‘Tis better to give: we scoured store shelves and catalogs to find these inspiring and naturally healthy gift ideas – natural shopper

‘Tis better to give: we scoured store shelves and catalogs to find these inspiring and naturally healthy gift ideas – natural shopper – Brief Article

1. This whisklike copper tool, dubbed Head Trip by the Happy Company, helps relieve tension as you massage your scalp. It expands to fit any size head and reaches as far as the nape of the neck, offering light but firm pressure. It’s wacky, but it works. The cost is $17.50; 800-486-2896; www.thehappycompany.com.

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2. The Cafe Journals made by Green Field Paper Company are perfect for your environmentally minded friends. Its cover is made of roasted coffee beans while the blank pages are natural hemp fiber. The cost is $9.95; 888-402-9979; www.greenfieldpaper.com.

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3. For sushi or Chinese noodle fans, Rare Earth Chopsticks are elegant utensils made from recycled wood scraps in Thailand. (No trees are felled.) The colors come from rosewood, teak, and soft woods like coconut–not paint that can chip off. Each set comes in a hand-woven reed sheath and costs $9.99; 877-774-4745.

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4. The Kitchen Compost Crock adds a bit of beauty to composting. The 1.25-gallon stoneware container sits on your countertop to hold kitchen scraps. A replaceable activated carbon filter helps make it odorless. The crock is available in sage or terracotta with a bamboo handle or in white with a stainless steel handle. The price ranges from $40 to $75; 800-762-7325.

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5. For a gradual wake-up call, try the Travel Zen Alarm Clock, which features a Tibetan chime that sounds over a 10-minute period. Or use it as a countdown clock for meditation sessions or yoga poses. Also, there’s no bright light on the clock so the body’s production of the sleep hormone melatonin won’t be disrupted. Available in maple and walnut, it costs $89.95; 800-779-6383; www.now-zen.com.

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6. Wrap someone up in this comfy Organic Cotton Robe. Its unbleached terry material is made without pesticides. A low-impact dye process, which minimizes the chance of skin irritation to the wearer, is used to achieve the same green color. The cost is $99; 800-869-3446.

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