All I Want for Christmas

Posted on December 8, 2010 by Courtney

It’s that time of year when we hang our stockings from the chimney with care, but if I’m being honest, I’m not very good at making my wish list and checking it twice. There’s just not a lot of stuff I want that can be wrapped and put under the tree, and sometimes I think the holidays would be nicer if we skipped the whole gift thing. But I do love giving presents, and I know people in my life who like giving me things, so every year I come up with a few things I could use and try not to begrudge the task too much.

As we celebrate Hanukkah and count down the days to Christmas and Kwanzaa, several of The Greenists are going to publish their green wish lists — eco-friendly gift ideas that can make your holiday season merry, bright, and green. Here are a few things good boys and girls might like to find under the tree this year:  

1. Low-flow showerhead

Who doesn’t love a long, hot shower? I know I do, but since it’s bad to waste water, I try to get in and out of the shower as quickly as possible. But sometimes it’s hard to convince myself not to linger in the spray, especially in the winter, when the hot water feels soooo goooood. Solution: Low-flow showerheads! The showerheads on the market these days don’t limit your water pressure to a trickle; they use aeration and other technology to make it feel like you’re luxuriating in a full spray, but with a fraction of the water usage. I want one with a pause button that lets me turn off the spray when I’m soaping up or shaving, then return it at the same temperature when I’m ready to rinse off. They’re affordable, too — the Water Pik EcoFlow, which has the pause button, is only $20.

2. Paper punch

This is my brilliant idea for gift tags this year. Instead of buying labels, I went to Hobby Lobby and bought a paper punch that punches out 2-inch designs. Yes, it’s made of plastic, but I use it to punch gift tag shapes out of an empty cereal box, thus finding a use for cardboard that was headed to the recycling bin and also ensuring I’ll never buy labels again. Win/win, and it only cost $15. It’s also good for scrapbooking, if you’re into that. (But if you’re using it for gift tags, be sure to buy one that punches out a shape big enough to write on.)

3. Ava Anderson facial moisturizer (or any of her other products)

I reviewed a few Ava Anderson products a while back, and I still love them, especially the facial moisturizer. It’s light and fruity-smelling and keeps my face nice and hydrated without feeling oily, and it hasn’t caused me any breakouts. It’s definitely one of the best moisturizers I’ve tried.

4. Solar-powered cell phone charger

OK, I admit I’ve never tried one of these, so I can’t vouch for how well they work. But I like the idea of being off the grid in this one little way. A quick search on Amazon tells me the prices of these solar chargers vary greatly, but if I were going to buy one, I’d do some research and find one in my price range that’s gotten good reviews from consumers. This would be especially handy for someone who drives a lot and may not have a car charger.

What green gadgets are on your wish list?


  1. These are all fantastic ideas — I especially love the showerhead! I agree that it’s so tempting in the winter to stay in just a little longer, so having this would be a wonderful way to do that without feeling guilty! I hate wasting water. One of my pet peeves is when people keep the water running when they are brushing their teeth! Anyway, great ideas.

    December 8th, 2010 at 10:59 am
    Comment by Janelle
  2. This is a great list!

    Neat trick – to sharpen the punch when it starts to get dull, use it on aluminum (tin) foil a few times.

    December 8th, 2010 at 12:35 pm
    Comment by Allie
  3. A solar charger would be awesome, especially one that isn’t dedicated to any one device.

    December 8th, 2010 at 12:45 pm
    Comment by mickey
  4. Hi there, love the site and the hole punch idea.
    Just a quickie wondered if you could mention a competition to promote the multi-functional, green, reuseability of polpropylene, we are running a design competition ‘ to inspire people to come up with innovative reusable items in polyprop which is fully reclycable, cheap and kind to the environment to manufacture. Winners will be helped to bring their ideas to market and earn £££
    Thanks S

    December 8th, 2010 at 2:52 pm
    Comment by Sarah
  5. Once upon a time, my boys kept busy making gift tags out of old greeting cards. Greenists in the making!

    December 8th, 2010 at 8:02 pm
    Comment by Lynn
  6. Does the showerhead really work? I don’t have a slow-flow one in my home, but when I travel and stay in hotels that do have slow-flow showerheads, I can’t get the shampoo and conditioner out of my hair. The force of the water may feel stronger, but without the volume, it doesn’t seem to matter. So I would like to know if anyone has used this showerhead and whether it is truly functional?

    December 9th, 2010 at 6:20 pm
    Comment by Abby

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