But, on this, the first day of Christmas, I have succumed to the perils of gift buying and planning.
I am planning to make a lot of presents this year (including the once yearly gift to my sister of a strangely constructed scarf - this Yule based on a pattern of chains), but there are always people you end up buying stuff for.
And with this in mind, I thought I would make a little list of nice places to visit on the internet to do your shopping - some creative, some ethical, some interesting and some beautiful, but all green in some way or another.
I hope you find some inspiration for your own loved ones (and even not so loved ones) here. Have fun kiddlywinks.
Inhabitat - green gift guide - US based, but fantastic for inspiration
Nigel's Eco Store - really local for me as he lives down the road. but on the web too. great.
Ethical Superstore - massive amount of stuff, so loads of shopping possibilities
The Green Store - nice variety of nicely priced things
Oxfam - get a goat or coat or a goat and a coat here. you know what I mean. really. you do.
Soil Association - what about a gift membership?
EcoCentric - part founded by the lovely fellow Brightonian and eco designer Oliver Heath.
My Eco Store - says it all really?
Love Eco - again - says it all!
ECOutlet - lovely things, from face cream and man candles(?) to vintage bits and bobs. lush.
Ecotopia - again, a great variety of bits, including a voltaic laptop bag. which I HUGELY covet.