If your gift-giving list includes environmentalists and socially-conscious people the following Green Gift Guide can help you locate affordable gifts that are certain to please. Each green gift is priced under $35 and will continue to give for months, even years, to come. The following organizations are long-standing reputable companies with proven track-records in ethical business relations. These are gifts you will be proud to give and your environmentally-conscious loved ones will appreciate your thoughtful consideration!
Adopt-A-Manatee is a fabulous program offered through the Save the Manatee Club. SMC originated in 1981 when former Florida Governor and U.S. Senator, Bob Graham and singer/songwriter, Jimmy Buffett joined forces to promote public awareness and save endangered manatees from extinction.
The cost to adopt a manatee is $25 and includes the biography and a photograph of your adopted manatee, an adoption certificate, SMC membership handbook and four newsletters with updated reports on your manatee. For an additional $10, you’ll receive all of the above, plus a one-year membership in the Save the Manatee Club and a beautiful manatee wall calendar. Learn more about Adopt-A-Manatee by visiting SMC’s website at www.SaveTheManatee.org.
Sierra Club memberships start at $25 per year and include a one year subscription to Sierra magazine, members-only eco-travel opportunities and discounts on Sierra Club calendars, books and other merchandise. The Sierra Club is the oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the world. Membership in the Sierra Club provides members with opportunities to take action locally and become part of the largest national network of environmental advocates. To purchase a Sierra Club Membership online, visit the Sierra Club website at www.SierraClub.org.
E, the Environmental Magazine makes a perfect stocking stuffer gift for those concerned about the environment. Each edition is packed with tips, news and resources for people who are ready and willing to make a difference. A one-year subscription to E Magazine costs $19.95 and includes six print publications. A one-year digital subscription can be purchased for $14.95 and includes six publications which can be viewed online or downloaded to a computer. E Magazine gift subscriptions can be purchased online at www.emagazine.com.
Earth Cinema Circle is a unique gift that recipient’s can enjoy for years to come. Earth Cinema Circle is a DVD Club where subscribers receive one DVD every other month. Each DVD includes four to five full-length movies, documentaries and short films crafted by independent filmmakers from around the globe. Unlike other movie clubs, Earth Cinema Circle DVDs do not have to be returned. They are yours to keep or pass along to others. This is an excellent gift for anyone who cares about the environment and social issues. Learn more about Earth Cinema Circle at www.EarthCinemaCircle.com.
GotFruit.com offers a bounty of earth-friendly organic fruit and nut gift baskets. Got Fruit gift baskets and towers are packed with fresh, juicy fruits such as sweet mandarin oranges, crunchy apples, crisp pears and sensational citrus. Many include an assortment of organic nuts and delectable organic chocolates. For the person who has everything, GotFruit.com offers a variety of Fruit of the Month Club options for less than $30 per month. For those of you who literally wait until the last minute, GotFruit provides Fruitificate, a unique gift certificate which is delivered via email and allows the recipient to choose whatever they desire. Browse the vast selection of organic goodies by visiting www.GotFruit.com.
Be Green Now offers four green gift cards – Cilantro Leaf, Bride and Groom, Birthday and Chili Pepper. When you purchase a Gift of Green for $9.95, the recipient receives a plantable ornament made of seed paper, along with a card telling them about the environmental benefits of their tree. The Be Green Now website offers a multitude of energy-saving tips, environmental tips and a Carbon Calculator to help you determine how to live more efficiently. Gift of Green cards are suitable for school-aged children to the elderly. Learn more about Be Green Now by visiting their website at www.BeGreenNow.com.