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Shopping for kids is hard, like really hard. Especially if you don’t have children of your own and never seem to know what is best for their age. Lucky for you I’ve got a gift guide that should suit a vast array of children.
The Eco-Friendly Gift Guide For Kids
Infant 0- 12 months
The great thing about babies is that they’re pretty content playing with just about anything. This is not the time to splurge on toys or clothes. If there’s really anything you want to get the baby I would recommend some great books to encourage their love of reading (Maddie loves storytime.)
Here’s some other great options if you want to do a bit more:
Live Clean Baby Starter Gift Set $22.99 from Well.ca
We were gifted this gift set and it has been one of my favourites! Madison is nearly a year old and we haven’t even finished the bottle of baby wash yet even though we use it every other day.
Green Toys Stacking Cups $14.97 from Well.ca
One of Madison’s favourite things to play with are cups. Why? I don’t know, but it seems like a real hit.
Sophie So Pure Teether $19.97 from Well.ca
Sophie the Giraffe is a popular teething toy. Though Maddie doesn’t actually own one, I know many other Mothers that swear by it.
Hevea Organic Rubber Pacifier $9.99 from Well.ca
A more natural option to typical plastic soothers. However, it’s probably best to make sure they don’t have an allergy first.
Gently used secondhand clothing
Babies grow so fast. Why anyone buys clothes brand new is beyond me. Check with the parents first to see if secondhand clothing is okay (it usually is!) The nice thing is you can get more bang for your buck.
Toddler 1-3 years
This is when children start to get “fun,” as a parent would describe it. They’re more hands on so anything that can keep them busy for a while is appreciated!
Melissa & Doug Shape Sorting Dump Truck $24.99 from Well.ca
Both a fun toy and educational; one thing I’ve noticed from my nearly one year old daughter is that she doesn’t understand the concept of shapes yet (so this might help!)
Green Toys Salad Set $25.97 from Well.ca
Green toys makes their products with recycled plastic. A much better option to buying toys with freshly made plastic.
Hape Toys Creative Peg Puzzle $24.99 from Well.ca
Educational and entertaining; the perfect toy.
Green Toys Tool Set $38.97 from Well.ca
Start their love of fixing things today! Again, made with recycled plastic.
Hape Toys Mighty Mini Band $49.99 from Well.ca
Let’s be real, a parent would never buy this for their child. That’s why it’s up to a devoted friend or family member to ensure that all the headaches are had. But really, kids would love this!
Tegu Magnetic Wooden Block Set $89.99 from Well.ca
Wooden blocks are staple for children, don’t you agree? With these they aren’t limited to just stacking though… it’s like a more eco-friendly version of lego.
Child 4-7 years
Getting a little bit more sophisticated in what they require; trying to find eco-friendly gifts starts to become a real struggle. Many toys include plastic and stickers (two very non-environmentally friendly things.)
Green Toys Cake Maker Dough Set $32.97 from Well.ca
One thing I remember fondly from my childhood is my little kiddie kitchen. Though mine was not eco-friendly in any way, shape or form. This is a much better alternative.
Hape Toys Shark Fishery $29.98 from Well.ca
I remember loving this game as a kid, so I knew I needed to add it. Plus, this one is made from bamboo instead of plastic.
Hape Toys Checkout Register $39.99 from Well.ca
I can’t be the only kid who loved pretending to work at a store, right? This one is completely wooden.
Crayons + Colouring Books
A simple way to keep kids busy without breaking the bank; give them some crayons and colouring books. I stole this trick from my Oma.
Origami Kits $8.99 from Well.ca
Origami is cool for any age.
A fun and creative past time!
Alex Eco Crafts $29.99 from Well.ca
Keep them busy with a bunch of eco-friendly crafts.
There’s nothing better than the feeling of finishing a puzzle! Opt for puzzle difficulties that are age appropriate (no 1000 piece puzzles quite yet.)
Books are always a great gift to encourage some good old fashioned reading. This year I opted to get personalized books by Wonderbly for the children in our family. They turned out amazing and I’m hoping they grow up with the love of reading.
I also love the way Wonderbly packaged and shipped the books without any plastic whatsoever.
Similar to what I listed on my other eco-friendly gift guide, nothing can beat some quality time. Both for parents and kids. Instead of gifting something you’re not sure that someone needs, extend the option for babysitting, a day trip to a museum or to the movies.
A donation in their name
Something my grandparents used to do is give a donation to WWF in my name. Instead of extra clutter you receive a little certificate and some information about where the donation goes. You can choose a variety of charities including WWF, Unicef, The Nature Conservancy, Rainforest Alliance, and the Ocean Conservancy to name a few.
There we have it! I hope this gift list is of some use to you. As always, I encourage that you do not buy in excess.
If you missed my other Eco-Friendly Gift Guides, go check them out!