We are all aware of the devastating damage that plastic is doing to our environment. Instead of buying plastic toys for the kids this year, why not buy something a little kinder to the planet?
We’ve compiled a list of ’10 of the best alternative gifts’ for babies and kids this Christmas… as recommended by our Frugi Family members
1. The Wobbel balance board (from £100 at selected retailers)
Top of our Frugi Family’s list is a Wobbel board.
We love gifts that encourage kids to use their imaginations and get some exercise at the same time…the Wobbel balance board does just that!
Made from side pressed, caramelized bamboo and FSC Certified Beechwood the Wobbel is not just a toy for the kids, the board can be used to increase the strength and balance of every member of the family.
Although at over £100 the Wobbel is an investment the board will last for generations!
Check out the board in action here
2. Lanka kade animals (bag of 6 ) £16 available from Frugi!
Help let your little one’s imagination run wild with these wooden Animals In A Bag from Lanka Kade! With fun and colourful designs printed on both sides, this set comes with 6 chunky shapes for mini animal lovers to play with, stack on top of each other, name or even learn the noises of… collect them all! Now available from Frugi!
3. Hape Quadrilla marble run £49.99 (at selected retailers)
Build your own marble run and watch the marbles whizz down the tracks to the bottom!
Hours of fun for the whole family!
Recommended for age 4+
4. Bajo wobbling penguin £17.50
This friendly little fellow is perfect for toddlers! Push him along and watch him wobble.
The Bajo manufacturing process is green from start to finish – sustainable wood from beech, birch, sycamore, acacia, cherry, walnut and plum trees is sourced from carefully managed forests in Poland. Skilled crafters transform the wood into toys that are treated with eco, non-toxic paints and oils, and waste wood is turned into fuel briquettes.
5. Tri Climb £210
Here at Frugi we love anything Rainbow themed so this climbing frame was a huge hit with our fans.
The classic Tri-climb triangle climbing frame with quick folding mechanism. Rainbow stained rungs on one side and natural wood on the other add a sparkle or pop of colour to your home.
6. Wooden Grimms rainbow (Mini) £12.95
Talking of rainbows, how could we not include a Grimms Rainbow!
The iconic Grimms rainbow is fast becoming the most popular choice for the perfect gift this Christmas! Loved by Frugi fans worldwide and with so many uses, it inspires children to use their imagination-we think this mini Rainbow is the cutest little stocking filler! 😉
7. National Trust or local attraction family membership
A lifesaver for entertaining the kids whatever the weather! Ask for a family membership and discover amazing locations all over the UK all year round.
8. Selection of little Wooden Cars £17.50 from Wooden Story
Made in the Beskidy mountains in Poland, Wooden Story have created a stunningly beautiful range of wooden toys for children.
All of their toys are made of wood coloured with all natural eco-certified paints.
These lovely little cars have been hand crafted from sustainable wood and finished with beeswax and botanical oils which makes them smell amazing.
Packaged in wood shavings inside a beautiful recyclable paperboard box.
* Frugi Favourite *
9. Pegasus Rocking Horse from Plan Toys- £99.99 (select retailers)
We love this Pegasus Rocking Horse from Plan Toys
Children will love to pretend they can fly through the clouds on the back of this amazing rocking horse!
With footrests and adjustable fabric backrest this horse is perfect for babies and kids from 12 months +
Plan Toys have fantastic eco credentials with wooden toys made from reclaimed rubber woods that enhance development for children and a strong mission to create a sustainable world, PlanToys is committed to ensuring every single step of their production line has a minimal environmental impact.
10. Bajo Hansel and Gretel wooden theatre £35.00 (selected retailers)
Little ones will love this wooden theatre from Bajo! With an enchanted cottage, backdrop and characters from the Grimm’s fairy tale. Perfect for inspiring young readers.
Top tip for an eco-friendly Christmas
Make sure you use recyclable wrapping paper – every year millions of sheets of non-recyclable wrapping paper are dumped after Christmas. Wrapping paper can only be recycled if it passes the scrunch test!
Be aware that Christmas cards and wrapping paper with glitter, foil or paper that still has sticky tape attached cannot be recycled!