One of my criteria for buying toys and gifts nowadays is to keep stuff out of the landfill. The gifts on the list for kids below aim not add any extra waste for the landfill areas on this planet and where possible recycle materials that we already have.
There are consumable ideas, experiences, recycled toys and gifts, online ideas and homemade toys. It’s may not be 100% perfect, although I have tried but it should make an excellent starting point when purchasing gifts for kids.
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1.) Sprout Pencils – natural and biodegradable pencils. Each Sprout pencil is equipped with a biodegradable seed capsule containing a coveted seed variety. When the pencil is too short to write, simply turn it upside down and plant the stump. If you water it regularly, you’ll see the pencil transform into a plant.
Recycled Cardboard Blocks
2.) A brick set – made of recycled cardboard. Kids really love these oversized building blocks
DIY Eco Friendly Garden
3.) Consider creating an eco friendly garden kit. Buy some biodegradable peat pots and some seeds and your child can create an indoor garden.
4.) Days Out – Swap lego for a day out at a theme park of another exciting adventure.
5.) Online gaming subscriptions for gamers such as Xbox live or Playstation
6.) Chalk – you can get big thick chunks of chalk that can be used outdoors. Great for playing games like hopskotch or tic, tac toe.
7.) Cinema tickets
8.) Seeds to plant in the garden.
Reuseable Water Bottle
9.) Reusable water bottle – that they can take to school or for sports
11.) Homemade lip balm
12.) Music lessons – do they want to sing, play piano or guitar
13.) DIY cookie kit – have the ingredients in a glass jar which you already have.
14.) Tickets to see their favourite sports team
15.) Homemade play doh or slime
16.) Secondhand – if there is a specific game or toy they want can you get it secondhand.
17.) Audiobooks – great to listen to at bedtime or in the car
18.) Bath bombs – for girls and boys. Lush make a great rocket shaped bath bomb which my 7 year old loved for his 7th birthday. You can bring your own packaging to Lush and they will let you take the bath bombs you purchase in your own packaging.
19.) Fun shaped soaps
20.) Itunes credit
21.) Pampering for young girls (pedicure, manicure, hairdressers, spa day etc)
22.) E-books – Check out some of the bestselling kid e-books on amazon to give you some ideas.
23.) Music subscription eg – spotify (for older kids who like to listen to music)
24.) Homemade / DIY science kit
25.) Dress up box for kids – Young children love getting dressed up. You can get secondhand clothes from family, friends, charity shops and online to create a great dressing up box like no other.
26.) Adopt an animal gift pack
27.) Jelly bean game
28.) Online computer games. If they don’t already have a games console, they could get a second hand one from ebay or somewhere else and save it from landfill.
Recycled Bath Tub Toy
29.) Ferry boat with mini cars by Green toys – this ferry boat is particularly great for toddlers and preschoolers and is made from 100% recycled plastic.
Green toys save the milk bottles from landfill and use them to make a whole range of toys. They include a tea set, dump truck, car transporter, baby toys, trains and lots more. Amazon do a great selection but other merchants stock these toys as well. In the UK check out the Ethical Superstore.
30.) Planet Love Life – this company make really cute bracelets out of fishing nets and rope. They make a good idea for tweens and teen girls.
31.) Get active – take the kids for an adventure they won’t forget with an adrenaline filled experience. Think climbing walls, go karting, horse riding, ice skating, Go Ape, ride in a tank, a canoee adventure or a helicopter ride.
32.) Sporting tickets – a ticket to see their favorite sports team play.
33.) Photoshoot – older kids may love a makeover day and photoshoot but there are some great themed photoshoot packages you can buy as well (such as a fairy and elf themed shoot).
34.) Recycled notepad – for UK readers check this one out from Protect the Planet.
35.) Recycled pencils – there are pencils that are made out of all sorts of things including newspaper.
36.) Crazy Crayon Eco Starts – 20 star shaped crayons that are 100% recycled.
37.) Chocolate, cookies, sweets. Therea are lots of ways you can do this zero waste fashion. Make your own or buy zero waste. One way to get sweets is to get a pick a mix with your own container. Buy cookies and cakes from a bakery and request to use your own packaging.
38.) Jigsaws made out of recycled cardboard. Suns out do a great collection for all ages and abilities.
39.) Look what you can make with recycled paper (book) – great arts and crafts book using recycled materials.
Playhouse made out of 100% Recycled Cardboard
Fort / Castle – Toy Storage (with 100% reclcyed paper frame)
42.) Fort / castle – the frame of this storage unit is made out of 100% recycled reinforced paper, it can be used for play and storage. The storage bins are made out of durable non-woven bonded fabric.
Recycled Family Board Game
Pack Your Bags Board Game – made from recycled materials and vegetable inks. Aimed at kids aged 4 to 9.