During the month of November, I am spending some time on Christmas gift guides from Amazon. There are plenty of places to buy gifts, and Amazon certainly isn’t the only place worth shopping from.
But, with all of the wonderful green and natural companies that Amazon has teamed up with over the last few years, they now offer a very wide range of products that I would consider worth buying. Their prices are extremely competitive and it’s very easy to get free shipping on most items with an order of $25.
One thing is for sure, though… the huge selection at Amazon can be a bit mind-boggling and take some time to sift through. I’ve tried to do as much of the work as I could for you, listing a lot of the popular, affordable and interesting options in different categories for boys and girls, babies and toddlers, arts and crafts, etc.
$$- I’ve used this symbol to highlight some of the prices are the particular good deals!
Keep it Simple
You will notice one main thing missing from the toys that I share and that is batteries. flashing lights. sounds. Things that entertain a child, without the child having to really interact with the toy and use their own creativity. We don’t allow our children to play with toys like that, and you can read more about our thoughts on toys in general here.
I hope that this list gives some ideas and inspiration as you seek to find safe and fun items that will bless your precious children or the other special children in your life!
miYim Organic Plush Fairytale Collection Baby Victoria the Bunny 9 Reg. $24.99 Now $19.97
100% Organic Cotton Stuffed Multi Fruit Tote Reg. $30 Now $21.80
$$- Natural Wood Hedgehog Baby Rattle – Non-toxic and Safe for Baby Reg. $12.99 Now $7.85
Plan Toy Baby Walker Reg. $74.99 Now $67.49
Melissa & Doug Wooden Take Along Tool Kit (24pc) Reg. $12.99 Now $11.27
200 pc Color/Natural Blocks Reg. $24.99
$$- Natural Wood Blocks by Maxim, 150 pcs Reg. $39.99 Now $18.99
$$- Kid’s Block Cart with Chalk Board in Natural Finish Reg. $120 Now $67.95
Educo by Hape Int. Little Auto 4-Pack Reg. $16.99 Now $13.84
$$- Plan City Road Construction Set Reg. $24.99 Now $17.95
Plan Toy Sorting Bus Reg. $32.99 Now $19.49
$$- Sprig Toys Eco Recycling-Truck Reg. $19.99 Now $18.66 (was $8.13 but the price jumped!)
$$- Sprig Toys Eco – Truck Dump Truck Reg. $19.99 Now $11.69
Plan Toy Tea Set Reg. $28.99 Now $25.19
Plan Toy My First Dollhouse Reg. $119.99 Now $101.95
(Yes, for girls, but my son also loves dolls almost as much as my daughter, and there are boy dolls available as well)
$$- Souri Doll Reg. $54.95 Now $35.99
Fair Trade Waldorf Doll – Emily Reg. $49.95 Now $44.95
‘Anna’ Camden Doll – Natural Waldorf Doll Reg. $49.99
Under The Nile Sleeping Doll Lovie, Sage Reg. $10 Now $8.57
Imaginative Play Toys
$$- Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Kitchen Accessory Set Reg. $29.99 Now $19.99
Green Toys Tea Set Reg. $24.99 Now $20.17
$$- Melissa & Doug Jumbo Coloring Pad – Blue Reg. $17.19 Now $4.94
$$- Melissa & Doug Drawing Pad Reg. $14.89 Now $3.35
Clementine Art Natural Paint – 6 Color Pack Reg. $14.99 Now $13.10
Clementine Art Natural Crayon Rocks – 9 Color Pack Reg. $9.99 Now $6.80
Stockmar Beeswax Stick Crayons – Set of 16 Reg. $29.99 Now $27.45
$$- Zimbbos (child’s game, ages 3+) Reg. $34.99 Now $19.98
I do have to say that I am disappointed by their game selection. I much prefer the variety of games at Oompa Toys, one of our favorite online toy shops, which is full of very creative and high-quality games, many of them made in Europe (and I don’t know why, but I just like European games!).
Other Non-Toy Gift Options and Ideas
Toys are most certainly NOT the only option when it comes to children’s gifts. Here are a few other ideas, including some that we have used in our own family:
- Dress-up clothes (this can even be used clothes/accessories, or costumes you sew yourself)
- Books, books, books! (Used ones are just as good as new!)
- Bikes or other ride-ons (we got a beautiful one for our oldest daughter recently from a used dealer for $25)
- Baking or cooking kits (which you could make yourself)
- Memory-making gifts- tickets to the zoo, museum, theatre, aquarium, etc.
- Alarm clock, artwork or framed photos for their bedroom
- Musical instruments
- Favorite edible treats
- Paper dolls (there is a great list here of ones that you can download/print for free!)
- Bug catchers, magnifying glass, magnet sets, fishing rod– the list could go on!
- Clothes- yes, I buy my kids clothes for Christmas. I’ve just bought a special outfit for each one from Kate Quinn organics, using my Eversave vouchers. We have also bought special pajamas in previous years to give as a gift.
- Music CD’s or stories on CD (my oldest LOVES the Jonathon Park creation science CDs)
What natural/green toys have you bought and loved? What other kinds of creative non-toy gifts have you given or do you plan to give?