As a kid, I had the worst time finalizing holiday wish lists. Because of my small family, these lists received limited distribution yet I took my sweet time with them and continually added toys up until the last minute. Just when I thought one was complete, a TV commercial would catch my eye and a talking teddy bear or complicated squirt gun would need to be tacked on to the list. Needless to say, Santa had a lot of patience.
As an adult, I find the same thing to be true with eco-friendly holiday gift guides. There’s so much good stuff out there that giving completion to a gift guide becomes a daunting task. On Monday, I published my home-centric Green Monday gift guide and the week before, MNN’s main holiday gift guide that I worked on went live. Both feature amazing, unique products but, of course, there's always more.
A worthy, great-for-kids latecomer is the WoodStation Clock designed by Sebastien Wallet for French firm Inovaxtion. I spotted this handsome hunk of compressed, recycled wood over at Inhabitots and I'm pretty smitten with it. The WoodStation is not only a digital clock that displays the time and date but it’s also a mini weather station that forecasts the weather 12 to 24 hours in advance via a series of icons. Additionally, the WoodStation displays the indoor temperature and humidity levels and an alarm. The only thing it's missing is an FM radio and an iPod dock.
The Woodstation Clock is powered conventionally — double AA batteries or an included adapter — but features a motion sensor that awakes it from “sleep mode” so that it’s not sucking energy 24/7. The Woodstation’s minimal, sculptural design makes it great for any weather-obsessed modern household but as Desmond at Inhabitots points out, it’s an ideal educational tool for pint-sized meteorologists-in-training. It retails for $175 at the always fun Pylones.
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