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Holiday Wish List
audrey cho 11 opinioneditorial editor volume 85
December 15, 2009

Christmas time is here! The snow has finally fallen, and bauble-decked houses are now frequent sightings. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza or any other holiday this winter, it’s time to start thinking about gifts for your loved ones. And for those of you who are in a rut with ideas, here are some fresh, economical, earth-friendly, and overall fabulous finds!

Concerned about animal extinction? Why not try the World Wildlife Fund’s Species Adoption? You can “adopt” an endangered species like the polar bear or the arctic fox through kits ranging from a hefty $250 to a reasonable $25 that include gift certificates, photos, and a stuffed animal. The profits are directed to field programs to support the animal’s environment. This is perfect for those who are worried about animal endangerment; an adoption kit in their name will surely be appreciated! Or, if you simply want to buy someone a stuffed animal, why not add a new, animal-friendly twist by buying this adoption kit that comes with an adorable stuffed animal? (World Wildlife Fund Website)

Don’t want to order presents online but still help the planet? Whole Foods sells Endangered Species Chocolate, a brand that donates 10% of its profits to its species protection partners such as the African Wildlife Foundation and The Ocean Conservancy. A small box or a couple chocolate bars wrapped together by a bright ribbon is simple, economical, and not to mention delicious.

Now for green gadgets, the iPhone Solar Skin from NovoThink is a skin that charges the iPhone from the sun while keeping the screen and USB port free. Although it is a pricey $70, split the cost with another family member or two: the iPhone lover will be utterly grateful not having to worry about running out of battery.

But for those of you who aren’t fans of the ideas above, not to worry.

For the men of the family, J.Crew sells colorful boxers, and their deal, 2 for $25, covers for two people at once.

And for those who want to protect their hands from the harsh winter winds, L’Occitaine has launched a special holiday package: Shea Hand Cream & Food Cream Duo, for only $15.

For girls, what about a deviation from the usual gifts of jewelry? Urban Outfitters sells earmuff headphones in white or black for only $20. A great way to keep those ears warm and listen to music!

Now if you’re still unsatisfied, gift cards and delicious homemade cookies never fail. As the time-honored cliché tells us, it’s the thought that counts.

But remember, the holidays aren’t all about giving and receiving materialistic goods. Whether curled up with hot cocoa or enjoying a spirited snowball fight, spending time with one another is the beauty of the holidays; exchanging gifts is simply one means of doing it.