Keen to give something that you know has been ethically made, is kind to the environment, doesn't break the bank and looks stylish too? Thankfully it's not an impossible ask. Here are our top eco-friendly gifts for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. From bags made out of juice bottles, organic cotton toys and brands that give back, there are plenty of age-appropriate goodies to suit every budget.
GIFTS FOR BABIES: 0 - 12 MONTHS
AN ORGANIC SOFT BOOK
Soft books are an ideal gift for babies, with pages that are kind to delicate skin and high-contrast graphics to develop their visual skills. Eco-friendly brand Wee Gallery uses organic cotton for all their designs. Perfect for tummy time, kicking around in the cot, or sitting up to enjoy a spot of 'reading', they're a great first bookshelf addition, as well as a fail-safe gift idea.
A SUSTAINABLE SENSORY TOY
We love Blossom & Bear teethers because they're as eco and sustainable as it gets. Made from organic, untreated beech wood, silicone and cotton yarn, they're free from BPA, PVC, phthalates and latex. Oh, and they look gorgeous! Definitely produced with babies and the planet in mind.
A TEETHER THAT'S ALSO A BATH TOY
Teething toys and babies go hand in hand, seeing as they spend a majority of the first couple of years cutting pearly whites. 😬 Both Natruba and Oli & Carol make teethers from Natural Hevea tree rubber and are in some of the coolest shapes going. We love that they're fully sealed, meaning they are great for using in the bath as well. (No hole = no mould! 🙌)
GIFTS FOR TODDLERS: 1 - 2 YEARS
AN ECO-FRIENDLY STACKING TOY
Simple puzzles like stacking toys are great for toddlers. We love the designs by Grimm’s that are made from wood sourced from sustainably managed European forests. Coated with natural colours and oils, if your baby chews them, there won’t be a problem... and breathe.
A RECYCLED VEHICLE
For toddlers, vehicles are a great gift as they get to grips with imaginative play. Innovative brand Green Toys creates its products from recycled plastic - mainly milk cartons. To date, they’ve used over 24 million cartons to make their toys. Their chunky recycling truck is great for early years teaching about reducing waste and the seaplane can be used in the tub, for a playful bath time.
GIFTS FOR PRE-SCHOOLERS: 3 - 4 YEARS
Tableware is a great gift idea for this age, seeing as pre-schoolers seem to eat like dustbins and grow like weeds. Plastic waste is a huge issue so we love to see that plenty of brands are designing amazing green tableware for kids, that looks trendy but is kind to the environment as well. eco rascals and Liewood make earth-friendly silicone and bamboo tableware that can returned to the earth once their dinner days are done. Their designs are modern but appealing to children, helping to make time at the table less of slog.
A SUSTAINABLE BAG
Perhaps school is on the horizon for your little one and you are looking for a great bag? Step in Liewood, Engel and Sticky Lemon, all of whose cool backpacks are made from recycled bottles and are perfect for pre-schoolers, with lots of pockets for bits and bobs and adjustable straps so you can get that fit down to a T. You can't really ask for any more from a bag, can you?
Like this? You can read more on creating an eco-friendly nursery or bedroom (courtesy of Porch.com) and we've put together other collections to help you nail that perfect present, whether you’re after a Little Gift, Big Gift, something For Creatives or For Adventurers. We’ve also written gift finders for newborns, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds and 5-year-olds too.
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