For your friend who wants to get back to basics, reduce his or her carbon footprint and look good doing it all, we present these gifts with the environment, sustainability and even a little homesteading in mind.

For your friend who wants to get back to basics, reduce his or her carbon footprint and look good doing it all, we present these gifts with the environment, sustainability and even a little homesteading in mind.

Warm Heart Hand Warmers

Offer your friend an alternative to those chemical-laden, plastic wrapped disposables sold at drugstores and sporting goods shops. To keep fingers toasty during outdoor hikes and other winter adventures, tote a couple of these rice-filled packets ($18) after zapping them for 45 seconds in a microwave. These are fair-trade items handcrafted by people in Guatemala. Global Gifts, 682 N. High St., Short North,globalgiftsft.com

Cultures for Health starters

Despite advances like refrigeration and preservatives, fermentation is having a moment! If your friend or loved one can't get enough good bacteria, is perpetually toting a bottle of kombucha or adding kimchee to something, these starters will appeal. Cultures for Health makes starters (around $13) for yogurt, kombucha, sourdough bread, kefir, sour cream, tempeh and more. City Folks Farm Shop, 4760 N. High St., Clintonville, 614-946-5553,cityfolksfarmshop.com

Leeners You Make Kits

This northern Ohio business is a one-stop-shop for people who want to make their own foods from scratch, including beer, wine and cheese. These starter kits ($15-$33) come with all the hard-to-find ingredients your favorite maker needs to make soft cheese or squeaky cheese curds. Just be sure you get an invitation to the tasting party. City Folks Farm Shop;leeners.com

The Jones Market baby-friendly necklaces

Ladies with or without little ones will appreciate the colors and craftsmanship of these bead-and-fabric necklaces ($28 and up) that just happen to be safe for gnawing. Candis Jones started making these for friends in 2011 and slowly discovered that they appeal to fat little exploring hands and mouths, too. Simply Vague, Polaris Fashion Place, 1500 Polaris Parkway, North Side, shoplocalohio.com;thejonesmarket.com

Bamboo utensil set

For the person who eats lunch at her desk most days, plastic cutlery really adds up. Other portable, reusable utensil sets tend to be unwieldy, too utilitarian (what is the need for a spoon, fork and knife in one piece?), or just plain ugly. This canvas packet ($13) of knife, fork, spoon and chopsticks checks off all requirements and even comes with a carabiner in case you want to strap your utensils to your belt and climb a big rock with them. Whole Foods Market, 3670 W. Dublin Granville Road, Dublin, 614-760-5556,wholefoodsmarket.com