Let me make sustainable gift-giving easy, with this handy budget-friendly guide to ethical gift ideas for kids.
Whether it’s Christmas or birthdays, finding an eco-friendly and sustainable gift for a kid – especially if it’s not your own kid but a niece, nephew, grandchild, or friend’s kid – can be tricky. You tread a line between what’s fun and going to be well used, and what fits your budget. Sometimes it doesn’t feel like the two ever align.
As a mum of two kids, I know this struggle only too well. So, if you are looking for ethical gift ideas for kids, then I am here to help. I’ve rounded up my favourite ethical gift ideas for kids, catering to a wide range of ages and budgets.
Ethical Gift Ideas For Kids
With ethical and sustainable gift ideas for kids aged from zero up to twelve, and with nothing costing over £30
Stacking Dinosaurs Game
How Much: £ 17
Age Range: 18 months – 6 Years
Where To Buy: Green Tulip
This fun wooden dinosaur balancing game is sure to be a big hit with dinosaur fans of all ages.
The dinosaurs are ethically produced in Indonesia from sustainable rubberwood – a by-product of the latex production industry – and then painted with a non-toxic stain.
Plastic-free, they come packaged in a recyclable cardboard box. Inside, the dinos are neatly packaged in a cotton drawstring bag for easy tidying up.
How Much: £28
Age Range: 1 to 8 Years
Where To Buy: Luca & Rosa
I’m a fan of buying other people’s kids pyjamas for birthdays or Christmas. They’re the kind of thing that you can’t really go wrong with and are guaranteed to be worn again and again.
If you are looking for ethical kid’s pyjamas, then try Luca & Rosa. This British children’s clothing brand makes all of its beautiful pyjamas from 100% organic cotton.
Catering for kids aged one to eight, these pyjamas are sure to be firm favourites.
Get 10% off your first order when you sign up for the Luca & Rosa mailing list.
Big Green Activity Book
How Much: £9.99
Age Range: 7 to 9 Years
Where To Buy: Ethical Superstore
For puzzlers aged 7 to 9, The Big Green Activity Book is an ideal ethical gift for kids.
Printed on eco-friendly paper, this bumper puzzle book contains over 70 puzzles and quizzes to entertain curious kids and teach them about our changing planet.
Making learning fun, each puzzle covers an eco-topic such as saving water, recycling or deforestation. As each puzzle is completed, the reader learns key eco facts along the way.
Each thoughtfully illustrated puzzle is accompanied by facts about nature, the creatures that live here, the effect that humans are having and what can be done to change things.
How Much: £7.99
Age Range: 3 to 12 Years
Available From: Barekind
If the kid you are buying a gift for has a favourite animal, then Barekind is the shop to head to.
With over 20 animal designs to choose from for kids, there’s a bamboo sock to match their favourite animal.
Barekind then donates 10% of the profits from every pair to save the animal on the socks. So your toes look good whilst doing good!
Get 10% off your first order when you sign up for the Barekind newsletter.
Endangered Animals Bingo Game
How Much: £19.99
Age Range: 6 to 12 Years
Where To Buy: Ethical Superstore
For a fun game that the whole family can play, look no further than Endangered Animals Bingo. We have a variant on this game – Bird Bingo – and it’s so well-loved by us all.
This fun game introduces you to a stunning array of creatures from all corners of the globe, that have one common thread – they are all facing extinction.
Through the game, you’ll learn more about these animals. Plus a percentage of profits from the sale of each game are donated to WWF.
Palm Oil-Free Chocolate
How Much: £10
Age Range: 3 to 12 Years +
Available From: Chococo
Offering a fun selection of absolutely delicious palm oil-free chocolates, Chococo is a great choice for ethical edible gifts for kids.
As well as being palm oil-free, all of Chococo’s chocolates are slave-free, are directly traded, and contain less sugar compared to other chocolate brands.
Chococo also offers a fun vegan selection of chocolates, that are perfect for gifting.
Organic Kids Clothes
How Much: around £20
Age Range: Newborn to 8 Years
Available From: Toby Tiger
One of my favourite places to go for sustainable kids’ clothes is Toby Tiger.
This ethical brand makes sustainable, vegan-friendly and fair trade clothing that is Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified organic. This independent certification ensures that all Toby Tiger clothing meets strict organic environmental standards.
Each piece is designed with comfort in mind, whilst being designed to withstand play and repeated washing.
Recycled Cardboard Jigsaw Puzzle
How Much: £30
Age Range: 11 Years +
Available From: Rapanui
This 1000-piece ‘Re-Jiggulous’ jigsaw puzzle is a sustainable puzzler’s dream.
Sustainably designed from recycled cardboard and printed with a marine-inspired doodle, it’s made to challenge even the most hard-core of puzzling pros.
Get 10% off your first purchase when you sign up for the Rapanui mailing list.
Plastic-Free Bracelet Making Kit
How Much: £16.45
Age Range: 6 to 10 Years
Available From: &Keep
My two daughters are obsessed with making bracelets, yet most kits use plastic beads.
This fun kit from online eco shop &Keep is not only full of colourful wooden beads, but it even comes in a recyclable cardboard box.
Containing enough beads to make 10 bracelets, the combination of rainbows, flowers and geometric beads is perfect for creating some unique pieces of jewellery.
If you are looking for even more ideas, then do check out my guide to sustainable gift ideas, which caters to all ages – kids and grown-ups. And for teenagers, do check out my ethical gift guide for teens.