We have been to a lot of parties already this year and rather than agonise over each present, I decided to buy the same thing for each kid. No, it wasn’t a plant! They were very cool eco-friendly kids’ toys and I will tell you more about them below, along with some of my other favourites.
The first rule of buying planet-happy present for kids is this: get them something they will love.
Although a hand-sewn Peruvian doll made from ethical cacao-bean by-products is a gorgeous, considerate gift, if the child unwrapping it thinks “boring!” it will be dispatched to the “out” pile in no time and all those wonderful, fair-trade materials wasted.
Most kids I know are into superheroes or princesses, which makes it tricky when looking for birthday gifts. Unless you know a kid really, really well and you’re giving them something pretty unique, it’s probably not appropriate to give them a second-hand gift (unless you are regifting!). But it’s not impossible to buy new eco-friendly toys that will genuinely excite kids.