Ottawa, Ontario (PRWEB) December 5, 2007
It's that time again and many shoppers are scratching their heads wondering what to get loved ones this Holiday Season. Green products are the hot-ticket item this season, says EcoMama.ca. Many new parents are especially aware of the impact of their purchases on the environment and embrace sustainable living. What better way to show loved ones you care than by giving them a thoughtfully-selected gift which helps preserve our Mother Earth? With so many choices out there, the whole shopping experience need not be complicated or expensive.
We've all heard about the toxicity of plastics. This Christmas why not offer a Klean Kanteen drinking container? Klean Kanteens are made of electro-polished stainless steel which is non-toxic and non-leaching. They are light and durable and a breeze to clean in the dishwasher! They come in a variety of sizes and cap styles. Of particular interest is the 18 oz bottle with sports cap - it's perfect for the sports nut in the family. From the 12 oz sippy cup with Avent spout to the larger 40 oz container, there is a Klean Kanteen for each member of your family.
What about toys? A great alternative to mainstream toys are earth-friendly puzzles made of rubber wood. ImagiPlay has an amazing line of reasonably-priced, innovative and environmentally-friendly toys which offer parents a safe alternative. Another interesting idea: Imagibricks, colourful giant building blocks made of corrugated cardboard. Made of recycled materials with a laminated coating, they are amazingly strong (an adult can stand on them without damaging them!) and durable. Kids (of all ages!) will enjoy them for hours on end.
Do you prefer giving unconventional gifts? How about the gift of time? Offer an hour or two or three (or more!) to clean new parents' house and bring along some Ecover cleaning products. Ecover offers a full range of household products which are powerful enough to do the job, but gentle on skin, and completely biodegradable and environmentally friendly. Plant-based, they clean beautifully without leaving any powerful, lingering scents. It's every new parent's dream to wake up to a clean house without having to do it themselves!
Why not offer some babysitting hours? Every couple needs a chance to reconnect and recharge their batteries. Take the kids for an evening, and leave a little care package behind for the parents. Fill it with a bottle of wine, chocolates, some bath gel and massage cream (Druide makes both of them in a lovely scent called "Sensuous") and voila, a romantic evening for two, and a most memorable gift.
Keep it simple this Holiday Season. Give simple, earth-friendly gifts, recycled, homemade or thoughtfully bought. All of the gift ideas mentioned can be found online at http://www.ecomama.ca. You can shop in the comfort of your home instead of braving the busy malls! The earth and your wallet will thank you for it. And in the hustle and bustle, sit back and enjoy that well deserved cup of (organic) hot chocolate.
About the writer
Natalie Carrière McGowan is a busy mom of triplets. She has always been interested in anything and everything to do with living green. Having three babies at the same time has provided her with countless opportunities to discover the latest and greatest in "green parenting". She is also the owner of http://www.ecomama.ca , an online retailer of earth-friendly products for young families and meeting place for like-minded individuals. Her motto: "Baby steps go a long way!"
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