Kids love the holidays- for the cheer, the joy, the abundance of cookies, but mostly, for the gifts. This year, why not give green gifts that are healthy, educational, and eco-friendly. The little ones will love them, and you’ll feel great about giving them. Warning: excessive cuteness ahead…
RECYCLED SOCKTOPUS CUDDLY TOY
The cuddly Socktopus is in many ways a more exotic interpretation of the famous Sock Monkey. Made from real recycled sweaters, every Socktopus is a one-of-a-kind creation. They are cuddly, collectible, and will surely remind you of those stray socks that were in much need of a home. Handmade in the USA and lovingly filled with hypoallergenic polyester. Recommended for ages three and up because of its button eyes.
$20 from Elsewares
ORGANIC COTTON REINDEER ONESIE
Bring on the holiday cheer with this adorable little reindeer onesie made of 100% organic cotton. Rudolph and company never looked so hip and eco-savvy. Three snaps at the bottom make diaper changes a breeze, and it also comes with its own adorable, reusable gift bag.
$30 from Giggle
ORGANIC COTTON KIMONO BABY GIFT SET
Whether you are looking for an all-for-one ensemble for your own sweet newborn or are simply in need of an adorable gift set for a beloved peep that you know, Sckoon‘s Organic Cotton Kimono Baby Set with matching elf cap and soft doll just might be the thing. All is neatly tucked away in a natural gift box to make the ultimate baby gift. Available in light blue (shown here), rose color, and natural color. Organic mint leaves will be included upon request when in stock. How yummy is that?
$39.50 from Sckoon
Handmade by artisans in rural Kenya, the perfectly-sized and super-fuzzy owl backpack will have your child toting in eco-friendly style. The pack is made from natural wool yarn, natural vegetable-based dyes, and is the perfect size for all your child’s sleepover goodies- toothbrush, books, and pajamas.
$54 from Branch Home
BLANKET AND PONCHO 2
We love this super-soft and dual-purpose blanket-poncho combo from our favorite sustainable design store, Branch. When the center opening is tied together, parents can use it as a blanket for baby. As the child grows, simply loosen the ties to transform the blanket into a warm and cozy poncho. Rolls up for convenient packing and carrying. 100% polyester fleece (made from recycled plastic bottles) with 100% cotton trim. Machine washable. Designed by Anna Rainer, Hajdeja Ehline, and Christie Rixford.
$56 from Branch
Get rid of those old-school nasty plastic “sippy” cups and upgrade to these colorful and durable SIGG bottles. Recommended for ages 2 and up, these reusable bottles are made from a solvent-free, eco-friendly powder base coating and a completely inert inner lining that will never leach harmful chemicals like phthalates (unlike suspect plastic cups). Plus, we love the colorful graphics and super-functional flip-top.
$17 from Reusable Bags
MUSICAL BAND SET
This musical band set is a hit with kids of all ages. Percussion instruments are a great way to get your child making music. They’re easy to play and, besides, what kid doesn’t love banging on drums and cymbals? They’re also a good way to build eye-hand coordination. Made from replenishable wood, this sturdy, nontoxic set is both safe and environmentally friendly.
$55 from Giggle
ORGANIC COTTON COUNT UP TEE
Winter Water Factory has all the bases covered with this very groovy counting tee for kids and parents. 100% organic cotton with bright, bold graphic designs. Hand-printed on organic cotton using water-based inks for extra softness and wearability.
$29 from Supermarket/Winter Water Factory
SPACEFRAME SCULPTURE KIT
The Spaceframe modular system is an inspiring and engaging way to get kids thinking about building and sustaining their own customized habitat. Your kids can build a fort, a playhouse, a zoo, or a grand sculptural monument in the safety of your own home. Designed by Scott Klinker, the Spaceframe modular system allows endless possibilities for expression. The 20 piece set is made of a unique material derived from recycled soda bottles.
$200 from Sparkability
OEUF ORGANIC HUG-ME SWEATER
Oeuf is a line of sustainable products for babies and small children. The company tagline is “good design for all ages”, and some of their precious essential knits are designed around the concept of knitting people together through clothing. The ‘hug me’ sweater and ’squeeze me’ mittens, which feature child-size mitten pockets sewn into the garment, are the perfect designs for connecting parent and child. Oeuf’s knitwear is made from azo-free dyed alpaca wool, hand knit in a fair trade relationship between the NYC based company and a group of knitters in Bolivia.
$88 from Oeuf NYC
BABY ELEPHANT – $22
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.
$22 from Branch Home
ELEPHANT PLUSH ROCKER
How could your toddler not love this adorable rocking elephant who squeals when you pinch its ear? Inculcate a love of nature and animals early on in your child with these wildlife alternatives to the traditional rocking horse. Even those of us without children want to get our hands on one of these so we can figure out what “elephant sounds” are.
$124.95 from RockersNMore
BAMBU KIDS UTENSILS
Sized perfectly for your little ones’ mitts, Bambu’s line of kid and baby-sized utensils are as cute as they are eco-friendly, durable, and functional. Check out the adult sized ones as well.
$7- $16 From Branch for kids and baby-sized sets
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