Annie Get Your Gelt!
Published on November 4, 2010 by admin · 4 Comments
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Chanukah starts in a few weeks – super early this year. What’s a Yid to do with a laundry list of present recipients, a budget, and a barrel of scruples? Why review our first Gift Guide of the season, of course!
The rock n’ roll aficionado in your life will be all over this book like cats on the ‘nip.
Life, $16. @amazon.com
There is something about this ridiculously addictive desk toy that would make us kiss the person who gave it to us full on the mouth! It’s pure magic. Something anything from your annoying kid neighbors to ocd Dad would enjoy! Ethical bonus: BB will donate 100% of online profits on 11/8 and 11/15 to the Buckminster Fuller Institute’s Buckminster Fuller Challenge, to support the development & implementation of strategies that have significant potential to solve humanity’s most pressing problems
Bucky Balls, $29.99 @getbuckyballs.com
Someone you love knee-deep in a break up or the loss of a loved one? SARK’s new book will leave them seeing the light of new opportunities in the face of change.
Glad No Matter What: Transforming Loss and Change into Gift and Opportunity, $12.89 @amazon.com
For your hip or child-like BFF; let her or him make a not-so-subtle statement about fur with this warm and precious hat, scarf, hand-warmer trio;
Animal Head Trapper - Husky (Long), $26 @popkiller.us
For your funky Aunt; these bracelets are handmade from whole Tagua nuts sustainably harvested from the Colombian rainforest, and help you look great while also helping to provide fulfilling work to the women artisans who create each piece. The collection of tagua also helps provide incentive to protect and maintain the rainforest.
Chip Style Tagua Bracelet, $16.99 @hopeforwomen.com
For your raw foody bff, the brand new raw food cookbook that we are loving on;
Raw Food for Everyone: Essential Techniques and 300 Simple-to-Sophisticated Recipes, $23.10 @amazon.com
These modular wall pockets are made from vegan felt (recycled water bottles) and easy enough to Do-It-Yourself. These brilliantly designed pockets create an instant lush living wall – indoors or out. Just attach your system (universal fasteners & wall anchors are included) then fill the Pockets with soil and beautiful full-sized plants. Water and enjoy!
Wall Pocket, $39-49 @woolypocket.com
Beauty junkies: unite. We are loving on the Clairvoyant Beauty line. It’s a new line that is 100% natural and organic, paraben-free, with no chemical preservatives and no synthetic fragrances, not to mention Cruelty Free, and entirely Vegan Certified!! It works wondrously well, and smells like an herb garden embedded with love! It’s also packaged really prettily, so it works fantastically as a gift.
Get Set Collection, $103 @ clairvoyantbeauty.com
Instead of bringing your Host a bottle of wine (blahhh,) bring a bottle Drink Skinny Margarita Mix. It’s totally delish, minus the grody additives and uses fruit juices, stevia, and agave to sweeten your margie!
Drink Skinny Margarita Mix, $10 @drink-skinny.com
What could be better than having a (vegan) personal trainer who comes to the house for an hour of yoga or traditional training, and then gives you an hour long massage? Nothing. Buy it for anyone, they will love it more than any of their other presents.
Private Training and Massage, $250 @barefoottiger.com
Gramps likes to listen to his npr on a real radio? Made of renewable bamboo and eco-friendly PLA plastic, this AM/FM portable radio can be powered by winding the built-in crank or by AC power adapter. Two minutes of cranking provide thirty minutes of listening! It also has an MP3 amplifier.
Safe Bamboo Radio, $80 @momastore.org
How rock n’ roll badass excellent is this fleur-de-lis bag? It’s so cool in every possible way, best of all (and obviously) entirely animal-friendly!
Amy Kathryn Signature, $95 @nimli.com
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Our cats love us for finding Wondercide and I can't say enough great things about this stuff. What's more, in a city where bed-bug infestations seem to pop up every few months and roaches abound, it seems like a no-brainer that we should all be using this stuff. As they say on their website, "We know that Wondercide Products CAN SAVE LIVES of HUMANS, ANIMALS, and the ENVIRONMENT." I certainly agree with that.
Kendra Coppey is the Founder of Barefoot Tiger, an in-home personal training, yoga, nutrition and massage therapy company in New York and New Jersey. She is a certified yoga teacher, personal trainer and nutrition coach, and is infatuated with all things sweet...including her three rescued kitties Emma , Dusty, and Sabrina!
EDITORS NOTE: As animal lovers, we certainly don't rejoice in killing any creatures, even microscopic bugs. How do you feel about killing or dealing with fleas on your domestic pets or in your homes? Do you have other tips or tricks you've tried that have worked for you? Please share in the comments section […]
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