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Shopping Green for the Holidays

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There are so many great ways to shop green this holiday season. Here are some great ones that I have found:

Looking for just right gift that will make you, the recipient and the planet feel good? Check out these great green shopping sites now for some great green gifts (try to say that three times fast!).

Etsy provides a direct line to artisans all over the world (including in your own neighborhood) who handmake everything from furniture and fashions to baby toys and needlepoint patterns. You can also search for artists who use reclaimed or organic materials -- or search the plentiful vintage shops -- to make even less impact. And don't forget Ecobags as a stylish and planet-friendly gift!

Here are some recommendations for green gifts for any kids in your life. If you're looking for great eco-friendly gifts for kids or even fussy teens, we've got you covered. From snuggly one-pieces, to eco-smart toys, to recycled wood and bamboo skateboards. Yes, skateboards!

Ladies, sometimes it's not easy shopping for the guy who has everything. But I bet a lot of men don't have some of these green gifts for men that will make your guy eco-friendly!

Perhaps you're also scratching your head about the Christmas tree decision? Are you asking yourself, 'Is a real tree better....or is a fake one better because you use it every year? It's a good question. Do you dream of the sweet smell of pine but then feel a vague sense of eco-guilt wash over you? Don't sweat it-- we've got your answers here. Click here to read To Tree or not to Tree.

And speaking of which, a groovy, new green product has come to our attention: the Cardboard Christmas Tree! This is a pretty nifty little item. You can use it year after year, decorate it to your heart's content, and it's not made of non-renewable, off-gassing plastics.

Another great thing to consider this holiday season is taking the No Plastic Holiday Challenge. Organized by Amy Gates, a.k.a. the Crunchy Domestic Goddess, The No Plastic Holiday Challenge is simple: Try to de-plastic your holidays. After all, every bit of plastic ever produced - minus the tiny bit that's been incinerated - is still with us today, whether buried in landfills, floating in the oceans, or littering our streets. Learn more about the No Plastic Holiday Challenge.

Low Impact Living is offering you a 10% discount on your holiday purchases at GiftsWithHumanity.com - simply use the coupon GIFTS at checkout - plus we always offer free shipping within the USA on orders of $50 or more.

And remember, it's always better to give locally than to receive. Here are some great ways to do just that.

Give Mother Earth and all of us the gift of a greener, healthier planet this year as you gift your friends and family the eco-friendly way!