10 Affordable and Practical Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season

Now-a-days people are more focused on buying gifts with a specific purpose in mind. Gone are the days of purchasing an impractical gift just for the sake of saying you gave someone a present. We understand what it’s like to streamline our household budgets, but at the same time we are savvier about giving gifts that will be remembered and appreciated for years to come. Filters Fast offers 10 functional and reasonably priced gift-giving suggestions to consider:

Water Filter Pitchers: This gift is ideal for college students or apartment dwellers who want filtered drinking water that is convenient, portable and reusable. See our selection of space-saving water filter pitchers available from Brita, Mavea, Pur, GE, Omnifilter and 3M Filtrete.

Klean Kanteen Wine Karafe: This 27 ounce wine carafe is made from BPA free, food-grade brushed stainless steel, wine enthusiast who wants to avoid taking a heavy wine bottle or decanter on a hike, carriage ride or picnic. that does not impart any unsavory flavors into your wine or other beverages. This gift is ideal for the wine enthusiast who wants to avoid taking a heavy wine bottle or decanter on a hike, carriage ride or picnic.

Sprite Baby Shower Water FilterSprite Baby Shower: The Sprite Baby Shower is the perfect gift for parents with infants. It features a small easy-to-hold handle and uses an adapter to attach to your kitchen sink faucet to easily bathe your infant. Replacement filters are available for continued use.

Fluval C3 Aquarium Power Filter SystemThis high performance system produces optimum aquarium filtration foryour tropical fish lover. The Fluval Aquarium Filtration System is designed for quick and easy maintenance with built-in features to remind you when components need to be cleaned or replaced.

Crane Animal Cool Mist Humidifiers: These ultrasonic cool mist humidifiers features assorted fun animal designs to choose from. Crane humidifiers will help a child breathe easier at night, while preventing dry skin and chapped lips triggered by dry indoor air.

Dog It Fresh and Clear Pet Water FountainDog It and Cat It Fresh and Clear Water Fountains: Do not forget about your pampered pooch or feline this holiday season. The Fresh and Clear Water Fountains for cats and dogs, constantly recirculates water to provide a steady stream of cool, crisp and clean water for your pets. With a sleek modern design, this fountain can help to prevent recurrent kidney or urinary tract infections in your pets.

Plane Clean Air Filter: The Plane Clean Air Filter is just the thing for the frequent flyer in your family. This airplane air filter is designed to help you breathe easier while you fly. It easily attaches to the overhead nozzle in most planes and helps to remove approximately 99.5% of bacteria and viruses from the air stream.

Watersafe Science Project Kit: This gift is great for your science aficionado. This test kit compares water quality and is easy for elementary students to use, yet scientifically sophisticated enough for high school experiments or projects. Available in a 4-pack or 10-pack value set.

Klean Kanteen Sippy Cup: Kids can now enjoy their favorite drink from an environmentally safe, stylish and BPA-free water bottle. This 12-ounce water bottle can easily provide a cool drink for younger kids and comes in a marine blue or pastel pink finish.

Katadyn MyBottle Water Purifier: This gift is perfect for the hiker, camper or outdoor enthusiast. The Katadyn advanced water bottle filtration system can be used with untreated fresh water sources such as lakes, rivers and streams. This water bottle purifier includes the technology of a microbial purification filter cartridge and is ideal for emergency and natural disaster situations.

President’s Cancer Panel recommends Water Filters

In a new report, the President’s Cancer Panel recommends the use of water filters and reusable water bottles to reduce cancer causing agents. While the President’s Cancer Panel acknowledges that public water filtration plants remove some contaminants, it also maintains that “current technologies cannot remove them all.”

The 240-page report examined a variety of chemicals, contaminants and hazards that can enter our water, soil and air through a variety of sources, such as industrial, agricultural, technological, medical and natural.

“Filtering home tap or well water can decrease exposure to numerous known or suspected carcinogens and endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Unless the home water source is known to be contaminated, it is preferable to use filtered tap water instead of commercially bottled water.”

Many of the water filters we carry reduce the contaminants featured in the report, including Atrazine and other herbicides or pesticides, Radon, Mercury, Bisphenol-A, phosphate, arsenic, and “endocrine disrupting chemicals” such as DDT / DDE, pesticides, bisphenol A, and some metals.

We also carry water filters that will remove many of the by-products that result from disinfects like chlorine. These inclue chloroform, bromoform and other trihalomethanes (THMs).

Since they advocate against bottled water, you’re probably wondering what they recommend for transporting your filtered tap water:

“Storing and carrying water in stainless steel, glass, or BPA- and phthalate-free containers will reduce exposure to endocrine-disrupting and other chemicals that may leach  into water from plastics. This action also will decrease the need for plastic bottles, the manufacture of which produces toxic by-products, and reduce the need to dispose of and recycle plastic bottles.”

Later, the report states that biologically-active levels of BPA were found in an estimated 93 percent of Americans.

We have several reusable water bottles, including a line of Klean Kanteen water bottles. These are stainless steel water bottles and, in accordance with the above recommendation, they are BPA free water bottles. If you are a parent, you might want to consider the Klean Kanteen Sippy Cup, since “children are far more vulnerable to environmental toxins and radiation than adults.”