Holiday Gift Ideas
Wrap your holiday gifts with these gift-wrapping ideas that reuse materials from around the house.
Send plantable greeting cards to your loved ones. It's something they will enjoy well into gardening season.
When you’re wrapping up your holiday shopping, consider shopping for a good cause. By giving all of your loved ones Cookies for Kids' Cancer this holiday season you may help bring kids with cancer that much closer to a cure.
Honor your traditions in a more sustainable way—while still pleasing your children—with these six eco-friendly gift ideas for kids.
If your holiday’s on a budget, give a gourmet holiday gift like biscotti.
Infusing spirits with your favorite herbs and spices is a fun and easy way to stock your bar for holiday entertaining. They also make the loveliest gift for a cocktail enthusiast!
Stumped on what to give your friend or family member with an apartment garden? Try one of these ideas for gifts for gardeners.
Give your dad an herbal-themed gift basket this Father’s Day.
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence shares what she's learned about the challenges of mass producing eco-friendly products that meet our own tough criteria.
Personalize your gift giving with a unique herb garden gift. While this time of year conjures images of poinsettias that fade and collect dust long before the holiday festivities are done, a customized herb kit is a meaningful gift that will provide fresh herbs and provide naturally lush décor for many months afterward.
This year, give a gift that keeps giving. We tell you how with the help of the folks at The Nature Conservancy.
WorldofGood.com by eBay sells ethically sourced and eco-friendly products.
Use scraps and other 'trash' to wrap gifts—and forego the wasteful virgin paper.
Forget the time and money that goes into conventional giftwrap. Use these inspirational ideas to wrap lovely gifts with materials otherwise bound for the recycling bin.
This holiday season, avoid the shopping frenzy and make your own gifts straight from the heart. These homemade holiday gift ideas are fun and should cover nearly everyone on your shopping list.
Christmas may have passed, but the remnants of the holiday festivities remain—piles of wrapping paper, boxes, and ribbons tangled strands of lights trees losing needles all over the living room floor. Fortunately, cleaning up after another holiday season is easier—and more
Make the holidays a little easier (and more natural) with these 10 gift and decorating ideas.
DIY gifts are an inexpensive way to give your loved ones personalized gifts this Christmas. Get started with these easy DIY gift ideas.
Celebrate the father figures in your life with these ideas for herbal gifts.
Protect children's health and the environment by choosing responsibly made toys that are free of lead and other toxins.
Higher in antioxidants and key nutrients, organic dark chocolate and wine make for heart-healthy Valentine’s Day gifts.
Forgo store-bought goods this year in favor of a homemade gift. These homemade Valentine’s Day gift ideas are sure to meet your time, talents and budget!
Need a last-minute gift? Pick up one of these eco-friendly gifts for everyone on your list.
Simplify the Christmas season with these 12 tips for gifts, gift wrapping and decor—as well as steps you can take to make your celebration light on the planet.
Lemon Verbena Lady finally makes a holiday-inspired craft—dried herb wreaths—from one of her favorite Christmas books. It repurposes your old potpourri into charming mini wreaths for gift giving or decorating. Part two will show you how to make a mini spice wreath.
Lemon Verbena Lady finishes her other holiday-inspired craft, mini spice wreaths. This DIY project is a perfect way to use up those extra holiday spices you may have in your pantry. This project is quick, easy and will fill your house with the aroma of holiday classics.
In need of an earth-conscious gift that won’t put a dent in your wallet? Check out these seven eco-friendly gifts—all under $40.
Jessica's favorite green gifts for the upcoming holiday season are stylish and eco-friendly.
Instead of buying your friends gifts for the holidays this year, save money and lighten your impact on the planet by making homemade gifts. These ideas will get you started.
A recent study found that 63 percent of all couples plan to stay in for Valentine’s Day this year. Celebrating at home will save money and give you the opportunity to use green, healthy products for your day of love.
Using recycled giftwrap as a table runner makes for an easy, inexpensive and eco-friendly DIY wedding decor project.
Guest blogger Jaci Kennison takes time out this holiday season to honor and appreciate the planet.
Be inspired by these eco-friendly Christmas gift wrapping ideas that are fun, easy, and decorative ways to wrap your holiday gifts this season.
Fill your tree with homemade Christmas ornaments this year. Check out these Christmas ornament crafts, found on Pinterest!
Natural Home has been invited to decorate rooms in Blair House, the President’s guest house that hardly anyone ever gets to see, and the U.S. State Department’s Harry S. Truman Building in Washington, DC in the first-ever Magazine Holiday Design Showcase, a partnership between the U.S. State Department and the Magazine Publishers of America.
Plan your next neighborhood potluck with these helpful tips.
Matts talks about how he will be eco-friendly this holiday season by using green wrapping paper that won't cost him a cent.
America's Best Organics introduces American-made gift box.
Are you going to be in the LA-area this weekend? Hit up Eco Gift Festival for good, green shopping.
Check out this roundup of 10 favorite sustainable gifts for the gardeners on your list--all under $50!
Editorial intern Samantha Schwartz looks for green Father’s Day gifts any dad would love.
HerbKits.com has an array of products for the newly-competitive indoor herb garden lifestyle. Read my review of how these kits "stack up".
Give thanks and give back to the earth this Thanksgiving by greening your celebration. Here are eight tips to get you started.
‘Tis the season to shop for green gifts—here’s how.
Planning a party? Let wabi-sabi’s influence lead to a casual, comfortable gathering.
Take some pressure off resolutions season by choosing “world improvement” instead of just “self-improvement”. Add a green resolution to your list this year.
Former editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence shares the lessons of holiday simplicity she learned as a young, busy, working mom.
Enjoy sweet and spicy ginger snaps this holiday season.
These homemade orange ornaments will add bright colors and a citrusy aroma to your tree this year.
Sun-Maid’s Quick Side Dish Stuffing combines raisins with warm pecans, stuffing mix and chopped vegetables for the perfect balance of sweet and savory.
This winter wreath welcomes visitors and wafts a wonderful scent
Welcome guests to your home with a homemade wreath. For inspiration, check out these DIY Christmas wreath crafts, found on Pinterest.
Check out this recipe for herbal mini cheesecake snacks, garnished with chives and parsley.
Natural Home and the Obamas are in sync on fun, waste-reducing holiday projects. Find out more about decoupage ornaments.
After weeks of planning (and a little bit of panicking), the Natural Home team finishes decorating the Blair House and State Department for the holidays with a selection of fair trade, artisan-made items that benefit our planet and its citizens.
This easy-to-make edible centerpiece, courtesy of Driscoll's, will keep your footprint light and your home less cluttered with holiday decorations this holiday season.
If you are shopping for the holidays, consider dropping off a box of donations too. Recycling goods to be re-sold is just as important as recycling them into new materials.
This recipe for spiced nuts makes a quick and tasty snack or gift.
This Mother's Day, celebrate “Mom” than with the gift of pure relaxation. These five calming handmade Mother's Day gifts will leave her feeling nourished, grounded, peaceful and ready for the daily challenges and triumphs of motherhood.
Finally, the Top Four Autumn Gardening Products are revealed! See my top picks of the best items for a fun fall of indoor gardening. Part II.
If you find your back hurting while gardening, or if it’s just too hard on the knees to bend down for weeding, there’s a product you need to try out: The Wearable Gardening Stool.
It's time for fall gardening, indoor gardening and spring preparation. In preparation, do you know which products to choose and which to lose? Check out my picks for the best autumn gardening products! Part I.
If you're not tech-savvy, gifts kids’ll like are hard to come by. If you don’t want to waste your money on some electrical gadget that’ll likely be outdated the day after you buy it, check out these fun, garden terrariums. They even come in different themes!
Guest blogger Kim Wallace shares a simple recipe for homemade holiday sangria.
Minimize your post-Christmas impact. Earth911 offers great tips for keeping your Christmas tree out of the landfill.
The average American family spends around $18,000 each year on goods and services. This holiday season, these are the questions we’re asking before we plunk down our own hard-earned dollars.
Eco luxury brand VivaTerra kicks off Home for the Holidays, a 25-day/25-products half-off shopping spree featuring some of their most popular items from the year.
Thinking about finishing up your holiday shopping online? Make sure to check out Earth Moment, a portal that will offset the carbon emitted by your purchase—at no extra cost. Also check out these websites—some of our staff favorites.
Green New Year's Eve Party
When Joan King Salwen is invited to speak with Bill and Melinda Gates about The Power of Half, she learns how valuable homemade gifts can be.
Try this wonderfully herby and spicy recipe for pickling all of your garden favorites!
Summer beach days are fast approaching! Beyond the sand and surf basics, encourage kids to get creative at the shore this season by making sea life “touch tanks,” and creating beach art in the open air.
Get your friends together for a good time for little to no cost with these four swap party ideas.
Start living simple with help from our January/February 2014 issue. From learning to crochet to making your own compost, we have the tools you need to live the good life.
The stirrings of spring may make you want to buy every plant or seed in sight, but a little planning can help you create a garden you'll truly enjoy.
Skip the hardy snacks that Super Bowl parties usually provide by replacing them with these great, healthy finger snacks. Trust us, no one will complain.
Learn about the new Garden Planner we used to design our own office community garden.
Take a walk around a blooming botanical garden this spring and explore new flower themes, events, workshops and recipes.
Need to save money on Valentine’s Day gifts this year? Natural Home editorial assistant Susan Melgren shares six simple ideas for homemade gifts to give your sweetheart.
Take a peek inside our office and watch our efforts in decorating. This year's theme?—Feliz Navidad!
Looking for eight ways to jump start your holidays? Try these tips and treats from The Herb Companion.
Make a yule log—out of wood or chocolate—and welcome the sun’s return.
Two varieties of the Passover Seder dish charoset. Try it with brown sugar or fragrant spices.
Matt Hirschfeld tells you what to do with all that holiday waste to make the season greener.
Last week, we sent you our warmest wishes for the holiday season. This week, I show you a special sneak peek behind the festivity of our holiday video. And let me tell you ... we're crazy.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace wishes you a great, green holiday. Eat in moderation and remember to reheat your leftovers in glass (not plastic!).
What are the benefits of being vegetarian? Answer these questions as you honor World Vegetarian Day on October 1.
December 25th is right around the corner. If you’re looking for a last-minute gift this holiday season, make these Relaxing Sage and Lavender Bath Salts. This homemade gift is budget-friendly, is quick and easy to make and speaks from the heart.
Instead of flowers, give a homemade token of your friendship and support.
Step up your holiday entertaining with this simple and elegant French Verrine recipe.
Inspired by an upcoming article on winter garden design, Jessica shares a project that turns autumn and winter plants into an elegant holiday centerpiece.
Decorating for the holidays does not have to be complicated. Use our recipes for cinnamon spice and gingerbread cookie ornaments to add simple beauty and fragrance to your home.
This simple, chilled Spanish soup featuring fresh summer herbs--basil, cilantro and parsley--in a cool, tangy tomato base is sure to be a hit at your Fourth of July picnic.
Reuse burnt-out lightbulbs to make this adorable, unique DIY holiday wreath.
Give your living space the smell of Christmas with these fragrant, inexpensive holiday decor ideas and disguise your artificial Christmas tree with homemade pine cone decorations.
Two years ago, the Natural Home & Garden staff had the honor of decorating President Obama's guest house with sustainable and handmade holiday decor. Try some of these "president-approved" projects yourself!
You don't need a Christmas tree to decorate for the holidays. Here are three herb-friendly and space-saving alternatives to make your home look classic.
Give your palate a break from heavy holiday food with this Crunchy Wild Rice Salad Recipe with Citrus Dressing from guest blogger Stephanie Meyer.
Buying the right produce, using the best cookware and storing leftovers properly will result in a safe and delicious meal for your family and friends.
A Life Cycle Assessment from Ellipsos, a sustainable development strategy firm, suggests that natural Christmas trees generate fewer greenhouse gases per year than artificial trees.
Assistant editor Kim Wallace learns that FSC certification isn't just for green building supplies.
To celebrate the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo I'm throwing a party featuring some of the special Mexican herbs growing in my garden. Try these four unusual recipes: Black Bean Salsa with Cilantro, Papadzules, Minto Mojitos and Chocolate Banana Burritos!
Guest blogger Sarah Lozanova works with her children to turn the heaps of candy they collected at the St. Patrick’s Day parade into homemade art projects.
Delight in these delicious tea recipes in celebration of National Hot Tea Month.
Give homemade gifts for the ones you love with these herbal crafts for Valentine's Day, including tussie-mussies and potpourri.
The Lemon Verbena Lady talks about some of her favorite sights in Pittsburgh during Christmas, as well as some of her favorite herbs, books and crafts for the holidays.
In the wake of some health concerns, the Samurai Sage seeks simple, low maintenance gardening ideas that result in pretty, good-smelling plants.
Bring the designs and ideas of talented gardeners around the world into your own growing space.
The Lemon Verbena Lady is not a video game player, but she says designing your garden just got a lot more enjoyable with the Herb Garden Planner.
Herbal wedding party favors are great for weddings or any parties you’re hosting.
When the weather gets warm take your lunch outside. Try these healthy picnic foods, plus get a recipe for a simple pea pesto!
Get inspired by these simple holiday crafts that use herbs. The Lemon Verbena Lady features her favorite DIY potpourri and spice wreaths, pomander and potpourri.
Don’t let the flu, a cold or any aches, anxieties and pains get the best of you this season. With the season already upon us, here are a few herbs, fruits and foods to consider to help relieve your aches, pains and anxiety.
Host a holiday party without worrying about litter box odor — or harsh chemicals — with Swheat Scoop.
The Herb Society of America (HSA) was invited by Lake Metroparks Farmpark to decorate a Christmas tree in their main lobby. Learn how they decorated the tree.
Looking for a last minute Christmas gift? Look no further! This adorable gift from the garden is inexpensive, easy to make and enriched with sentiment, courtesy of our good friends at Botanical Interests.
Looking for the perfect gesture of appreciation this weekend? Try these homemade Mother's Day gift ideas.
I make the cookie-of-the-month for my brother-in-law, and he loves it.
With all the wonderful products that walk across our desks here at Natural Home, here are a few that have stood out during the holiday season. Grab these last-minute gifts for your friends, family, or even yourself. And remember: Green is not just for the holidays. Any of these products would be great year round.
Grow herbs indoors over the winter months with this simple gardening idea.
Herbs can produce a wide variety of natural dyes, and some from useful plants you may already grow!
My favorite experience at the Natural Products Expo West was the 6th Annual FIG Media Luncheon, hosted by the Fresh Ideas Group. This year, the panelists discussed how to pave the road for a healthier future.
The Herb Companion editors have found some gifts that give back to charities that are making a difference.
Welcome the holidays with two flavorful Thanksgiving herbs. Use lovage in our recipe for Cream of Carrot and Lovage Soup, and sage in our recipe for a delicious Feta-Sage Cornbread.
Find even more aromatherapy crafts for the holidays in this second post from the Lemon Verbena Lady.
Relieve stress, boost spirits and get relaxed with these aromatherapy crafts for the holidays, including an herbal bath bag and a simmering citrus potpourri.
Natural Home assistant editor Kim Wallace bakes vegan, gluten-free shortbread cookies for Santa Claus
This basil appetizer can be made ahead of time. Just mix sauce in a crock pot, add meatballs and cook. They'll be the hit of the party!
This dish gives you the creamy goodness of mashed potatoes without all of the fat and sodium.
Indulge on Fat Tuesday with these three Mardi Gras-inspired recipes. Bring the celebration right to your home.
Whip up this simple appetizer in minutes. This Parmesan and Bacon Bites recipe is great for holiday gatherings, although it also makes a great treat during the summer.
Guest blogger Char Scace shares her low-carb pumpkin pie recipe to make getting through the holiday season on a low-carb diet a little easier.
This holiday season, serve up a delicious, vegetarian pot pie made with nutrient-rich veggies.
Learn how to make Irish Soda Bread, a staple of the Irish diet that dates back to the 1840s, with Yankee senior food editor, Annie Copps.
The Lemon Verbena Lady shares her favorite holiday cooking recipes with bay laurel, the 2009 Herb of the Year, and other festive herbs.
Recycled holiday cards from Paperworks Studio are not just great for the planet—they provide jobs for people with disabilities.
Keep your home healthy and aromatic for the holidays!
Enjoy any holiday with special homemade herb-and-chocolate treats!
Peruse our articles about healthy living from the July/August 2013 issue. In this issue we teach you how to enjoy your bountiful garden harvest all year; give you product recommendations to create a healthier, simpler, more self-sufficient home; show you simple solutions for quick breakfasts; discuss the basics of simple and affordable DIY body-care products; and much more!
Try this tasty garden produce-friendly recipe, a delicious, easy and adaptable way to eat up your garden harvest.
Jovial Foods’ new line of organic, artisan European-style cookies are made with nutritious einkorn flour for a healthier, lower-calorie dessert.
Take part in a few of the things I love the most about Valentine’s Day, whether you’re spending the day with a special sweetheart, close friends or treasured members of your family.
If there’s a tea aficionado on your gift list this year, look no further than Numi Organic Teas for one-stop shopping.
For a nutrition-packed, hearty vegetarian dinner, try these three recipes for one-dish savory dinner pies.
Find inspiration from your local farmer’s markets and experiment with unique, fresh vegetables. Guest blogger KyLynn Hull explains her experience.
Spice up your holiday recipes with the warm spicy notes of Bhakti Chai concentrate in classic pecan pie, cozy egg nog and festive spiced nuts.
In the South we bring in the new year eating black-eyed peas. You should try my pie—it might even bring you luck wherever you live!
Eschew corporate goods and instead choose handmade gifts for everyone on your list this holiday, using these excellent Etsy shops as a jumping-off point.
Decorate your home with zero-waste decor that can be reused, recycled or consumed—instead of toxic landfill trash. The Christmas decorations of Colonial Williamsburg offer inspiration for using natural decor.