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By Diana T. Torres

Have green-minded family members or friends? These days there are loads of gift ideas for the eco-minded. From fashion to houseware to toys — there is something for everyone.

I have a fashion-minded friend who has been inching her way toward a greener lifestyle. She was wondering whether she would be able to find handbags she loved. With a bit of research, I discovered a slew of eco-friendly ideas and items.

HANDBAGS
Engage Green‘s handbags are created from recycled paper and bottles. The designs are unique and playful and make great companions for work or play.

HOME
Branch Home carries an array of eco-friendly items for the home, (including kids’ rooms) with some accessories for good measure. I have my eye on a few fun kitchen items!

WEDDINGS
Looking for unique wedding gift ideas? Try signing up the happy couple for cooking lessons, dance lessons, art lessons, or other things you know they will enjoy. In my search, I found a site called Wishpot. It allows you to add anything to your wish list or registry (baby, wedding, birthday).

BABIES
For organic baby clothing try pure beginnings. You’ll find everything from receiving blankets and washcloths to caps and booties.

Babēcology has all things for baby’s delicate skin, including shampoo and body wash.

Babyearth is another favorite. They carry furniture, clothing, toys and skin products. They also carry items for the expectant mother.

WINTER HOLIDAYS
Gaiam is another environmentally conscious site that has items for many occasions. They have top-rated fitness products, and items for bed and bath, as well as clothing.

Hornytoad also carries an array of eco-conscious clothing for men and women.

Gifts.com has items for everyone. Follow the link to their eco-friendly gift ideas.

For Women
Try sending her an organic bouquet of flowers from Organic Bouquet. In order to protect the ecology and respect the earth, flowers are grown responsibly.

Looking for perfume or skin care products? Try Pacifica, Burt’s Bees, or Saffron Rouge. They use natural ingredients and do not test their products on animals.

For Kids
At Planet Happy Kids, the focus is on natural, child-friendly toys and games. They have a list of categories that includes organic, green, fair trade and multi-use items.

Green Toys has kid-friendly items created from 100% recycled plastic.

ACTIVE/OUTDOORS
Patagonia has been around for a while and continues to be a popular choice for active, outdoor people. They have remained true to providing the best in environmentally friendly clothing and equipment.

EVERYTHING
Etsy has the largest selection of items from artisans all over the world. Just type eco-friendly in the search field at the top and a list of items will appear.

More Green Gift Ideas: Donate money to a charity or plant a tree on behalf of the gift recipient; give a green experience to a spa, location or event.

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