Green your holiday gifts this year

Vegan Wallet from CoolCorC

This stylish men’s wallet is made of natural cork from Cool CorC

You’ve finally finished your list with who to give gifts to this year Then you’re suddenly in serious brain freeze with what to get.  It can’t be just ANYTHING. It has to be special, and more green, this year.

Here are some fun, affordable eco-friendly gifts that will bring plenty of smiles this holiday.

Give the man in your life something stylish that he can really use. CoolCorC, a company that produces beautiful products made of natural cork, has come up with the men’s Vegan Wallet. It’s made of cork fabric and sports a handsome black interior for accent. Cork, the outer bark of the sustainably harvested cork oak tree, is transformed here into a soft, supple material. Slim, lightweight and durable (because it’s made of cork) the Wallet is also stain-, water- and scratch resistant. Easily cleaned with a damp cloth, this good looking wallet may just win your guy’s heart.

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Beautiful Kunnigan Kerucut earrings made by women artisans in Bali

For guaranteed delivery before Christmas, purchases need to made by December 15th. To see this and other great cork gift ideas, go to etsy.com.

Jewelry’s always appropriate for that special lady. Add in a company that empowers women artisans and you’ve got a winning combination.

Founded by two women in Chicago. Sandpiper Imports features exotic-looking, handcrafted jewelry by women artisans of Bali. Based around Fair Trade practices, gifts from this collection also help to support two animal charities in Bali. My favorite picks are the elegant Kuningan Kerucut earrings, priced at a mere $28.00. There’s also the rose-colored zebra shell adjustable Tiram Ring. Its distinctive black stripe pattern makes it a beautiful choice, especially for only $45.00. It’s available online at SandpiperImports.com.

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When the power goes out, the Eton FRX3 will let you stay connected

With winter storms becoming more of a regular occurrence and Hurricane Sandy still fresh in our minds, being prepared for emergencies is more important than ever. Why not combine practicality, fun and the holidays?   , a leader in high performance green consumer products, has come out with the Etón FRX3. This sleek-looking device is an AM/FM Weather Band digital radio that incorporates a display with NOAA weather alert. It features a bright LED side flashlight, a glow-in-the-dark indicator for easy location, AC and DC input, a headphone jack and a digital alarm. And to ensure you’re never without power, you can power it with solar, hand-crank or plug-in via USB cable. All of them charge the internal lithium battery, no matter where you are or if there’s any electricity around.  You can even charge your cell phone with it. Weighing only 1.5 pounds and a price tag of only $60.00, you’ll want to get an extra for yourself. The Etón FRX3 is available online in two colors at Etoncorp.com and on Amazon.

Don’t forget your favorite four-legged friend. They’re one of the family too, so they’re also on the gift list.  Here are some toys from West Paws and Planet Dog, which have no harmful chemicals like phthalates or BPA.

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Eco-Berry Bones are made without phthalates or BPA

West Paw Design has a great stocking stuffer called the Cane Deer. Made from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, its IntelliLoft® is safe, reengineered fibers that have been saved from landfills. Soft and safe, it’s a fun choice for only $15.00.

Check out their Eco-Merry Bones, made with IntelliLoft®, with a fun squeaker. Available in two sizes for only $9.50, you’ll find them online at WestPawDesign.com.

What dog doesn’t love treats?  Planet Dog – a leading socially responsible, values-based design company that donates 2% of each purchase to help fund the training, support and placement of service dogs – has what they want.

Planet Eats treats for dogs (both varieties)

Dogs love Planet Dog’s EATS natural treats

Their EATS treats come in two choices. The Chicken & Pumpkin Pot Pie is 100% natural, made with delicious pumpkin to help support digestion. Their PB&J flavor is made with wild Maine blueberries. Both flavors contain no wheat, corn or soy, and no wheat gluten. You’ll find these along with some great dog toys online at PlanetDog.com.

Whichever you choose, be prepared to get plenty of kudos this year.

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