Christmas shopping with all the crowds does my head in.
I love supporting local or small businesses. So for Christmas gifts, it’s the markets or online shopping for me. I have done all the hard work for you this year and found my pick of gifts for kids. Of course being Natural New Age Mum, they must be eco-friendly, natural, organic, fair trade, sustainable, educational or healthy.
Don’t kids love experimenting with make up! Lester and Darnie have a safe, non toxic solution for you from Orla and Maeve (Australian made and owned too). Each Play Make Up Pack contains 3 Lip Balms (red, purple & pink) and 3 Eyeshadows (blue, pink & gold). Choose from stars or hearts and reuse the containers when you are done! I am loving the gorgeous recycled gift box it comes with too. Get it online from beautiful eco store, Lester and Darnie!
How cool is this stuff!! Sand…Inside…The…House! If the first thought that went through your head was NO!! Then think again with the amazing Kinetic Sand which is 98% sand and 2% magic. So bring the sand inside to allow your little one a sensory activity that also develops fine motor skills and creative play. Totally non-toxic and safe for little ones and most importantly, fun! Get it online from Finlee and Me.
♥ Drink Bottle and Lunch Bag.
Safe drink bottles and lunch bags are so important as our kid’s food is directly in contact on a daily basis. My Green Lunchbox has it all sorted for you. This stainless steel drink bottle contains no BPA and keeps drinks cooler and much safer than plastic. There are loads of designs to choose from. The So Young lunchbox has a waterproof insulated interior that is easy to keep clean. There is no BPA, PVC or phalates. The outside is a laminated linen in funky retro design.
♥ Herb Patch Kit and Bottle Top Waterer.
Perfect for getting the kids excited about gardening and growing their own real food! The Herb Patch Kit from Planet Eco is made for children aged 3-12 yrs old. It contains 5 x seed packs (basil, chives, coriander, dill and parsley), 5 x bamboo plant tags, 18 x biodegradable pots and a picture based grow guide. The Bottle Top Waterer attaches to most plastic bottles and provides a gentle stream of water when squeezed – no more drowned seeds and seedlings! Easy for small hands to hold and so much fun. You can get them online from beautiful eco warrior mumma, Anna!
I am so digging these toys from Sustainababy! The Green Toys range is made from 100% recycled plastic milk jugs. There is no BPA, phthalates, PVC or external coatings and it meets the FDA food contact standards. Packaged with recycled and recyclable materials and printed with soy inks too. The submarine makes a great bath toy or water play fun. Get it online from Laura at Sustainababy – the fabulous baby and kids ecostore!
♥ Organic Cotton T-Shirts.
You know what they say – something they need, something they want, something to read and something to wear! Well, these cute t-shirts take care of something to wear! In a range of cute animal prints (personally loving the penguin) they are 100% certified organic cotton. Get them from Belinda at Earth Me via her Facebook page. Great price too!
♥ Kauri Jewellery Tree.
One for the teenagers or older kids. Designed and made in New Zealand from Kauri timber, the tree comes flat pack, so it’s great to send. I love the little bird and butterfly details. Actually, I want one for myself! Get them online at Biome Eco stores.
♥ Zoku Slush and Shake Maker.
Gently encourage the kids into a much healthier way to have their fun drinks. No more frozen coke!! You store the BPA free inner core in the freezer and it’s ready to make iced shakes or slushies in 7 minutes! Let the kids get inventive and make up new flavours. A fun idea for parties and it’s eco-friendly too – no more takeaway containers. Get it online here.
♥ USB Salt Lamp.
Another cool idea for teenagers! This beautiful USB Himalayan salt lamp plugs straight into their computer! As well as a funky four colour light, the salt lamp counteracts the stream of positive ions being emitted from the computer. It will help purify the air in their room while they are studying or playing games! Get it online from Shop Naturally.
Don’t forget the eco cards and wrap!
Where to shop:
These are some more great online stores to check out that have ec0-friendly, upcycled or natural gifts.
Biome Eco Stores for all things good for the planet
Shop Naturally for a huge range of all things natural and healthy
Yardgames for outdoor and educational toys
Hello Charlie for eco baby and toddler
Hip Kids for furniture, wooden toys and cubbies
Green Gifts Australia for a great selection of fair-trade, organic and eco-friendly gifts
The Raw Food Store for a range of eco-kids products