 minutes talk time or 40 minutes of MP3 music).* Hybrid Charger - Charge anywhere on Earth. Plug into the Sun and charge Solio through its solar panel, it’s free and green! Or use the included tip to charge from the USB port of any computer.

Find it for $75.00 at Greater Goods at 1626 U Street, NW.


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