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If you’re working on your holiday shopping list, we’re delighted to assist. We’re offering ideas for whimsical, practical, and yummy gifts for women.

And naturally, these presents feature an eco-friendly twist.

For Your Friend With a Sense of Humor

ellie pooh notebook
Mr. Ellie Pooh notebooks & other paper products feature upcycled paper and elephant dung. Photo: mrelliepooh.com

Elephant pooh from Sri Lanka is upcycled into lovely notebooks that we think are perfect gifts. Mr. Ellie Pooh paper products are made with 30 percent fiber from elephant dung and 70 percent recycled paper, explains Karl Wald, owner of Mr. Ellie Pooh.

He says the firm emphasizes fair trade practices working with artisans and paper-makers in Sri Lanka.

Wald describes the paper as offering an interesting texture that works well for writing, sketching, painting, stamping, and scrap-booking.

The wide selection is available on Amazon — including the adorable notebook in the photo — and on Mr. Ellie Pooh’s website.

For the Nature Enthusiast

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Mini bird bath from National Wildlife Federation. Photo: National Wildlife Federation

For women who enjoy watching wildlife, especially while relaxing on their porches, a bird bath is a nice addition to an outdoor space. National Wildlife Federation sells this mini bird bath that may be just the right gift for a bird-loving gal. The frame is cedar and the bath is easy-to-clean plastic.

For Women Who Prefer Functional Gifts

Ecozoi stainless steel lunchbox
Ecozoi stainless steel lunchbox (food not included). Photo: Ecozoi

Reusable lunchboxes are perfect for women who appreciate functional gifts. She’ll take them to the office, on picnics, and when traveling. Ecozoi offers several versions in stainless steel with recycled packaging. They’re available on Amazon, including this three-compartment version, and on the Ecozoi website.

Other ideas for practical gifts for women:

For the Fashionista

Recycled skateboard sunglasses
Recycled skateboard sunglasses from 7PLIS. Photo: Etsy

7PLIS on Etsy offers assorted handmade sunglasses decoratively framed with wood from recycled skateboards. How’s that for a fashion statement? And they’re practical; the lenses offer 100 percent UV protection.

Other ideas for fashion-related gifts for women:

WWW blue sea turtle T-shirt
Organic bamboo and cotton T-shirt benefits the World Wildlife Fund

For Almost Any Woman

Equal Exchange fair trade chocolate
Equal Exchange fair trade chocolate bars. Photo: Equal Exchange

Gifts of sweets. Especially chocolate. This is a winner for most women. Your daughter. Your sweetie. Your bestie. Your boss. Yourself!

We recommend you purchase brands that support environmental responsibility and fair labor practices, such as Equal Exchange. The Equal Exchange variety pack includes enticing flavors such as organic dark chocolate mint crunch, organic dark chocolate orange, and organic dark chocolate lemon ginger with black pepper. We suggest that you purchase a few, including some as a gift to yourself.

Happy shopping.

Editor’s note: This article contains affiliate links that help fund our Recycling Directory, the most comprehensive in North America. Originally published on December 11, 2019, this article was updated in November 2020.

By Patti Roth

Patti began her writing career as a staff writer for the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Still based in Florida, Patti serves as editor for Fort Lauderdale on the Cheap. She regularly writes about environmental, home improvement, education, recycling, art, architecture, wildlife, travel and pet topics.