A lot of parents have become frustrated with the materialism of the holidays, and a big part of that is the constant waste — mountains of plastic and electronic toys consuming cash and resources.
I LOVE shopping for kids, and thanks to these amazing companies, I don’t have to compromise my ethics to make sure everyone gets what they need to have an amazing Christmas morning. From clothes to bedding to feeding supplies, I’ve compiled the ultimate green gift guide for you to ensure your shopping this season is as sustainable as it is fun.
Heavea Non-Toxic Natural Rubber Bath Toys
Hevea is a great company making tough, non-toxic, all natural rubber toys. They sell some great teether and pacifiers, too!
Apple Park Organic Cotton Blue Musical Turtle
I love all things Apple Park, and this adorable musical turtle is the perfect gift for the newest addition to your family! He’s even made with organic cotton corn fiber filling!
Finn + Emma Baby Wood Hedgehog Rattle Teether
This teether is completely biodegradable (in addition to being completely adorable), finished with vegetable seed wax, and filled with food-grade beans.
Green Toys House Playset
For the kid that dreams of a dollhouse, this playset (as are all Green Toys) is made from 100% recycled plastic and built to last!
Plantoys Gears and Puzzles Deluxe Playset
Plantoys uses a unique rubberwood material to make biodegradable and durable toys that stimulate learning, sans AA batteries. This playset is great for inquisitive little mechanics!
EverEarth Wooden Carpenter Work Bench
Decorated with water based paints, this all-wood work bench features colorful tools and hardware that are great for refining those motor skills!
Eli & Mattie Double Marble Roller
There’s something incredibly satisfying about watching marbles roll down a track. This Amish-made all wood set from Lehman’s will last long past your kids’ graduation.
SunWind Sunnyside Up Solar Car Kit
A great science project for aspiring solar engineers, kids can build their own solar powered car with this easy to build kit!
Pulley Set with Wooden Reels and Nylon Ropes
Whether you have a treehouse or not, this sturdy pulley set is a great way to get kids outside when the weather gets mild again.
Green Games & Puzzles
Green Toys Dump Truck Puzzle
Another great toy from Green Toys made from recycled plastic milk jugs, this puzzle is chunky enough for little hands to enjoy.
My Mood Memory Game
Get kids familiar with recognizing their moods with this great memory game from Plantoys.
Little gardeners will love building their own blooms with this creative kit! Mix and match the pieces while you wait for the ground to thaw, and get kids excited about gardening in the spring!
Ideal for kids a little older because of the small pieces, this game requires the fine motor skills of something like Operation, but with sustainable materials like rubberwood.
Indoor Gardening Kit
This kit includes three different kinds of organic seeds, pots, a trowel, a planter tray, and soil pods, so your kids can start growing indoors before spring breaks!
Sticks of Color 1000pc Springbok Jigsaw Puzzle
If you have a kid that really loves puzzles, check out the line by Springbok. They’re made from 100% recycled materials, and even vegetable-based inks!
Pura Kiki Stainless Steel Bottles
These bottles can be used interchangeably with the silicon spouts to make them sippy cups, straw cups, or even sports bottles! 100% plastic-free and built to last, they’re my favorite bottles of all time.
Re-Play Compartment Plates
These plates are great for kids, and made from 100% recycled milk jugs!
PlanetBox Stainless Steel Lunchboxes
This beats the pants off of endless mountains of tupperware. These stainless steel lunchboxes are even customizable with custom magnet sets!
Oliberte Nimba Goat Suede Moccasins
From the sustainable shoe company Oliberte, these little moccasins are made with free-range goat hide by the world’s first Fair-Trade certified shoe factory.
Organic Cotton Long Sleeve Footie Pajama
We spend a lot of time in pajamas, so make sure little ones aren’t coming into contact with pesticides and go organic with these organic cotton pjs from Apple Park.
Organic Boiled Merino Wool Overall
This incredible wool snowsuit is perfect for new winter babies!
Organic Merino Wool Hooded Scarf
A great way to actually KEEP a hat on a toddler, this hooded scarf is made from 100% GOTS-certified organic merino wool.
Organic Cotton Holiday Pajamas
Who says holiday PJs can’t be organic? Get them in sizes from baby to kid, and you can even spring for personalization!
Nepal Kids Soft Bottom Winter Boot by Vivo Barefoot
Vivo Barefoot makes soft-bottomed shoes that are PERFECT for developing feet, and this thermal lined boot is perfect for winter. Made with wild hide and recycled bottles, it’s one of the most sustainably made winter boots for kids you’ll find.
Grödo Organic Cotton Kids Socks
My son has several of these socks, and they are so soft, and made from 98% organic cotton!
The Boys’ Down Sweater
Crazy warm and made from ethically sourced down feathers and recycled polyester, Patagonia doesn’t disappoint in this coat for toddlers and kids.
Black Silk Bomber Jacket by Beru Kids
Beru Kids is a company doing some amazing work to make the fashion industry more sustainable. In addition to using organic fabrics, they use materials known as “deadstock”, which are fabrics already purchased by fashion companies going unused. When I saw this bomber jacket made of deadstock fabric, I knew I had to have it for my little man (along with some pomade and a comb). Ayyyyyy!
Natural Snacks & Treats
Hammond’s All Natural Mint Candy Canes
Skip the artificial colors and flavors with these handmade candy canes from Hammond’s!
Natural Gingerbread House Kit
That’s right — no fillers, no junk, and no guilt. Let your kids make a gingerbread house this year without sacrificing on the quality of the ingredients.
Moo-Free Advent Calendar
This dairy, gluten, soy, and peanut free advent calendar is a hot commodity — make sure you get on the waiting list so you don’t miss out!
Organic Baby Sleep Sack — Mermaid
Because every baby should get to be a mermaid. This organic cotton sleep sack even unties at the bottom for easy diaper changes!
Organic Cotton Swaddles
These GOTS-certified organic cotton swaddles from Aden + Anais are extra big to make swaddling easier for first-timers.
Woodland Pal Organic Cotton Blankie Owl
Another adorable gift from Apple Park, this blankie owl is the perfect lovey for babies, and filled with their organic cotton corn fiber filling.
For Toddlers and Kids
Organic Canvas Teepee
Because toddlers LOVE sleeping in their own bed — when it’s a teepee. This one’s made from organic cotton canvas and even has windows!
Organic Flannel Jolly Santa Duvet Cover
Pottery Barn Kids has a wide variety of eco-friendly products, and this OEKO-TEX and GOTS certified organic cotton duvet cover has me swooning!
100% Organic Mattress Protector
Because if you buy your kid an Avocado Green Mattress, the last thing you want to worry about is accidents. This protector is made from natural latex and organic cotton.
One of my favorite books for kids, this book teaches kids about the acceptable ingredients for great compost.
How to Help the Earth — by the Lorax
An adorable book by Dr. Seuss on simple things kids can do to help the planet every day — learn more about it in our feature on environmental books for kids!
Square Foot Gardening with Kids
This kid-friendly version of Mel Bartholomew’s popular book has something to teach everyone, and is a FANTASTIC resource for homeschooling parents.
Want more? Check out our favorite Sustainability Books for Kids.
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The Essential Organic Pillow Collection
Gentle, breathable, non-toxic support.