Jewelry: Susan Wilson of Liliana Designs in Scituate collects seaglass in Cape Cod and turns the recycled glass into gorgeous rings, necklaces, earrings, and more.
Flowers: About 70% of cut flowers sold in the U.S. come from overseas and many are grown with toxic pesticides. Why not give organic flowers grown on a small family farm in California?
Chocolate: You can't go wrong with chocolate. Taza Chocolate, the organic, direct-trade Somerville-based chocolate is delicious and they pay their farmers living wages.
Recycled Wallet: Greenward has a shop full of green gifts, but this wallet made from reused rubber inner tubes stands out because it's useful and unique.
Camping: Last year's gift for my boyfriend was camping at the Boston Harbor Islands- a trip we really loved. We're in New England so we have no shortage of breathtaking campgrounds that help you get away from it all, check out Reserve America for ideas and reservations.
Cooking Classes: Spend some time together while learning to make the perfect pie or souffle. Boston is full of places to learn to cook such as the Boston Center for Adult Education.
Upcycled Wool Mittens: Zurdacrafts's Etsy store (based in Somerville) specializes in bright mittens, brooches, slippers, and other items made from recycled sweaters.
Photo: wreath made of recycled wool sweaters. Creative Common license/moonlightbulb
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Helping Boston live a greener, more environmentally friendly life.
Christopher Reidy covers business for the Globe.
Doug Struck covers environmental issues from Boston.
Glenn Yoder produces Boston.com's Lifestyle pages.
Eric Bauer is site architect of Boston.com.
Bennie DiNardo is the Boston Globe's deputy managing editor/multimedia.
Dara Olmsted is a local sustainability professional focusing on green living.