GreenUP Store Stocking Stuffers

December 1st, 2022

Jessica Todd, GreenUP Store & Resource Centre Associate fixing soap display in the GreenUP Store.

Your stockings can hold the best gifts, including what’s best for the planet. The GreenUP Store has plenty of green gifts, plus gift certificates are available in-store at 378 Aylmer Street North and online at greenup.on.ca (Photo: Kristen LaRocque)

By: Eileen Kimmett, GreenUP Store & Resource Centre Coordinator

Are you looking to lower the environmental impact of your holiday gift-giving? The GreenUP Store has you covered with unique, eco-friendly gifts and stocking stuffers ranging from $2 to $25 (or more if you’re looking for special gifts under the tree). Your stockings—and your gift boxes—can hold all the best gifts, including what’s best for the planet.

Shopping locally is great for you and your community. It supports the growth of your local economy, reduces the number of kilometers that your gift travels before arriving in your home, and limits the waste created from the production of your gift. It is convenient, oftentimes more affordable, and a great way to find quality products that will last for years.

A selection of home goods available at the GreenUP Store & Resource Centre.

Youth prefer gifts that keep their independence in mind. Here is a selection of versatile gifts for your maturing family member – including laundry strips for residence, gift cards for choice, and sustainable food and drink containers! (Photo by Eileen Kimmett)

By shopping at GreenUP, a not-for-profit charity, you know your gift will support the local community. The GreenUP Store on 378 Aylmer carries a curated selection of sustainable products as well as handcrafted goods from over 40 local makers.

Read onward to check out our selection of locally-produced gifts for all different occasions and audiences. Shopping at GreenUP this holiday season will directly support these local makers and our proceeds support environmental initiatives in the community.

Sending Wishes

A variety of plant and bird cards available at the GreenUP Store & Resource Centre.

Greeting cards at the GreenUP Store are made of 100% low-impact post-consumer recycled paper and sourced from local makers. GreenUP also sells GreenUP Ecology Park greeting card, the sales of which directly support climate action programming. (Photo: Eileen Kimmett)

GreenUP carries cards and gift packaging that keep local makers and the environment in mind.

Anita Clifford is a local photographer that captures stunning photos of flowers that are turned into art on cards. Yuko Miki of the Three Tree Cottage Craft Shop in Toronto creates greeting cards to spread awareness of bird-window collisions in cities like Peterborough.

GreenUP also creates greeting cards with photos of local flora and fauna. By purchasing and sending a GreenUP Ecology Park greeting card, you will directly be supporting climate action programming.

Going Loco for Local Stocking Stuffers

GreenUP stocks stocking stuffers from many local makers.

A selection of handmade, local stocking stuffer options available at the GreenUP Store & Resource Centre.

A Canadian Future Consumer Index survey suggests that this year 30% of Canadians are shopping locally and 40% are choosing gifts with less packaging. This year, choose GreenUP for your affordable, sustainable gifts and help create a positive economic impact here in Peterborough. (Photo by Eileen Kimmett)

Rena Retallick is the talented maker of RDR Creations and Pocket Pals. Pocket Pals are adorable, knitted animals – that, yes – fit perfectly in your pocket! At under $10, these hand-crafted Peterborough pets are a popular addition to your holiday gift-giving. Hurry, Rena’s critters and zero-waste mittens are going quickly.

Based in Curve Lake, Indigenously Infused creates candles that raise awareness of plants that are used traditionally in Indigenous communities. Plants that have been harvested for these candles – such as Bashkodejiibik (Sage), and Wiingashk (Sweetgrass) – are described and labelled in Anishinaabemowan. These candles remind us that this giving season, we can give thanks to the land as well.

Beeswax and soy candles available at the GreenUP Store & Resource Centre

Candles are a very popular gift for good reason – the aroma can enhance the mood of an event, add coziness to a room and are beautiful decorations. Plus, the options we have at GreenUP are non-toxic and sourced locally. (Photo: Eileen Kimmett)

GreenUP also carries beeswax candles from local makers, such as from Swift Acres, an apiary based in Apsley. Their jar candles come in delicious scents of Pumpkin Spice, Coffee and Cran-Apple Crumble. Yes, you will be craving treats.

East City Jewellery, from, you guessed it, East City, creates gorgeous earrings using copper wire, colourful beads, and gems – it will be difficult to decide which pair to choose. Pair them with earrings repurposed from beer cans or “Beerings” from local craftswoman Keeterella. Adorn yourself in either option for a holiday party.

Toys and Books for the Young & Young at Heart

A love for giving back starts at a young age.

A variety of eco-friendly toys that would make for great sustainable gifts.

Toys are for all ages! Take these gifts on the road, and surprise the little ones (or the young at heart) these holidays with a green gift. (Photo by Eileen Kimmett)

The GreenUP Store carries a wide variety of affordable toys – including puzzles, games, books, and even kid-sized garden tools. These are quality toys that you know will last for years on end.

A must have book is “The Big Book of Nature Activities” by Peterborough-based environmental advocates Drew Monkman and Jacob Rodenburg. This book promotes exploration, appreciation, and connection through hands-on nature activities for kids and their families.

Gifting a Sustainable Home

Birds & Beans coffee and Rapid's End coffee available at the GreenUP Store & Resource Centre.

Be the relative that brings everyone high-quality, locally-roasted coffee. GreenUP carries two amazing brands that keep biodiversity in mind, are ethically sourced and just waiting to be enjoyed. (Photo by Eileen Kimmett)

GreenUP is currently carrying selection of ceramic bowls of various sizes and mugs by maker Kristina Albright. The mugs pair nicely with a bag of locally roasted, ethically sourced Rapids End Coffee or locally grown teas from The Medicine Garden.

We also carry gorgeous wood pieces made by local woodworkers, Friends of Hope Mill and A New Leaf. Both artisans hand-make practical and beautiful household items including cutting boards, bowls, and wooden cutlery.

That Holiday Feeling of Giving

Canadians send about 540,000 tonnes of gift wrapping and gift bags to the landfill during the holiday season, according to a 2017 study done by Vancouver-based environmental group Zero Waste Canada. Use a “Stasher” reusable silicone storage bag to package your gift and you will be giving a gift inside a gift to your teacher, parent, or friend. (Photo: Eileen Kimmett)

With so many amazing products to choose from at the GreenUP Store, you can also purchase gift certificates and give the gift of choice.

What better way to support local than by supporting GreenUP’s holiday giving campaign? Add a donation to your gift. With the funds raised this holiday season, we plan to support safe and accessible programming at Ecology Park.

Visit our friendly staff at the GreenUP Store and Resource Centre at 378 Aylmer Street North in Downtown Peterborough – who can help you choose the perfect green gift. View our selection before shopping in person at shop.greenup.on.ca.

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