40 Fun Eco-Friendly Gifts for Kids
Updated: Nov 23
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.