11 Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas Your Toddler Will Love
Ever get the feeling that plastics have dominated the toy aisles? It’s not your imagination. Plastics are a cheaper way to create toys. They’re also much more toxic. Phthalates, BPAs, PVC, and more all lurk in the toys you give your little ones to explore and play with.
As we know all too well, kids like to get a hands-on experience with toys. That means they not only hold them in their hands but also chew and suck on them. This constant contact with these chemical agents can lead to health problems down the road.
That’s why making meaningful eco-friendly gift choices now can have the greatest impact. And guess what? These eco-friendly options are fun and adored by the kids that use them.
This year, put eco-friendly gifts under your tree and you’ll start a new tradition toward a better lifestyle for your kids and loved ones. Here are 11 eco-friendly gift ideas for toddlers that they will love and will bring you peace of mind knowing they’re a safe choice.
This adorable, wooden developmental toy is so much fun for toddlers ages 12 months and up. It has the perfect assembly of musical activities to encourage any budding musician to play. And play they will with the 4 spinners, a tail that serves as a maraca, a xylophone, saddle blankets and mallets, and more!
Got a little one on your list that loves to explore those fine motor skills? This wooden activity set will keep little hands busy at all times. While they work on those motor skills and precision practices, this natural pine wood set is a boy’s dream come true!
This beautiful and eco-friendly toy is handmade with love. Made from un-varnished solid lime wood that’s sustainably sourced, there is no glue binding it together. The colorful non-toxic, lacquer-free, and smooth pieces help develop hand-eye coordination, imaginative play, and problem solving. With 7 blocks in varying sizes, your toddler 12 months and up will get into this natural landscape-building stacking game.
Toy kitchens are something that most toddlers will beg for. On top of taking up tons of space, they’re all made from plastic. Now you can get the best of both worlds for the littles you love with this special kitchen setup, made from safe fabrics. The elaborate design can be tied to any chair when it’s time for play and easily removed and stored when it’s time to clean up.
5. Zara Doll
When your toddler wants a doll to call her own but she’s too little for small parts and you don’t want her noshing on plastic, choose this beautiful Zara Doll. The face is hand-embroidered. So too are the removable dress and bows. Inside, the doll is filled with hypoallergenic poly fiber so it’s a safe choice that’s free of allergens and toxins. Plus, you’ll be doing even more good as 10% of the price of every Zara Doll sold is donated to a charity for children.
Not every gift for a baby or toddler needs to be a toy. One thing they’ll come to love is the cozy warmth and softness of a hooded baby towel by Land of the Wee. This adorable eco-friendly brand uses nature as the inspiration for its designs. They’re all made from sustainably-sourced bamboo which is not only soft but also durable too. Plus, it comes with a reusable bag that you’ll find countless ways to use.
When your kids beg you for one of those plastic play houses, choose this incredibly detailed camper instead. Made with safe materials, it lets kids play imaginatively in an open-ended way while keeping them away from those chemical compounds you’re trying to avoid.
Encouraging kids to express an interest into photographic arts is a great idea. Now you can do it without buying them more cheap plastic. With this handmade wooden toy camera, kids can play with the kaleidoscope lens and pretend to take photos of their favorite people and places.
Plastic toys never last as long as wood. With this adorable wooden grocery store by Melissa & Doug, kids ages 3 and up can have gobs of fun cranking the conveyor belt, bagging up groceries, using the beeping scanner, and opening the cash drawer. Edges are smooth and curved to keep things extra safe. While you’ll need to buy the produce set separately, it’s a wonderful and fun way to keep little ones engaged.
Talk about green tea!! Young hosts can serve up a pot of tea while doing something really good for the earth. Like all Green Toys products, their Tea Set is made from eco-friendly materials, helping to reduce fossil fuel use and CO2 emissions, all in the name of Good Green Fun™! This 17-piece set includes tea pot and lid, sugar bowl with lid, creamer, 4 cups, 4 saucers, and 4 spoons.
Don’t forget to stuff those little stockings with something meaningful too! Instead of candy or more plastic junk, fill it with one of these non-toxic, hypoallergenic, and non-GMO bubble baths or bath bombs from the Land of the Wee store. Bath time will be more fun and extra special for little ones. Pair it with those hooded towels and you’ll have the perfect comfort waiting for your child at the end of a busy day of all that learning and play!