By Wendy Gabriel on December 24, 2012

These Mother Nature-approved green gifts are perfect for the artist in your life.

If you have an established artist or a budding artiste on your holiday gift-giving list this year, here are some wonderfully sustainable ideas for you.

Jack Richeson Santa Fe II Lyptus easel

Lyptus wood easel from Jack Richeson

Lyptus hardwood comes from fast-growing eucalyptus trees grown on well-managed plantations in South America. One-third of the plantations are preserved for native vegetation, and indigenous trees are interspersed within the eucalyptus to preserve natural habitats.

Rex Art carries a wide variety of lyptus wood easels and print racks from Jack Richeson ranging in price from under $100 to more than $800. Find them online at

recycled cedar pencils

Cedar pencils

These triangular-shaped #2 pencils are made from recycled cedar wood scraps. The price, less than $5 for a set of 10, makes these perfect stocking stuffers for your artist or writer.

Stubby Pencil Studios carries a wide range of eco-friendly and creative products. Find them online at

garden reuse notebook


Also at Stubby Pencil Studios, a line of eco-friendly sketchbooks made from 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper. The paper is also acid-free and processed chlorine-free, with fully biodegradable glue and vegetable-based inks. The sketchbooks range in price from $5 to $14. Find them online at

Fiskars recycled scissorsFiskars recycled scissors

The handles of these scissors are made of 100% recycled plastic and cost around $4 a pair.

Dick Blick carries a large selection of eco-friendly art supplies, including the Fiskars recycled scissors. Find them online, or go to to find a store in your area.

Mountain Peak Lokta handmade papersMountain Peak handmade Lokta paper

Lokta paper is handmade from the inner bark of the Daphne bush in a centuries-old process. This sustainable product supports hundreds of rural Nepalese villages that also use the waste from the Daphne bush as fuel. These papers are perfect for many artistic purposes, including dry media drawing, screen printing, calligraphy, pastels and paper crafts such as scrapbooking, collage, mixed media and bookbinding.

Lokta paper is available in packs of 10 20x30 sheets in six color collections for around $20 and can be found online at

Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.

— Peg Bracken

About the author

Wendy Gabriel is a freelance eco-writer based in Fargo, ND. She is the founder of and tweets at @MyGreenSide. Wendy is a wife to an amazing man and a mother of two awesome little girls. Everything she does is seen through this lens. Her passion for sustainability is a gift from her parents, who were green long before it was "cool to be green." You can hear Wendy each Tuesday when she brings Simple Tips for Green Living to "The Christopher Gabriel Program." Stream the segment at approximately 12:20 p.m. (CST) at
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