EcoParent 2018 Gift Guide for Kids
Ever feel like the holiday season is all a little too much? Simplify your life this year with mindful giving and the four gift rule. Purchase only one item from each of the following categories. Focus on greener, eco-friendly, and ethically made options, and definitely check out our handy gift guide to make shopping for these things so much easier!
Something they want
Something they need
Something to wear
Something to read!
SOMETHING THEY WANT
Encourage outdoor exploration with Green Toys and Sesame Street! Discover how plants grow with Abby’s Garden Planting Activity Set or get outside with Elmo Explores Outdoor Activity Set. Both kits come with activity guides featuring the Sesame Street gang that encourage open play and discovery! Green Toys are made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic, contain no BPA, phthalates, or PVCs, and they meet FDA food contact standards. greentoys.com
Let your child’s imagination run wild with Begin Again Toys’ Tinker Totter Robot Character Set. This 28-piece set allows for endless open play as kids mix and match to create whatever they can dream up! Made from eco-friendly rubber wood with child-safe stains. beginagaintoys.com
SOMETHING THEY NEED
Gryph & IvyRose
Getting clean is necessary! Turn bath time into kid-spa central with Gryph & IvyRose’s Poppin’ Bubbles herbal soak, featuring ingredients like Job’s tear (to reduce allergic reactions) and poria mushrooms (to ease anxiety and lift spirits). Complete this spa-riffic gift with some Knight in Armor body oil featuring goji berry, hibiscus, and citrus peel. Free from parabens, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oil, petrolatum, and dyes. gryphandivyrose.com
SOMETHING TO WEAR
Made in the USA with recycled Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX certified cotton, these whimsical, wonderfully mismatched kids’ socks come in sets of three: enough for a pair of pint-sized feet and a hungry dryer. Available in grownup sizes too (alas! Only in pairs), embrace your colourful side with these super cozy, super fun, and super smart socks from Solmate Socks! solmatesocks.com
Feel-good sleepwear that’s kid-friendly and super cute! Made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton in a GOTS certified and Fair Trade facility, these beauties are lovingly hand block printed on gender neutral colours using AZO free dyes. Best of all, no weird flame retardants or formaldehyde touching tender skin! Moonbird is B Corp certified, carbon neutral, and aiming for zero-waste—even going so far as to use their off-cuts to create kids’ underwear! Grownup PJs available too! (get a family set—totally IG worthy!) moonbird.com.au
Give your little one 25 days of creativity with Suncoatgirl’s advent calendar water-based nailpolish. Embrace a new colour each day: simply peel-off yesterday’s nails and start over! Odorless and free of VOCs, toluene, formaldehyde, phthalates, alcohol, acetates, and toxic preservatives (parabens and methylisothiazolinone), and coloured with mineral pigments and natural colorants. A selection of Suncoatgirl kits is now available at Toys R Us! Check out their whole line of fun products perfect for any colour-loving kiddo in your life! suncoatproducts.com
SOMETHING TO READ
Metaphysical poetry for kids? Sure, little ones might not grasp the deeper meaning, but this gorgeously illustrated book begs to be explored: from the raised texture pages to the holes that demand little eyes look through to spy the next page. For older ones, it opens a wonderful world of questions: who are we, where did we come from, and where are we going? Parents, be ready with the answers (even if you don’t have any!). Written by Riccardo Bozzi; illustrated by Violeta Lopiz and Valerio Vidali.