5 Eco-Friendly (and Affordable!) Stocking Stuffers for Everyone on Your List

by Alana Cowan

For a greener holiday season, we’ve been on the lookout for eco-friendly stocking stuffers that are good for the planet- and easy on your wallet!

For the Techie: Chances are, there’s more than one loved one on your wish list with an iPhone. For the person, like myself, who is constantly breaking or damaging their iPhone or existing iPhone cases, buy them the affordable ecoSnap iPhone 4 and 4S case that’s made from organic (non food crop) plant resin. And, when the time comes to recycle yours, you can send it back to us and we will, at no charge, compost it properly and send you a discount for your next ecoSnap purchase! Starting at $14.99. http://www.myecosnap.com/

For the Sweet Tooth: What’s a Christmas stocking without some yummy peppermint candy canes? We’ve found these USDA Certified Organic candy canes by TruJoy Sweets that are synthetic dye-free and flavored with natural peppermint. They are also produced on dedicated nut-free and gluten-free equipment for those with allergies and food sensitivities. Stocking stuffer size boxes start at $3.99 for 10 candy canes. http://www.naturalcandystore.com/product/organic-candy-canes-tru-joy-sweets/natural-candy-canes

For the Yogi: The winding down of holiday season also marks the beginning of New Years and the start of New Year’s resolutions. For the yoga enthusiast in your life, that means hitting the mats more than usual. If you’re looking for a light, inexpensive, and eco-friendly mat, then you’ll like the eKO SuperLite Travel Mat ($39) from Manduka. This mat is made from non- toxic, harvested, natural tree rubber that contains no PVC or toxic plasticizers. And, it only weighs 2 pounds, which makes it a good bet for traveling and the perfect stocking stuffer. http://www.manduka.com/us/shop/categories/products/mats/travel-mat/

For the Perfect Holiday Host: Buy your favorite host or hostess the perfect party gift-  a set of four recycled Icelandic driftwood coasters. Made from driftwood that has been floating a hundred years by the Atlantic Ocean, these coasters are perfect for under your mugs, glass, plants, candles or just as art in your home decor. And, each coaster is sanded and topped with protective coating for better durability. Available at Etsy.com ($8).

For the Gardener: Anyone can practice random acts of gardening with VisualLingual‘s seed bomb packets. Available in ideal stocking stuffer sizes, these seed bombs can be planted in the Spring, Summer and early Fall — just throw and grow! You can simply toss the five pocket-sized seed bombs into your garden or any plot of dirt, and watch a profusion of herbs and wildflowers sprout. No need to dig holes and no green thumb required. You can choose from a variety of seed concoctions, including herbs and wildflowers native to your specific region in the U.S. Each Seed Bomb retails for $7. Available on Etsy.com.

This holiday season, dress up your fireplace or bannister with one-of-a-kind, DIY stockings. Check out these festive stockings from HGTV.com.

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