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8 Eco-Friendly Gifts Under $40

by Susan Melgren, Web Editor

Tags: eco-friendly gifts under $50, gifts under $40, holiday gifts, Christmas gifts, Dancing Deer, Garden Bon Bons, seed balls, Peaceable Kingdom, board games, Bluewick, soy candles, Moss Envy, coasters, Weekend Handmade, Numi Organic Tea, flowering teas, organic tea,

Need a last-minute gift? Pick up one of these eco-friendly gifts for everyone on your list.

Sweet Home Gingerbread Folk Cookie Tin 

Dancing Deer Baked Goods 

A gift of gourmet, baked-from-scratch cookies, cakes and brownies will satisfy the sweet tooth of anyone on your list. Made from all-natural ingredients—and never made with artificial preservatives—Dancing Deer Baking Company offers a host of baked goods in boxed sets perfect for gifting. Consider buying your loved ones a gift from the company's Sweet Home line, which donates 35 percent of each purchase to the nonprofit One Family, which directly helps homeless parents and their children find jobs and educations and move into homes of their own.

Sweet Home Gingerbread Folk Cookie Tin, $27

Garden Bon Bon Sets 

Garden Bon Bon Sets 

Green thumbs and beginner gardeners alike will love these adorable Garden “Bon Bons,” seed balls cleverly packaged to look like expensive truffles. Each set contains eight seed balls; the Herbal Teas set includes seed balls for growing lemon balm, chamomile, borage blossom and anise. The Italian Herbs set contains seeds for basil, parsley, chive and winter thyme.

Garden Bon Bons from Uncommon Goods, $15 a set

Hoot Owl Hoot Cooperative Board Game 

Hoot Owl Hoot! Cooperative Board Game 

Little ones on your list will enjoy the color-matching board game Hoot Owl Hoot! In this cooperative board game all players work together for the same outcome, helping kids build self esteem and showing them that working together can be fun. Game maker Peaceable Kingdom uses recycled boards, FSC-certified and 100 percent post-consumer paper, and vegetable-based inks to make its games and cards, so you know you're getting a conscientious product.

Hoot Owl Hoot! Cooperative Board Game from Peaceable Kingdom; $15

Bluewick Soy Wax Candle 

Bluewick Soy Candles 

Instead of buying Mom a generic, off-the-shelf candle made with paraffin wax and a lead-tipped wick this year, opt for a cleaner burning version like Bluewick’s EcoJar soy candles. Each candle is made from 100 percent soy wax, features an organic cotton wick and is packaged in a recycled glass jar. And those adorable labels? They’re printed with soy-based inks on recycled paper, all manufactured using 100 percent wind power. Add on a 90-hour burn time, and there's a lot to like about these candles.

Bluewick Soy Candles, $24.50 for a 16-ounce jar

Reclaimed Circuit Board Coasters 

Reclaimed Circuit Board Coasters 

A combination of function and style, these reclaimed circuit board coasters are sure to appeal to the computer programmer, IT specialist or general nerd in your life. The set of six coasters come in various colors with a storage tin.

Reclaimed Circuit Board Coasters from Moss Envy, $27.50

Weekend Handmade 

Weekend Handmade Craft Book 

Don’t know what to get the crafter on your list? Why not a book full of craft projects? Weekend Handmade by Kelly Wilkinson features craft projects broken down into three sections: projects to wear or decorate with; projects inspired by gardens, fields and farmer’s markets; and projects that enrich causal get-togethers.

Weekend Handmade, $27.50

Dancing Leaves Flowering Tea set 

Dancing Leaves Flowering Tea Set 

Flowering teas bring an aesthetic quality to tea time. After the tea leaves are picked, they are paired with flowers and sewn together with cotton thread to create a bundle or rosette. When brewed, the flowering teas unfold into elaborate designs. Numi Organic Tea’s Dancing Leaves Flowering Tea set features five flowering tea varieties, each of which may be steeped up to three times. Brew them in the set’s glass teapot to watch the beauty of these unfurling flowering teas.

Dancing Leaves Flowering Tea set from Numi Organic Tea; $35

recycled cotton dog toy 

Tug & Toss Recycled Cotton Dog Toy 

Don't neglect your pets this holiday season! Show your canine companion some love and treat him with Patina's Tug & Toss dog toy. Made from 100 percent recycled cotton, this toy is perfect for tugging, retrieving or chewing.

Tug & Toss Dog Toy from Patina, $7