If you’re looking to be more eco-friendly when it comes to gift ideas for children, the key is to think about what they really need. Children don’t need lots of ‘stuff’, especially when really young.
Another way of being more sustainable is to buy second hand. Check out local charity shops, or second-hand listings on Facebook, eBay, Shpock or Gumtree. However, if you fancy buying a new gift for children, take a look at these slightly different eco-friendly ideas.
Updated: November 2020
Prices correct at time of review, and in no particular order…
Here are some of our favourite eco-friendly gift ideas for children…
JUNKO Zoomer Construction Kits
As seen on How to Spend It Well at Christmas with Phillip Schofield.
Turn rubbish into awesome vehicles! The kit is made from recycled plastic and children use their own junk to create cars that zoom! Connectors are provided to join junk together without the need for sticky tape or glue. When they are done playing they just recycle the raw materials and reuse the kit to make a new creation. This is aimed at ages 6-11 years. It’s a great STEM toy which develops creativity, construction, problem-solving, and motor skills and teaches foundation science and mechanics.
PlayPress Construction Toys
Bring to life your child’s favourite storybook with these lovely playboard construction sets. All Playsets are eco-friendly and plastic-free. They are manufactured in the UK from their own designed Playboard made from wood from sustainable forests. Their inks are food-safe, waterbased and vegan friendly.
Make bath time even more fun with these fab bath bombs! Drop The Shark Attack Bath bomb into the bath and watch the drama unfold, or choose the colourful unicorn poop with fruity notes of citrus, pineapple and raspberry. These bath bombs are SLS & cruelty-free, vegan & vegetarian friendly. Also packaged in recyclable shrink wrap.
For wildlife enthusiasts, this cute bee and bug hotel makes a lovely gift to any child. Hang up or sit them in a location where you can observe wildlife moving in.
Lanka Kade Wooden Toys
Lanka Kade is a family run business based in the UK. All of their toys are designed in-house in the UK and handcrafted by skilled artisans in Sri Lanka. Their aim is to reduce poverty through trade. They build long term sustainable trading partnerships that provide stability and protect local skills.
Storybooks from Ellie Jackson
These beautifully illustrated storybooks from Ellie Jackson bring to life the relationship between humans and wildlife and the dangers they face in their natural habitat. It teaches children the importance of looking after our environment and how they can help in a fun and friendly way.
Wooden Stacker Toy
Test your child’s skills with Le Toy Van Wooden Petilou Forest Stacker Tower animals. Made from sustainable rubberwood and finished in non-toxic paint, these safe wooden toys come in a handy bag and make stacking fun and challenging.
Green Science Clean Water Science Experiment – Learn the science of cleaning and reusing dirty water by conducting interesting water purification experiments.
Guardians of the Planet- How to be an Eco hero
This environmentally positive book contains everything children need to become guardians of the planet. Kids can learn how to become keepers of the coasts, friends of the forests, home heroes and much more through a mix of compelling facts, creative activities and proactive tips.
Colourful Socks and Tights
Tights and socks make a perfect stocking filler. We love the bright designs from Frugi which are made with organic cotton.
We love gift experiences! There are loads of great experiences children can join in or do on their own. Check out this range of gift experience for children.
Make Giant Bubbles with My First Giant Bubble Kit!
Made in North Wales they guarantee it is phosphate and palm oil-free. Made from sustainably sourced wood with 100% untreated, unbleached cotton ropes and the bubble mix is fully biodegradable.
Make Your Own Craft Sets
Cotton Twist offers a lovely range of plastic-free make your own craft sets, from making your own wooden bracelets sets to dinosaur and fairy gardens.
Wonderbly offers a range of personalised books. We love this magical Christmas book. As a treasured gift from a loved one, these books remain special for years to come.
Recycled Toys by Green Toys
Green Toys are sustainably made from 100% recycled plastic, from milk bottles to yoghurt pots! Toys are non-toxic; contains no BPA, PVC, phthalates or external coatings.
Reusable Water Bottles
The lovely range of stainless steel water bottles caters for all ages. These sippy bottles are suitable from 6 months and the sippy lid can be replaced with a sports lid when they have outgrown it. They also have lovely themed bottles for the older ones. They are BPA, phthalate and lead-free.
Inspire the next generation to protect our beautiful planet with a National Geographic Kids subscription. Aimed at children age 6-12 years it’s jam-packed with jaw-dropping facts about our amazing planet, amazing competitions and fun things to make and do.
Wooden Birthday Cake
If you have toddlers, then you may already know how much they love singing happy birthday and having a tea party, and this wooden birthday cake would be a great addition. Tender Leaf Toys strive to maintain ethically high standards. All of their toys are made from sustainable rubberwood and for every tree that becomes a beautiful toy, another is replanted.
Make mealtimes fun with these gorgeous all-natural bamboo plates from ‘bamboo bamboo’. Free from BPA, phthalates and other toxins.
Instead of cash in a card (or maybe in addition to cash in a card!) why not buy an Annual Pass for a local farm park, rescue centre or wildlife sanctuary. The National Trust also offers memberships for individuals, families as well as individual children.
These are great alternatives and easy gift ideas to help you to be more eco-friendly.