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Fresh Finds: 8 Great Gifts for $40 or Less

Give green this holiday season.
By Kristin Standley
November/December 2009
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"Mediterranean Gold" by Michael O'Toole
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Made from recycled materials, Fashionation battery-free speakers plug into your MP3 player and use its power supply to play tunes anywhere. The universally compatible speakers fold flat for easy storage and portability. Portable speakers: $15. (212) 840-8550. Register to win Fashionation battery-free speakers! 

The Badger Gems gift set USDA-certified organic balms make perfect stocking stuffers. The set includes balms for hands and feet and a relaxing sleep balm. Set of three .75-ounce balms: $16. (800) 603-6100. Register to win the Badger Gems gift set! 

Replicas of more than 15,000 photographs and paintings from Art.com are printed with soy-based inks on Forest Stewardship Council-certified paper. "The Way Home" by Tandi Venter, 20-inch square: $28. "Mediterranean Gold" by Michael O’Toole, 28-inch square: $36. "The Water Garden" by Leif Ostlund, 28-inch square: $36. (800) 952-5592. Register to win an Art.com gift certificate! 

The Pacifica Natural Soap Gift Box is a healthy mix of six handmade soaps blended with natural and essential oils. These vegetable-based soaps are cruelty- and paraben-free. The elegant gold packaging is made from recycled material. Set of six 6-ounce soaps: $25. (866) 337-7100. Register to win the Pacifica Natural Soap Gift Box! 

Botanical Paperworks holiday cards contain wildflower or spruce tree seeds. Each card contains instructions on how to plant the homemade paper. Plantable holiday cards: $5 each or $25 for a set of eight. (877) 956-7393. Register to win Botanical Paperworks holiday cards! 

A donation to the Acumen Fund helps solve global poverty through entrepreneurship. The nonprofit Acumen Fund focuses on delivering affordable health, water, housing and energy to people across the world. Minimum donation: $25. (212) 566-8821.

Rishi Tea’s new Taste of Origins organic, fair-trade Green and White Tea Set includes two distinctive teas, Moonlight White and Emerald Lily Green, from China’s Mannong Manmai region, and a glass teapot in a handwoven bamboo box. A portion of the sales supports environmental and social initiatives in Mannong Manmai. Tea set: $40. (866) 747-4483. Register to win Rishi Tea's Taste of Origins Green and White Tea Set! 

The Serrv Divine Chocolate Gift Box contains six bars of rich fair-trade chocolate produced by the Kuapa Kokoo co-op of cocoa farmers in Ghana. Profits help fund local schools and provide clean drinking water. Set of six 3.5-ounce bars: $23. (800) 422-5915. Register to win the Serrv Divine Chocolate Gift Box! 








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