Eager to find eco-friendly gifts for the little ones in your life? Here’s a selection that will delight kids of all ages.
Budding engineers will love this kit. Snap together the interlocking parts to build six different models, including an airboat, a windmill, a puppy and a plane. Then take them into the sunshine and watch them go!
…or a panda, dolphin or snowy owl! Snag a cute plush animal along with an adoption certificate, and help the nonprofit organization Defenders of Wildlife protect endangered species all over the world. You can also adopt a whole family of animals, or buy an ice house along with your penguin or polar bear to protect its habitat.
Price: $25 to adopt one tiger
Craft mecca Etsy.com is a treasure trove for upcycled toys. You can find everything from a warren full of handmade bunnies to fanciful riffs on the traditional sock monkey, all repurposed from snuggly sweaters, socks and fabric scraps. We had a soft spot for this cuddly owl (see title link). But we couldn’t finish this post without linking to the second chance teddy bears. Who could say no to that face?!
Price: $24 for the Tiny Wee Hoot Owl
Inspired by the classic fable, this beginner’s gardening kit helps kids set up their own vegetable patch. Featuring popular veggies like beans and carrots, and packaged in a charming recycled case, it’s sure to thrill your budding farmer. Flower lovers, don’t despair; Branch also stocks a Secret Garden kit, complete with a key – just like the key to the garden in the Frances Hodgsen Burnett tale.
Price: $26 for the Stone Soup Garden
Keep budding artists busy with this all natural, nontoxic paint and molding dough set from Pottery Barn Kids. The best part? The paint comes in powdered form, minimizing goopy messes.
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