12 Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas That Are Good For Your Children & Mother Nature
Updated: Apr 11
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.
The products you purchase make an impact. When you buy eco-friendly products, your voting with your dollars for a better lifestyle for your children and a healthier planet. Here are 11 eco-friendly gift ideas for toddlers that they will love and will also bring you peace of mind.
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 12 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 genius 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.
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 doll from Cuddle & Kind. Hand crafted in Peru from 100% cotton yarn and even comes with its own birthday, personality and favorite quote that children love. Also, this product is Fair Trade and supports women artisans and for every doll purchased the company pledges to feed 10 children. This product is a win in so many ways.
Note: This is not sold as two dolls. This image displays the two size options available.
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. All our signature hooded towels are made from sustainably-sourced bamboo which is not only soft and extremely absorbent, but also durable too. Plus, instead of single use plastics, our towel comes with a reusable wet dry bag that promises to save the day when you have a wet mess on your hands.
When your kids beg you for one of those bulky plastic play houses, delight them with this incredibly detailed camper instead. Made with 100%-percent cotton materials and a wood frame, it lets kids play imaginatively in an open-ended way while keeping being easier to store or move inside when winter rolls around and is a choice that supports less plastic in the world.
Let them explore and imagine life from medieval times with this easy set-up card board castle. This blank canvas will provide them hours of fun as they bring this fortress to life with their own creativity and imagination. Also, note this fun product is made in the USA.
Encouraging kids to express an interest into photographic arts is a great idea. Now you can do it without buying them more dumpster bound 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!
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