Often the plastic toys that come from giant chain stores are not only less healthy for kids, but also have the most packaging. As we had shared in an earlier post, there are lots of great experience gifts for kids. But if you really want to give something to your kids or someone else’s kids, for our fifth post from our Guide to a Green Holiday in Metro Vancouver series, we have a variety of Holiday kids gift ideas and options for you below!
Plus, if you’re looking to further reduce your eco-footprint, consider purchasing your gift from a consignment or thrift store. There are so many options in the Lower Mainland now, and you can often find gently used items. Some of my favourites include Little Earth Consignment, Once Upon a Child, MacGilleycuddy’s Children’s Consignment, and Salvation Army.
Green toy ideas:
- Homemade playdoh
- Homemade edible finger paint with greek yogurt and some natural food colouring (e.g. beet root powder for red, spinach powder for green, turmeric for yellow, etc.)
- Homemade face paint
- Toys made from natural materials, like wood and cotton. These toys usually have less packaging and encourage children to use their imagination instead of batteries to make the toy come alive.
- Give ‘Battery-Free’ Gifts – According to the EPA, about 40% of all battery sales occur during the holiday season. Discarded batteries are an environmental hazard. Even rechargeable batteries find their way into the waste stream eventually.
- Set up a book and toy swap with other families
Check out previous posts in our Iona’s Guide to A Green Winter Holiday in Metro Vancouver series