Quick! You are in a rush to find the perfect gift and you only have one short afternoon to find it. Here is a list of gifts that are sure to be enjoyed! There are gifts for those on a tight budget and those who are not:
1.) For the tech geek: Get thee to an Apple store and buy the ipad. Okay, this may not be something most people can afford and whether or not it is green is still open for debate. Some people, like Steve Jobs, are saying that the ipad is one of the greenest computers out there. (This USAToday article here certainly debates the claim.) The ipad is free of arsenic, mercury, PVC (polyvinyl choride) and BFRs (brominated flame retardants). Just think of all the green apps out there waiting to be used. It is reportedly the number one most requested gift this year. If you cannot afford to give someone this latest piece of technology but you know they are getting one, perhaps you could shop for an eco-friendly ipad case.
2.) For your foodie friend: Go to your local Byerly’s, buy a Chinook book, use the coupon to get the free Byerly’s bag and fill it up with all kinds of yummy goodies. Organic and/or locally grown produce, and locally made foods are always a hit. Whether the recipient is a single person living alone or a parent with multiple children, everyone loves good food. Fresh fruit and good, quality chocolate will be a welcome change from all the cookies, cakes and pies that are much too prevalent at this time of the year. Clementines are a favorite sweet winter treat as are pomegranates and persimmons.
3) For the winter weather enthusiast: Go to Midwest Mountaineering or REI and buy smart wool socks. (There is a coupon in the Chinook Book for smart wool socks purchased at Midwest Mountaineering). These socks are not your average socks and will keep your feet warm and comfortable all winter long. They are more expensive than your ordinary hiking sock but they are fantastic. They come in all kinds of different colors and styles so you could buy a number of different pairs and have a lot of fun with it. Here is a link to the REI website.
4.) For the health and wellness guru: Go to Lakewinds or any of the other natural food co-ops and buy all kinds of goodies with which to pamper your loved one. Sunleaf Naturals makes awesome soaps that double as shampoo and body soap. Clarysage and lavender, orange ginger, and cedar mint are some of the different types available. The soaps are handmade in Waconia so you can’t get much more local! Pick up some magazines that look interesting and throw in some Ames honey and Tulsi tea. Maybe pick up a beautiful tea pot or a pretty mug. Beeswax candles made by Ames Farm in Watertown would be a heavenly treat.
5.) For the choco-holic: Go to Byerly’s/Lunds, Kowalski’s or any of the local co-ops and buy chocolate! Buy an assortment of dark, fair trade chocolate. Dagoba, Green and Black, and Equal Exchange are just a few of the fair trade brands that you will find at the co-ops. Hot cocoa and chocolate bars taste especially good on cold and snowy days. Buy some for yourself too and make sure you keep a bar or two in your winter emergency kit.