6 Sustainable Gifts that Keep On Giving

There are only a handful of shopping days left and that can only mean one thing…the malls are slammed with frenzied shoppers looking for last minute deals.  (Not to mention frenzied parents forcing their terrified children to sit on some dude’s lap.) But what if you’ve scoured the mall (…twice) and still can’t find that hot-ticket-item for the annual Yankee Swap?  Everyone knows Santa is going to fill your stocking with socks, gift cards, and oversized underwear, so it’s usually best to steer clear of giving these items as gifts.  Instead, go for something totally unexpected.  Go solar!

We’ve partnered with our friends at Goal Zero to compile a list of sustainable gift ideas that no one else will even think of, making you a Christmaster!

Goal Zero Switch 8 Recharger

Goal Zero Switch 8 Recharger$39.99

This pocket-sized recharger is handy for those times when you realize the capacity of your phone battery isn’t as large as you thought it was.  With this portable power supply, you can keep chatting, sending emails, and browsing the web from anywhere.  It’s also compatible with GPSs and headlamps…if your secret Santa is the kind of person who wears a headlamp.

Torch 250 Flashlight

Torch 250 Flashlight$79.99

Your friends will never be left in the dark with this flashlight.  It has a built-in solar panel, a USB charging cable, and a hand crank, just in case your buddy Wayne finds himself in a pickle.  One minute of cranking can produce two minutes of light.

Nomad 7 Solar Panel

Nomad 7 Solar Panel$79.99

Solar panels don’t get much more lightweight than this!  Weighing in at less than one pound, this portable (and weather-resistant!) solar panel allows you to harness the power of the sun and use it to charge your USB/12V gear au naturel.  Attach it to your backpack while hiking, or leave it on your canoe and never be without a charge.

Rock Out 2 Solar Rechargeable Speaker

Rock Out 2 Solar Rechargeable Speaker$129.99

This solar-powered, portable speaker will let your buds rock out to Queen Bee without interruption.  All. Day. Long.  Between the built-in solar panel and the 800mAh lithium battery, this speaker will never have to be plugged in.  If that hasn’t sealed the deal, how’s this?  It’s also Bluetooth enabled.

Goal Zero Yeti 150 Solar Generator

Goal Zero Yeti 150 Solar Generator$199.99

If you’re shopping for the typical outdoor-lovin’, fresh-air-breathing, campfire-building, outdoorsy person, this is totally at the top of their wish list.  This “plug-and-play, silent, fume-free generator” is the perfect tool for camping.  Bonus: It’s also gas-free and can even be used in emergencies.  Simply attach it to a portable solar panel and charge tablets, laptops, DSLR cameras, and lights at your will.

Goal Zero Yeti 1250 Solar Generator Kit

Goal Zero Yeti 1250 Solar Generator Kit$1799.95

For those who have been extra-special-nice this year, this silent power generation kit has their name on it.  Included in this bundle is one 1250 solar generator, two solar panels, one carrying case, and one roll cart; everything you need to sustainably power appliances such as laptops, refrigerators, freezers, televisions, lights, and even a CPAP machine.  This generator can be used indoor or outdoor, and can store up to 1,250 watts of power.  Unfortunately, it’s backordered until January 7th, but hey, Santa’s one busy man.

Now get those fingers moving and those mouse buttons clicking!  You don’t want to be that person who gives a huge tin of popcorn as a gift.



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