Second Nature

Among all the holiday hype, I’m happy when I get the chance to highlight a great Canadian retailer, as I am today, with Ontario-based company The WorldWide Nature Company. A gift store with an eco-friendly and all-natural mandate, the goodies you’ll find here make for stunning, off-the-beaten-path gift choices for just about everyone on your list. Because here’s the thing. You don’t need to be an ecologist to dig one of these pretty picks – you’ve just got to have an appreciation for our natural world, and all the beauty it brings.

Prehistoric Shark Teeth Set – $8
If you’ve got a rock collector on your hands, they’ll definitely get a kick out of The WorldWide Nature Co.’s selection of rock and mineral sampler sets. But if you’re just trying to appease your typical adventure-seeking boy (or girl), this fun set of fossilized shark’s teeth is just the stocking stuffer ticket. Featuring four teeth and fossil fun facts, it’s the type of thing that sets young minds afire, and makes for a really cool collectible they simply wouldn’t come across otherwise. Looking for more serious mineral sets? There’s plenty to choose from, all under the $20 mark.

Framed Butterflies – $35+
Let’s get something out of the way first – before you get up in arms about trapping and framing exotic butterflies, let me assure you, The WorldWide Nature Co. actually uses sustainable butterfly farms to source their stunning specimens. While these farms allow for capture of butterflies for the purposes of artwork, they also help breed hundreds of butterflies (some that are often on the brink of extinction) and release the majority of them back into the wild. With that out of the way, consider this as an earthy alternative to a framed art print. With dozens of colours, breeds, and combinations, you can dress up any wall with a pop of this au naturel art work. Buy one for your parents’ cottage, or inspire a budding entomologist with a specimen of their own. Butterflies not your thing? There’s also framed arachnids and insects.

Nyokki – $11 each
Call this Japan’s 21st century answer to the Chia Pet – each ceramic egg-shaped planter comes ready-to-grow with rye grass seed that grows in as little as two weeks. Tuck it in your child’s stocking for a chance to experiment with nature. Simply place it in the window and watch as the animal of your choice grows a wild ‘head of hair’ you can trim and cut over and over again. Fun and cute, with a side of earthiness – a total win!

Soapstone Carvings – $20+
Nothing quite says Canadiana like a piece of hand-carved Inuit-style art – like these stunning soapstone sculptures available in a dozens and dozens of shapes and styles from wild animals to Inuit to Inukshuks. Each piece is lovingly handmade, and fits into virtually any decor. Handpick a piece to dress up dad’s desk or splurge on a set of bookends to add polish to your bookshelves. There’s a massive range of price points and sculpture choices, making this a surefire hit with anyone on your gift list.

EcoSpheres- $79 – $490
Forgo the fish tank and opt for one of these gorgeous self-sustaining ecosystems from EcoSphere. Each aquatic glass habitat includes marine shrimp, algae, bacteria, and other microorganisms, meaning your sea creatures can actually feed themselves from the contents within. You also don’t ever have to get down and dirty to clean the thing: your EcoSphere comes with two magnets (one permanently inside, and one outside). Simply match them up to clean the tank when excess algae builds up. Go for a petite bullet-shaped ready-assembled tank for your front hall table or get a larger one to put on display in your office or living room. You can also opt for one of the company’s BYOES (that’s build-your-own-eco-system) and gift it to kids, particularly those that aren’t quite ready to take care of their own animals but could still learn a thing or twenty simply by building their own EcoSphere. Special note: The WorldWide Nature Co. is actually the exclusive Canadian manufacturer distributor for this ultra cool gift item (and its fun accessories make for great gift ideas post-Christmas).

Want to make your gift list one person shorter this holiday season? You could be in luck – I’m giving away a Medium Ecosphere (valued at $185) to a truly lucky reader. If you want that reader to be you, here’s how to enter:

1) Leave a comment by December 14th with the gift idea from The WorldWide Nature Company you’re most in love with.

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around December 15th to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Like The WorldWide Nature Company on Facebook + sign up for their newsletter for two bonus entries. Be sure to leave your Facebook username in the comments below so I can credit you + leave a comment on The WorldWide Nature Company Facebook page. 

118 Responses to “Second Nature”
  1. janicour says:

    Chrysiridia Riphearia
    I Loved this butterfly. althought the medium ecosphere was also a favourite . Facebook fan Janice E Cournoyer and signed up for the email. .

  2. Lindsay S says:

    My favourite item is the medium ecosphere and the wolf soapstone figure.

    Facebook fan (Lindsay Steeves) and signed up for the newsletter.

  3. Evan says:

    The (EcoSphere – Medium Sphere) sure looks cool & impressive from their site! That would be my selection. Thank you.

  4. Melissa says:

    Loving the Nyokki! 2 will def be in my kids stockings! But I really love the ecosystems! My Daughters school is a David Suzuki school and they are all about the environment. Her class would love to have and learn all about these ecosystems! Very cool 🙂

  5. Taps says:

    The butterfly frame!

  6. Gina says:

    My daughter would like the shark teeth set – she had a grade 2 teacher that collected them and he gave a number of students a tooth – she really treasures it. (she’s 7 by the way). I may have to order some of the shark teeth for a stocking gift – unusual if you ask me, but I know she will love it!

  7. Caroline says:

    I really like the EcoSphere – Small Sphere. It is like a little self sustaining planet and would look amazing on my desk. Talk about a stress buster! What an amazing gift! I bookmarked the page after I watched the video

  8. I really like the Inuit in the kayak. And the shark’s teeth are seriously cool.

  9. Lyndsey Krepela says:

    I really like the Nyokki. I’ve been trying to figure out how to introduce my young daughter to a plant in her room and this might just be the perfect thing!

  10. April Campbell says:

    soapstone carvings

  11. kittypride says:

    I am fascinated by the framed butterflies, so lovely.

  12. Holly Sproule says:

    I love the Ecosphere kits but the Nyokki’s are very cute! I also liked them on fb.

  13. Hannah says:

    The Ecospheres are too cool. I think the bullet ones would be a standout gift idea for anyone’s housewarming.

  14. Marlene says:

    EcoSpheres are so cool 🙂

  15. Andrea says:

    I like the frame butterflies. They are really cool, my boys would love some of those in their bedroom 🙂

  16. Andrea says:

    liked them on facebook (Andrea Amy) and signed up for their newsletter (using my gmail account as I no longer get the emails to confirm to my hotmail account for some reason)

  17. sandy says:

    i love the ecospheres! they are amazing.

  18. sandy says:

    i liked them on fb, thanks! (sandy orourke)

  19. Wendy Dickinson says:

    Liked on Facebook as Wendy Dickinson.

  20. Wendy Dickinson says:

    Subscribed to there newsletter.

  21. Wendy Dickinson says:

    After snooping around the site and seeing how many wonderful and beautiful items they have i’ve narrowed it down to the Callithea Lepreuri Butterfly or the Jade Inukshuk Necklace or the Nyokki – Froggie.

    Too many amazing items to choose just 1!

    msdickinson28 at hotmail dot com

  22. Susan says:

    It’s a tie between the Ecosphere and the soap stone carving of the seal!

  23. anita f says:

    I Like the Soapstone Carvings

  24. Sean Pynaert says:

    ecosphere small sphere is my favourite

  25. Jeff says:

    I like the Ecosphere

  26. Anne Taylor says:

    I’ve always had a thing for rocks so my favourite thing is the Natural Gemstone Collection – Jewels in the Rough


    nancyrobster at gmail dot com

  27. Anne Taylor says:

    Like The WorldWide Nature Company on Facebook + sign up for their newsletter

    Anne Taylor


    nancyrobster at gmail dot com

  28. Adina H. says:

    I like the Soapstone Carvings.

  29. Suzanne says:

    I like the large sphere ecosystem.

  30. Suzanne says:

    I like the worldwide nature company on FB

  31. beewbedard says:

    I like the Chrysiridia Riphearia for my hubby

  32. Suzanne says:

    My FB name is Suzanne Giroux and I commented

  33. Suzanne says:

    I subscribed to their newsletter

  34. Debbie Petch says:

    I love the Eco-Sphere!

  35. rhea says:

    The tear drop shaped eco sphere is so pretty. Its my favourite

  36. I am totally in love with the Ecosphere!!!!

  37. Victoria says:

    I like the soapstone carvings

  38. Burcu says:

    EcoSpheres look really cool

  39. I love the EcoSpheres..thanks for the giveaway!

  40. Tina says:

    I like the EcoSphere -Small Pod

  41. julia g says:

    The EcoSphere’s are pretty amazing.

    I have signed up for the newsletter and liked their Facebook page.

  42. leah says:

    i love the large water drop ecosphere…so pretty!

  43. Tania B says:

    I really love the Nyokki – Kitty – I think my nephew would love it! What great gifting ideas these all are.

  44. Tania B says:

    I liked the Worldwide Nature Company on Facebook (Tania Bugnet) and commented on their page. I’ve also signed up for the newsletter with the email below. Thx

  45. Nancy says:

    the EcoSphere -medium sphere

  46. Mike Gismondi says:

    I love the butterfly pictures!

  47. Angela Griffin says:

    The ecosphere terrarium are great!

  48. Mike Gismondi says:

    like on FB (mike gismondi)

  49. brenda lacourciere says:

    Soapstone Carvings – $20+

  50. Victoria Ess says:

    Like them as Victoria Ess on FB

  51. pacificnxnw says:

    I love the ecospheres! What a neat idea!

  52. intensev5 says:

    I really like the Soapstone Carvings of penguins

  53. Carol Oddy says:

    Really like the soap stone carvings, very nice…really like the guy in the canoe.

  54. I would looooove the
    rebthecatsitter at gmail dot com

  55. I like the The WorldWide Nature Company on Facebook (Rebecca Roberts)

  56. I subscribe to the The WorldWide Nature Company newsletter!

  57. LS says:

    I love the ecospheres!

  58. Sarah says:

    The Nyokki are cute

  59. Jessica Lord says:

    i love the Ecospheres!

  60. Michael says:

    I love the ecospheres – any size would make me very happy indeed!

  61. Brenda Penton says:

    I like the EcoSphere – Medium Sphere, or any for that matter. I think the ecospheres are pretty neat!

  62. Chris Carter says:

    I love the ecosphere’s as well as the butterflies!

  63. Pamalot says:

    I like the From The Oceans Of The World

  64. Pat B says:

    I particularly like the Soapstone Carvings

  65. Mary VanderValk says:

    My favorite is the EcoSpheres!! Those are so cool!!!!! 🙂

  66. Lucky1 says:

    I love the EcoSpheres, so amazing!

  67. I absolutely love the ecospheres!

  68. The EcoSpheres are a awesome idea, just love them but they are soooo expensive =( I am a facebook fan and signed up for their newsletter, I would love love love to win one!!!! FB name Cheryl MacIntyre

  69. debra says:

    love the ecospheres and the soapstone carvings

  70. aly3360 says:

    I love the Papilio Lorquainus with matt. Framed butterflies are gorgeous and I have two people on my christmas list who would love it! too! Thanks for the chance!!

    ayoung3360 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  71. aly3360 says:

    I like the world wide nature company on facebook (Amber Lynn)

  72. Brook says:

    The ecospheres are very serene!

  73. Alison K says:

    The gift idea from The WorldWide Nature Company I’m most in love with is their “EcoSpheres- $79 – $490”. I’ve always admired these but because of their price tag, have only done so from afar, so thank you for offering up one to the winner. Though I would enjoy gifting this to my nephew, let’s just say he’s too young to appreciate it so I’ll hold on for it for a while 😉

    Bonus Entry: Liked The WorldWide Nature Company on Facebook & left a comment (Alison K) + sign up for their newsletter, “Your subscription to our list has been confirmed.”

    Thank you.

  74. Chelena says:

    My favorite is EcoSpheres! That is so cool!!
    It’s really neat looking and the concept is cool too!

    +like +newsletter for sure! Such a neat site!

  75. I have twin nieces that are very very different – and share a bedroom. They would both LOVE the EcoSphere – Large Waterdrop, one would be amazed with the shape and cosmetic beauty of it, and the other one would be interested with what is in it. It would be the pefect gift !

  76. Liked their facebook – heather holmberg
    signed up for their email –

  77. Sandy says:

    The ecoshperes! They are beautiful!

  78. Angela Gray says:

    I love love love the ecospheres! So neat and interesting!

  79. prairiebelle says:

    I like the EcoSphere – XL Sphere


  80. prairiebelle says:

    I signed up for the newsletter with


  81. prairiebelle says:

    I like The WorldWide Nature Company on facebook as belinda m


  82. mousecat says:

    I love the Eco Spheres!!

  83. Sarah says:

    I really like the eco sphere.

  84. Stacey says:

    i love the eco sphere!

  85. melinda walker says:

    framed butterfly.

  86. Raz H. says:

    The Eco-Sphere would be a great gift. Liked on FB – Raz.Haque.58

  87. Joan G says:

    The soapstone carvings are truly works of art – my favourite is the goose.

  88. Dee B says:

    I love the ecosphere-what a neat idea!

  89. sarah p says:

    I like the medium ecoshere sphere

  90. sarah p says:

    I liked their facebook page, sarah perry

  91. sarah p says:

    I subscribed to their newsletter with the same email that I commented with here 🙂

  92. Kelly P says:

    I have a few framed bugs & butterflies! I think they are much more interesting than framed pictures or paintings. I love the ecosperes! They look amazing!

  93. Tanya says:

    I love the EcoSphere Kits and want one!!

  94. Tanya says:

    I signed up for the newsletter: tagna09 (at) gmail (dot) com

  95. Tanya says:

    Liked on fb and commented on a post as Tanya Campbell.

  96. Melanie says:

    The ecosphere medium sphere! I’d love one in my office but would probably keep it at home for the kids.

  97. stacey dempsey says:

    I collect rocks and fossils so the Fossil Collection is really cool too

  98. Julie G. says:

    The Eco Sphere Small Pod is stunning! I think I’d have to keep it for myself!

  99. lori butler says:

    The Eco Spheres are amazing, I would keep it with me at work since this is where I spend most of my time.

  100. lori butler says:

    I have liked and commented on the World wide Nature Company on facebook

  101. stacey h says:

    i love the Ecospheres

  102. Ali says:

    An Ecosphere of course! That seems like an awesome item! 🙂

  103. Elaan says:

    I love the Nyokki, and the Ecospheres!
    I also liked them on FB as Mize Bee.

  104. Bev says:

    I LOVE those Ecospheres! Great Christmas gifts for the kidlets.

  105. tara says:

    beautiful butterfly specimens

  106. aimee says:

    love the ecosperes and the butterflys

  107. Andrea says:

    I love the EcoSphere! Liked Facebook page, commented, and signed up for the newsletter (Andrea Power). Thanks!

  108. lisa bolduc says:

    i think the Nyokki is a pretty nifty idea to get the kids involved

  109. I cannot decide between the butterfly collection or the ecosystem. They are both so unique.

  110. darci says:

    I like the inukshuk necklace!

  111. Yvonne Dean says:

    Love the soapstone carvings

  112. Stacey M says:

    The Eco Sphere Small Pod is awesome!

  113. darringleannedleanne says:

    I really love the framed butterflies
    facebook name leanne vandorpel

  114. caroneko says:

    I love the husky star marble carvings.

  115. caroneko says:

    I like The WorldWide Nature Company on Facebook (Caroline Morin).

  116. caroneko says:

    I’ve signed up for The WorldWideNature Company e-mails (

  117. Karen says:

    The Eco Spheres are an amazing idea!

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