10 Sustainable, Eco Friendly Baby Gifts for the Littlest Ones in the Family
Searching for the perfect baby gift or toddler gift comes with many considerations. Is it safe for them to wear or play with? Is it educational or made from sustainable and healthy materials? Is it as adorable as they are?
Made Trade’s baby gifts collection certainly checks all those boxes. We’ve hand-picked every toy, game, accessory, and onesie to ensure each is made with healthy materials, adheres to safe manufacturing processes, and will look beautiful in your home, in your nursery, or on your little one. Below are a few of our favorite ethical and eco friendly baby gifts for baby showers, birthday parties, or any other holiday occasion.
1. Pebble Organic Dino Rattle — $22
This sweet, organic rattle will help entertain any little one while also keeping their parents resting easy knowing that only natural, safe materials were used in production. Each Pebble rattle is made using organic cotton that has been slowly and mindfully hand-knit by women artisans in Bangladesh.
Pebble is committed to following ecologically minded and socially responsible practices throughout their supply chain and is Fair Trade Certified by the World Fair Trade Organization.
2. Anchal Kantha Stuffed Elephant — $34
Both adorable and eco-friendly, the Kantha Stuffed Elephant is made to be cherished for years to come. Artisans in India masterfully handcraft each elephant with 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton material and 100% cotton thread from scrap fabric pieces, resulting in a lifelong companion that embodies zero waste values.
3. Silk Road Bazaar Wool Baby Booties in Fish — $27
Silk Road Bazaar brings every little one’s favorite animals — from monkeys to dinosaurs — to life with their playful baby and toddler booties. Each pair is handmade in Karakol, Kyrgyzstan from 100% humanely-sourced sheep’s wool. The wool is sheared by local farmers at the end of each winter in preparation for the warmer weather.
The fair trade wool booties will keep their tiny toes toasty through even the chilliest days and will be a precious keepsake once they’ve outgrown these cozy house shoes.
4. Creative Women Stone Washed Linen Quilted Playmat — $100
Provide a sustainably made and organic space for the little one in your life with this Linen Quilted Playmat. Made with stone-washed linen and featuring organic cotton filling, this handcrafted playmat is meant to provide an ultra soft cushion to play on while also being portable and easy to clean. Plus, the mat meets the highest levels of CPSC compliance.
5. Zeki Learning Sea Habitat Storyboard — $40
Zeki Learning is a women-run nonprofit and Fair Trade Federation member making education fun and safe with their soft cotton felt interactive games made by refugee mothers in Palestine’s West Bank.
The brand’s Sea Habitat Storyboard offers a hands-on way for children three and older to understand spatial relationships, learn about sea animals, and discover natural oceanic elements. This storyboard also comes with a carrying case for easy transport from storage to the playroom to Grandma’s house.
6. Coyuchi Honeycomb Baby Blanket in Pewter — $58
They’ll stay cozy all year long with Coyuchi’s Honeycomb textured baby blanket. (Their caregivers will also have peace of mind knowing that each Coyuchi blanket is made from 100% organic, toxic-free cotton).
This mini-sized blanket is super soft, weighty, and insulating, guaranteeing it will become baby’s favorite. The quality craftsmanship, as with all of Coyuchi’s organic products, will ensure this blanket makes it through many messes and washes, and can even be handed down to the next little one in the family.
7. Lowercase Toys Deluxe Felt Doll Set and Travel Case — $50
A felt friend for a child on-the-go, the Deluxe Felt Doll Set and Travel Case encourages creative, imaginative play while entertaining for hours. Each piece is made from upcycled felt from recycled water bottles, and the entire set includes 13 apparel pieces that can be endlessly mixed and matched for a myriad of ethically elevated styles!
8. Creative Women Aden Baby Swaddle Blanket — $42
A baby swaddle blanket is a must have for any new parent, so why not gift one that’s masterfully hand-spun with the finest locally sourced organic cotton, CPSC compliant, and fair trade certified? Truly a higher caliber of quality than your ordinary baby swaddle, the Aden Baby Swaddle Blanket is incredibly soft, delicately lightweight, and made to last.
9. Baabushka Kids' Wool Bootie with Leather Sole — $54
Help keep those tosies warm with hand felted 100% all-natural New Zealand wool booties. Each pair is handcrafted by artisans in Nepal using traditional crafting techniques that have been passed down for generations. The result is a masterfully crafted bootie that conforms to the contours of their feet that’s naturally insulating and breathable.
10. The Knotty Ones Kids' Heartbreaker Wool Sweater — $122
There’s nothing like the gift of a handknit sweater, especially when it’s ethically handknitted by artisan women in rural Lithuania. Your child will be kept adorably warm and cozy wrapped up in the Heartbreaker Wool Sweater, which is made with a thoughtful blend of cruelty-free wool and alpaca. Each sweater is crafted in small batches and hand-dyed with non-toxic dyes.