A few weekends ago, I was invited to a house warming party for a very close friend of mine. She and her husband had just purchased their first home together, and I couldn’t be happier for her! I often like to think outside the box when I’m buying a present for someone, so for this house warming I thought it would be a great idea to find a wonderful, eco-friendly gift.
I had been over to the house a few times already, which certainly helped craft a few gift ideas in my head. Though they love the whole house, my friend cannot stop raving about the home bar in their living room. Their previous home didn’t really have a place to entertain, and my friend loves throwing parties. Her husband had already bought a new record player for the bar from Rockit Record Players.
They had one problem though…no bar stools! I had bought a pair of eco-friendly bar stools for my own home over the last year, so I thought it would be a great idea to buy them some as well. Buying furniture that takes its environmental impact into account is incredibly important, due in large part to deforesting and illegal logging. I really liked the bar stools I had bought before from Boho Bar Stools, so I bought another pair for my friend. I was extremely excited to find a style that complimented their new home, and didn’t break the bank either.
When I brought them in (they weren’t the easiest to wrap so it was quite obvious what they were), my friend and her husband were elated. They wanted bar stools for the party but hadn’t gotten around to it yet…so I saved the day! Not only did they look great, but my friends were happy to know that they were eco-friendly too.
If you are in search of some environmentally responsible gifts, there are so many options to choose from. Most importantly, pay attention to the types of materials used. A high percentage of recycled materials is always an indication that a gift was made with the environment in mind. Try looking on the Internet for eco-friendly gifts, and you will probably come across a brand that makes a variety of gifts for any age or style. A lot of companies also have special certifications for more environmentally conscious products, so that’s a great indication as well.
Unless I have a very specific gift in mind, I love to take walks around the center of town where I live, and find something handmade. There are a few stores that carry a variety of handmade gifts by local artists and crafters. It’s a wonderful way to share your town’s talent and benefit your local community as well. A great rule of thumb for living in an eco-friendly way is to think local! This generally means that products will be made close to where you buy them from local businesses that put their heart and soul into their work. You don’t have to worry about the product being shipped a long way, giving it a giant carbon footprint.