Last Minute Natural and Organic Gift Ideas
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Last Minute Natural and Organic Gift Ideas

Posted on Monday, December 17th, 2012 at 8:00 am
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If you’re in search of a last minute gift for someone on your list, or need something to bring to the host of your holiday party, why not consider bringing them something natural, organic, and good for the environment? You’ll be not only giving a gift to the recipient, but you’ll also be giving back to the worldwide community. Here are a few ideas to consider:

Fair Trade Gifts

Fair Trade items are regulated by special organizations around the world. In short, they ensure that the fair trade item in question is manufactured or grown in a socially and environmentally friendly way. Any company seeking fair trade approval must pay all of their employees a fair wage and provide a safe working environment. In situations where an item needs to be grown or harvested, fair trade organizations make sure the farmers are educated on and adhere to sustainable farming practices.

Fair trade gifts include chocolates, coffee, wine, any sweets made with fair trade sugar, and jewelry. Consider putting together a delicious gift basket with sweets, coffee and wine, or giving a beautiful piece of fair trade, conflict free jewelry to that special someone on your list.

Natural and Organic Candy

During the holidays, candy is all around us. Whether we’re hanging candy canes on our tree, dropping small chocolates into stockings, or filling gift bags full of festive goodies, a variety of sugar filled treats are enjoyed by us all. While most candies are filled with artificial ingredients, colors, and sweeteners, and other preservatives or ingredients, natural and organic candies are made with ingredients you can recognize. They are flavored with natural flavors, sweetened with cane sugar or agave nectar, and colored with dyes from natural foods like beta carotene or beet juice. To find some natural or organic candy, visit your local health food store.

Organic Apparel

To help improve the environment and overall health, consider purchasing apparel made from organic or natural materials. Buying cotton clothing may seem like an obvious choice because it’s a natural resource. However, most ‘traditional’ cotton is grown with the use of many pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. Most of the chemicals used don’t even go into the plant, but they end up in the ground and eventually in the water run-off. Try looking for apparel made with soft and durable organic cotton. You can also purchase apparel made with organic hemp or silk.

You can also check out some frugal and environmentally friendly ways to wrap your natural gift with our blog: Ways to Save on Christmas Wrap

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