For the hippie

November 18, 2011|By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest

Vinyl record clock

$38

hipcycle.com

A hip and green way to tell time. Made from a 12-inch upcycled vinyl vintage record, this clock can please tree-huggers and music lovers alike.

Compost pail

$39.99

crateandbarrel.com

If the environmentalists on your list are serious about saving the earth, then they're also serious about composting. This odor-absorbing, dishwasher-safe countertop composter is a convenient — and stylish — way to help save the planet, one banana peel at a time.

Splurge

Reclaimed wine-barrel head server

$120

dailygrommet.com

Don't compare this to Mom's lazy Susan. It's a party server hand-crafted from reclaimed wine barrel tops. Ohio artisan Chris Deffenbaugh keeps the original brandings and markings of the wine-barrel head intact, but adds a matching birch base and spinner.

Bike-chain frame

$32-$38

uncommongoods.com

Each month Graham Bergh and his team of artisans in Oregon collect used bicycle parts. They donate pieces that still have life to a non-profit that teaches bicycle repair to children; pieces that are beyond repair are polished and made into sleek things such as this bike chain frame.

Bargain

National Audubon Society membership

$20

audubon.org

If Angry Birds has unleashed someone's inner bird lover, then a membership to the Audubon Society makes a timely gift. Membership has its privileges, including a welcome at Audubon Sanctuaries and Nature Centers across the country, like the one at Patterson Park. Sign up online to receive a free calendar.

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