40 Eco-Friendly Gifts for Kids
Updated: Jun 3
All kids love receiving gifts and I love giving gifts. That smile on those kids' faces when they receive something special is just priceless. But, I don’t want to give them some random piece of plastic. I prefer to give them something sustainable that will hopefully also teach them something. Here are a few eco-friendly gift ideas for kids.
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Where to shop for toys
Did you know that in 2019 as much as 80% of all toys end up in landfills, incinerators, or the ocean and that parents often throw away toys that work perfectly fine just because kids were no longer interested in them? We can do better than that.
I love thrift shopping not only for myself but also for my daughter. Lots of our clothing is thrifted but also her toys are often thrifted. First of all, because she doesn’t care whether or not her toys are new or pre-loved, and second of all, it is much more sustainable. When you purchase secondhand toys no new resources are sourced for those toys making them much more eco-friendly. So, whenever possible I recommend checking out your thrift store first before buying something new.
Instruments are great to inspire creativity in kids. The best part about wooden instruments over plastic ones? The sounds they make are much more muted making it great for parents as well.
There are lots of eco-friendly wooden puzzles to be found but I loved the educational aspect of this one. Kids can puzzle while also learning about their bodies.
Both boys and girls will love this toolbox to improve their basic building skills. It improves hand-eye coordination while this toolbox is made from wood sourced from environmentally sustainable forests.
Wooden stacking blocks
Balance blocks can be simple squares but these stone balance building blocks are on a whole different level. They are made of high-quality wood and coated with eco-friendly paint which is natural, safe, non-toxic, and exquisitely crafted. The hand-polishing process ensures a smooth, burr-free surface for safer child play.
Wooden sorting game
These adorable beehive sorting games help develop fine motor skills, as well as color recognition and counting skills in your child.
Wooden marble run construction
This is a fun toy for both big and small children (and parents as well). This sustainable marble run construction provides endless creative building possibilities and encourages spatial thinking and problem-solving. Made with FSC wood and treated with non-toxic, child-safe finishes of the highest quality.
Wooden mud kitchen
Being outdoors is important therefore this eco-friendly outdoor mud kitchen is great to stimulate creativity and imagination. Made with wood and stainless steel to guarantee endless play for years to come.
A balance board is an amazing open-ended toy as it can be whatever you imagine it to be; a swing, a bridge, a shop, a cabin, a stepping stone, a racetrack, a lounge chair, fitness equipment, a puppet, a small football goal, a teeter popper or a tunnel. The only limit is your imagination.
Sensory play bin
This sensory bin has it all, tweezers for sorting, a brush for treasure hunting, a shovel for tidying up and paving, a spoon to match the container, and other useful objects for endless play
Wooden busy board
Keep your kids entertained for ages with this eco-friendly busy board. This board is made with sustainable and non-toxic materials only making it a great gift for toddlers.
The Creative Kid Coloring Set
This coloring book is made with 100% recycled paper and comes with a set of jumbo beeswax sticks. This coloring set will nurture creativity and help little creators improve their fine motor skills.
Bunny’s Garden Kids Book
This adorable eco-friendly book teaches your kids about how plants are grown and how they can be turned into delicious and healthy meals. This book is made with FSC-certified paper and printed with non-toxic soy ink.
Kids love to color from an early age on but we would like them to color with something eco-friendly, sustainable, and natural. These beeswax crayons are just that. They are made with 100% Beeswax and Food Grade Pigments to Color. They are free from the chemical nasties like petro-chemicals, paraffin wax and fillers often used to make crayons.
Eco Modeling Dough
Kneading art is a great way to stimulate creativity but these types of modeling dough are often made with synthetic pigments and plastic. This vibrantly pigmented Eco-Dough is handmade in small batches using safe, natural, and non-toxic ingredients making it safe for your kids to play with.
Natural earth paint
Which kid doesn’t love to paint. Especially with their hands/fingers. To avoid their skin coming in contact with hazardous chemicals, we choose natural paint. This paint is 100% non-toxic and eco-friendly to create a creamy, water-based paint when mixed with water.
Dental care is important for kids as soon as the first tooth is showing. This means that you need to take care of their teeth. When they are small you can decide on a toothbrush but once they are older they start to get an opinion and to choose a nice toothbrush. This dinosaur toothbrush could be a great solution. This toothbrush is made from all-natural organic plant material, with a fully biodegradable and compostable handle, a truly eco-friendly and vegan-friendly product that teaches our little ones about the importance of sustainability and protecting our environment while taking care of their teeth.
Make bath time an adventure with the Kids' Colorful Bath Bombs. Made with 100% food-grade coloring, these colorful bath drops only need about 2 minutes of fizzing in the tub to turn the bath a vibrant color your little one will love and enjoy.
Made from natural wheat straw material these stacking cups are a great alternative to plastic toys. They are amazing for the shower or bathtub.
Made with 100% recycled milk jugs, this water toy will be great fun to explore the bottom of the tub.
Bamboo drinking cups
Kids need to drink obviously but for smaller kids, glass is risky as they are still a bit clumsy and glass falling from their hands is a real possibility. We don’t want our kids to drink from plastic so we need a different sustainable alternative. These bamboo drinking cups are great as they are eco-friendly and they won’t break when dropped.
Bamboo kids plate
Made from organic eco-friendly bamboo this super cute plate will make for fun mealtimes. The food-grade silicone ring underneath will make sure you can place it securely on any hard, flat surface to make sure it stays in place (and prevent a mess.
Reusable kids bottle
A reusable bottle is not only great for you, but your kids also would like one. This stainless steel, spill-proof one will make sure your kids drink plenty at school.
Stainless steel lunch box
Also their lunch we want to pack sustainably, therefore we choose a fun colored one so we are sure they will use it.
This is a super fun game that even the smallest kids can play while it remains fun for even older kids. This game teaches them to follow directions while reinforcing color recognition, quantities, and counting.
Teach kids about reclining in a fun way. This game teaches them about the different types of waste and why recycling and composting are important.
Will you catch the fox? This cooperative board game helps to develop working together and problem-solving skills.
Eco-friendly bag pack
A sustainable bag pack is a must for kids who go to school but the bag pack also needs to look nice otherwise your kids won’t use them. Fluf has got you covered with this gorgeous eco-friendly bag pack.
Protect your kids' eyes with these cute eco-friendly sunglasses. These ultra-light and flexible glasses are made with 100% recycled rubber from tires pulled from the world's largest landfill in Kuwait. They offer 100% UVA/UVB protection to keep sensitive eyes safe.
This doll is a handmade rag doll and has a soft and huggable body. She is the perfect soft doll for children needing a soothing doll or for those looking for a comforting empathy doll.
Organic canvas growth chart
Kids love to see how much they have grown so this growth chart is great to track all the growth milestones.
Giving a gift that is stuff is great as you can immediately see the joy of that gift on the kids' faces. However, at some point, they will get overstimulated and will no longer appreciate the gift. Therefore an experience can be a great gift. Not only because they can experience it to the fullest later but also because the memory of it will last much longer.
Dress up Kids love playing dress up. Visit your local thrift shop to find colorful clothes for your kids to play with and host a tea party in fancy dresses to make it a true party.
Dress up as your favorite hero and turn it into a photo shoot to preserve these precious memories.
Trip to a pool
You can’t go wrong when visiting a pool. If the weather is nice go for an outdoor pool that also has outdoor facilities so you can also enjoy the sun.
Forest climbing park
Kids love to climb everything. Make it a more safe experience by going to a specific climbing park that has specific routes and safety gear.
Another fun activity you do together with kids they will greatly enjoy is making cocktails. No, we are not going to give kids alcohol but kids can have lots of fun making their cocktails using several fruit juices and syrups. You can make it more special by using a blender to make your fruit juice and using a cocktail shaker to mix the cocktail.
Adopt an animal
Kids love animals. You could give them another stuffed animal but we like to get a little bit more creative. There are many ways you can help real animals. One is through your local zoo or animal shelter. The zoos in the bigger cities may offer an animal sponsorship program with all kinds of perks such as having your name written on the animal’s card or an annual membership for your family. Then you can go visit the animal together, see how it’s doing, and discuss how you are helping it.
A Treasure Hunt
Who doesn’t love a good old Easter egg hunt? The kids love looking for eggs (or other small treasures) and every little thing they find by themselves makes them so much happier than if you just handed it to them. So why not do something similar on a birthday or some other special occasion?
There’s no one-size-fits-all recipe for a fun treasure hunt. You can do it inside your apartment or in the yard, with the whole family, or just as a parent-child activity. Either way, having to look for a gift makes it ten times more exciting, even for adults!
A small trip using public transport is a great adventure for kids. You could make it a long train ride and visit a zoo or amusement park further away or you could just visit the next town over and have a treat in a restaurant before returning home.
Also a trip but a little longer as in this case we bring a tent and stay somewhere overnight. A camping trip is a great way to spend some time in nature and teach your kids all about the beauty nature has to offer,
Building a fort/treehouse
Kids love to build stuff. If the weather is nice you could go into the woods and build a fort from fallen trees or if the weather is less desirable, build a fort at home from blankets.
I hope this list of eco-friendly gifts for kids gave you some inspiration on what sustainable gift to give your kids (or nieces/nephews) on their next birthday.