Can’t figure out what to get the techie who has every gadget? The fashionista on top of all the trends? What about a newborn, biking buddy, co-worker…the in-laws?

Here are 21 unique gift ideas for those special, tricky-to-buy-for people (and pooches!) in your lives. You’ll feel good about wrapping items that are affordable and eco-friendly, they’ll enjoy getting a cool, sustainable product, and the earth will benefit from one more consumer making an environmentally-conscious decision. It’s a win-win-win.

For the Hooked Up Hiker | Switch Solar Bag | $129
 For the Fair Trade Fashionista | Vegan Leather Clutch | $39.90
For the Locavore | The New Brooklyn Cookbook | William Morrow | $40
For the Timeless Conservationist | Sprout Watches | $65
For the Chic Eco Shopper | Envirosax | $8.95/each or $39.95/Rosa Pouch
 For the Dapper Cyclist | Coppi Cap | $40
For the Picnicker | Wine Tote | <a href=maptote.com | $13 " />
For the Fragrant Flyer | Travalo | $19.99
For the Supportive Pet | Dog-o-tron Fill 'Er Up Pet Bed | <a href=trixieandpeanut.com | From $29" />
For the Sole Sister | City Slips | <a href=cityslips.com | $24.95 " />
For the Gadget Lover | USB Tulip Hub | <a href=fredflare.com | $24 " />
For the {New} New Yorker | Icon One-Piece | <a href=maptote.com | $25 " />
For the Fit Friend | Armpocket Sport 20 | <a href=armpocket.com | $29.95" />
For the Globe-Trotter’s Coffee Table | Rizzoli | The Vanishing North American Wilderness | $34.65
For the Nerd | Eco-Mousepad | $7.95
For Those Worthy of Note | May Books | <a href=maybooks.com | $12 " />
For the Proactive Pedal Pusher | Speedometer Bike Bell | <a href=fredflare.com | $25 " />
For the Bean-Brewer | Eco Coffee Cup | <a href=fredflare.com | $10 " />
 For the Aspiring Artist | Wooly Colored Pencil Case | <a href=rompstore.com | $31" />
For the Growing Green Thumb | Half-Pint Herb Garden | <a href=rompstore.com | $16 " />
For the Housewarming Party | Wine Bottle Tea Light Holder | <a href=uncommonngoods.com | $60" />
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For the Hooked Up Hiker | Switch Solar Bag | $129

The Switch Solar Bag easily totes and charges your favorite digital goods, including your tablet, phone, or camera. A pair of waterproof and lightweight solar panels generates four watts of power, which is enough to charge a typical phone in 4-5 hours (just one hour of charging will provide about three hours of talk time). The bag also comes with a small removable Universal USB Battery that allows you to charge your devices while you're not in sunlight—take it along on your next trans-Atlantic flight so you can land with a fully charged iPhone. voltaicsystems.com

For the Fair Trade Fashionista | Vegan Leather Clutch | $39.90

When vegan leather looks this lush, leave the cowhide for the herd. Fair Indigo's clutch hails from Medellin, Colombia, created in a family-run workshop and sold in a fair trade manner. The polyurethane exterior is easy to clean and maintains the look and quality of leather without the maintenance. An interior zip pocket conceals your change, ID and everything you'll need for a girls’ night out. fairindigo.com

For the Locavore | The New Brooklyn Cookbook | William Morrow | $40

Whether the recipient is a foodie or a fast food lover, whoever is lucky enough to get The New Brooklyn Cookbook this holiday season will be inspired by the depth of flavor and character discovered within its 235 pages. Enjoy these delicious, easy-to-make recipes—including Farm on Adderley’s lamb meatballs, iCi’s fried green tomatoes, Applewood’s braised pork, and No. 7’s butterscotch pudding—plus juicy stories about 31 of the best restaurants in New York City. amazon.com

For the Timeless Conservationist | Sprout Watches | $65

Sprout watches are as eco-conscious as they come, made with corn resin and entirely biodegradable, from watch to packaging. Draw attention to your stylish and sustainable wrist with a Sprout watch. sproutwatches.com

For the Chic Eco Shopper | Envirosax | $8.95/each or $39.95/Rosa Pouch

Paper and plastic, we all know, are hazardous to the environment, so why do we keep using them? Forgetfulness is no longer an excuse thanks to the Envirosax’s five-pack of super durable yet lightweight bags that can carry up to 44 pounds. Available in an array of prints, from kid-friendly rocket ships to botanical print, there is a waterproof, polyester bag for everyone in the family. Reusing and recycling never looked so chic. envirosax.com

For the Dapper Cyclist | Coppi Cap | $40

Keep warm on those cold winter rides with the Coppi Cap by the eco-conscious Ibex Outdoor Clothing. This merino wool cycling cap with flip-up ear flaps fits comfortably under your helmet or as an outer layer for casual use. ibex.com

For the Picnicker | Wine Tote | maptote.com | $13

Transport your vino in style and rep your borough to passer-by with this cute canvas container. Crafted with 100% natural cotton, these fun and functional bags are made in Brooklyn, and are printed with the city of your choice, with neighborhoods listed on the back for a hyperlocal feel.

For the Fragrant Flyer | Travalo | $19.99

Don’t sacrifice smelling nice on your next getaway just because your perfume bottle gets busted at security. This TSA-approved capsule is easy to fill (up to 65 sprays) with your favorite scent, and comes in three sizes and a variety of fun colors. travalo.com

For the Supportive Pet | Dog-o-tron Fill 'Er Up Pet Bed | trixieandpeanut.com | From $29

Stuff a turkey, stuff a stocking, stuff a dog bed? That’s the idea behind this 100% cotton crash pad for pooches. Old rags, beach towels, and ratty t-shirts can serve a greater purpose as pillowy fillings rather than taking up useless space or getting dumped in a landfill. Choose from blue bird and dog-patterned to floral and retro robot, and feel good about finding new ways to green your lifestyle.

For the Sole Sister | City Slips | cityslips.com | $24.95

Avenue after avenue pounding the pavement in high heels can do a number on your feet. Pull over at the next street corner and step into a pair of City Slips. Crafted by two NYU grads looking for a solution to a few too many hours on the dance floor, City Slips, which come in 10 different colors, are also a great idea for travelers needing a comfy no fuss shoe at the airport, or after a long day traversing a foreign town. Active ladies, don’t leave the house without stashing a pair of these shiny, foldable faux-leather flats in your bag.

For the Gadget Lover | USB Tulip Hub | fredflare.com | $24

For the techie with too many electronic toys and not enough space to plug in, the USB tulip hub is here to help. Connect to your computer, and power cell phones, mp3 players and more. Brighten up your workspace with this garden of gadgets, conserving power and avoiding any fire risks with this handy hub.

For the {New} New Yorker | Icon One-Piece | maptote.com | $25

You'll be sure to stand out at the next Gymboree group when your tot is showing love for their ‘hood. Pick up this organic, unisex one-piece for babies or toddlers with sass and a onesie to match. Comfort meets style in this adorable cotton outfit.

For the Fit Friend | Armpocket Sport 20 | armpocket.com | $29.95

Whether in training or just out for a jog, all you want to think about when running is the road ahead, not the jingling keys digging into your hand or the loose credit card and energy bar. This slip-resistant and well-ventilated Armpocket fits all of these items, plus your iPhone, so runners can stay relaxed and focused on having a good workout. In addition to caring for your body and the environment—the Armpocket is made out of bamboo and recyclable fabric—if you get the pouch in pink, you’ll be helping fund breast cancer research too.

For the Globe-Trotter’s Coffee Table | Rizzoli | The Vanishing North American Wilderness | $34.65

However much of the earth your giftee has explored, he's never seen it from this point of view. Through the eyes of award-winning photographer Jim Wark and the words of historian Roderick Nash, North American landscapes prove to be extraordinarily beautiful and jarringly endangered—from the Alaskan tundras to Nebraska’s otherworldly Sand Hills. These pictures are sure to evoke wows round the coffee table and spark a fiery conversation about what we can all do to help protect our environment. amazon.com

For the Nerd | Eco-Mousepad | $7.95

Some wine corks get thrown out, some are kept for sentimental reasons, while others wind up reincarnated. The latter is Corkologie’s hobbyhorse. The company diverts the material from landfills, then recycles, grinds and compresses the leftover cork to create clever products with a slightly longer lifespan. From surfing to biking to animal graphics and more simple designs, you never saw a cooler mousepad—or sustainable statement. greenercountry.com

For Those Worthy of Note | May Books | maybooks.com | $12

Leave plain, uninspiring pads on the shelf, and jot down reminders and screenplay ideas in a May Book. Bringing together the unlikely elements of organization and whimsy, May Books is putting an end to ugly notebooks. From a Bump Diary to a wedding planner to a classic zig zag print journal, this crafty company reminds us to once again pen our on-the-go thoughts in a notebook instead of sending them to the cloud.

For the Proactive Pedal Pusher | Speedometer Bike Bell | fredflare.com | $25

Release your kickstand and get pedaling, with this helpful hand-painted speedometer bike bell to keep your route clear. Chirping a warning to pedestrians to stay out of the bike path, this cute and cost-effective bell is for the pedal pusher in your life. Painted with non-toxic, eco-friendly paint and promoting green travel, ring this bike bell and remind passer-by that biking is the way to be.

For the Bean-Brewer | Eco Coffee Cup | fredflare.com | $10

This affordable and adorable cup is incentive to skip the Starbucks and bring home-brewed coffee to the office—or at least use this cup instead of the chain's trashable ones. Microwave and dishwasher safe, the eco container has a layer of porcelain, surrounded by a silicone, heat-protecting grip that is sure to fuel a brighter day.

For the Aspiring Artist | Wooly Colored Pencil Case | rompstore.com | $31

Kids can stash their markers and colored pencils in this friendly, floppy-eared dog pouch, hand-crafted with recycled wool. Youngsters will brew up a creative storm at home and on the go as this furry pal is lightweight and easy to stow away at school or for vacation.

For the Growing Green Thumb | Half-Pint Herb Garden | rompstore.com | $16

Let little gardeners sow their seeds and support locavorism beginning with this miniature garden that kids will love to nurture. Inspire the art of botany and gardening, and enjoy some freshly grown basil to sprinkle over your farmers market-sourced tomatoes at dinner time.

For the Housewarming Party | Wine Bottle Tea Light Holder | uncommonngoods.com | $60

The best presents are the ones that serve a purpose and give back. This candlelight, comprised of reclaimed wine bottles and FSC-certified oak veneer, is handmade by mentally challenged adults in Germany through a project called Side by Side. Any room will benefit from this unique recycled décor piece and conversation starter.

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For the Fragrant Flyer | Travalo | $19.99 thumbnailFor the Supportive Pet | Dog-o-tron Fill 'Er Up Pet Bed | <a href=trixieandpeanut.com | From $29 thumbnail" />For the Sole Sister | City Slips | <a href=cityslips.com | $24.95 thumbnail" />For the Gadget Lover | USB Tulip Hub | <a href=fredflare.com | $24 thumbnail" />For the {New} New Yorker | Icon One-Piece | <a href=maptote.com | $25 thumbnail" />For the Fit Friend | Armpocket Sport 20 | <a href=armpocket.com | $29.95 thumbnail" />For the Globe-Trotter’s Coffee Table | Rizzoli | The Vanishing North American Wilderness | $34.65 thumbnail
For the Nerd | Eco-Mousepad | $7.95 thumbnailFor Those Worthy of Note | May Books | <a href=maybooks.com | $12 thumbnail" />For the Proactive Pedal Pusher | Speedometer Bike Bell | <a href=fredflare.com | $25 thumbnail" />For the Bean-Brewer | Eco Coffee Cup | <a href=fredflare.com | $10 thumbnail" /> For the Aspiring Artist | Wooly Colored Pencil Case | <a href=rompstore.com | $31 thumbnail" />For the Growing Green Thumb | Half-Pint Herb Garden | <a href=rompstore.com | $16 thumbnail" />For the Housewarming Party | Wine Bottle Tea Light Holder | <a href=uncommonngoods.com | $60 thumbnail" />
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