I really cannot believe that the holidays are here! After the last wrapper of Halloween candy is tossed away in the garbage can, its time to start thinking about gifts for the holidays. Here at Peachy Green, we’ve been brainstorming and doing some of the work for you. You see, Christmas trees are green, and getting environmentally-friendly gifts is just peachy. So come and celebrate a Peachy Green holiday season with us.
In the first in our “Green Gifts for the Holidays” series, check out these 10 solar gadgets:
1. Multi-Function Digital Mobile Solar Charger – For only $69, you can get a single charger for many various devices (digital cameras, PSP, Nokia cell phones, Sony Ericsson Fast Port, and Mini USB (HTC, Motorola cell phones, MP3, MP4, and Dopod) that does not rely on finding an electric plug. Fitted with small solar panels, you can recharge the battery in just 2-3 hours of sunlight exposure. An excellent green gift idea for outdoorspeople (campers, hikers, fishers, scouts).
2. Solar Powered Charge Case for iPhone - Your iPhone (classic or 3G) owning friends and family will love this inexpensive gift (less than $50) which will not only recharges their device, but also protect it from scratches by a leather case. Solar panels on the outside of the case recharge the lithium battery when exposed to sunlight. Never worry about finding a suitable plug again.
3. Iqua Visor Sun - For about $90, you can place the Iqua Visor Sun on the on the visor of your vehicle (pointing out toward the sunlight). The device will convert energy from sunlight shining into your car into battery juice, allowing you up to 20 hours of talk time on your cell phone, and hopefully the ability to toss your mains socket.
4. Solar Power Necktie (Dad will love it) – the ultimate in geeky green gifts for the holidays!
Check out the cool pattern on the necktie that disguises its true function – a recharger for cell phones and other gadgets. The tie is made from photovoltaic fabric that can convert energy from the sun into electrical current. Shocking, don’t you think? What a great way to tell the man in your life that he is the best thing under the sun.
5. Solar Lanterns - another super green gift for the holidays if you are shopping for people who enjoy the great outdoors! The lantern includes an AM/FM radio and will provide 7-10 hours of light on a single charge. A solar panel unfolds from the back to allow recharging during the day. A bright, sunny price of only $12 makes the solar lantern ideal for many people on your list.
6. Solar Powered Plant Pot - If you still have lava lamps in your bedroom, you may want to line your driveway with these psychedelic glowing plant pots. Here, the captured solar energy does not make your plant grow or go – it makes the pot glow! Pick either white ($39), or the color-changing version ($45) and watch your garden light up at night.
7. Solar Powered House Numbers - Worried about the police or fire department being able to find your house in the event of an emergency? Sidewalk curb numbers can fade over time. But the solar powered house numbers are a great idea to provide extra security and safety. They will stay on for 8-10 hours after being recharged by UV light during the day. This green gift for the holidays is only $20 per number.
8. Solar Powered Automower – This gift is so peachy, we’ve already raved about it here at Peachy Green! Solar panels on the top of this lawnmower provide the power. You can sit back and relax with a book and a cold drink. Check out the video:
9. Solar Keyhole Light - This solar gadget is another super idea for those that want to give green gifts for the holidays. At only $13, you or Santa can afford to light up a number of homes for a very cheap price. Simply push the top part of the unit and a solar-powered LED light comes on to help you see the keyhold and door handle. It sure helps if you are trying to get in after dark! My parents definitely need one of these! Every time I go to visit, the lights seem to be off and I can figure out which key will get me inside. Guess what they’ll be getting in their stockings?
10. Solar Powered Cordless Fan - Can’t decide among these 10 solar gadgets to give a green gift for the holidays? The solar powered cordless fan may be your best bet – it combines the cooling properties of a cordless fan (powered by UV light) and also includes a lantern, a clock, and can recharge your cell phone and MP3 player. Yes, it is a bit pricey at $60, but considering the amount of electricity an ordinary fan uses to operate, you’ll save money in the long run! Talk about green!
We hope this list will help jump start your shopping for green gifts for the holidays this season. To get you in the holiday spirit, we thought we’d “recycle” a popular song and video:
I can’t decide if I am excited for, or dreading the holiday season….