Every year it’s the same issue. What to buy the kids this Christmas? This blog post gives you some ideas for guilt-free, eco-friendly gifts for children. The article contains affiliate links to websites I support and buy from myself such as Etsy.
We all love Christmas and we all love to give each other something nice. Most of us love a bit of festive shopping, especially when the towns and shops are so beautifully decorated. Children get all excited about Christmas long before autumn and hand you a list of stuff they want from Santa. Now I have two boys who love all sorts of plastic rubbish, including transformer toys, anything with wheels on and of course, Lego. Lego I have a love-hate relationship with, as it kind of keeps its value and gets passed on most of the time once they grow out of it. It will still end up on landfill at some point.
We can’t really get away from the Christmas shopping and we don’t want to see sad little faces because there’s no boxes to open. Therefore I thought I’d give you some ideas for your shopping list as alternatives to the usual gifts. It’s hard getting away from plastic completely, but we can at least try.
To get us started, I put this handy list together:
Did that get you thinking? There are so many things you could give instead of more ‘stuff’, to both children and adults. Below I have listed my top six of guilt-free, non-plastic eco-friendly Christmas gifts.
1. Eco-friendly christmas gifts: Framed posters and prints
Posters! Made of paper! Amazing! Get your kid a poster for their bedroom of their favourite superhero, movie star or cartoon this year without any guilt. A world map is also a great idea if you prefer something more educational. GB Posters is a useful site to find a good selection of different posters plus they offer very affordable frames in all sizes.
2. Eco-friendly christmas gifts: Wooden toys
Wooden toys are great for little hands that break stuff constantly. We have several wooden trucks and other toys in our house and I must say, they are all still in one piece – unlike many of the plastic equivalents. They are worth investing in and they make great hand-me-down gifts too in the future. These cute personalised trucks can be found on Etsy.
This wooden balance board is very versatile as a wobbly toy, a step, a ramp for your cars or a seat!
3. Add to their library of classics
Books are a great eco-friendly Christmas gift. Although many children won’t put books on their Christmas list, they will probably love the stories long after Santa has left and the books may stick with them for life, unlike the toy car they got that day. The Bookdepository has a great selection of classic children books as well as newly published ones. Or what to think of a wonderful or wildlife encyclopedia for the animal loving child? An atlas for the keen traveler? A wonderful Christmas story? Or simply the complete collection of Roald Dahl to enjoy for years to come.
4. Eco-friendly christmas gifts: Stuff to draw on
I found this amazingly beautiful online store Smallable, with gorgeous high quality toys, clothes and other stuff for kids and the home. Worth a browse.
This giant My Body XXL Colouring Poster is a great gift for children learning about their body and its functions.
5. Puzzles, maths games and construction sets
For the older children who love building stuff, Smallable have these magnificent automated wooden parrots and other versions you can self assemble.
For the puzzle fans and math lovers, try finding something made in wood in the montessori toy selection on Etsy. Plenty of beautifully crafted educational toys for younger as well as older children. This is a multiplication puzzle made out of wood.
6. eco-friendly christmas gifts: Sew a costume!
I know, I know, time is not always on our hands to get these amazing Pinterest projects realised. We’re not all talented or crafty enough to make stuff look beautiful. But if your child loves dressing up, a beautiful handmade dinosaur tail must be right up there in the Top 3 of awesome eco-friendly Christmas gifts! Go on, get that sewing machine out 😉 Plenty of tutorials on Pinterest. If you are really not the DIY person but still love the idea of a handmade costume, go and support someone who hand makes and sells them on Etsy. That way you make another person happy.
Bonus tip: Life skills!
Swimming lessons, judo, music tuition, a membership to the climbing wall or local gym, it’s all rather pricey when you add it up. Do they want do do or join something really badly? Why not give your children their membership or lessons at Christmas? Other than that it’s a great ‘experience’ gift, rather than more ‘stuff’, it also shows kids that these things are things to value and are not an automatic given throughout the year as part of the daily routines.
I hope this was helpful, I wish you all a jolly good, guilt-free Christmas! Do you have any other ideas for eco-friendly Christmas gifts that are not listed? Feel free to share them for others to see in the comments below 🙂 Thanks! X