Gift ideas for lovers of nature

Shopping for an environmentalist, outdoorsy person, or gardener can be tough. Getting that perfect gift that they’ll use, that’s good for the planet, and that doesn’t cost a million bucks takes some savvy shopping.

Sycamore staff members are here to help you out this holiday season. Check out these ideas and add your own in the comments!

p.s. You’ll notice that a lot of these gifts are linked to Sycamore’s Amazon Smile account. If you purchase the items through the links provided, Amazon will donate a portion of the funds to Sycamore — completely free to you! All your Amazon shopping can benefit Sycamore if you use our special link. We also encourage you to shop locally. Thank you!!



GuidetoNaturalAreasSouthernIndiana_SS16_cover_FINAL copyA Guide to Natural Areas of Southern Indiana: 119 places to explore by Steven Higgs

For every person who purchases this excellent guidebook, Steven will donate a portion of the proceeds to Sycamore! (20% per Sycamore member; 10% per non-member — join today!)

The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

Indiana Field Guides from the IU Press

Orchids of Indiana by Michael Homoya (speaker at this year’s Annual Celebration!)

The Sibley Birds Coloring Field Journal by David Allen Sibley

Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? by Carmela LaVigna Coyle, Mike Gordon, and Carol Gordon

Simple Suppers by Moosewood Restaurant (cookbook)

A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

Bird Songs Bible by Les Beletsky (ed.)

The Warbler Guide by Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle

Bringing Nature Home: How you can sustain wildlife with native plants by Douglas W. Tallamy



Reusable organic coffee filter

Shade-grown coffee

Gift cards to restaurants that sponsor Sycamore, like Upland Brewing Co., Laughing Planet, and Oliver Winery!


Garden & Home

xmas-gifts-2016-earth-dropsGoat milk soap by The Goat Conspiracy, made in Bloomington

Candles made from recycled Boylan Soda bottles

Earth Drops Soaps, made in Bloomington and available at many stores around the state and beyond (follow the link)

Plastic bag drying rack

Green stoneware compost crock

Seed Savers Exchange seeds, books, kits, and gift cards from a fabulous Iowa nonprofit

Panorama bird feeder

Squirrel-stopper bird feeder post

Eco-Tough Suet Feeder

Food Truck Bird Feeder



JL Waters & Co. is our favorite local store (Bloomington) for outdoors gear

LL Bean Sweater Fleece Pullover

Fleece-lined alpaca fair trade earflap hat



Connectagons Woodland Creative Construction Set

Woodland Fairy Home and Posable Fairy Dolls

Chalkscapes Mandalas