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Make a Difference: 30 Eco-Friendly Gifts for Kids

30 eco-friendly gifts for kids

Each time we purchase something, we make a choice about how it impacts our lives, other people, and the earth. With our gift giving, we show our family, friends, and children what is important to us.

If you’re thinking about how to keep your holiday season a little more green this year, choose from these eco-friendly gifts listed below. Each are made from sustainable materials, companies that give back, and gifts that keep giving after the holidays are over. A little extra money spent on a purchase that is handmade or sustainable actually saves more than just cash in the long run.

The prices are listed, but remember that with all kinds of deals throughout this month, they may be far less than what the price says. (Also, put them in your cart now and Amazon will notify you if the price drops!)

Click through to see 30 of the hottest eco-friendly gifts on the market this year:

 

  • Book Ends 1 of 30
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    Isn't this darling? Made with sustainably harvested wood, it's a perfect addition to any nursery or child's bedroom. Or your own bookshelf. 

    Purchase at Olive and Cocoa for $108

     

  • Recycled Skateboard Bracelet 2 of 30
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    These amazing bracelets are made from recycled skateboards. Perfect for the skater chick in your life.

    Purchase at BTC Elements for $24

     
                

  • Dinosaur Puzzle 3 of 30
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    Made from Natural Rubber Wood, this puzzle promotes letter recognition and a ton of fun putting it together.

    Purchase on Begin Again Toys for $32

     

  • Vertigo 4 of 30
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    A marble run that your children will spend hours racing each other on.

    Purchase at Hape Toys for $150

  • Tegu Tints 5 of 30
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    With no lead, no plastic, non-toxic, water-based lacquer finish from FSC-certified Honduran hardwoods, these unique blocks are ideal for play that encourages imagination and creativity.

    Purchase on Amazon.com for $25

     

  • Magic Path Yoga 6 of 30
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    Yoga with your littles? This game is the perfect way to get everyone involved and learn new poses. 

    Purchase at Upside Down Games for $30

  • Mark Mat 7 of 30
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    Made from silky food-grade, hand silk-screened silicone, these mats are perfect for any table setting and moments where you simply "need" your child to be distracted at dinner. 

    Purchase at Modern Twist for $25

     

  • Organic Sprout Watch 8 of 30
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    With an organic cotton strap, this little watch is a hoot for all ages. Perfect for the kids who know how to tell time or are just starting to learn!

    Purchase at Sprout Watches for $35

     

  • Rocket 9 of 30
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    Made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic milk jugs, this rocket is sure to light up their holiday mornings. It comes in two colors and aren't the astronauts the perfect touch?

    Purchase at Green Toys for $25

     

  • Beeswax Color Crayons 10 of 30
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    I love these beeswax crayons from Land of Nod. They come in a set of 24, all vibrant and beautiful colors for your little artist to create thousands upon thousands of drawings you aren't allowed to throw away. 

    Purchase at Land of Nod for $13

  • Balance Bike 11 of 30
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    This wooden balance bike has five adjustable seat heights to grow with your child. Sturdy and safe, it's a toy that will last years and be the envy of all the kids in the neighborhood. 

    Purchase on Amazon.com for $70

     

     

  • Leopard Throw Pillow 12 of 30
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    I can't even take how darling this hemp and organic cotton pillow is. With several patterns to choose from, you can use them as the perfect accent pieces in a child's room or reading corner. 

    Purchase at EJHBrand for $115

  • Bogs Boots – Zoo 13 of 30
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    Made from natural rubber, these boots will last years (especially as hand-me-downs). They come in a variety of colors and patterns, but the zoo one has to be my personal favorite.

    Purchase at Bogs Footwear for $78

     

  • Little Artist 14 of 30
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    Get ready to head home for the holidays with this Artist on the Go set that your children can use in the car and at grandma's house. Perfect for leaving behind drawings all family members can display and remember. 

    Purchase on Begin Again Toys for $20

     

  • Cotton TeePee 15 of 30
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    What child doesn't want a place of his own to hide in and read, draw, play, or even nap? This little cotton teepee will be the delight of your kid and her friends as they act out every scenario they can dream up. 

    Purchase at Pacific Play Tents for $198

     

     

     

  • Eco Dough 16 of 30
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    With bold colors and natural materials, these eco-doughs are ideal for winter days and encouraging creativity in children of all ages. 

    Purchase on Amazon.com for $18

     

  • Sea Plane 17 of 30
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    A fun toy in the bath, or maybe a pool if you're a lucky one who has warm winter weather. 

    Purchase at Green Toys for $20

     

  • Robot Kit 18 of 30
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    Make your own robots with these nifty kits that take your child through the process of building unique projects!

    Purchase on Amazon.com for $20

     

  • Eco Dollhouse 19 of 30
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    Not only is this dollhouse sustainably made, it also teaches about being eco friendly with a home that uses wind and solar power. 

    Purchase on Amazon.com for $164

     

  • Wooden Memory Game 20 of 30
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    This memory game is fun for the kids to play with, and also helps develop motor skills and memory. Take it with you on the go for a boredom buster. 

    Purchase on Amazon.com for $25

     

  • Keekee The Rocking Monkey 21 of 30
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    Nothing says fun more than trying to balance things and the giggles and groans that come when it all tumbles over. This monkey game teaches something to every age - from patience to motor skills. 

    Purchase on Blue Orange Games for $25 

  • Solar Mechanics 22 of 30
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    Teach your child about solar cells by building a solar powered robot, fan, solar spinner and more. 

    Purchase on Amazon.com for $15

     

  • Wooden Workbench 23 of 30
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    Your little builder will love this bench with all kinds of things to pound, twist, pull, and saw. 

    Purchase on Amazon.com for $60

     

  • Creativity Kit 24 of 30
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    Dozens of craft ideas and inspiration for the older child, all from items sustainably made.

    Purchase on Amazon.com for $20

     

  • Mermaid 25 of 30
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    How darling is this mermaid made with natural cotton and recycled fiber filling? Any child would be delighted to curl up next to her and share their wishes of living under the sea. 

    Purchase on Amazon.com for $19

     

  • Eco Racers 26 of 30
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    Race away, then flip and do it again! These cars will keep your kids entertained for hours with fun that also teaches friendly competition and creativity. 

    Purchase on Amazon.com for $20

     

  • Stomp Rocket 27 of 30
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    Stomp and soar! Your children will love these rockets that they jump on and watch fly high!

    Purchase on Amazon.com for $25

     

  • Monster Duffle 28 of 30
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    This little bag is made with environmentally friendly inks, paper and fabrics. The monster inside is an extra treat for your child.

    Purchase on Amazon.com for $31

     

  • Sud Puzzle 29 of 30
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    Put together and let them loose in the water! Made from recycled foam, these animals are soft and fun for in and out of the water. 

    Purchase on Amazon.com for $3

     

  • Green Croquet 30 of 30
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    Made from rubber wood, this little croquet set is a great way to teach your children about the classic game, while putting a very cute spin on it. 

    Purchase on Amazon.com for $40

 

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Diana blogs at Diana Wrote about her life with a daughter here and three sons in heaven, life as an army wife, and her faith. You can also find her work on Liberating Working MomsShe Reads TruthThe New York TimesStill Standing Magazine, and The Huffington Post. Smaller glimpses into her day are on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

 

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