Eco-friendly Christmas gifts for babies & children

If you’re looking for eco-friendly Christmas gifts for babies and children, #ShopEthicalInstead has got you covered! 

From plastic free stocking fillers to ethical baby clothes and toy rental schemes that keep clutter to a minimum, this is our 2021 babies & children eco Christmas gift guide.

Swap don’t shop with Whirli

From £9.99 a month, 0-8 years
A subscription to Whirli is one of the most eco-friendly Christmas gifts for babies and children that you could give – because it’s designed to stop mass consumption and keep toys out of landfill.
When you subscribe to this sustainable toy rental service, you get Whirli tokens which can be spent in the extensive library of toys suitable for children from newborn up to 8 years old. There’s over 1000 toys to choose from, including the latest must-haves! Play time is unlimited so toys don’t have to be returned until you’re ready – and if your child really falls in love with something, you can buy it at a less-than-retail price. Otherwise, when you’re done, simply return the toys you’ve rented, get your tokens back and borrow something else!
You can buy a monthly subscription, gift card or a swappable toy (which can be returned for tokens later) if you want to gift Whirli to your child or someone else’s.
I’ve been using Whirli for over 6 months for my baby daughter, and it’s really helped us cut down on clutter, especially while she’s so young and her playtime needs change so quickly. We’ve saved money trying toys she hasn’t loved, and had hours of joy from ones she has, before they’ve been outgrown and gone back for more!
Click the link below to use my affiliate code and get money off when you subscribe.
Image credit: Lanka Kade

Lanka Kade push-along bee

£6.50, 10 months +
Wooden toys make lovely eco-friendly Christmas gifts for babies & children because they can be enjoyed and treasured for a long time, without any toxic plastic.
This chunky push-along bee is Fair Trade, handcrafted by skilled artisans in Sri Lanka, and made from sustainably sourced rubber wood and non-toxic paints. 
Image credit: Etta Loves

Etta Loves sensory muslins

£27, newborn – 4 months

These supersoft muslins work like magic! But they’re also backed by science. The high contrast designs have been created by experts to support baby’s visual and cognitive development. 

I had a pack of these when my daughter was born and they were perfect for keeping her calm as a newborn, and entertaining her as she grew – and you can never have too many cloths around for sicks and spills when you’ve got a little one! 

Although they say they’re suitable up to 4 months, she still uses hers to play peek-a-boo now at 10 months old! Made from organic cotton, these are a beautiful and practical gift that’s bound to be loved for a long time.

Image credit: Toy Project

Toy Project Handmade Lion


This beautiful baby yellow lion is hand-sewn with traditional African Shweshwe fabric. Suitable for all ages the handmade lion makes a one-of-a-kind gift with meaning.

South-African brand Toy Project is a community-based initiative for previously unemployed women of the Groenfontein Valley outside Calitzdorp, and more recently, the Wittedrift community outside Plettenberg Bay.

Each toy is 100% handmade. Available from Akojo Market.

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Green Toys Seaplane

£19.39, 12+ months

Plastic toys don’t often make the lists of eco-friendly Christmas gifts, but these Green Toys are made from recycled American milk bottles and are free from any toxic nasties. 

They’re designed to float in the bathtub or pool, so they’ll keep your little one entertained for hours!

Image credit: The Den Kit Co

The British Woodland Den Kit

£50, Recommended for children 6 years +

Inside this practical cotton haversack are all the tools you need to create a shelter among the trees. With a beautifully illustrated identification and fact sheet to help expand your knowledge of British nature and the equipment you need to grow your own sapling. Encourage your little adventurers to get outside and enjoy nature!

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