Have you been looking for plastic-free, eco-friendly, and sustainable gifts for your kids this year? You have come to the right place! We have gathered our list of our 25+ favorite ethical stocking stuffers for all the littles on your list. These eco friendly stocking stuffers for kids will add joy to the grab bag of Christmas morning surprises. Best part…..they won’t break the bank.
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Tips for Choosing Eco-Friendly Toys and Gifts for Kids
Christmas is such a magical time, family, friends, tree decorating, and gifts under fir scented branches. Stocking stuffers are traditionally small, inexpensive, and largely disposable or forgotten items after being used only once (or broken).
Remember where all those plastic knick-knacks end up…..forever.
A great way to avoid the plastic Christmas hangover, is to choose eco-friendly & sustainable stocking stuffers for kids.
One’s that are fun, reusable and affordable.
There are many reasons to choose eco-friendly toys and gifts for kids. They are more sustainable, and environmentally friendly, leading to less waste in landfills. They are also often healthier for your kids, without toxic chemicals that can be absorbed into your skin ( or mouth if still chewing on everything).
Tips for choosing ethical, sustainable and eco-friendly gifts for kids:
- Choose eco-friendly toys that are made of natural materials like wool, cotton or wood.
- Look for toys with recycled or recyclable packaging.
- Buy from smaller, independent businesses if you can
- Avoid buying plastic toys that can’t be recycled.
- Choose reusable items for everyday activities instead of single use plastics (think reusable water bottles, travel cutlery, snack bags etc..)
- Give experience gifts instead of physical items
- Buy used toys in good condition – this way if it is plastic, it’s extending its life.
NOTE: I have tried to keep the majority of eco gift ideas to smaller, eco-friendly businesses. However, I have included some Amazon stocking stuffer ideas in here.
While ideally we would prefer to always support small local eco businesses, when buying eco friendly products, sometimes that’s not possible. Or sometimes the higher price tag can make them out of reach for many people.
Especially with lack of stores and shipping costs to remote places like where I live. With Prime free 2 day shipping and access to many eco products it makes these accessible to more people. Which is why I’ve included a variety of businesses you can choose from, to find the perfect stocking stuffer.
Read on to find ideas to add to your Christmas gifts lists for plastic free gift ideas, zero waste stocking stuffers and organic stocking stuffers, for all your favorite kids who make your “nice” list.
We also have a list of our favourite eco friendly stocking filler ideas for adults and more kid friendly ideas to check out too.
Best Eco-Friendly Stocking Stuffers Ideas for Babies & Toddlers (age 3 and under)
Parents want to give their kids the best, but sometimes it can be difficult to find eco-friendly stocking stuffers for younger kids. Below are some of the best eco-friendly stocking stuffers ideas for younger kids (age 3 and under). They won’t remember your fun gifts, but it’s a great excuse to grab some super cute items you need everyday for them anyway.
Bibs for Babies
Attack the drool while looking cool, with these fun patterns. Organic hip baby bandanas and bibs are in for the under 2 crowd.
There are so many cute eco friendly bib options now a days. Head to your local market and you’ll likely find vendors selling some. Etsy is another great place to find locally made organic bibs and other small eco gifts for babies.
Baby Bear Rattle
Un-bear-ably cute baby rattle / sensory toy. It’s soft, luxurious texture is made with love and attention to detail. The gentle rattle will soothe and entertain your babe. Made with a silk cashmere blend, cotton, and wool.
All for one and ONESIES for ALL! Babies need a lot of changing, so it’s good to be prepared with a few extra cute onesies. PACT has sweet neutral colored organic cotton onesies made in a fair trade factory. Etsy has sooo many good ones from sweet to funny, to gender neutral and brilliant colors.
Check out our favorite eco baby gifts on etsy, for more perfect stocking stuffers (and organic onesie choices).
Soothe your babies need to chew on this cute Baby Elefun teether ring. Made with 100% food grade silicone & 5 different textures it’s easy to clean and can be frozen or put in refrigerator for pain relief.
Tegu Magnetic Stacker
The Tegu Magnetic Stacker encourages open ended play, while your toddler learns about magnetic forces as they stack or repel the rainbow pieces.
Safe and eco-friendly, Tegu toys are created with natural wood, with water-based finishes and recycled packaging. Made for 12+months.
Eco Gifts For the Young Artist
Time for your youngest kids to get creative with these Natural Watercolor Paints from Honeysticks. Handmade from natural and food-grade ingredients (peace of mind for those that put everything in their mouth).
Or if you prefer the more “NO MESS” coloring option, honeysticks have an 8 pack crayon set. Easy to tuck into your purse to keep the kids entertained on the road or during meals out. Made to color safely, these crayons are made with ethically sourced beeswax from New Zealand and food-grade pigments.
Creative kids can turn their windows into reusable works of art with these twelve brilliant washable crayons from Japan. They are made to color safely on just about any surface, like windows, paper, or mirrors, then easily erased with water. Additionally, 70% of the employees are persons with intellectual disabilities. Made for ages 3+
Wooden Animals – Tender Leaf Toys
Cute, woodland animal toys are a fun way to encourage independent play. They are a must-have for any little animal lover! This heirloom wooden set includes a rabbit, hare, hedgehog, fox, fallow deer, red squirrel, weasel, and a badger. Or my favorite, Under Sea Creatures. All made with from renewable rubber wood and painted with non-toxic, water-based paints.
Hybrid Train by Plan Toys
For all the train lovers out there! Chug a chug a choo choo to the beat of this eco friendly stocking stuffer for toddlers.
This hybrid train is ethically made with renewable non-chemically treated organic rubberwood and planwood, finished with non-toxic, water-based paint.
Wooden Memory Match Game
Toddlers and kids will love playing this wooden matching game with farm icons. The Farm Animal Matching Game is the perfect hands on travel game that is both educational and fun for toddlers and preschoolers. For ages 3+
Tegu Magnetic Blocks Pocket Set
Handy travel sized pocket Tegu Magnetic Block set, to keep your toddlers happy on the go. Simple and premium heirloom-quality toy that will last for generations, so pass it down to all your youngsters. Tegu uses natural wood and waterbased finishes for an eco friendly stocking stuffer for kids.
Sustainable Stocking Stuffers Ideas For Kids (ages 4 to 8 )
Kids ages 4 to 8 are fun to buy eco gifts for. Small eco toys, crafts and clothing items like themed socks, make affordable stocking filler ideas.
Keep you kids happy and busy creating unique paper origami animals. This kit contains 36 sheets of eco-friendly, silky origami paper with easy to follow instructions. My daughter has loved origami since she was little. Her favorite right now are Paper Toy Monsters – just pop out, fold and tape (or glue).
Made in the USA, Wiki Stix are a popular kids activity for road trips, travel and rainy days. They are made with 100% food grade wax and yarn, and can be bent into many different shapes inspiring many different creations by kids (and their adults).
Natural Face Paint
Facepaint without the worry! Made with organic ingredients that easily wash off with water. Perfect for themed birthday parties, Hallowe’en, or just because it’s a butterfly kinda day.
Mini Microgreen Growing Kit
These mini microgreen growing kits are a quick and easy beginner project for kids. Choose from Radish, Arugula, Sunflower, Red Streaks Mizuna Mustard, Pea Shoots and Salad Mix. Makes a great stocking stuffer for kids (and adults) of all ages.
Teach your kids where food comes form, and the importance of knowing how to grow your own veggies.
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Socks That Protect Elephants
Change the world with every step.
Conscious Step Gift Box donates $3 total to Conservation International to support their work to save and protect elephants. These fun socks are both Fair Trade and Vegan Certified and made from a high-quality organic cotton fabric blend. The 1-3Y size comes with no-slip silicone grips on the bottom.
Concious step also has a variety of sweet sock themes for toddlers to adults, that help support different causes.
Straws and kids go together like peanut butter and jelly! My nine year old still prefers her Reusable Straws for every drink. We love that this company is eco-friendly, woman owned and
Onyx & Green Pencil Crayons
Add a little pizazz to your colored pencils.
Onyx & Green pencil crayons are made from recycled newspaper. Have all the colors of the rainbow and more with the 24 pack.
Eco Friendly Kids Toothbrushes
Bamboo toothbrushes are always a hit with the kidlets. Decrease your plastic usage with toothbrushes made out of bamboo in packaging that is biodegradable and compostable.
Scavenger hunts are such a fun and kid friendly activity to beat boredom, and spice up your walks, so they don’t complain.
These Wooden Scavenger Hunt Tokens can be used time and time again
Eco Friendly Stocking Filler Ideas For Tweens & Teens
Tweens and teens can be so picky about their gifts, and aren’t afraid to show it. We’ve pulled together our top picks for tried and true small eco gifts that are tween and teen approved.
Eco friendly stocking filler ideas that are perfect fo tweens ages 9 to 12 and teens 13+
Personalized Woodland Christmas Mug
Great fun for a camping mug, for the outdoorsy kid, or for sipping hot chocolate at home in front of the fireplace over the winter.
This personalized woodland Christmas mug is the perfect size for little hands. Resuable mug is made from stainless steel and coated with glossy enamel.
Kooshoo Plastic Free Scrunchies
KOOSHOO has modernized Scrunchies by bring the first 100% Fairtrade, plastic-free and zero waste Scrunchies in the world.
Be friendly to earth and look cool doing it.
Tween Underwear and Boxer Shorts
Soft 100% organic cotton underwear for tweens and kids that is so breathable and comfortable, you may just wish they made adult sizes.
Check out Gifts for travel and adventure loving tweens for more fun holiday gift ideas
Pela Cell Phone Cases – Biodegradable
Pela created the world’s first compostable phone case. Choose from apple or android sizes. With 100’s of patterns and colors to choose from, you’ll be certain to find soemthing that suits your teens and tweens styles.
Meow Meow tweet Body Products
Meow Meow Tweet is a fun and eco friendly bath and body product line, that will have your tweens and teens smilling and smelling nice.
The Tea Tree Charcoal facial soap by Meow Meow Tweet is a go-to for breakouts and congested skin. Watch out pimples, we’re coming for you!
Albatross Safety Razor
“Shave” the world from plastic razors with the stainless steel Butterfly Safety Razor from Albatross! It comes with 10 replacement blades and a hemp razor bag. Send your used blades back to the Albatross take back program and they’ll upcycle them into something new.
Cork Icon Hemp Elevation Hat
Let your teens fashion style shine with this Cork Icon Hemp Elevation Hat by Ten Tree. Simple , classic and perfect for hanging around town with friends.
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- Gifts for RV lovers of all ages.
- Best travel backpacks for toddlers, kids, tweens
- Kid friendly holiday recipes from around the world
- Experience subscription boxes for all ages
25+ Eco-Friendly Stocking Stuffers for Kids, Babies, Tweens & Teens
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