Top 5 Green Gifts for Grandparents
Whether you're looking for a gift for your actual grandparents or your parents, who are now grandparents thanks to you, it can be tricky finding the right thing. They've got years worth of goodies and gadgets filling their home and may insist that they don't need a thing. Still, it's nice to have a little something for your late–in–life loved one and going green with the gift you give your grandparent is a great way to get some green conversation going with someone who may be part of a generation that didn't think too much about the environment. While each individual is different and sometimes a gift is obvious, we've collected our top five best bets for when you're not sure what to get.
1. ORGANIC CHOCOLATE BERRY CORDIALS
It's hard to go wrong with chocolates and even harder to go wrong with these Organic Berry–Filled Chocolates from Organic Style. The Chocolate Berry Cordials are crafted from 68% single origin chocolate from Madagascar and contain sweet Oregon berry preserve centers–four each of raspberry, strawberry and marionberry, for twelve total. We love that they're organic and sustainable and that a portion of the proceeds are donated to charity. And they're safe for the lactose intolerant as well, since no dairy is used in their production.
2. BURT'S BEES OUTDOOR ESSENTIALS KIT
If the grandparent you're shopping for enjoys gardening, hiking or nature walks, the Burt's Bees Outdoor Essentials Kit is a winner. The full–size natural Herbal Insect Repellant can help them toss the dangerous DEET, the Outdoor After Bite Relief can relieve any itching that does occur and the vented Boonie Hat will keep the sun off their face without cutting off air flow to the scalp. There's even a mini Outdoor All–In–One Wash that they can use for those post–weeding handwashing sessions with the hose.
3. ORGANIC NUMI FLOWERING TEA SET
Tea time is all but extinct these days, at least here in America, but if there's anyone who is likely to recall the ritual, it's our grandparents. The Organic Numi Flowering Tea Set from Organic Style can make afternoon tea a fun–and artful–affair. The set contains a glass tea pot and nine bouquets" of tea; carefully assembled tea leaves that bloom into flowers once placed into hot water. This gift is especially successful if you make a date to come over and have tea together. You can chat, sip and sit back and watch the tea flowers bloom.
4. SPA STONES SOAP SET
Don't be too quick to right off soap as a good gift. Yes, it may seem a little unpersonal and cliched, but it's almost a guarantee that they'll get used, and with the right soaps, they may even work doubly as a aesthetic addition to the bathroom they find a home in. This Spa Stones Soap Set from Uncommon Goods is a prime example of function and form. Made to look like smooth, round river rocks and full of the rejuvanating fragrances of green tea, ginger and mint, they're equally practical and pretty. Choose between four stones on a porcelain tray with an accompanying sisal wash cloth or ten stones contained in an apothecary jar.
5. GABY BAMBOO CRUMB BOARD
While not the gift for one who only buys sliced bread, the Gaby Bamboo Crumb Board from GreenFeet is an ingenious kitchen accessory for those who occasionally cut into a crusty loaf of bread. Made from sustainably–grown bamboo by the environmentally–driven Bambu company, this board can be used like a cutting board, but instead of crumbs being moved around on the board (and off onto the table or counter), crumbs will fall through the slots. When you're done, you simple pull off the slotted section and dump out the crumbs. Upkeep on the Gaby board is minimal too, with only warm water and a little soap required.