6 Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas for Kids


| 12/6/2012 10:30:00 AM


Tags: gifts, gift ideas, Christmas, holidays, crafts, pretend play, creativity, imagination, kids, parenting, Kristine Ford,

With the holidays representing such an incredible time of consumption, many of us are looking for ways to honor our traditions in a more sustainable way. Thankfully, there is a vast assortment of wonderful and eco-friendly options for kids on the market today, making it easy to find a unique gift that will please both the planet and a pint-sized recipient.

Of course, the gift solutions that are least impactful on the planet are right at home—upcycled gifts repurposed from household objects that would otherwise end up in a landfill are oftentimes easy to make and the most special. Not to mention easiest on your wallet. (You can find some ideas online on our Pinterest boards; be sure to check out our “Trash to Treasure” series.)

But, if you’re looking for some more off-the-shelf options, here are some great ones that fit the following criteria.

• Produced domestically, and by smaller businesses
• Made with sustainable materials that are reusable, biodegradable, and/or recyclable
• Help to broaden children’s perspective of the world around them

1. Adopt an Endangered Animal through WWF

WWF Panda Adoption Kit
WWF Adoption Kit; Ages 0+; $25-$50

The World Wildlife Fund offers dozens of endangered animal adoption kits, from lions to Komodo dragons to rockhopper penguins. (They even have Gift Adoption Cards so your recipient can choose their own!) Adoption kits start at $25, but at the $50+ level you get a 12-inch plush replica of your new family member along with an adoption certificate, photo and species info card. This is a great way to support a child’s love for a specific animal, or get them interested in a new one.




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