GREEN GIFT GUIDE 2008: For Tots
It’s the children in our lives who will inherit this planet from us, and as grownups, its our duty to keep it clean and green for their future. Kids naturally gravitate towards environmental stewardship, so encourage their ecological leanings with these cute, fun, eco-friendly holiday gifts this year.
Is there anything cuter than this crocheted bear ear hat? We think not. Suitable for babies, toddlers, and really anyone who wants to make like a bear and cozy up on a chilly day, these 100% organic cotton hats are crocheted by Amy Mohlenhoff, and can be made to order in whichever size you desire.
$68 from the Inhabitatshop
Will you be celebrating your baby’s first Christmas this holiday season? Make it extra special by starting an eco-holiday ornament collection for him or her to cherish for years to come. This beautifully simple Baby’s First Christmas ornament is both an ornament and a stacking toy for your growing baby to play with.
These wooden mushroom kaleidoscopes from Plan Toys are perfect for small hands and inquisitive minds. Made with organic rubberwood, formaldehyde-free glue, non-toxic, water based dyes and finishes, these cute little kaleidoscopes are 100% eco-friendly.
Find another excuse to hug your little one with Oeuf’s adorable ‘Hug-me’ sweater. This alpaca wool child’s sweater comes with cute mitten-shaped pockets sewn into the front – perfect for warming little (and big) hands.
Who doesn’t love legwarmers? Our favorite Brooklyn kids outfitters Oeuf have created these adorable striped Alpaca wool ‘leggies’, which are perfect for keeping your little tots toasty in the winter. By providing a sustainable flow of income to indigenous Bolivian craftswomen, Oeuf makes it possible for their children to attend school. Help your kids and indigenous Andean kids at the same time with your gift of these little fair-trade cuties.
This adorable little dancing alligator is an eco-friendly, all-wooden pull toy for encouraging little tots growing mobility and sensory perception. While being pulled, the wooden pieces make rhythmic click-clacking sounds as he dances along. Like all Plantoys designs, this little green alligator is made from natural, chemical free rubber wood and finished with non-toxic and child friendly paints.
ImagiPLAY produces healthy and educational toys that are intended to last generations. These counting penguins are crafted by hand from plantation-grown rubberwood, a sustainable and splinter-free wood.
Inhabitot’s baby owl t-shirt makes a great green gift for kids who “give a hoot” about the environment. Each super-soft kids tee is made from 100% organic cotton and emblazoned (in eco-friendly, water-based inks) with Habby, Inhabitat’s little owly mascot.
If you like the idea of getting an Inhabitat themed gift, but want something a little more subtle for your tot, check out our eco-chic roots t-shirt for kids. Its exactly like our roots t-shirt for adults, only much smaller! An illustration of tree roots is printed (in water-based inks of course) over the lung section of the body, symbolizing that trees are the ‘lungs’ of the earth. 100% organic cotton and comes in sizes 2-6, and onesies for babies.
Does it get any cuter than this? Handmade by artisans in rural Kenya, the adorable little elephant is is made from natural wool yarn, natural vegetable-based dyes, and is sure charm anyone; big or small.
SOY CRAYON ROCKS
Soy Crayon Rocks are non-toxic, bright, easy for small hands to hold, and because they’re soy, draw smoothly on paper like pastels, not rough like traditional wax crayons. Soy Crayon Rocks are available in a nice little treasure bag pack that comes with 8 primary colored rocks – the perfect small stocking suffer.
$5.99 From Soy Crayon Rocks
Calling all aspiring Bucky Fullers! Why bother with an expensive gift at all – skip straight to the good part, the cardboard box! Paperpod creations like the Aeroplane and Original Paperpod take the idea and run with it. Made from recycled/recyclable cardboard, just pop it together and let the little ones do the rest.
Its a necktie! Its an ascot! Its a baby scarf! Whatever you want to call it, Ouef’s cute and cozy ‘neckie’ is sure to delight your mini sartorialist this winter.
Made from 100% alpaca wool by craftswoman in Bolivia, these mini scarves are organic, fair-trade and cute-to-boot!
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