Flourish Magazine

Winter 2013

Flourish Magazine, the North Bay's Guide to Sustainable Living. Serving Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties and sharing the stories of local people working towards sustainable living, organic foods and eco-conscious lifestyles.

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The North Bay Giftshed by nancy sands johnson photos by stuart lirette Our Top 9 Local & Sustainable Gift Ideas H ere's the reality of leading a simple, zero-waste lifestyle during the holidays. It's tough. Sure, you can stand up at Thanksgiving and renounce holiday consumerism all together. But family, friends and even supportive spouses will still expect useful, fun and beautiful gifts under the tree or next to the menorah. While home-made gifts are usually well received, if you're like most busy people, you may be scrambling to get them done come late December. At that point, the shopping mall and online megastore you vowed to boycott will look awfully enticing. And your credit card will hurt from the last minute shopping extravaganza. This year, try a simpler approach. Look for high-quality, well-priced products made by local people or companies, and buy them at locallyowned and operated stores located in the North Bay "giftshed." You'll save money and gas (especially if you walk or bike while shopping), you'll support the local economy, and in the end you'll convince your friends, family and even your spouse—that yes, it's easy to live sustainably. 32 FLOURISH • WINTER 2013  1 – ring on B the Fun! The Perplexus (perplexus.net) is a bendy, trendy, can't-put-it-down challenge that's perfect for keeping kids—and annoying relatives—engaged (and quiet) during long car rides or shopping excursions. Created by North Bay local Michael McGinnus, who teaches art at Santa Rosa Junior College, Perplexus puzzle balls are available in increasingly challenging ranges: rookie (4+), original (6+), and the Epic (8+-106), which recently won the 2013 Toy of the Year award. Shown: Original Perplexus, $26.99 Give a rocket ship or tea set made by Mill Valley-based Green Toys, Inc., (greentoys. com) at your holiday event, and you'll be a hero in the eyes of every little kid and sustainably-minded adult in the room. Made in the USA of recycled milk containers (18+ million so far), Green Toys' line of updated classics– from shape sorters to dump , trucks—inspires imagination and fun, without phthalates or BPA residue. Order online or purchase from local toy stores listed below. Shown: Rocket Ship, $24.99 Support local business owners by purchasing Perplexus and Green Toys products at ToyHouse in Mill Valley (toyhousemillvalley. com), 5 Little Monkeys in downtown Novato (5littlemonkeys.com) or Fundemonium Toys (fundemoniumtoys.com) in Petaluma.

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