Green Gifts for Kids
Building, making, creating and imagining with toys are one of the building blocks of childhood. So if you’re thinking of buying your bundle of joy a toy, teddy or truck this Christmas, then make sure you give green.
These days the range of sustainable options when it come to children’s toys and gift ideas is large and expanding. So there’s no need for the kids (or you!) to feel like they're missing out on the latest and greatest. We’ve done the leg work for you, so check out our ideas for some great kid-friendly and earth-friendly gifts.
Radical and Recycled
There are a number of classic children’s toys now available to buy that are made from recycled content, which means you can give your child the same type of toys that you played with growing up and also help them begin to understand the role of recycling.
Green Toys are all made from 100% recycled plastic (mostly milk bottles) and packaged in recycled corrugated boxes with no plastics, cellophane or twist-ties, and are 100% recyclable. The Green Toys range includes 100% recycled toy trucks, building blocks, frisbees, tool sets and skipping ropes!
Or perhaps you’d like to share with your children how ones man’s trash is another mans treasure. The Uberstix Scavenger Recycling Series shows kids age seven and older how to construct their own pirate ship or flying saucer from materials they find around the house: plastic cups, bags, bottles, ice cream sticks, rubber bands, and paper clips.
It’s Better To Give Green Than To Receive
If you’d like give your tiny tot or big kid a gift but believe it‘s better to give than receive, then here’s an option for you. There are a number of companies with a conscience that are offering ‘buy one give one’ programs. This means when you buy a gift for your little one, the company will donate the same gift to a disadvantaged child.
Sustainably Sourced Joy
A child’s first bike is one of those hallmark gifts. If you're getting a new bike for your little girl or boy’s set of wheels, then opt for a wooden trike or bike sourced from sustainable plantation wood, plus plenty of other eco bells and whistles.
Wishbone bikes are great, they are designed by a New Zealand couple and are a 3 in 1 product made to grow with your child - starting with a three wheeled bike for ages 1 - 2 and finishing with a running bike for ages 4 - 5. It’s a gift that keeps on giving. The wheels are remade form 60% post-consumer plastic, the bike box and instructions are recycled and printed with non-toxic inks and the spare parts bag is made from organic cotton.
Other sustainable toys include the large range of Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wooden toys, and a range of board games created by the World Wildlife Fund. For every game sold, 5% of the sale price goes to support WWF’s global conservation efforts.
Made With Love
Don’t forget a gift needn’t be from a shop at all. Get creative and give a gift from the heart and the home, like a handmade book for your child.
Why not put together an activity kit to make together. How about a kit for a cute grass head made from an old pair of stockings, a recycled paper-making kit, scarf knitting, wooden peg doll or backyard seedling or veggie planting.
Gifts don’t have to be hard copy to be fun! Booking in a day out can be just as memorable – like a trip to the zoo, aquarium, theatre or fun park.
Festive Reuse & Recycling
Christmas is a time of giving but it needn’t cost the earth. Think about your gifts and the stuff the kids have already got at home. Do you have things lying around that your family no longer uses or the kids have grown out of? Then reuse and recycle. Pass them on to a charitable organisation or maybe there’s a family in your street who would love new toys to plays with? Perhaps you can swap toys or books with friends to give your kids. Giving toys or books a second life means the environmental impact of that item is halved.
Kids generally get a stack of presents. These days a lot of families are doing a Kris Kringle - so that for the extended family, you just buy one present for each person. This is a great way to reduce the excess stuff bought, and you’ve got time to put more thought into the present you do buy for your niece or nephew.
There are lots of simple things you can do to have a fun and green festive season – and some of them will even save you time, energy or money. Visit FestiveRecycling.PlanetArk.org for more information.