Being the mother of 6 kids is a wonderful experience most of the time but combined with holiday shopping and the quest for a “green” Christmas, the chaos begins. Toys and electronics with increasingly shorter life spans, battery operated everything, and the need to be “cool” turns choosing an ecologically safe gift into a search for asprin and a nap. But have no fear! Here is a top ten list for sustainable gifts children will actually thank you for.
Top Ten List for Eco-Friendly Children’s Gifts:
10. Solaworm ~ (age 10 & up) complete with solar cell, pre-punched wooden boards, gears, shafts, motor and all necessary parts. It does have a battery back-up option. $18.95 at www.solarpowergeneration.com
9. Fairy Dust Party Pack ~ (age 3 – 12) comes with an organic hydrosol spray, body cream, and organic fairy dust body powder. No artificial colors, fragrances, preservatives, cruelty free and plant and people friendly. $12.00 at www.benaturalorganics.com
8. Eco Friendly Pull and Push Toys ~ (baby) lead-free, push and pull toys are made from non-toxic ingredients and come in a variety of animal figures. $14.95 – $19.95 at www.newbornmom.com.
7. Arbor Snowboards & Skateboards (age 13 & up) snowboards and skateboards designed for durability, precision, and loads of fun, made from bamboo. $116 & up at www.amazon.com.
6. Lapsaky Organic Cotton Baby Blanket ~ (newborn) wonderfully soft, machine-washable blanket colored with low-impact dyes. $14.00 at www.kidbean.com.
5. Connectagons ~ (age 4 & up) wooden circles with 8 slots for connecting and building fun, a variety of colors, themes – small and large sets available. $6.98 – $29.98 at www.hearthsong.com.
4. Water Powered Clocks ~ (any age) these interesting clocks are actually powered by water! $5.95 – $24.94 at www.amazon.com.
3. Animals in a Banana Fiber Box ~ (ages 4 & up) box woven from banana fibers with 7 different hand carved African animals tucked inside. $24.95 at http://planetonegifts.com.
2. AON Box Collapsible Portable Speakers ~ (age 10 & up) sharing music with friends has never been easier, or greener, no batteries required and easy to pack. $12.95 at www.theultimategreenstore.com.
1. L.L. Bean Sol Jus Solar Charger/Flashlight ~ (age 12 & up, including adults!) three solar panels fold open to collect solar energy then the USB cable allows you to charge most cell phones, MP3 players, and other small gadgets. $45.00 at www.llbean.com.