With the holidays quickly approaching, many of us are trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone on our lists. While finding a gift the recipient will love is, of course, a top priority, it's also important to feel good about where you're spending your money. So why not take some inspiration from your values and buy solar-powered gifts? Not only will everyone love them, but you'll also feel good about the fact that you've helped increase the use of renewable energy among your friends and family. Who knows, maybe you'll even inspire someone to make the switch to a fully solar-powered home!
In this article, we've rounded up 7 of the best solar-charged holiday gifts for 2019. Keep reading, and prepare to get inspired to purchase thoughtful, earth-friendly gifts for everyone on your list this year!
Do you have a friend who loves getting into the great outdoors on hiking and camping trips and is always looking for ways to decrease their carbon footprint? Or perhaps you know someone who is interested in camping but doesn't want to give up their creature comforts. In either case, the Yeti 150 Solar Generator by Goal Zero is a perfect gift. It's a small but powerful solar generator that's capable of powering everything from phone chargers to TVs. With this generator, they can light up their campsite, charge their camera batteries and laptop, and rest assured that they'll never be caught without a phone on their next trip into the wilderness.
We all have that one friend who either loves spending time on their phone, is intrigued by all the latest technological gadgets, or needs a phone for their job - or perhaps all three! Help them save a little bit of money while doing something good for the planet with this Solar Power Bank by Errbbic. It can recharge two phones simultaneously, is waterproof, and can easily be clipped to a keychain or backpack for quick accessibility.
Solar powered toys are lots of fun, and the fact that they're also educational makes them even better! There's a wide selection available, but a sure favorite is a robot like the Teach Tech Meta.4 Transforming Robot by Elenco. This robot can be disassembled and reassembled to create four different characters, and the solar battery creates a perfect opportunity to teach the next generation about renewable energy.
Help the plant lover in your life create a beautiful water feature for their garden that's totally powered by the sun by giving them a solar water fountain like this one by Lailme (or maybe a whole set!). The powerful solar battery helps propel water 23" into the air, making it a great way to add interest and water circulation in a birdbath or small pond. Place the power bank in a spot with direct sunlight, and the water fountain will have enough power to run all day.
If your child can't get enough of reading under the covers at night, your dad enjoys wood carving, or your aunt loves to knit and crochet on long car rides, help them out with a solar-powered book light. The Solar Rechargeable Book Light by the Solar Book Light Company is a lightweight, powerful lamp that makes it easy to read, knit, or do any other highly visual task even in the dark. When fully charged, the battery provides up to 12 hours of light. And since it's solar-charged, the recipient will never have to worry about losing the charging cable or buying replacement batteries.
Your friend who is constantly throwing outdoor parties will love this 24-foot string of big, colorful solar-powered lights by Upoom. Completely powered by the included rechargeable solar cell, they can choose between different lighting modes such as flashing, waves, fireflies, and more. Charging the lights for 6-8 hours in the sun produces 8-14 hours of illumination that night.
Even though digital online media has taken over most of the world, there's still a few who enjoy the traditional simplicity of radio. A solar-powered radio like this solar-powered AM/FM radio by Hoshine is the perfect gift for someone who enjoys the simple things of life. This radio is pocket-sized, can also be powered with a hand crank, batteries, or traditional electric outlet, and can be used to charge phones and as a flashlight.
Please note: this article is for informational purposes only. Sullivan Solar Power does not receive compensation from any of the companies or products mentioned in this article.