Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Give the gift of green - recycled wedding, graduation & housewarming gifts

Recycled Glass Bottle Tumblers from Bottlehood
Gift giving can be time consuming and overwhelming - so lots of folks are shopping online to save time and their sanity! It's now just as easy to find handmade, original gifts as it is to shop retail!
For around the house or gift giving, there's always a greener option than buying new and an artsier alternative to mass production.
Got a recent high school grad in your life? Consider giving them a set of repurposed glass bottle tumblers for the new apartment or a recycled denim area rug for the dorm room.

Salt and Pepper Shakers Made From Old Table Legs from Kentucky Green
Wedding gifts can become treasured heirlooms if they start off being something super special and unique like this pair of salt & pepper shakers made from repurposed table legs. They look great and already come with a great "back story".
Quilts are another awesome tradition and a great wedding gift. If you can't make one yourself you can still give one to the newlyweds and rest assured they'll treasure it for years to come!
Ponte Vecchio, solid white oak bench  by StilNovoDesign
Ponte Vecchio, solid white oak bench by StilNovoDesign
An elegant white oak bench finely crafted from wine barrels as a gift to celebrate a house-warming has fabulous potential for becoming a treasured family piece.
In our fast-paced world with our busy lifestyles there just isn't enough time to make hand-crafted gifts ourselves for all those special occasions. But they can still be part of your gift giving style and another great way to support the economy and ease up on the environment.
For more info: Wedding gifts on etsy, Sweet Love Gifts, Shop Local - Lawrence, KS, Shop Local on etsy

Check out more of my "Green" articles at Recycling Examiner