Green Gift Guide 2012

Oh the perfect gift! It's easy to find right? (Insert record screech here). Well no, not exactly. So let us do that job for you. For several months, we've scoured the interweb for our 2012 holiday gift guide with one major goal: These gifts won't earn that shaky turned up corner of the mouth, polite cough, and long drawn out, "oh, ah, um, thanks..." Translation: This sweater that looks mauled by a dog is heading right to an already overflowing landfill.

So whether your shopping for the hard-to-please boyfriend (enter magnets made from recycled skate boards), the mother-in-law with a passion for cooking (a DIY micro greens kit or an award-winning bottle of organic olive oil), Fluffy the cat (watch him curl up in a recycled iMac), the design junkie (a flat pack poster that's a lamp or a gorgeous wall-mounted terrarium), and just about everyone else on your list, the search stops here.

Here at TreeHugger, we think a lot about living with less, for more happiness -- a principal that really gets tested around the holidays. All of these gifts -- over 100 in 10 categories -- are carefully curated for thoughtfulness, usefulness, durability, and longevity. Many don't take up space at all (saving adorable lion cubs on a volunteer trip).

And need we mention -- we are TreeHugger after all -- all have minimum impact on our earth. Now that's the gift that keeps on giving. -- Produced by Mairi Beautyman

More Holiday Gift Guides

Green Gift Guide 2011
Green Gift Guide 2010: Low-Impact Luxury for High-Impact Giving
Green Gift Guide 2009: Have a Slow Holiday