Eco-Friendly Holiday Gift Guide ’09

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Mambo Sprouts proudly presents our first 2009 Holiday Gift Guide! We’ve been working hard behind-the-scenes to find the greatest green gifts this holiday season. Check out all of the goodies we’ve discovered to help you make the holidays green. The best eco-savvy goodies are all gathered up in our great guide. And we’ve broken it down into easy categories to make shopping easier for you – like Babies & Tots, Learn & Play Naturally, Foodies & Cooks, Gifts That Give Back, and many more.

Here are our top ten, but you can download the entire guide here.

1. Equal Exchange Fair Trade Mixer Basket

This fair trade gift includes a variety of Equal Exchange products in a fairly traded kaisa grass basket imported by Ten Thousand Villages from Dhaka Handicrafts, a non-profit that works to improve the lives of children and rural families in Bangladesh. On sale for $47 until Dec 15th. Also find other fair trade gifts that support small-scale farmers, ranging from $27-$75. Order online and get 10% off your order and receive free shipping on orders over $75. Use coupon code: giftme10 during checkout. Coupon expires 12/31/09. www.shop.equalexchange.coop.

2. Protect Our Earth Set of 4 Glasses: Pretty, recycled glasses made from the bottom halves of Bordeaux bottles that were “rescued” on their way to the landfill! A beautifully silk-screened branch design and the phrase “Protect Our Earth” in four languages: English, Spanish, Afrikaans/South African and French. Made in Wisconsin. $45.00 www.uncommongoods.com

3. Green Toys Recycling Truck: He can sort bottles, cans, and paper, or just have a blast! This little eco-conscious truck has a movable recycling bed and open/shut rear door! Designed with little guys in mind, it has no metal axles. Made in the U.S.A. from 100% recycled plastic milk containers, it’s tough and durable. 3 years and up. $22.00 www.amazon.com

4. Oeuf Squeeze-Me Mittens: These are actually more for the parents! These 100% Alpaca wool, sustainably made mittens are sure to be cherished by moms, dads, and the little ones whose hands they hold. $60.00 www.oeufnyc.com

5. Keen Harvest Irving Tote: Spacious, colorful, and eco-friendly. What more could a girl want in a tote? Reclaimed rice paper is woven in a way that makes every bag unique. Comfortable handles are especially useful for city exploration. $40.00 www.keenfootwear.com

6. Beeluxe Mandarin Clove Candle: Made from completely natural, clean-burning beeswax and sumptuous essential oils, Beeluxe candles are available in beautiful glass or tin holders, arranged in sturdy, attractive gift boxes. $8.00-$20.00 www.beeluxe.com

7. Frightened Grasshopper Solar-Powered Bug: Build a life-size grasshopper with this educational robot and mini solar kit. Plus, it’s perfect for the first time science experimenters with little or no experience. 10 years and up. $14.99 www.fatbraintoys.com

8. Uberstix Scavenger Recycling Series: A pirate ship and a UFO! This construction kit involves more than just building! Kids must go on a scavenger hunt for recyclable components with the kit’s list. For the Pirate Ship, the floatation devices, mast, sail and lines are actually: popsicle sticks, plastic water bottles, cups, rubber bands, paper clips and a plastic bag. A real working pirate ship ready for the high seas is the reward. 7-12 years. $19.99 www.toysrus.com

9.  Great American Rain Barrel: They’ll save money and precious water with this rainwater collector. Recycled food-grade polyethylene is eco-friendly. Choose green or unpainted. The galvanized steel Rain Diverter fits any downspout (metal or plastic). Easy to use with a 60-gallon capacity. $189.00 – $199.00 www.gaiam.com

10. SodaStream Home Soda Maker: Do-it-yourself fizzy fun for, well, anyone. Young and old alike will love making their own soda – and it’s a lot healthier for them, too! $99.95-$199.95 www.sodastreamusa.com

Be sure to download the 2009 Holiday Gift Guide PDF!

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