1. Notebooks & SketchbooksBrowse for brands that print on recycled or post-consumer waste paper. We love the colorful covers on these spiral sketchbooks by Ecojot!
2. Seed or Garden KitsPlant a seed and a love for gardening with a sweet garden starter kit. National Geographic has a selection of cute gardening kits.
3. Wikki StixMade from simple, non-toxic ingredients (just yarn and food-grade wax), Wikki Stix inspire endless kid (and parent) creativity. These sticky strips are also useful for quick fixes around the house (like opening stubborn jar lids!).
4. Hats, Mitts and SocksGo good or go home. Buying quality clothes from social and environmentally-minded companies goes a long way - both for your family (hand-me-downs!) and the planet. We love the selection for kids at Patagonia.
5. An Animal AdoptionNow, we don't recommend welcoming a mountain gorilla into your home, but "adopting" one through the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund goes a long way toward protecting this endangered species and their habitat. Give a gift and give back at the same time. EnviroKidz is a 1% for the Planet member, meaning every time you buy an EnviroKidz product, a portion of sales are donated to support endangered species, habitat restoration, and environmental education for kids worldwide. Learn more about our partners here.
6. Tasty (Ethical) TreatsWe can all appreciate a good chocolate bar in our stockings - whether you're an 8, 18, or 85-year old! But kids of any age should snack on chocolate that is socially and environmentally sustainable. Check out the selection by Theo, another company that weaves social responsibility into everything they do.
7. Paperback BooksDivert young eyes from the screen and towards the page with a well-chosen, inspiring or interesting read for your young reader. Thrift stores and library book sales are a good way to buy like-new and gently used books while reducing waste. If you're not sure what book to get, instill a love for animals in your child with some of our favorite animal books!
8. Cool, Quality Lip BalmsLook for the USDA organic balms by EOS and you'll tick both the 'cool' and 'quality' boxes.
9. Art SuppliesWhether you've got a painter, sculptor or artist in your house - some colorful, eco art supplies can create fun for the whole family on a rainy Sunday. We love the selection at Imagine Childhood.
10. Word Play & Board GamesGet the gears turning with a fun, skill-building game like this one by Storymatic.
11. Useful (or Experiential) Gift CardsGive the gift of music or movies (like adventurous animal movies) - something that will never go to waste.
12. Water BottlesKeep the kids hydrated with a water bottle they'll want to carry around. Klean Kanteen is another 1% for the Planet member!
13. Wildflower Seed BombsA seemingly rebellious way to add some beauty to the neighborhood - buy a seed bomb pack (we love the ones at Uncommon Goods) or try making your own.
14. Tegu BlocksTegu magnetic blocks are not only an ethical toy for kids aged 2 to 8+, they’re really cool. Using sustainably-sourced materials, supporting reforestation initiatives and paying central American employees a living wage, Tegu aims to “make the world better than they found it”.
15. SmencilsMade from 100% recycled newspapers, these smencils by Educational Insights make writing, drawing and sketching a little ... smellier.
16. Mindfulness Coloring BooksDo double duty - promoting artistic expression and mindfulness with gorgeous, mindful coloring books. Millie Marotta creates some beautiful books, available through Amazon.
17. Reusable StrawsReduce the waste of plastic straws and opt for a straw that can be used over and over again. We recommend these Simply Straws, who are also 1% for the Planet partners!
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