I’m a big proponent of cutting down on the amount of stuff I give and receive during the Christmas season. Although I’m a huge fan of the Christmas season, it can get expensive, overwhelming, and wasteful if not done consciously. One way to balance living with less and the joy of giving and receiving gifts on Christmas morning is to ensure that the gifts you do give are meaningful, well-made and eco-friendly.
Eco-friendly toys and gift ideas
Here are 7 fun, eco-friendly toys and educational gift ideas for the little ones in your life this holiday season.
For the little ones in your life, ease the pain of teething with the Honest Company’s butterfly teether, made from silicon rubber. This teether can be frozen or chilled to soothe sore gums, is easily sterilized by boiling, and free of BPA, phthalates, rubber, latex, heavy metals, PVC, flavors and most common allergens.
The Pully mully pacifier holder helps prevent lost soother syndrome, with a large, soft, organic cotton fabric base and several satin tags to keep baby entertained. A simple snap system keeps the pacifier close at hand, instead of getting lost down the sides of car seats and dropped onto supermarket floors.
Truly Green Toys
For little nature lovers, the indoor gardening kit by Green Toys is a fantastic way to bring a little of the outdoors, in. Kids five and up can put their green thumbs to the test by planting flowers and fresh herbs, and watching them grow! The kit is made from environmentally friendly materials and includes soil, seeds, plant pots and an adorably tiny spade.
And, talk about farm to table! After harvesting all those homegrown fresh herbs, children two and up and use them to create a make-believe masterpiece with the Green Toys cookware and dining set. With a stock pot, skillet, 4 place settings (fork, knife, spoon), 4 plates, 4 bowls, and 4 cups, your little one will be whipping up souffle’s for the family in no time.
If your kid prefers the fresh ocean air to the inside of a kitchen (I can relate), maybe a seaplane would be more up her alley. Made 100% from recycled milk jugs, this brightly colored toy means that bathtime just got a little greener. Adventures can transition seamlessly from air to water, and since it’s dishwasher safe, it’s a snap to clean.
For pilots who prefer the open air to the open seas, the Green Toys blue airplane is a great alternative. Created from the same eco-friendly, recycled milk jugs, the blue airplane is also phthalate and BPA-free, and dishwasher safe, too. Sorry dude, you can’t avoid the water forever!
Something for the princess
I would have absolutely lost my mind over something like this when I was younger. The Deluxe Sparkle Fairy makeup kit is a safe way for kids to explore the bright, creative world of makeup.
This kit contains Fairy Dust eyeshadow, Emerald Green eyeshadow, Cheeky blush , Bubble Gum Shimmer lip balm, and blush and eyeshadow applicators. Basically everything one might need to create a shimmering fairy paradise.
The makeup is mineral-based, paraben and synthetic-dye free, making dress-up as safe as it is fun.
Don’t let eco-friendly holiday shopping get expensive or overwhelming, the Earth911 Store has everything you need for a green Christmas.
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