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The Best Green Gifts for Toddlers

Melissa and Doug Wooden Play Food

We all want to get our kids the best toys this Christmas, ones that they will love and cherish for months and years to come, and not just be discarded after a few weeks, or even days, of play.

I believe that the best toys are ones that encourage children to use their imagination, and inspire creative and pretend play, instead of doing the “playing” for the child, which many of today’s toys with batteries do. And if you can find a safe and non-toxic version, made from recycled, sustainable, or fair-trade materials — that is the best of both worlds!

So, here are my top picks for green toys, and a few other great green gifts, for toddlers this holiday season:

 


  • Green Toys Fire Truck 1 of 15
    Green Toys Fire Truck
    Green Toys are made from 100% recycled plastic milk containers and packaged in recycled cardboard boxes. Your little one will love to zoom to the rescue with this realistic fire truck!
    Buy on Amazon
  • Melissa and Doug Wooden Cutting Food 2 of 15
    Melissa and Doug Wooden Cutting Food
    Kids will love to cut up their own food with this wooden play set, and you'll love that it's painted with safe and non-toxic paint, in case they decide to try a bite!
    Buy on Amazon
  • Clementine Natural Art Supplies 3 of 15
    Clementine Natural Art Supplies
    Your kids will love to create their own masterpieces with these all natural and certified non-toxic crayons, and you can feel good that they are packaged in 80% post consumer recycled and reusable materials.
    Buy on Amazon
  • Green Town Toys Citadel 4 of 15
    Green Town Toys Citadel
    You know they say that kids love to play with a cardboard box, well this amazing castle is a giant leap from your typical box! It is made out of extremely durable corrugated cardboard with up to 42% recycled content and water-based, non-toxic adhesives, and is also 100% recyclable. Your princess or knight will enjoy hours of playing within its four majestic tours and attaching walkways.
    Buy from Green Town Toys
  • Patagonia Fleece Jacket 5 of 15
    Patagonia Fleece Jacket
    Made from 78% recycled polyester, this fleece jacket is sure to keep your tot warm in even the coldest weather. And you can feel good about purchasing from Patagonia, a company that is serious about its environmental stewardship.
    Buy from Patagonia
  • Obermeyer Thumbs Up Mittens 6 of 15
    Obermeyer Thumbs Up Mittens
    Zip your kiddos hands into these warm and toasty gloves made with 53% recycled polyester and featuring full length zippers that make it easy to get their wiggly fingers in and out.
    Buy from REI
  • Silk Streamers 7 of 15
    Silk Streamers
    My kids are both getting silk streamers in their stockings this year; I know they'll love to use them for all different kinds of imaginative play!
    Buy from Bella Luna Toys
  • Plan Toys Breakfast Food Set 8 of 15
    Plan Toys Breakfast Food Set
    Your children will learn about starting the day right with a healthy breakfast with this set from Plan Toys. Includes a wooden tray with rounded sides and handles and sturdy realistic wooden food, made from sustainable rubberwood and painted with non-toxic paints.
    Buy from Hazelnut Kids
  • Villages Airways Plane 9 of 15
    Villages Airways Plane
    Your child can explore the world with this fair-trade toy airplane that is handmade by artisans in Sri Lanka from sustainable wood, and includes six passengers from all around the world.
    Buy from Ten Thousand Villages
  • Melissa and Doug All Natural Blocks 10 of 15
    Melissa and Doug All Natural Blocks
    Plain building blocks will encourage hours and hours of imaginative play, and moms will love that they come with their own storage bin!
    Buy on Amazon
  • Green Pals Clean Air Kate Doll 11 of 15
    Green Pals Clean Air Kate Doll
    Made from organic cotton and stuffed with 100% post consumer recycled plastic bottles, this doll includes a card with ideas for how your child can help save the planet.
    Buy on Amazon
  • Land of Nod Stroller 12 of 15
    Land of Nod Stroller
    Boys and girls both love to push their babies or stuffed animals around the house in a doll sized stroller, and this one from Land of Nod is made from sustainably sourced wood and is much sturdier than the plastic versions, while still being affordable.
    Buy from Land of Nod
  • Superhero Capes 13 of 15
    Superhero Capes
    What kid doesn't want to be a superhero? These double sided capes are handmade by a WAH mama and are perfect for dress-up time. The felt design is made from 100% recycled pop bottle eco-fi felt.
    Buy on Etsy
  • Wonderworld Tool Bench 14 of 15
    Wonderworld Tool Bench
    Little ones love to help and "work" like daddy and what better way to help them play than with their very own tool set? This tool bench is made from sustainable rubber wood with non-toxic paints and formaldehyde-free glue, and is the perfect size for little hands.
    Buy on Amazon
  • Luna Star All Natural Play Makeup 15 of 15
    Luna Star All Natural Play Makeup
    My daughter has been bugging me for play makeup since she used some at a friend's house this summer. I'm not sure I love the idea makeup for young girls, but if you're going to get it, make sure it's not filled with all kinds of crazy chemicals that your child is then slathering on her face, lips, and nails. This kit includes safe and non-toxic mineral makeup that your little girl will love.
    Buy on Amazon

Check out the Babble Holiday Gift Guide, including my Green Gifts Guide, for more great gift ideas for the whole family!

Top Photo: Melissa and Doug

 

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