Gift Guide: Environmentally-friendly Gifts for Kids
By Susan Iovenitti
Who said holiday shopping for your little one meant that you had to stand in line at midnight for the latest “must-have” toy?
This year, ditch the big box stores and check out these fun eco-friendly gifts for the kiddos in your life. Smiles are sure to follow!
Repurposed Sweater Animal Mittens
Keep little hands warm this winter with these up-cycled animal mittens from Uncommon Goods. The mittens are handmade from repurposed sweaters found in donation stores. Worried that the wool may be itchy? Fear not! The inside of the mitten is a soft eco-polyfleece.
Felt Food Mix
Little ones love to cook in the kitchen just like you! And these handcrafted fabric foods from LittleFruits let them pretend to cook in an eco-friendly way. The set comes with a re-usable shopping tote and is filled with five LittleFruits. And, if you are looking for more fruits and veggies for your tot, there are plenty more to choose from (we’re particularly fond of the avocado.)
Owl Art Display Clips & Recycled Number Crayons
Running out of space on the front of the fridge? Gift one of these owl art display clips from MapleShadeKids for your budding artist. Each set is made from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified poplar wood, painted with non-toxic paints and has five feet of natural, biodegradable jute twine for hanging masterpieces.
And, while you’re shopping for your little VanGogh, check out these recycled number crayons from hazey4real. Each set comes with ten number crayons (0-9), and is made from recycled non-toxic crayons that would otherwise end up in the trash.
Gnome Cloth Doll For Baby
If you’re looking to get your baby his or her first doll, these gnome cloth dolls from tadpolecreations can’t be beat. Each doll is made by hand using vibrant organic or reclaimed fabrics and Italian linen. It is a gift sure to keep their hands busy for quite some time. (And the best part is that they can be washed on a cool setting in your washer.)
Carbon Offset Chet Doll
Carbon Offset Chet, the Global Green Pals pilot, flies a solar powered plane around the world and would love to land in your home. He’s part of the Global Green Pals gang, and every time you purchase one of their dolls a portion of the proceeds will support earth-saving efforts around the globe via One Percent for the Planet.
Chet stands 12 inches tall and is made from certified organic cotton and 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic.
“Home, home on the range…”
Pick (no pun intended) up an eco-friendly banjo this holiday season from The Land of Nod for your little rock star. Made from sustainable North American wood, this five-string, kid-sized banjo is sure to keep the holidays rocking. Need an accompanying instrument? No problem with the A-Okay Ukelele.
Have your kids doing 360 flips all year long with these bamboo skateboards from BambooSk8. Each deck is made from sustainable bamboo from managed forests and the production waste is recycled into other bamboo products by the company. Grab one and have them off the couch and carving pavement in no time.
Organic Storage Bin
When the holidays are over, you’ll need a place to store all of the new goodies that were given to your munchkin. These 100% organic cotton and eco-spun felt canvas storage bins are a must have! 3 Sprouts has a wide variety of animals to choose from, but we’re particularly fond of the masked raccoon.