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Smart, green and eco-conscious gift ideas for kids

Smart, green and eco-conscious gift ideas for kids

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A roundup of our favorite planet-friendly presents.

A roundup of our favorite planet-friendly presents.

Smart, green and eco-conscious gift ideas for kids
As any new parent does, I had lofty aspirations of never letting my child watch too much television and not buying endless toys, especially plastic ones. Fast-forward three years, and here we are 30 minutes deep into an episode of Paw Patrol and there are a fair number of toys strewn around my house – most of them plastic. These toys will never decompose and essentially last much longer than my son will ever have a need for.

But let’s be honest, finding quality, affordable eco-conscious kids toys is not as easy as it could or should be. So in an effort to be more conscious of what I buy my tiny human this festive season, I’ve done some searching and come up with a list of my favorite planet-friendly gifts.

For Babies and Toddlers

Axol & Friends

Plush toys with a purpose. This company is incredible. They support multiple facets of sustainability. Their plush toy, Axol, is a cartoon of an Axolotl (endangered Mexican salamander). They also have other endangered species as plushies to raise awareness. All their toys are made of 100% recycled plastic and for each toy purchased, they plant 10 trees. They also support foster children and various other causes.

A Toy Garden

Based in California, A Toy Garden is an online store that offers toys, games, books, and more for kids aged six months and up. What I love about them is that most of their products are made in the USA and high quality. The toys are cute, creative, and interactive.

Green Toys

A beautiful selection of 100% recycled toys. They are safe, durable, and dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. “Our toys are living proof that milk jugs, just like the ones in your refrigerator and recycling bin, can ultimately end up back in your playroom. This helps close the loop for kids because they can see their own environmental efforts in action”. This brand works hard to keep huge amounts of waste from landfills and creates great eco-conscious toys that range from submarines and dump trucks to doctor’s kits and more.

Elves & Angels

This toy company offers exquisite quality wooden toys like kitchen sets, dollhouses, castles, and doll furniture. They use native, locally harvested pine, or red birch. They have a really great pricing policy too, “We sell our products for the lowest price we possibly can 365 days a year and offer free shipping. Shipping is often over $50.00 per box so we feel that that is a pretty good discount.” While their gifts may be a bit more on the pricey side, you can feel confident you are purchasing something that is eco-friendly and will last.

For Arts and Crafts

Green Kid Crafts

This is a monthly experience box filled with eco friendly crafts for kids aged 2 and up.  Each box has 4-6 themed crafts for kids to practice their scientific, engineering, and creative skills. Boxes are shipped right when your order is placed which will ensure you get your kit as fast as possible. Your child will have something to look forward to each month!

Radish Cooking Club for Kids

Spend quality time together and discover new recipes! Give the gift of good food with Radish Cooking Club for Kids. The monthly subscription is available for all diets (gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, vegetarian, and more). Kids develop new cooking skills and confidence in the kitchen, while the family builds memories together. Save $15 on a 6-month membership by using code RADGIFT at checkout!

Gift an Experience

A great option for older kids and teenagers is to gift them with something not material but rather an experience. Things like makeup lessons, SUP lessons, ski lessons, or Segway tours are all fun and a little different.  

Giving Back

Giving back during the holidays is a great way to teach and foster empathy and generosity towards others in our children, and also a great way to start a new family tradition. For younger kids, you can encourage them to each pick a toy (or two) and donate them to kids in need. Older children can be encouraged to get involved in charities like Operation Christmas Child. Or if you’re able to, your whole family can pick a charity that means something to all of you and make a donation to them.  

Adoption

No, I don't mean adopting a kitten from the animal shelter. If, however, adopting a pet is something your family has been considering, then what better time to make that happen than Christmas.

What I'm mostly talking about is a Species Adoption from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The WWF has a Species Adoption Program that allows you to "adopt" a species as a gift and the recipient receives a certificate, postcard, bag, and stuffed animal. To me, this is perhaps the best gift of all because you are teaching your child about wildlife conservation and you’re donating to a great cause.

As any new parent does, I had lofty aspirations of never letting my child watch too much television and not buying endless toys, especially plastic ones. Fast-forward three years, and here we are 30 minutes deep into an episode of Paw Patrol and there are a fair number of toys strewn around my house – most of them plastic. These toys will never decompose and essentially last much longer than my son will ever have a need for.

But let’s be honest, finding quality, affordable eco-conscious kids toys is not as easy as it could or should be. So in an effort to be more conscious of what I buy my tiny human this festive season, I’ve done some searching and come up with a list of my favorite planet-friendly gifts.

For Babies and Toddlers

Axol & Friends

Plush toys with a purpose. This company is incredible. They support multiple facets of sustainability. Their plush toy, Axol, is a cartoon of an Axolotl (endangered Mexican salamander). They also have other endangered species as plushies to raise awareness. All their toys are made of 100% recycled plastic and for each toy purchased, they plant 10 trees. They also support foster children and various other causes.

A Toy Garden

Based in California, A Toy Garden is an online store that offers toys, games, books, and more for kids aged six months and up. What I love about them is that most of their products are made in the USA and high quality. The toys are cute, creative, and interactive.

Green Toys

A beautiful selection of 100% recycled toys. They are safe, durable, and dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. “Our toys are living proof that milk jugs, just like the ones in your refrigerator and recycling bin, can ultimately end up back in your playroom. This helps close the loop for kids because they can see their own environmental efforts in action”. This brand works hard to keep huge amounts of waste from landfills and creates great eco-conscious toys that range from submarines and dump trucks to doctor’s kits and more.

Elves & Angels

This toy company offers exquisite quality wooden toys like kitchen sets, dollhouses, castles, and doll furniture. They use native, locally harvested pine, or red birch. They have a really great pricing policy too, “We sell our products for the lowest price we possibly can 365 days a year and offer free shipping. Shipping is often over $50.00 per box so we feel that that is a pretty good discount.” While their gifts may be a bit more on the pricey side, you can feel confident you are purchasing something that is eco-friendly and will last.

For Arts and Crafts

Green Kid Crafts

This is a monthly experience box filled with eco friendly crafts for kids aged 2 and up.  Each box has 4-6 themed crafts for kids to practice their scientific, engineering, and creative skills. Boxes are shipped right when your order is placed which will ensure you get your kit as fast as possible. Your child will have something to look forward to each month!

Radish Cooking Club for Kids

Spend quality time together and discover new recipes! Give the gift of good food with Radish Cooking Club for Kids. The monthly subscription is available for all diets (gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, vegetarian, and more). Kids develop new cooking skills and confidence in the kitchen, while the family builds memories together. Save $15 on a 6-month membership by using code RADGIFT at checkout!

Gift an Experience

A great option for older kids and teenagers is to gift them with something not material but rather an experience. Things like makeup lessons, SUP lessons, ski lessons, or Segway tours are all fun and a little different.  

Giving Back

Giving back during the holidays is a great way to teach and foster empathy and generosity towards others in our children, and also a great way to start a new family tradition. For younger kids, you can encourage them to each pick a toy (or two) and donate them to kids in need. Older children can be encouraged to get involved in charities like Operation Christmas Child. Or if you’re able to, your whole family can pick a charity that means something to all of you and make a donation to them.  

Adoption

No, I don't mean adopting a kitten from the animal shelter. If, however, adopting a pet is something your family has been considering, then what better time to make that happen than Christmas.

What I'm mostly talking about is a Species Adoption from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The WWF has a Species Adoption Program that allows you to "adopt" a species as a gift and the recipient receives a certificate, postcard, bag, and stuffed animal. To me, this is perhaps the best gift of all because you are teaching your child about wildlife conservation and you’re donating to a great cause.

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