If you have a son, grandson, nephew, or other little boy in your life you may be asking yourself, “What do I get them for the holidays?” In a world or cartoon characters, monster trucks, and movie action heroes you may be overwhelmed when in comes to shopping for boys. Going green in holiday shopping is an excellent way to educate the receiver of the gift as well a make them smile. Unique gifts are memorable ones, and green gifts are often unique. Here is a list of green gifts to give the little men in your lives.
1. Recycled Recycling Truck – This is a great toy that is made from 100% recycled milk jugs. It allows the child to practice sorting paper, plastic etc.. It retails for under $20 and can be paired with other trucks in the set such as the firetruck and a dump-truck. They can be bought on Amazon.com and are made by Green Toys right here in the USA.
2. Mr. Robot Pillow – This set of pillows are great for the imaginative child. They are double sided, study and adorable. They come in both large and small size, and are made of organic cotton. They are available at www.branchhome.com and start at $34.
3. Soy Crayon Rocks – Also available on Amazon.com these crayons resemble rocks and are made of soy wax. They are non toxic, and come 64 to a pack. They are great for small hands and very unique. They cost around $25 for the set.
4. Wildlife Tire Swing – Remember the fun you used to have on the tire swings? Well they have gotten much cooler. These swings are shaped like dragons, a T-Rex and a shark. Made of recycled tires these swings are sure to get your little one outside and using their imagination. They are found on amazon.com and are sold by Wildlife Creations.
5. OWI 6-in-1 Educational Solar Kit – This Transformers meets solar power rangers. These kits can be made into 6 different models including a windmill, a puppy, a plane and more. They teach the importance of solar power while teaching creativity and puts their engineering skills to the test. They are available on amazon.com and sell for $18.08.
6. The Ecosphere – Sold by Brookstone, this self contained ecosystem come complete with red shrimp, microbes, algae and plant life. The globe is also a piece or art. Just provide the necessary light. These is a great gift for an older boy who can appreciate the beauty in nature. They start at $65 and come in different sizes.
7.Scivolino-Bamboo Run – Sold by Amazon.com this toy made by Hape International is a great engineering toy that will have them going green and having fun while doing so. Think Chutes and Ladders in 3D. This building toy allows the child to build structures for the marbles to travel along and is prices at $75.
8. Balancing Coral Game – How many little boys know what is really under the ocean? Here is a great game that gives you the chance to peak their curiosity on coral and other ocean organisms. this game is like Jenga but more colorful. Its available on Amazon and sells for $32.95