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Natural Awakenings Dallas -Fort Worth Metroplex Edition


Sustainable Christmas Gifts for 2019

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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