As the Christmas season approaches the urge to find the perfect gift that your children will love takes center stage. At a time when environmental awareness is growing, and a desire to invest in quality products gift-givers are looking for sustainable options that can be loved and cherished beyond the Christmas period.
In this guide, we'll explore a curated selection of the best sustainable Christmas presents for children, which encourage responsibility, and creativity, and with some care can become a much-loved toy for generations to come.
From eco-friendly toys to educational experiences, this list is designed to help make your Christmas shopping both delightful and sustainable.
Wooden Animal Figurines
Young children love small-world play, which helps to spark their imagination and can help them to learn to solve problems. Animal figurines are brilliant for small-world play and there are a variety of beautiful wooden toys that are sustainable. Ostheimer, and Holztiger, are both great brands that use responsibly sourced wood and eco-friendly wood stains. There are many places where you can buy these new online or look for second-hand selling groups on Facebook.
Make bath times fun and eco-friendly with fun and exciting bath toys from Green Toys. This California-based toy brand uses recycled plastics and eco-friendly packaging in all its toys to help keep waste out of the ocean. There is a brilliant selection of toys available, with brightly coloured submarines to make bath-time fun. Look out for stock in John Lewis, Amazon, and even TKMaxx.
Books are always a great choice when you are looking for a plastic-free gift option. So make giving books a little more special with a book subscription. Small Print Books, based in London, sources the most beautiful children's books and offers book subscriptions for children up to seven years old. Choose the book subscription by age range, and duration, and your little bookworms will receive a new book every month. Not only will you be engaging little minds but you will also be supporting a small business.
Help Save the Bees
Support your local bee colony by gifting a Pollination kit. Kids who love nature will enjoy planting seeds and watching them grow into flowers or plants that attract bees. Kits usually have everything you need including seeds, soil, and eco-friendly plant pots. Check out your local wildlife trust or local garden centre for kits that include pollinating flowers.
Reusable lunch ware
Good quality reusable lunch ware items such as lunch boxes and reusable drinking bottles make great eco-friendly gifts for kids and help save waste when you are out and about. A BPA-free or stainless steel water bottle and eco-friendly lunch boxes will be great for day trips and will come in handy at school. Kleen Kanteen has some brilliant lunch ware that is plastic-free with fun graphics for kids.
Eco-friendly Baby Gifts
It can be difficult to find eco-friendly baby gifts, especially for very young babies who are not playing with toys yet. However, there are some great sustainable baby gifts available for babies of all ages. Kidly has a great range of eco-friendly baby toys and clothes made from sustainable materials or recycled fabrics. Babies that are weaning will also enjoy an eco-friendly bamboo plate set or a silicone table mat to encourage fun at mealtimes. Teething toys also make great sustainable gifts for babies, as you can buy eco-friendly wood teethers or sustainable silicone to make teething more fun for little ones.
With so many wonderful eco-friendly gifts for children available, we hope the above options have given you some ideas for a more sustainable Christmas.