The holidays are a perfect time to give the gift of green and with a year full of product innovations, there is no shortage of new products to help. With Eco Actions on your side, giving greener is even easier. Whether you’re shopping for the gardener, techie, energy-efficiency expert or do-it-yourselfer, this Ecofriendly Holiday Gift Guide is your go-to resource for gifts that please people and the planet.
Ecofriendly holiday gifts for gardeners
For the person who likes to play in the dirt, a raised garden bed is sure to guarantee a happy harvest. More of our customers are looking to plant their own edible gardens, making organic plants and kits another easy, green gift idea.
Considering that local food travels less distance from farm to plate using fewer resources and less carbon emissions, edible gardens can make a real impact. In fact, about 11 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced by eliminating food waste or composting more.
Help the gardeners in your life to enrich their soil and cut carbon emissions by setting them up with a compost bin. Add some organic seeds or plants, and your gardener will be grateful.
If you have a loved one who is crazy for their lawn or landscaping, a WaterSense-labeled smart irrigation system can help them save water and maintain a beautiful lawn.
Green gifts for the tech lover and energy-efficiency expert
With the ability to automate lights and temperature control, the techie on your list will to geek out over lower energy costs with a simple touch. Plus, smart home products and systems help prevent excess energy use helping save resources and decrease carbon emissions.
Whether you choose a fully integrated smart home, smart lighting system, or a single or starter component, these gifts keep on giving by saving energy and money. In particular, a smart thermostat makes a great gift for the tech lover who likes to make the best use of their time, energy and money.
If you’re looking to make your own impact, consider the gift of LED bulbs to anyone and everyone who may still be holding on to incandescent bulbs. You can help them see the light by gifting a single LED bulb or pack of bulbs to try for themselves.
For an even longer list of energy-efficient green gifts for every room in the house, check out this holiday gift guide from ENERGY STAR.
Holiday ideas for the renewable-energy expert in your life
Solar energy is a powerful force, and one that alternative-energy enthusiasts is eager to harness. Solar energy is a truly renewable resource that is readily available and free. Using solar energy to supplement electricity reduces strain on the grid and the environment. Give the power of the sun with a complete solar power kit that creates 1150 watts of clean, renewable energy. A smaller, more mobile option is this solar charging USB station that powers up gadgets the greener way.
Ecofriendly gift ideas for DIY lovers
If you have a DIY enthusiast on your holiday list, help them decrease carbon emissions by moving away from gas-powered tools. With a gift of battery-powered or corded equipment, you can help them make the switch and decrease their carbon footprint. Whether they like clearing the yard or building in the basement, battery power is the more sustainable power usage option.
The RYOBI ONE+ 18V Lithium-Ion Cordless 3-Tool Combo Kit offers tool versatility and a rechargeable battery. The combo kit includes drill/driver, circular saw and LED light. For the yardwork fan, consider the RYOBI One+ Outdoor Combo Kit, which includes a battery-powered String Trimmer, Hedge Trimmer, Blower along with two batteries and a charger.
For occasional projects that require special tools, the most sustainable option can be to rent rather than buy. If you know someone that has a big project coming up, consider a Gift Card from The Home Depot, which can be used to rent everything from tile saws and trailers to tillers and excavators.
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Have someone on your list who doesn’t fit into any of these categories? Give them the gift of a more sustainable gift card with a The Home Depot eGift Card sent via email. They can add it to their Apple Passbook or save it to their Google Wallet and use it to shop in any The Home Depot store or online at homedepot.com.
“It feels great to give, especially during the holiday season. At The Home Depot, we’re proud to offer sustainable gift options that demonstrate a thoughtfulness not only for the recipient, but also for the planet as well,” says Ron Jarvis, Chief Sustainability Officer at The Home Depot.
Happy holidays and happy (sustainable) shopping!