Green Monday: 2012 gift guide
Now that Black Friday has passed and you've retired your chainmail coif for the year, it's time to flex your consumerist muscle in a more civilized manner with the aid of this year's Green Monday gift guide.
Mon, Nov 26 2012 at 8:00 AM
Feeling somewhat antsy after dutifully observing Buy Nothing Day? Ready to practice consumerism that doesn't involve being manhandled over a bath towel by hundreds of unhinged strangers at 5 am? Want to support small businesses and shop responsibly for well-made and meaningful gifts from the comfort of your own home?
Welcome to the 2012 edition of my Green Monday holiday gift guide, a thoughtfully curated selection of useful gifts for the home and garden. Like in years past, you’ll find a motley assortment of over 20 items — some have made past appearances on my blog and some are making their debut — that are durable, handmade, domestically designed/manufactured, and/or made from recycled/recyclable/sustainable materials. Also, there's a smoke detector in the shape of the bird.
That said, I hope you'll find something for just about everyone on your holiday shopping list: Tool snobs, tree house enthusiasts, urban gardeners, seed bombers, people who appreciate a well-made duster, et al. And since this is Cyber Monday, it's only fitting that you’ll find these items at a handful of my favorite online retailers. Rejoice! No getting shot at in a Walmart parking lot or trampled in a Toys "R" Us!
Let’s get shopping shall we? But hold up just a moment — before you place anything in your virtual shopping basket take a moment to head on over to the Nature Conservancy and pledge to gift responsibly (and non-violently) this year.
Ceramic Tinware Mugs by Canvas @ Region General Store ($9)
NYCIB (New York City Industries for the Blind) Duster @ West Elm Market
Wild Harvested Room Spray by Juniper Ridge @ Poketo
($22 - Steep Ravine, Cascade Glacier, Big Sur)
Everyday Furniture Spritzer in Australian White Grapefruit- 17 oz by Murchison-Hume @ The Future Perfect
Linen Tea Towel - Vegetable by Kate Bingaman-Burt @ Poketo (
Seed Bomb Slingshot @ Terrain
Driftwood Wall Hook By Kiel Mead @ Areaware
Chick-a-Dee Smoke Detector by Louise van der Veld @ A+R Store
Flat Life Clock by Finn McGee @ Areaware
"Tree Houses: Fairy Tale Castles in the Air" by Philip Jodidio (Taschen) @ Amazon
(Ships Jan. 31)
Urbio "Happy Family" Vertical Gardening System @ Urbio
Portable Solar Lamp - Lantern by Sunnyside Up Solar @ Supermarket
Plantini Miniature Hothouse by Another Studio For Design @ Postcarden.com
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