Chic Eco Gift: Laguiole Natura Knives

I've long coveted the beautifully crafted steak knives from Laguiole, France. You know, the ones you often see at high-end restaurants that resemble pocket knives with the little bumble bee on the handle?

They can run up to $100 for four (or five times that for hand-crafted wood handled versions). Unless you score a set of six of these eco-friendly Laguiole Natura knives, available at Crate and Barrel for $39.95.

The knives are made from recycled stainless steel and corn starch handles. So as you slice into your local grass-fed steak, you can feel good about your knife, too.

I dig the chic earth tones. They'd make a perfect holiday gift. Or pair the cheese tool set (above, $29.95) with some fabulous local cheese for your favorite fromager.