2005 Holiday Gift Guide: Shopping Bags

The eco-minded chef on your list will probably love some re-useable shopping bags - okay, so it's not the sexiest gift ever, but trust us, eco-minded chefs love gifts like this.

The unbleached cotton shopping bags from Dharma Trading are classic. We use the Shoulder Sling and Carry All (both $4.95), the Cool Tote ($5.79), and for big hauls, the Really Big Bag ($11.95)

Walker's Light Nylon Totes are pricey, but chic... they come in 9 colors and wad up into a tiny fist-size ball. ($22) Walker is currently offering free shipping in the U.S.

The Frida Mexican Market Bag is a classic Mexican market bag. ($8) click here for their large selection of other colorful, inexpensive bags.

A Hemp Grocery Bag in Cayenne Red or Black ($14.29) is a sturdy, stylish choice that can be used for more than just groceries.

For the traditionalist, stock up on some Classic String Market Bags (from $4)

Canvas Bag in Black for the New Yorker who just won't be seen with a natural-colored bag over their shoulder. ($7)

Here's a bag made entirely of banana leaves! Abaca Market Bag ($8.95)

Finally, if you must, if you dare... make your own Crochet Market Bag.