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Around this time of the year, we start frequently hearing the phrase “it’s better to give than to receive.” It’s certainly true, but what if this holiday season, you could give in two ways with just one gift? One great way to do this is to give the gift of trees to your loved ones. The trees you plant in your friends’, or loved ones’, names will provide so many benefits to not only our environment, but all of us that enjoy it as well!

But, maybe you prefer the thrill of watching someone tear open a more tangible wrapped gift? At American Forests, we are privileged to work with a number of corporate partners whose generous donations help make much of the work we do possible. So, we’ve created a list of gift ideas that can help you spread twice the cheer this holiday season by giving to your friends and family and to a good cause!

Preparing for the Holiday Season

As you prepare for the holiday season, here are a couple environmentally conscious options!

eCO2 GreetingsPlanning on sending a holiday card from your business this year? Consider opting for a more eco-friendly route and send an ecard! Not only are you using less paper, but for every ecard ordered from eCO2 Greetings, they will plant 10 trees with us! So far, they have offset more than 76,000 tons of carbon through trees planted. You could add even more to that!

Tiny PrintsFor personal holiday cards to friends and family, we’ve got you covered, too! Tiny Prints offers all kinds of creative holiday card options, from photo cards all the way to ornament cards! But, on top of providing custom cards, Tiny Prints has partnered with us to plant trees to offset their paper usage!

Whole Foods Market®If you’re opting for a live Christmas tree to decorate your home with holiday cheer, head over to your local Whole Foods Market. Whole Foods Market has a great selection of Christmas trees in a range of sizes, but they have also partnered with us to plant a tree for each one they sell!

Green Gift Ideas

Here are some great gift ideas for those you care about the most!

S’well BottleWhether for the avid hiker, the fitness fanatic or anyone who drinks liquids (so, pretty much everyone you know!), a S’well bottle is a perfect gift option. Not only are these double-walled stainless steel bottles handy and efficient, their Wood collection is gorgeous in its elegant mimicking of natural wood grain! Plus, S’well partners with us to plant trees in threatened forest ecosystems across the country.

UncommonGoodsFor a one-of-a-kind, unique gift, take a look at the range of gift ideas from UncommonGoods. From home décor and kitchen items, to beautiful jewelry and accessories, to handmade items, UncommonGoods has the perfect gift for anyone (or everyone) on your list this year. And, with their Better to Give campaign, you can select American Forests as your charity of choice and plant a tree for your purchase!

OriginsFor the lover of natural (and amazing!) beauty products, look no further than Origins’ 2015 ornament, stuffed with samples of some of Origins’ most popular skincare products! For every ornament sold this holiday season, Origins has partnered with us to plant a tree!

Woodchuck, USAAmazing wood journals, stylish (yet, rugged…in the best kind of way!) tablet and phone covers or a range of accessories, Woodchuck, USA’s gifts will help put nature back into everyday life! Through their Buy One, Plant One campaign, they will plant a tree with us for every product sold. Plus, you’ll get a certificate with the location of the tree your purchase planted.

RevealThese days, so many people get a new tech item during the holidays. Why not compliment it with a new case! Reveal offers all kinds of phone and tablet cases made from eco-friendly materials. And, with their Project Replant campaign, Reveal will plant a tree with us for each Nature Tech Collection product sold!

WeWoodTake a new twist on a tradition holiday gift. Watches have been a go-to gift for years. So, why not spice up an old favorite with a WeWood wooden watch. WeWood offers both men’s and women’s watches, and, as part of their You Buy a Watch, We Plant a Tree campaign, they’ll plant a tree for each watch sold!

Eddie BauerFor the adventure-seeker in your life, Eddie Bauer has some of the finest, and most stylish, outdoor apparel and gear! Plus, when you make a purchase at Eddie Bauer, you have the option to donate to American Forests to plant trees in threatened forest ecosystems.