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Natural Awakenings Dallas -Fort Worth Metroplex Edition


Sustainable Christmas Gifts for 2019

Nov 30, 2019 08:32PM
by Minnie Payne

Natural Awakenings Dallas Metrroplex magazine has found some interesting, sustainable Christmas gifting ideas that anyone would be pleased to receive.

Tribe Alive, in Fort Worth, offers a wide variety for ladies. Among a host of artisan-made gifts is a wide variety of sustainable jewelry. Several 14K gold-plated bracelets that range between $42 and $88 make a memorable, lasting gift. A bonus is that with any jewelry purchase, a free recycled small denim jewelry bag is included. All merchandise is designed in-house by Tribe Alive designers, and all products are crafted by female artisans in five foreign countries.

Location: 126 S. Main St., Ste. 100, Fort Worth.

Fair & Square Imports, in McKinney, offers unique, handmade, recycled gifts. For ornament collectors and those looking for a beautiful Christmas tree ornament as a gift, prices range between $8 and $12. Something different is a salt pot made of an olivewood stump in the shape of a bowl with a spoon that costs between $15 and $20. Practical six-to-eight-inch recycled fabric hot pads cost between $8 and $10. Fair & Square Imports’ recycled gifts are handmade by self-supporting artisans in several different countries. Among other recycled materials, recycled wood and recycled magazines are used.

Location: 219 E. Louisiana St., McKinney.

Dude Sweet Chocolate offers no-preservatives-all-natural ingredients dark chocolates for a 5-year-old or an 80-year-old. There is much from which to choose, but a house favorite is FDA Chocolate Salami, which contains figs, dates, almonds and chocolate. Another is Crack in a Bark, with hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, soy and cane sugar.

Location: 8408 W. 8th St., Dallas.

Emporium Pies are another sweet tooth appeaser with made-from-scratch pies. Their high-quality ingredients consist of no corn syrup, additives, hydrogenated oils, artificial preservatives or dyes. Offerings change with the seasons. Two bestsellers are the Drunken Nut (shortbread crust cradles a sweet sauce of butter, bourbon, brown sugar and Texas pecans) and the Drop Dead Gourdgeous (gingerbread crust like a delicious cookie and a pumpkin custard filled with a secret spice blend). All pies are $40. The McKinney location has seating accommodations.

Locations: 314 Bishop Ave., Dallas; 2708 Main St., Dallas; 107. S. Tennessee St., McKinney. and

Threads 4 Thought brand, carried by Nordstrom Rack, TJ maxx and The Buckle, offers fashionable, chic, sustainable recycled clothing created by refugees that gain a better quality of life around the world.

Locations:15900 Dallas Pkwy., Dallas; 8050 Park Lane, Dallas.

Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), a co-op, sells a wide variety of outdoor recreational products with an environmental and social footprint. Sustainability-minded outdoorsmen make informed decisions about how to invest in their gear and clothing dollars at REI. Suggested gifts include the micro-puff jacket made of Plumafill by Patagonia Clothing for $249 and a reusable stainless steel straw for $24.50.

Locations: 5929 E. Northwest Hwy., Dallas; 5924 Camvair Dr., Fort Worth.

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