Repurposed sweaters from The Ugly Christmas Sweater Shop resale shop make a fun, eco-friendly gift. Stores in Dallas, Fort Worth and Frisco.
Dec. 11, 2017
Part one in our Green Gift Guide, featured Earth-friendly gifts for the ladies in your life. Here's part two with tips for shopping responsibly for the guys this holiday season. Whether you're shopping at local storefronts or online, you can find recycled, repurposed, Fair Trade and organic in goodies large and small. Any pricing or discounts listed are subject to change and are at the discretion of the individual merchants.
Marshall Grain in Grapevine boasts that they have been nature’s merchant since 1946. Drop by to see why. While you’re there, pick up a Music of the Spheres wind chime for your special man, now at 15 percent off regular price. These Austin-made chimes are handcrafted to last for generations. This author has owned one for more than 20 years and it still looks like new. Choose from a variety of tones and sizes – all in the tailored black finish that has become the Music of the Spheres signature. Marshall Grain, 3525 William D. Tate Ave. Grapevine 76051
Pop Can Gecko Playing Guitar
Shopping the square in downtown McKinney has become a worthwhile pilgrimage for creative gift givers – and Fair & Square Imports is a definite must. Their hand-picked selection includes Fair Trade and eco-friendly products from all over the world such as this lanky lizard made from a discarded soda can that might otherwise be in a landfill. Crafted in South Africa, he sports glass bead eyes and a far-out wire guitar. $22.50. Many other unique products sold online at FairandSquareImports.com. Fair and Square Imports, 219 E. Louisiana St., McKinney 75069
Hydro Flask Water Bottle
Our friends at REI scour the planet for gifts that will encourage your loved ones to interact with Mother Nature – and reduce their environmental impact. These uber-quality insulated bottles keep contents hot or cold for hours whether on a hike, bike or just hangin’ out. Tough, food-grade stainless steel is BPA-free and bacteria and odor resistant. 1.81-inch mouth opening makes it easy to fill the bottle with a favorite drink while the narrow design fits in most cup holders and backpack drink pockets. Various Colors. Lifetime Warranty. $34.95. REI, 5929 E Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75231.
Artisan Pepper Grinders
An outstanding offering from Trinity Haymarket and New Mexico artisan, Gail Tate, are these stunning salt and pepper mills that will be come a treasure to be passed down through the ages. Each one is a unique work of art, hand-turned from Mesquite wood or African hardwoods, with a stainless steel U.S.-made grinding mechanism. $229/pair or $119 each. Shop the full selection at this fun and fabulous store that is a Dallas treasure in itself. Trinity Haymarket, 1715 Market Center Blvd, Dallas 75207.
Beginning Beekeeper Kit
If your honey has been buzzin’ about beekeeping, this Beginning Beekeeper Kit is the perfect all-in-one gift. Contains everything they will need to get started with this amazing hobby including a brood box, 10 frames and foundation, inner cover, smoker, pellets, hive tool and bee brush. Expert advice also available. Many other supplies in stock including pro hives, books, bee suits and more. Beginning Beeker Kit – $174 at Rooster Home & Hardware, 10233 East Northwest Hwy. Suite 409, Dallas 75238.
Easy Cultivator & Shovel
North Haven Gardens is all decked out for the season with a huge selection of gifts for the gardening enthusiast. Just one example is the Perfect Garden® grouping of tools made with a patented step-in-the-middle design. The triangular handle is easy to grip and perfect for seniors or anyone who wants a more ergonomic tool. No more backache from using that old shovel or cultivator the wrong way. Lifetime Warranty. $29.99. North Haven Gardens, 7700 Northaven Rd, Dallas 75230.
Vegan Personal Care
Why should the gals have all of the fun? Since White Rock Soap Gallery is owned by a couple of local gents, they make sure that both sexes get equal attention with their incredible selection of local and Texas-made products for skin, hair and even facial fuzz. Choose from Grit Body Soap, Beard Oil, Shave Soap, After Shave, Pomade and tons of candles. Mention GreenSourceDFW and save 20 percent (in-store only) through Christmas. Some restrictions apply. White Rock Soap Gallery, 10233 East Northwest Hwy, Suite 401, Dallas 75238. Most products also available online.
If the guy on your shopping list has a sense of humor, he might get a kick out of an upcycled garment from the Ugly Christmas Sweater Shop. These kitschy stores launched by Dallasite Jeremy Turner in 2013 are environmentally friendly too as they extend the life of corny but cheery sweaters that otherwise would have ended up in the landfill. Ugly Christmas Sweater Shops are located in Dallas, Fort Worth and Frisco.
Dude, Sweet Chocolate! Drinking Chocolate
This is the way that drinking chocolate was meant to be – a bit less sweet and more of a treat. Think European corner cafes on a cool brisk day and you’ll capture the essence of this sipping confection. Serve it in smaller cup to enjoy every drop. Made locally by Katherine Clapner who served for many years as executive pastry chef at Stephan Pyles’ restaurant. Contains Valrohna cocoa powder, cane sugar, dried milk powder (containing nothing but milk, for wheat sensitivity), and 72 percent South American dark chocolate. $16 for 9 ounces. Just one of the many unique finds at PrettyThingsandCoolStuff.com by Dallas eco-gal Kim Young.
U.S. Forest Tree
This gift made it onto our Father’s Day list but it’s worth a second look: What could be more personal and special than to give the planting and care of a young tree in a U.S. National Forest? This unique bequest includes a card and envelope (made of 100 percent post consumer recycled paper) with your personal message and explanation of the gift as well as your recipient’s name and the month of the gift recorded on Trees for a Change Tree Gift Registry. From our friends at Dolphin Blue, a local eco-friendly office supply that also carries a wide selection of organic home products and pet supplies. Dolphin Blue.
Compostable Coffee Pods
Does your fella’ love his pod coffee maker – but he hates the trash that it creates? Surprise him with a gift box or subscription to Tayst Coffee which declares itself as the world’s first 100 percent compostable pods. Made from a blend of bioresins and coffee chaff (bean skins) then printed with earth-friendly inks, the pods are offered in six java blends from Medium & Magnificent to Bold & Brazen, plus a vanilla-flavored, espresso and a decaf. All beans are harvested from Rainforest Alliance CertifiedTM farms. A 30-cup assortment gift box is $22 plus $5 for domestic shipping. Monthly subscriptions also start at $22. Tayst.com.
Green Source DFW'S 2017 Green Gift Guide