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Hannah’s Holiday Gift Guide

Updated: Feb 8, 2022

Wondering what to give friends and family this year? Hoping to give wonderful gifts AND stay true to your low-waste and low-impact lifestyle? If you haven’t yet, check out Rachel’s guide. Here are some suggestions to spark the green glow in anyone. But first, a general guide for gift-giving:

  1. Experiences! There are literally unlimited online classes for just about everything if there is not an in person experience here in New Hampshire that would be of interest (or possible, given Covid).

  2. Books! Books always lead to something or somewhere new, and don’t we all need that these days? You can buy them used and/or support local bookstores.

  3. Consumables! Food, syrup, soaps, candles… anything that can be eaten or used up is a good choice (the less packaging, the better). Live plants are a great choice too.

  4. Useful Items! Aim for something useful. It’s totally socially acceptable to ask the person what she needs and to get it for her (oven mitt? umbrella? slippers?). You can choose something a bit nicer than she would have chosen for herself and it’s a win-win.

Gifts for the Green Thumb

  1. Books

  2. Square Foot Gardening

  3. The Humane Gardener

  4. Experiences

  5. Master Gardener Classes

  6. Bedrock Garden Membership

  7. Useful Items

  8. Seeds – I suggest herbs, greens, and flowers to start

  9. Garden Tools (check what they already have)

  10. Compost Bins for kitchen and/or outside

  11. Gift certificate to your local garden store or nursery

Gifts for the Cook

  1. Books

  2. How to Cook Everything Vegetarian

  3. The High Protein Vegetarian Cookbook

  4. The Oh She Glows Cookbook

  5. Experiences

  6. Baking School at King Arthur Flour

  7. Vineyard and Brewery Tours

  8. Cooking Classes at Oak and Grain

  9. Useful Items

  10. Bamboo Kitchen Tools

  11. Cast Iron Cookware

  12. Unpaper Towels

  13. Baking Materials

  14. Gift Certificate to Bonafide Green Goods

  15. Gift Certificate to We Fill Good

Gifts for the Travel Enthusiast

  1. Books

  2. New Hampshire Hiking Guides

  3. The Great American Staycation

  4. The Insider’s Guide to New Hampshire

  5. Experiences

  6. A gift certificate for dinner or a hotel in one of these towns

  7. AMC Membership

  8. Useful Items

  9. New Hampshire Gazetteer

  10. Gift Certificate to Travel and Nature

Gifts for the Kids

  1. Books

  2. Nature Guide Pamphlets

  3. The Julia Rothman Collection

  4. The Brambly Hedge Collection

  5. Mollie Katzen’s Cookbooks

  6. Experiences

  7. Museum Memberships

  8. Sports, Dance, Music, Art etc lessons

  9. Online classes (Outschool has a lot of options).

  10. Plan a staycation for the summer

  11. Useful Items

  12. Walkie-talkies

  13. Camelbaks

  14. Water Bottles

  15. Art Supplies

Are there people out there who don’t garden, cook, travel, or have kids? Sure, but I don’t know what to get them, so you’ll have to figure that out yourself. 🙂 Just remember to aim for experiences, books, consumables, and useful items and you’ll be fine. If you’re stuck, I suggest visiting a local green goods store and choosing something everyone needs (dish towels, soap, and single-use alternatives come to mind).

I hope this helps!

– Hannah

What are you gifting this year?

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