Keep your day job with a (free!) digital sketchbook that helps you share your works-in-progress and a USB stick for accessing your inner Fern Gully (and, you know, your documents).
These are GOOD gifts tailored to the sometimes-scrappy sustainable life—our curated items are eco, innovative, charity-minded, or just plain charming. This year, we want to lock up our snacking game with a portable bento box, then snap up a cookbook that helps us bail out indie bookstores. We want to invest in some handsome book darts that help us remember the good parts, then write our own story with a five-year diary that charts our life’s progress into 2017. We hope to channel our highly sustainable laziness by sprinkling on some water- and time-saving organic hair powder. We want to hang a motivational office poster that actually motivates us (sorry, soaring bald eagles!). And we’re dying to reinvent our hobbies with gifts traditional—like a flask of New York City’s first post-prohibition whiskey—and original—like chilled whiskey stones to keep our holiday happy hours cool and strong. (Yes, whiskey is a hobby).
Click through the slideshows to view the 50 items we’d love to see under our own holiday-appropriate plant, foot covering, or light source this season. Feel free to forward these gift guides for helping us live, work, wear, go, and play better directly to our relatives—and let them know the most sustainable items are marked with a little green bow.
Illustrations by Liz Mamont
Stock up your home to help save the world (with a sodamaker that stops 2,000 plastic bottles from hitting the landfill) and dinner (with a pairing box of choice recipes, ingredients, and LPs to help you switch up your macaroni-and-George Michael routine).
Accessorize your appreciation of Twin Peaks coffee, your support of the Knope 2012 campaign, and your advice for haters.
Snap up innovations that make life worth living, from a projector that transports the night sky into your bedroom to a five-year diary that charts your life through the half-decade—and reminds you of the embarrassing thought you had three years ago today.
Get going with a six-pack bike holster for boozing on the go, a filtered water bottle for sobering up spontaneously, and other, drinking-unrelated items for life on the move.