Raising children who care about the planet starts with animal-loving and eco-conscious holiday gifts! Here are our top sustainable suggestions:
Adopt an Animal
How thrilled would your child be to find their very own koala, sea turtle or chimpanzee under the Christmas tree? Okay, we’re not suggesting you purchase the actual animal, but you can symbolically adopt an endangered creature on behalf of a child through Defenders of Wildlife
, Dian Fossy
, Lemur Conservation Foundation, Pandas International
, SEE Turtles
or The Jane Goodall Institute
. The adoption funds will help protect the animal of your choice.
Inkkas Slate Hightops
Make your kid the coolest on the playground by gifting them high-top kicks featuring an iconic Inkkas motif on textiles handmade by local artisans in Peru. Not only are the sneakers made using vegan and sustainable materials, but one tree is planted for every pair sold. Inkkas.com
Kids Growth Mindset Journal
You’re never too young to start developing a growth mindset! Featuring a vegan cover, this unique journal is packed with prompts to help kids become their best selves. The colorful illustrations, stories and exercises are designed to help them become more confident, to learn from mistakes and to be persistent in achieving their goals. Biglifejournal.com
Cuddle + Kind Dolls
The little one in your life will likely spend hours playing with these charming dolls which are handknit in Peru using Fair Trade and sustainable practices. Featuring premium cotton yarn, felt and knit details, the sale of each doll provides ten meals to children in need. Cuddleandkind.com
TreeSounds Balance Board
Designed and crafted by a family-owned company, this handmade natural board helps kids develop resiliency, creativity, physical strength and of course, balance! Available in three sizes, the game-changing toy is made using sustainably sourced Finnish birch plywood. Etsy.com
The Experiential Gift
The most sustainable gift might be the one you didn’t buy! Give your child a gift certificate for an experience in your area, whether it’s skiing, ice skating, rock climbing, or an afternoon at an art gallery. You could also gift your kiddo a membership to a local museum, science centre or indoor playground.
Happy holiday shopping!