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The Best Sustainable Christmas Gifts for Kids | Gift Ideas by Age

The Best Sustainable Christmas Gifts for Kids | Gift Ideas by Age

Many of us are feeling more conscious than ever about what we buy this Christmas. Here's our pick of sustainable and eco friendly gifts for kids that are ethically made and empowering people around the world.

Explore a range of ideas below for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers, primary school aged children and older kids and teenagers.

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Explore Christmas at Good Things: hundreds of ethical and eco-friendly gifts, toys and games that support charities, empower people and protect our planet. Ethical and plastic-free Christmas decorations, recycled Christmas cards supporting great causes, 100% recycled designer gift wrap, and gift ideas for all ages.

Christmas Presents for Babies (0 - 12 months)

First Christmases are so special. Explore a selection of organic, recycled and lovingly handmade fair trade gifts that will be loved by babies and the adults around them.

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Clockwise from top left: Animal Alphabet Wall Hanging; Bird Baby Rattle; Green Toys Recycled Plastic Stacking Cups; Fox Soft Toy in Fair Trade Cotton; Organic Cotton Crinkle Panda

Our top picks:

Bird baby rattle in Fair Trade cotton, £14 (below, left)

Seasonally appropriate but loved by babies all year round. We like the way it's a gentle rattle - good for any adults with festive sore heads!

Organic Cotton Activity Pad - Woodland, £35 (below, centre)

Described by one parent as "like catnip for babies", this beautiful organic cotton activity pad has a rattle, crinkle, squeaker and maple wood teething ring. It'll keep babies engaged and entertained during the festive period and beyond!

Cotton Baby Shoes with Gift Bag, £16 (below, right) 

Everyone wants to look sharp at Christmas! These super-cute baby shoes come in a matching soft cotton gift bag. We love the safari animal print in a choice of three colours, and the way they support Fair Trade work and opportunities for people with disabilities in Tanzania.

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Christmas Presents for Toddlers (1 - 3 years)

When Christmas begins to get really fun it's great to give presents that keep little ones entertained, and that will stand some rough play! Discover toys made from recycled plastic that may otherwise have entered our oceans, toys designed to stimulate and encourage learning and development, and some sustainable twists on classics!

Sustainable Christmas presents for a toddler

Clockwise from top left: Green Toys Recycled Plastic Watering Can and Little Gardeners Kit; Wee Gallery Numbered Nesting and Stacking Blocks; Green Toys Recycled Plastic Blocks Set; Fair Trade Reversible Cotton CrownTegu 42-piece Magnetic Wooden Building Blocks

Our suggestions:

Magnetic Wooden Prism Pocket Pouch, £22 (below, left)

One of our best-sellers, every one of these colourful wooden blocks is magnetic, meaning you can create all sort of wonderful shapes! This 6-piece set comes in a felt pouch, making it perfect for on-the-go entertainment. Suitable for ages 1+

Green Toys Recycled Ocean-Bound Plastic Bath or Beach Play Set, £25 (below, centre)

We love gifts that help the planet and teach children about looking after our world and this does both! This play set is made from plastic which was intercepted and recycled before it might have polluted our oceans. Every shell in this seven-piece set pours differently and it's also dishwasher safe. Ages 6 months +

Toy Cooking Set - Fair Trade, £49 (below, right)

Cook up a feast with this 30-piece colourful cotton toy cooking set including table-top hob, basket of fruit and veg, two pans with pan holders, utensils and assorted groceries all ingeniously made from cotton! This Fair Trade hand-loomed cotton play set is vegan-friendly and machine washable too.
 

Ethical and sustainable toddler gifts and toys - our picks

Explore ethical and sustainable toddler gifts and toys

Gifts for 3, 4 and 5 year-olds

As children begin to get swept up in the excitement of Christmas we bring you a selection of open-ended toys to encourage imaginative play; cute handmade and Fair Trade products creating change in Sri Lanka; and magnetic wooden play sets!

The Best Ethical and Sustainable Gifts for Christmas for ages 3, 4 and 5 year-olds

Clockwise from top left: Fair Trade Cotton Whale and Friends Soft Toy; Build and Colour-in Cardboard Elephants; Polar Explorer Play Set Toy Pouch; Green Toys Car Carrier and Three Cars; Cotton Picnic Play SetGreen Toys Doctor's Kit with Toy Ambulance

We particularly like:

Dinosaur Cotton Soft Toy, £25 (below, left)

Don't worry, it's not as fierce as it looks! This Fair Trade dinosaur soft toy is made from eco-friendly, hand-loomed cotton. It's made in Sri Lanka where the artisans who make this toy are paid fairly and benefit from child care, health education and skills training. 

Tegu 24-Piece Magnetic Wooden Building Blocks, £64 (below, middle)

This 24-piece set is one of our best-sellers for a reason! Generations of children will be fascinated by this gravity-defying set of colourful magnetic wooden building blocks from Tegu. Kids and adults will enjoy creating seemingly impossible structures with the help of the hidden magnets. Suitable for ages 1+

Green Toys Recycling Truck, £26 (below, right)

Things are about to get a bit meta, luckily if you're under 5 you'll take that in your stride. Learn all about recycling with this cool recycling truck - which is made entirely from recycled plastic itself! Green Toys make their eco-friendly toys from recycled plastic milk bottles, prevented from entering landfill.

Our picks ethical and sustainable gift ideas for 3, 4 and 5 year-olds

Ethical and sustainable gift and toy ideas for 3, 4 and 5 year olds

Gift Ideas for Children Aged 5 to 11 years

As children get a little older it can be hard to find sustainably made products and avoid screens. We've gathered a range of engaging, creative gifts that will keep kids busy and help them learn about the world around them.

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Clockwise from top left: Dinosaur Craft Kit from Paper Pet Shop; Hedgeways Strategy Game; Green Toys Eco Saucer Flying DiscHandmade and Fair Trade Safari Animal Pencil CaseBuild and Play Knights' Castle; Handmade and Fair Trade Hippo Cushion

Looking for ideas?

Learn-to-Sew Your Own Fox Kit for Kids, £20 (below, left)

Learn to sew and create a new friend in the process with this cute fox craft sewing kit. The kit contains everything you need to make a 30cm fox and little snail too! Suitable for ages 6+

Pucket Catapult Board Game, £47 (below, centre)

A beautifully hand-crafted wooden catapult game of dexterity and skill. Race to catapult your pucks from your side of the board, through the gate in the middle of the board to the other side! Just be warned: this will get competitive!

Build and Play Toy Space Station, £15 (below, right)

Sometimes Christmas requires a project. This eco-friendly build and play toy space station has fabulous attention to detail and is completely plastic-free! Pop out the pre-cut pieces and follow the visual instructions to bring your space station with dockable capsule to life. This 102-piece play set was developed in partnership with the Science Museum and includes a research lab, opposable arm and two astronauts. Recommended for ages 6+

 

Ethical and sustainable gifts, toys and games for 5 to 11 year-olds

Ethical and sustainable gifts, toys and games for 5 to 11 year-olds

Gifts for older kids and teenagers (12+)

From beautiful handcrafted wooden games you'll treasure for generations, to mindful gifts, papercraft projects and fabulous handmade Tanzanian treats with amazing stories to tell. A wonderful range of eco-friendly products that make a positive change in the world.

The Best Ethical and Sustainable Gifts for Christmas for older kids and teenagers

Our faves:

Sproutword Game - 2-player box, £23 (below, left)

Christmas is the time for a competitive game and this fun and strategic word games will have you hooked! Create and change existing words and try to take control of the Sproutword to win the game. The game is designed to be as eco-friendly as possible, it’s completely plastic free and the beautiful wooden letter tiles are made in Devon.

Ideas Pocketbook with Recycled Coffee Cup Cover, £4.99 (below, centre)

This sustainable pocketbook has a cover made from 100% recycled coffee cups and recycled paper pages, proceeds also supports children's education projects worldwide.

Fair Trade Zebra Print Cushion, £24 (below, right) 

A firm favourite at Good Things HQ, this hand screen-printed linen cushion cover features a contemporary contrasting zebra print on the front, and tassels on each corner. Neema Crafts transforms the lives of people with disabilities in Tanzania through Fair Trade work and opportunities.

Gifts for older kids and teenagers

Have a look at gifts and games for older kids and teenagers

Sustainable wrapping paper and ethical cards

A sustainable Christmas isn't just about the gifts you give. Did you know that often wrapping paper can't be recycled? This can be because of poor quality paper fibres, and because the designs often include glitter and plastic strands which aren't recyclable. Fear not! We've tracked down 100% recycled and recyclable wrapping paper in some gorgeous colourful designs. This is the kind of quality you'll use again and again. Plus explore ethical cards that are 100% recycled, and providing life-changing work and opportunities in the UK and around the world.

Sustainable wrapping paper and ethical cards

Clockwise from top left: Christmas Bears - Handmade and Recycled Christmas Card; Christmas Snowmen Recycled Wrapping Paper; Christmas Baubles Teal Recycled Wrapping Paper; Merry Catmas Recycled Christmas Card; Christmas Bears Recycled Wrapping Paper

Just to make things even easier we can also hand gift wrap your presents this Christmas. Just select the option to add gift wrap or a handwritten card when you choose your gift.

If you're still looking for inspiration why not check out all our products or explore our gifts by age?

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