Green-eyed Girl: Gifting
By Tess Kurzeja
The season of giving can bring a lot of things. For
those with a knack for giving ‘em what they want,
gift-giving season can bring along a do-gooder high
and a healthy dose of self-confidence (a result of superior
gift-giving ability). But, for others, gift giving can
be stressful, overwhelming and strenuous. And finding
that perfect gift for your best friends, mom, sisters
and the other ladies in your life can leave less pleasant
visions than sugarplums dancing in your head.
Unfortunately, I belong to the latter group. No matter
how far in advance I plan, how thoughtful I try to be,
or how much I’m willing to spend, it seems like
I’m scrambling for gifts at the last minute every
holiday season—trying desperately to choose gifts
that are as thoughtful and useful as possible. Often,
these latent efforts are to little avail.
But this year, I’m turning over a new leaf and
subscribing to a pre-New Year’s resolution. I’m
getting back in touch with feel-good gifting by doling
out the best green items I can find to all my favorite
spa girls. Then, I’m not only sharing something
important to me (supporting the green movement), I’m
passing out products that are good for the environment
and great fun for those on the receiving end.
And, I’m sharing my ideas with you.
the Best Friend:
Whether a spa newbie or a certified aficionado, I’m
convinced that every woman wishes her home doubled as
a luxury spa. I’m treating my best friend to a
dream come true: spa-like luxury in the comfort of her
own home. My favorite item to pass along is a Lavender
Recycled Cotton Spa Blankie from GreenFeet.com
($57.95). This cozy, scented lap blanket transforms
into a heated comfort when you warm the lavender insert
in the microwave for one to two minutes. And, the soothing
natural lavender scent isn’t all that will aid
in your best friend’s relaxation. She can sleep
easy, cuddled up in this blanket, knowing that it was
made from 100% recycled cotton called Green-Spun Fabric.
This fabric utilizes the often-discarded portions of
the cotton plant to create a material that is just as
soft and comforting as other cotton products.
For me, gifting for my mom is always the most difficult.
After years of making sure my holiday seasons were next-to-perfect,
I hope to pay her back with something that shows how
much I care. So, this year I’m stepping outside
the 8x11 department-store sweater box she is used to
receiving from me and going all out, and all green.
For Mom (mine especially), there is no better gift
than a gorgeous, keepsake item. I love this Recycled
Mason Jar Glass Necklace from eco-artware.com
($140). Made from a vintage mason jar, the “stone’s”
soft, aqua color is sure to accent Mom’s favorite
casual wear and will no-doubt serve as a striking conversation
piece. The triangular pendant hangs from a 16”
recycled sterling silver chain. And, since each piece
is hand made, no two are exactly alike, kind of like
As they say, it’s the thought that counts, and
this gift is sure to show sis that you care. Instead
of wrapping a single gift, I’m showering my sister
with some of my favorite green products and housing
them in a Half the Sky Designs Recycled
Rice Sack Sleek Tote ($48 at OrganicBug.com).
These bring-‘em-anywhere bags are made of, you
guessed it, recycled rice sacks and are durable and
cute enough for a day out and about or a night on the
town. Inside, I’m loading lip balm from Ola
Hawaii ($6 at Hawaiianbodyproducts.com).
Coming in five different tropical varieties, these natural
lip balms are the perfect product to sooth chapped lips
and lend a soothing tropical scent.
Bestie gift? Check. Mom’s gift? Check. Sister’s
gift? Check. Sending holiday love that’s all green?
Check, check. Now, all I have to do is sit back, relax,
and enjoy the holidays.
I’ll also add in a Zia-to-Go Holiday
Gift Set from Zia Natural Skincare ($19.95
This prize pack of five travel-size products (including
cleanser, exfoliant, toner, moisturizer and a mask)
comes in varieties for all types of skin.
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