The Best Ethical and Sustainable Christmas Gifts | A Guide By Age from Babies to Teens
Many of us are more conscious than ever of what we buy this Christmas, and are looking for eco-friendly, sustainable gifts. Here's our pick of gorgeous, sustainable Christmas gifts that are ethically made and improve lives around the world.
Many of these ethical Christmas gifts are fair trade and the enterprises who make them reinvest any profits back into charitable projects. We've also pledged 20% of profits to charities doing good things too.
Explore a range of ideas below for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers, primary school aged children and older kids and teenagers.
- Christmas presents for babies 12 months and under
- Christmas gifts for toddlers ages 1 - 3 years
- Sustainable gifts for ages 3 - 5 years
- Ethical Christmas gifts for children aged 5 - 11 years
- Gifts for teenagers and older kids ages 12+
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.
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 should any adults happen to have 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.
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!
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; Tegu Magnetic Wooden Train; Tegu 42-piece Magnetic Wooden Building Blocks
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+
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 +
Grow Wild Growth Chart - Rainforest, £34.95 (below, right)
This growth chart is made from organic cotton canvas and features some beautiful rainforest animals in black and white with subtle silver detail. It comes in an organic cotton canvas bag with a space to write a child's name and birthday and features the message "Watch Me Grow".
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 Fair Trade products providing work, healthcare and education; and clever magnetic wooden toys!
Clockwise from top left: Fair Trade Cotton Whale and Friends Soft Toy; Farm Play Set Toy Pouch in Fair Trade Cotton; Fair Trade Cotton Tea Party Toy Tea Set; Green Toys Car Carrier and Three Cars; Robo Magnetic Wooden Toy; Green Toys Doctor's Kit with Toy Ambulance
We particularly like:
Dinosaur Soft Toy in Fair Trade Cotton, £25 (below, left)
Don't worry, it's not as fierce as it looks! This handwoven 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, £24 (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.
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.
Clockwise from top left: Learn-to-Sew Your Own Hedgehog Craft Kit; Children's Safari Animals Dress; Build and Colour-In Cardboard Pirate Ship; Safari Animal Pencil Case; Build and Play RNLI Lifeboat Set; Build and Play Space Station
Looking for ideas?
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+
Ultimate Baker: Toy Baking + Cake Set in Fair Trade Cotton, £59 (below, centre)
Creative kids can bake their very own showstopper with this incredibly cute toy baking set with cotton cupcakes, all made from Fair Trade cotton. This 18-piece set includes cupcakes with removable cases, "cake tin" with lid, mixing bowl, measuring jug, utensils, baking tray and cupcake tins, plus "baking set" carry bag.
Build and Play Toy Farm Set, £10 (below, right)
Sometimes Christmas requires a project. This eco-friendly toy farm set has fabulous attention to detail and is completely plastic-free! Pop out the pre-cut pieces and follow the visual instructions to bring your farm to life. It includes a chicken coop with hinged roof! Suitable for ages 4+
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.
Christmas is the time for a competitive game and this battle to control the high seas is one of our favourites! Raft together your wooden ship tiles, and try to scupper four ships before your opponent. It all comes packed up in your own impressive hand-crafted wooden treasure chest.
Green Toys Eco Saucer Flying Disc, £7.95 (below, centre)
A great gift for any age, this eco saucer flying disc is made entirely from recycled plastic, making it both fun and planet-friendly!
Fair Trade Zebra Print Cushion, £23 (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.
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Good Things seeks out innovative, fair and eco-friendly toys and gifts for kids that do great things. Like toy boats made entirely from recycled milk bottles, or cards that are changing the lives of orphaned young adults in Rwanda. Have a look at our collections.