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Crunch time…only 9 shopping days left! Should I order online…only to have expensive expedited shipping charges eat away at my great sale prices? I think a better idea would be to shop locally. This post features some beautiful recycled items from my fellow South Jersey Etsians:

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This amazing frame is made with recycled floorboards and chicken wire. Add some photos attached with vintage clothes pins for an extra special gift! It is available from three1seven at this listing:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/112223194/recycled-floorboard-frame-chicken-wire?ref=af_you_favitem

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These fantastic coasters are made from fallen tree limbs. They are sliced, decorated, and finished for a beautiful rustic finish. They make a wonderful holiday gift accompanied by a bottle of wine from a local vineyard. They are available from Roof Top Creations at this listing:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/100844623/his-and-hers-wood-coasters-from-tree

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This gorgeous tote is made from a recycled coffee sack! It is completely lined inside with a fun chili pepper fabric. It makes a memorable gift when filled with handmade baked goods and, of course, some fair-trade coffee. It is available from Back Alley Chic at this listing:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/109460959/coffee-sack-tote-with-hot-pepper-lining

I often give gift cards, which I like to accompany with a small handmade gift. A piece of jewelry crafted with with recycled components fits the bill perfectly!

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These fabulous earrings are made with tagua nut beads and recycled sterling silver. Very fashionable and very green! They are available from Twice Creations at the following listing:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/113674549/aqua-turquoisetagua-earrings-eco?ref=af_you_favitem

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And, of course, I love to gift my own Betty Bracelets. Bonzai Pipeline, as with all of my Betty’s, is created with recycled glass beads and is available here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/107830779/bonzai-pipeline-aqua-blue-recycled-glass

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When wrapping gifts, I often prefer bags to paper. I also look for bags that can be reused, like these great shopping totes from Whole Foods Market. They are small enough for most gifts and are only $.79!

Please remember, please support your local independent crafters when shopping for one-of-a-kind gifts!

Shanti,
~Erin

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