Holiday Gift Guide: Best of 2013

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To kick off Earth911’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide, we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite featured products from this year. Get inspired with these picks from our archives, and check back each day this week for the best eco-products for everyone in your life, from the gung-ho gear head to the gleeful globe-trotter.

For the Cold-Weather-Climate Dwellers:

Upcycled Mittens
Photo: So Comfy Designs

So Comfy Designs Infinity Mittens

Cozy pants, sweaters and T-shirts are reborn into winter weather–approved accessories with So Comfy Designs, which we featured in February. Crafted from upcycled clothes, the mittens keep fingers freeze-free when the temperature drops.

Writes designer Randa Roberts on the So Comfy website: “It’s my personal philosophy that re-examining and repurposing what we already have has an enormous positive impact on the environment. Less and less ends up in the trash and we really appreciate what we have.”

For the Frugal and Fashion-Conscious:

upcycle
Photo: CanvasPop

CanvasPop Remade Wallets

A penny saved is a penny earned, and waste saved and turned into a wallet is a gift anyone would be happy to earn.

Enter canvas-printing company CanvasPop, which is now making wallets from canvas that would otherwise go to waste. Choose from a selection of designs or be spontaneous and pick “Surprise Me” to get a gift crafted with discarded canvas that was damaged during the printing process.

For the King or Queen of Quirk:

Photo: ReTech
Photo: ReTech

ReTech Desk Lamps

Light up the life of someone with avant-garde tastes with a creation from ReTech — each desk lamp is not only a beautiful art piece, but also something of a puzzle, as figuring out how to flip the switch can take some tinkering.

“I like the old, crazy, kind of wacky electronics that you’ll find from the turn of the century when electricity was becoming a big thing,” Asher, the founder of ReTech, told Earth911. “People were making all manner of weird devices that had electricity just because they could.”

For the Outdoors Explorers:

Photo: Panda Sunglasses
Photo: Panda Sunglasses

Panda Sunglasses

You may not wear your sunglasses at night, à la Corey Hart and his 1980s hit song, but everyone should wear them in the wintertime — eyes are susceptible to sun-related health issues all year long.

That doesn’t mean the glasses need to be boring, though. Keep your eyes on the prize with a pair from Panda Sunglasses, crafted from sustainable bamboo. Plus, for each pair you buy, Panda provides an eye exam and a pair of prescription glasses to someone in need.

For Your Beautiful Bestie:

Photo: Hearts.com
Photo: Hearts.com

Hearts Woven Chain Friendship Bracelet

We always say that nothing says friendship like traditional Peruvian weaving methods. OK, we’ve never said that until now, but we really mean it — these handmade bracelets from shredded neckties and upcycled chain (which we featured back in July) say, “You’re so special to me, only fair-trade, environmentally sustainable, ethically sourced gifts will do.” And that’s a pretty powerful message to send for $22.

For the Cyclist Who Cares:

Photo: Adayak
Photo: Adayak

Adayak Graphic Tee

Four wheels are so last century. Celebrate human-powered transportation with this “No Car, No Problem” tee from Adayak.

As we reported in May, for each T-shirt sold, Adayak will plant a tree in Brazil’s endangered Atlantic Forest region through a partnership with The Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees initiative. This is a gift that keeps on giving — and growing.