Ethical Gift Ideas for Kids

December 12, 2017

An Ethical, Eco-friendly, and Sustainable Gift Guide for Babies, Kids, and Tweens

We at Green Orchyd know that living an eco-conscious life extends beyond buying sustainable fashion. Many of us grow our own produce, use our own grocery bags, recycle, upcycle, or drive hybrid cars. We try to convince others to do the same, but it can be a challenge. A clever way to gently encourage friends and family is to buy them eco-friendly gifts. This is especially true for kids!

To us it may seem like the season for giving, but for most kids it’s the season for “getting”. As in, they want to “get” every toy they see in the Toys R Us catalog. Thankfully, there are so many wonderful ethically-made and sustainable gift options for kids out there. We scoured the internet and compiled a list of ethical, eco-friendly, and sustainable gifts for kids of all ages that will make everyone happy this holiday season.




Cuddle and Kind's  adorable hand knit dolls are not only ethically produced and hand-knit, with every doll sold the company donates ten meals to children in need.

Global Good Partners provide sustainable jobs for women in more than 20 countries around the world. This handmade Alpaca Stuffed Bear would be a perfect gift for a baby’s first Christmas.

The Woodland Play Gym by Finn and Emma has removable toys that can be moved to a car seat or stroller. Made from Indian Hardwood in a fair trade cooperative, the non-toxic lacquers and stains are safe for baby to chew. The dolls are made by artisans in Peru, using wool and organic cotton.  

Every baby needs a set of their very own rattle keys! Made by Plan Toys, this Baby Key Rattle is made from natural rubberwood trees that no longer produce latex. Plan Toys also uses non-toxic water based dyes and organic color pigment.

This royally cute baby toy is a rattle and a teether! It's made with non toxic vegetable wax and filled with beans, so it's safe for baby to chew.

Shake, rattle, and roll with the Rainmaker Wormy from Haba! Made of reforested timbers, it's colored with water based, non toxic lacquers.


The Baby Toy Starter Kit from Green Toys comes with Baby's First Keys, Stacking Cups, and an Elephant-on-Wheels. Made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic, it's also BPA, phthalate, and PVC free.


Watch a baby's imagination and fine motor skills develop with the Animal Trio Set from Haba.




The Musical Baby Bird Pull Toy from Apple Park might be the sweetest toy on our list! Pull the top of the egg and a lovely lullaby plays. Made of organic cotton and eco-friendly fabric dyes.


Thanks to Green Toys, boys and girls can choose the color of their dump trucks - pink or red! Both trucks are made of 100% recycled plastic milk containers and manufactured in the USA.

This Giant Posable Styracosaurus from Magic Cabin is soft and squishy for little hands! Crafted of natural laytex.  


Every preschool toy collection needs musical instruments! Made from rubberwood trees, this banjo from Plan Toys is the perfect way to ignite a love of music in your toddler.

Let your child's imagination run wild with this 24-piece Magnetic Wooden Block Set from Tegu! Made of eco-friendly and sustainably sourced hardwood, it is purposefully made in Honduras and is tinted with water based, non-toxic lacquers.

Plan Toys' Play Kitchen Set includes a stove with turning knobs, an oven, a frying pan, a pot, and a spatula. It is made of sustainable rubberwood using sustainable manufacturing practices.

It's time for breakfast! Invite your little chef to "cook" your eggs and toast using the Breakfast Menu from Plan Toys.


Try to get the ball into the cup with the Cup & Ball from Plan Toys! It's a great way for kids to work on fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

Use these Hacky Sacks for juggling or toss! These handmaid crocheted balls from Bella Luna Toys are fair trade and made in Guatamala.

The Vermont Junior Farmhouse Kit from Real Good Toys includes everything you need to build a gorgeous dollhouse for your child. Materials are manufactured from renewable wood sources in Vermont.

Naomi is a sweet, simple, and sustainable ragdoll just waiting to be loved! She is constructed of 100% organic cotton and production is fully traceable. Stuffed with PET recycled bottles, Naomi and her friends from Hazelnut Kids are cozy and cuddly.

Muuli is a fun and challenging game for kids. They must unload the donkey's backpack without knocking it down! Made by Hape of bamboo and water-based paint.

Make a photographic print using only nature and creativity with this Sunprint Kit from Biome. All of Biome's products are toxin-free and cruelty-free.

Start your child's race car collection with the e-Racer Monza from Hape. This cool red car is made for speed and constructed of bamboo.

Find it Sports Game from Growing Tree Toys can be played solo or with friends. Find over forty sporty items in the recycled plastic pellets. Kids will have to spin it, twist it, and shake it to find everything!


Planet Finska's classic games require no screens, no batteries, and are properly crafted with care to stand the test of time. Reversal is an addictive game of strategy that is easy to learn and has origins dating back to the eighteenth century.

Made of upcycled fabric in the USA, this cool cap from Geode is available in blue or green.

From the creators of Piggy Paint, comes Sophi nail polish! Available in on-trend colors like PLUM-P Up the Volume, teenagers will love to give themselves manicures and pedicures. It's also natural, durable, and has no odor, so parents will love it, too!

With its creamy texture and chocolately goodness, kids won't know that the Oscar Bar from The Chocolate Yogi is dairy free, gluten free, soy free, and vegan. A portion of the profits of every bar sold is donated to The Orangutan Project.

The timeless design of Reveal's Magnetic Wood Bluetooth Earbuds is so stylish you can wear it as a necklace when you're not using it! Reveal plants a tree for every product sold, so you can feel good about your purchase.

Lightweight, compact, and sturdy. The Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard from Reveal has it all. Reveal plants a tree for every product sold, so you can feel good about your purchase.

The Special Edition Engraved Eco-Friendly Cell Phone cases from Pela are made in Canada of a 100% compostable, durable material called Flaxstic and come in five colors. Flax shive, the material in Flaxstic, is an annually renewable agricultural byproduct that is strong and shock-absorbant.

Handcrafted from 100% sustainably sourced wood, the Regan sunglasses from Public Sunglasses have blue Revo polarized lenses with 100% UVA/UVB protection.


The Wishbone Bike from Wishbone Design Studio converts from a tricycle to a balance bike making it perfect for kids ages 12 months to 5 years. It comes in five colors and is made of kiln-dried, preservative-free plantation birch and organic cotton.

It’s the kite for boat lovers! Or, is it the boat for kite lovers? Either way, the Sailing Ship Kite from Haptic Lab offers a fun twist to flying a kite. It’s made in Bali of nylon, bamboo, and string.

Shopping for a sports lover? What better way to encourage team spirit than with a fair trade soccer ball from Global Goods Partners that was handmade by Afghan women?

Looking for a fun game to play as a family indoors or outside? This colorful croquet set from Plan Toys is your answer. The set comes with four different animal wooden balls, four wickets, and a final stand.

Kids will love the Goat Tire Swing from Magic Cabin! Made from a recycled tire, an adult needs to hang it from a tree and it's ready to be ridden!

Made from premium FSC® certified timber with a durable liner, the Wooden Sand and Water Table from Magic Cabin is suitable for sand or water and will provide hours of fun for kids.

This jump rope from Green Toys features 100% cotton rope and 100% recycled plastic handles. It provides good, clean fun for your active kid!

The sky is the limit with this flying disc from Green Toys. Made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic grocery bags, it's the perfect beach, picnic, or backyard activity!

Tired of picking up little bits of water balloons all over your yard? So are we. That's why we were thrilled to find Eco-friendly Crocheted Water Balloons from Clover Rose Creations! Each balloon holds 8 ounces of water and there's no messy clean-up!


Handmade in Portland, Maine, Eco-dough, sold by Uncommon Goods, is an all-natural sculpting dough tinted with dyes from fruits and vegetables like blueberries and beets!

The Beeswax Candle Rolling Kit from Magic Cabin is a fun and easy activity that results in beautiful and fragrant candles. Made in the USA, there is enough wax to make up to 24 candles.

The Tools Essential Dough Set from Green Toys comes with three tubs of dough plus lots of fun tools and molds for sculpting and extruding. Manufactured in the USA, packaged with recycled and recyclable materials, and printed with soy inks.

Crafting can be fun and eco-friendly with Plant Based Glue Sticks from Earth Hero. Unlike other glues, these glue sticks contain 88% natural ingredients.

Kids can use the colors of nature to create their own masterpieces with Eco-Finger Paint from Imagine Childhood. Made of a powder paint that contains all natural ingredients.

Made in Denmark, these Jumbo Colored Pencils from Imagine Childhood are the perfect medium for little hands to make big pictures.

Looking for experiences instead of gifts? You can always spend time with your loved ones going to see a movie, out for dinner, to a museum or a park. Donating or volunteering your time at a non-profit, local food pantry or animal rescue is a great way to show your child the spirit of the holidays. Still feeling like you can use some ideas, especially for your little ones? We found a list of 60 great gift ideas for kids by Lulastic here.

Let us know how you will be spending your holiday season!


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