With every cruise and adventure travel booking, we give our travelers the option to donate to one of our conservation partners, whose work directly impacts the region they are visiting. These holiday gift ideas for travelers support these same causes, but give something back to the traveler on your gift list. Consider purchasing your holiday gifts this season from a conservation nonprofit to keep travel sustainable and communities around the world thriving.
Handwoven using traditional weaving techniques, these colorful handcrafted Mayan Hot Pads ($12.50) use recycled skirt fabric once worn by indigenous women in Guatemala. Pouches on the front of the hot pads allow you to insert aromatic spices such as glove, nutmeg, cinnamon or anise - making your whole house smell divine! Your purchases from the MayaWorks online market gives Guatemalan women an opportunity to earn an income from their skills.
Find more than 1,500 recipes celebrating the abundance and variety of Alaska home-grown foods in this cookbook ($19.95). Traditional Native Alaskan recipes and folklore are included, as well as recipes for all types of wild game, fowl, seafood, vegetables and berries. Alaska Geographic's education mission is to connect people to Alaska's wildlands. They are the official nonprofit partner of Alaska’s 15 national parks, 16 national wildlife refuges and America’s two largest national forests, plus a variety of other public lands.
Handmade with recycled paper by Daysi Patinio, a local Galapagos artisan, these one-of-a-kind bracelets (from $20) are perfect statement pieces that directly support conservation in the Galapagos Islands. Daysi supports her family by turning waste material into art and helps, in her own way, to move Galapagos toward a sustainable future. Daysi's jewelry is one of many products for sale to benefit the conservancy. We're also big fans of the annual calendar; buy the 2014 Galapagos Conservancy Calendar here.
Donate in the name of a loved one to Trees for the Future. Trees for the Future plants trees in rural communities in the developing world, enabling them to restore their environment, grow more food and build a sustainable future. The average cost per tree planted is under ten cents, so your tree planting gift certificate can make a big impact. Gift donations start at $50 for 500 trees.
More Gift Ideas for Eco-Conscious Travelers
Rainforest Alliance can point you to numerous sustainable products, gift ideas and companies to support; simply visit their Shop the Frog page, where you can search by state and product type.