Green gifts for kids (and mums too)

A recent survey by EcoBirdy found that the top 5 toys in a family’s home are made from plastic. The most popular children’s toys, which almost 90% of families with young children have, are mainly made from plastic, PP or PE, and sadly 80% of these toys only last for an average of 6 months before they break or are forgotten about, destined for landfill.
In a world drowning in plastic pollution what can we do?
Here at Frugi we are passionate about people and the planet, our outerwear is made from 100% Recycled plastic bottles and we’re always innovating and searching for ‘planet friendly’ alternatives.
We’ve created this guide to buying greener gifts for kids, from baby showers to gifts from the Grandparents to offer some fab alternatives to plastic.

Alternative Easter Gifts Ideas | Frugi

Easter gifts ideas

We asked our Frugi Family what alternative Easter gifts they will be buying for their little ones this year…

We buy seeds to grow our summer and spring vegetables, I usually put them in new wellies or may do an umbrella for my eldest. We don’t do chocolate, I also buy crafts. Grandparents are buying Lanka kades new insects. – Annastastia    

We hunt for painted rocks in our local parks, bake hot cross buns on good Friday and German Easter plaits, paint (empty) eggs to fill, plant bee-friendly flowers in the garden. – Rike

I normally get mine something spring related. Seeds or garden tools etc. Or maybe something as a sign of the warmer weather such as a bucket and spade etc… we normally go to a local egg hunt, paint and roll boiled eggs, make easter biscuits and just spend time outdoors on bike rides or walks. Donna

We hard boil eggs and then decorate the while hot with wax crayon and also sometimes wrap them in onion skin while boiling them to make different colours of red or brown patterns on them. We then go and roll them downhill in a local park and have competitions within the family as soon as egg survives the longest. also have treasure hunts around the garden or house if wet. Easter story books Jane

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Baby shower gift ideas that are eco-friendly

Finding a gift for an expectant mum can be tricky, here are our top three suggestions:

Baby Shower Gift IdeasFrugi gift set £45

Perfect for celebrating a new arrival, this gorgeous New Baby Gift Set contains Frugi’s most loved newborn pieces! With our Lovely Babygrow, Super Special 3 Pack Body and Little Socks 3 Pack all packaged up in a fun Frugi gift box. All made from super soft GOTS certified Organic Cotton, making it ideal for a newborn’s delicate skin

Panama Gift box from Chocolate and Love Panama Gift box from Chocolate and love £11.99

Treat mums-to be with this beautiful chocolate gift set from Chocolate and Love and do something good for the planet too.

The gift set contains 4 x 40g bars; Rich Dark 71%,  Panama 80%,  Sea Salt 55% and Pomegranate 70%…YUM!

Every aspect of the business is run as ethically as possible such as minimising shipping to cut down on fuel costs and using paper that is 100% FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified for their wrappers, using biodegradable silver inner wrappers produced with materials made from sustainably harvested wood and using FLO-PAK Green packing material. Chocolate and Love also supports reforestation and plant trees through weforest.org.

They’ve planted 27,000 trees so far!

BloomtownOrganic Hand & Body Wash £10 The Meadow (Lavender & Rose Geranium)

Bloomtown Organic Hand & Body Wash

When you have a newborn baby you’re constantly washing your hands. This Hand & Body Wash from Bloomtown not only smells divine but is 100% free from palm oil, SLSs, parabens and synthetic detergents!

Made with nourishing coconut and olive oils and packaged in elegant, eco-friendly glass bottles, we think it makes a lovely gift for an expectant mum. Bloomtown was founded in 2016 after the founders spent two years in Indonesia and witnessing first-hand the loss of virgin forest that is home to endangered orangutans, tigers and so much of the world’s biodiversity. They decided it would be their mission to create a “ticks all the boxes” body & skincare company to offer concerned consumers truly ethical & cruelty-free alternatives.

Use the code FRUGI15 for 15% off orders when you spend just £30 at bloomtown.co.uk – one per customer, valid on regular, non-discounted products. expires at 11:30 pm on May 1st 2019

Baby’s first birthday gift ideas

Celebrating their first birthday needn’t cost the earth! We all know they’ll probably enjoy playing with the box it comes in more than the actual gift anyway!

We’ve found three eco friendly gifts that they’ll love:

Forest Stacker and Bag Forest Stacker and Bag £14.95 from Le Toy Van

These chunky wooden animals are perfect for little hands! Stack them up and watch them tumble.

Set of 9 wooden animals complete with handy draw string bag to play anywhere. The woodland animals are made of solid wood ethically made from sustainable legal wood. Safe: Water based paints. Tested for children from 12 months.

Le Toy Van are a small but big-hearted family company. They believe childhood should be enjoyed to the full. That’s why they’ve been making imaginative wooden toys, designed in Great Britain with a touch of French je ne sais quoi, since 1995. Ethically made from sustainable tactile materials, their toys encourage creative long lasting play and quickly become well-loved family favourites. Their uniquely designed, multi-award winning, hand finished toys are a true investment in play, for generations to come.

Frugi Button off Applique top £26 (add £5 to personalise) Frugi Button off Applique Top

THREE T-SHIRTS IN ONE!

This short-sleeved Button Off Applique Top has a cute Snail applique on the front and three interchangeable appliques that can be buttoned on and off of the top, little one will love choosing which home the Snail has on his back each day! Personalise with a name or ‘I am one’ for an extra special gift

Available in sizes 0-4 years.

Frugi Button Off Applique

Set of 38 Colourful building blocks- Lanka Kade- £22.00  Set of 38 Colourful Building Blocks - Lanka Kade

This set of colourful wooden building blocks is a fantastic addition to any children’s toy collection. A multicoloured set of 38 pieces, children can learn shapes and colours whilst using their imagination to create! Made up of 38 individual pieces and a storage bag, includes squares, triangles, semicircles, cylinders and rectangles all made from eco friendly materials Their chunky size is great for little hands – most pieces are 20mm thick.

This fair trade set of colourful building blocks is handcrafted by skilled artisans in Sri Lanka from sustainably sourced rubber wood and non toxic paints.

Fair trade wooden toy company Lanka Kade was founded in 1994 when business partners Upul and Diane returned to the UK having met in Sri Lanka whilst working for the Red Cross. They did not want to lose contact with the country and the people they both love, therefore they set up a small import business to maintain links with Sri Lanka.

The name Lanka Kade translates to ‘The Sri Lankan Shop’

Gift ideas for 3-year-olds and under

Under three’s love creative play, we’ve found three fun gifts that will help develop motor skills and hand/eye coordination.

3D Puzzle Block 3D puzzle Block £18.79   Everearth

Kids can use their creativity and thinking skills to see how many different ways they can stack 13 wooden block pieces to make a perfect square.

Fun for all ages, and it makes a great coffee table game All EverEarth wooden toys are produced from 100% FSC certified Beech. They only use sustainable rescources, water based paints and recycled packaging.

Wonky Fruit & Vegetables. £29.94 from Plan toysWonky Fruit & Vegetables from Plan Toys

Look past their appearance and get to the essence of these Wonky Fruits & Vegetables!

This toy teaches children to understand that the imperfect shapes do not reduce the benefits of these fruits and vegetables, and then they will learn to reduce food waste. It also helps enhance fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

The set includes a knife and 5 slice-able fruits & vegetables: apple, pear, carrot, tomato and cucumber.

Wobbel board Pro Bamboo – £142.98

We love a Wobbel board! Perfect for every member of the family from age 0 upwards. With a million uses, Wobbel boards are made for creativity. balance on it, sit on it, use it for a den for your farm animals.

Bamboo Wobbel boards are both stylish and eco-friendly. The top and bottom layer of the board are made of side pressed, caramelised bamboo with the inner layers made from beech wood. A child friendly finish and water based translucent lacquer will help protect the board from marks and scuffs.

Gift ideas for 3-years-old and over

Three year olds are fascinated by the world around them, their imagination is developing fast. Role play and toys that allow them to copy real life scenarios will help them to express themselves and build relationships whilst having fun with friends.

Paperpod Rocket from Kid Eco

Paperpod rocket from Kid-Eco- £29.99

We love this space rocket from Kid-Eco! Get creative and decorate your very own spaceship inside and out, before zooming off to the moon on a space adventure! Kids will spend hours personalising their very own spaceship. They also have castles, igloos, houses and many more! Paperpod products were the brain child of Paul Martin, a well respected and award winning East Sussex product designer with over 25 years experience as a cardboard engineer.  Inspiration for Paperpod products first came to Paul from seeing Christmas and birthday presents put to one side whilst his kids had hours of fun playing with the boxes. Paul went on to design an imaginative range of eco-friendly products for schools and nurseries using recycled cardboard. Intended primarily to promoting creativity and imagination, the Paperpod designs support EYFS and National curriculum recommendations, are sturdy, safe and fun.

They can be decorated using paint and collage or left blank to inspire young imaginations.

Paperpod products fold flat for storage, are fully recyclable and biodegradable.

Beehives from Plan toys £21.99

Beehives from Plan ToyBeehives From Plan Toy

These beautiful Beehives from Plan Toys will keep little fingers busy!

Help develop fine motor skills by matching the bee to its hive using the pincer grasp or the forceps. It also reinforces color recognition and counting.

Plan Toys specialise in designing and manufacturing environmentally friendly toys that help with early learning and teach about the importance of sustainability. With a strong mission to create a sustainable world, PlanToys thinks about every every single step of their production line. They are wholeheartedly committed to minimizing environmental impact. PlanToys daily mindset was built on and remains today: a focus of sustainability and child development as their top priority. Sustainable Materials, Sustainable Manufacturing and Sustainable Minds. 🙂

Hape Fix-it Tool Box Hape Fix-it Tool Box- £14

This tool kit contains Nuts, bolts and tools for your little one to tinker away! The tool box was created so that pieces could be attached on to it…hours of fun for little workers.

As the world’s largest producer of wooden toys, Hape is clearly dependent on the use of natural materials. Plastic parts are ensured durable enough to last for generations in order to encourage toys to be passed down rather than tossed out.

Hape use packaging options that minimize environmental impact have introduced key processes to ensure that the variety of by-products produced cause minimal impact to the environment.

We all know that Grandparents love to spoil their Grandchildren. If they’re looking for gift inspiration, we’ve found three eco friendly gifts that are sure to put smiles on little faces!

Passes for a local museum or attraction are always a welcome gift, especially when it’s a rainy day or during the school holidays.

National Trust have introduced a £10 junior membership to inspire the next generation of nature and heritage lovers.

Under 18s are able to explore unforgettable places and get closer to wildlife, history and culture – for just £10 a year. Whether it’s a day out with grandparents or an activity with friends, junior membership provides the opportunity for endless adventures. You can give membership as a gift to young people under the age of 18. Or if you’re 13 or older, you can buy it for yourself.   The benefits of junior membership include:

  • Unlimited free entry to all the places we look after, inside and out
  • An age-appropriate welcome pack
  • Special guides for you to plan your next adventure
  • Ongoing inspiration, tips and seasonal ideas online

Don’t forget under 5’s are free!

Ecokidsplanet magazine subscription from £21.00 for 6 months 

For children aged 7 and upwards we love Eco Kids Planet Magazine, the monthly magazine is jam packed with fun facts and activities, they also have a blog with fun crafting competitions and lots more! Eco Kids Planet is an award-winning nature magazine for kids aged 7-11 that is fun, educational and inspiring. Challenge and entertain their minds with gripping discoveries, inspiring projects and fun activities. Completely plastic and ads free!  

Frugi Cuddle up cot duvet set

Frugi Cuddle up cot duvet set

Frugi Bedding

Frugi Cuddle-up cot duvet set £49

Frugi bedding makes a fab gift!

Surround your little one in super soft, chemical-free organic cotton with our reversible Cuddle-Up Cot Duvet Set! Coordinate with our matching bed sheets for the ultimate bedtime snuggles.

Made from 100% Organic Cotton each duvet set contains a printed duvet cover and one printed pillow cover, in a fun and colourful designs. Coloured button fastenings at the bottom of the duvet cover.

Beautifully presented in its own Organic Cotton drawstring bag – perfect for keeping PJs in!

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