It’s easy to get carried away when buying gifts for kids. Endless options greet us as we enter toy stores or department stores, everything from Barbies, to toy cars, to the latest must-have viral craze. And plastic, so much plastic! There are plenty of gifts for kids out there that will end up as microplastics in our oceans but the good news is there are more and more planet-friendly options becoming available for our kids and the planet to enjoy.
Here are the best planet-friendly gifts for kids!
This planet-friendly gardening set for kids is 100% plastic free with zero waste packaging. The heavy duty backyard tools actually work, so kids can enjoy digging in the garden, planting seeds, and helping parents with other little tasks outdoors.
This cool cape is covered in the plants most at risk habitats and wildlife, and lets the owner color and create their own unique superhero cape – ready to be worn while they carry out their planet saving duties! This is a really cool gift to get kids using their imaginations and coming up with ideas on how they can do their bit for the planet.
A gift that not only encourages adventure, but also discovery and education on the great outdoors. This cool journal for kids is divided into two parts, the first is filled with fun activities such as making a map and completing treasure hunts that helps engage the senses while developing valuable skills in observation and mindfulness. The second part of the journal is a 30 day ‘sit spot’ mindfulness journal and Hiking Log that they can complete with their own findings.
Keeping their feet warm can be planet-friendly too. Not only are the materials good for the environment, but they’re also made by independent artisan women at home on their own schedules. Each pair of slippers includes a QR code that tracks them back to the group who created them.
Made from 100% wood, this geometric brain-teaser is the hands on version to games a lot of kids probably play online. There are 500 challenges to be completed, keeping kids of all ages (and maybe even adults) busy and using their problem solving skills through play!
This cute little guy is designed to keep fruits and vegetables fresh and ripe. Kids love to nibble on fruits throughout the day, but they are often left in random places around the house after only a few bites. Encourage kids to save their food for later and decrease food wastage but covering their half-eaten snacks with their new fruit buddy. Next time they want something to eat, their snack is there waiting for them!
Reusable household items are an important part of creating a planet-friendly environment at home, and a great place to start is reusable lunch bags for kids (and parents!). Ideal for school lunches, these bags are made from washable insulated linen and a paper blend that keeps lunch cool. Inside, they are fully insulated with a removable internal compartment that is also washable.
How often do we buy big elaborate gifts for kids only for them to have more fun with the packaging it came in. New tv’s and kitchen appliances all come in big fun boxes too, and we rarely know what to do with them. Keep them from now on so the kids can get creative with this kit. It includes a safe-saw for cutting cardboard, reusable plastic screws and screw-driver for fastening cardboard pieces together.
This fun DIY project will keep them busy as they build their creation, and then bring on hours of fun. Powered by a hand crank, there are no batteries in sight! The marble coaster runs on kid power and includes engaging instructions to make building it half the fun.
Made from organic corn starch and natural earth and mineral pigments, these paints are planet-friendly and kid friendly and the best part is, after the paint is mixed, it will stay fresh for up to three weeks in the fridge. Beyond the paint being all natural, the kit itself is packaged in a 100% post-consumer recycled paper box, and the paint pouches are recyclable plastic.
These gifts are sure to be winners with any environmentally conscious child and families who are looking to do their bit to keep their homes as planet-friendly as possible.