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Forget Barbies and Hot Wheels, you’ll love these sustainable gifts (and the kids will too)
It’s hard to believe Christmas is just around the corner, and with it comes the stress of buying the perfect gift, especially for the youngest members of the family. It can be pretty easy to fall into the trap of purchasing crappy plastic toys that are seem to be everywhere thanks to mind-numbing marketing and advertising. But the good news is sustainably-made, planet-conscious kids gifts do exist. From craft to bikes and beyond, we’ve compiled a list of kids gifts that are kind to the planet, designed to last a lifetime, and most importantly, are goodies little ones will love. And don’t forget to check out our gifts for guys and girls too.
What could be better than rocks that are actually crayons? Kid heaven. Made from pure natural soy wax and coloured using mineral pigments, these ‘rocks in a box’ are one of our favourites. They look like a set of pet rocks, however are also cleverly designed to encourage development of a child’s tripod grip. Each box contains 64 rocks (crayons) in 16 colours.
These wooden robots, which are a bit like a cooler version of a Rubik’s cube, are designed to be passed down from generation to generation. Based on the Japanese Shinto Kumi-ki puzzles they are made from wood and elastic and can be positioned to hold dozens of poses. When your kids have finished playing, it can be returned to a perfect box shape for easy storing.
Wishbone convertible balance bikes are suitable for little ones aged 12-months to six years. They cleverly convert from baby walker to toddler trike to balance bike, and their standard bikes are constructed using sustainably-harvested birch wood and non-toxic glue. This Recycled Edition is made from 100% post-consumer recycled carpet with glass fibre for strength. And like all their products it will arrive at your door in recyclable packaging. Feel-good plus!
These custom-built cubbies are the stuff that kids’ dreams are made of. Constructed from upcycled and sustainably sourced timber, you’re only bound by your imagination. Market stall? Café? Garage? No worries, all can be created to your exact specifications. We also love their range of mud kitchens, perfect to keep little ones occupied day in and day out.
Inside or out, kids will love to hide-and-go seek in this gorgeous tepee. It’s made from a combination of organic OEKO-Tex certified cotton, FSC certified wood and non-toxic finishes, so as well as being beautiful it’s also sustainably sourced.
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