Aligning your hopes for our climate with the pressure of buying holiday gifts for kids is tough! We’ve compiled a few gift ideas for budding climate activists and kids of climate activists. We hope to grow this guide so please leave your ideas in the comments below!
We’ve put together a selection of books we love, for a variety of age ranges, that foster a love for our planet and seek to empower kids.
We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom
What a Waste: Trash, Recycling, and Protecting our Planet by Jess French
The Ballad Of Tubs Marshfield by Cara Hoffman
Wild City: A Brief History of New York City in 40 Animals by Thomas Hynes
Tiny Perfect Things by M.H. Clark
Packs: Strength in Numbers by Hannah Salyer
Start the tradition of gifting second hand. Scooters, bikes, dollhouses – there’s no rule to say gifts have to be brand new. In addition to local and online thrift stores, try local parenting listservs and join your neighborhood Buy Nothing group. At this time of year many people will be clearing out last years’ unwanted gifts to make space before Christmas – you can score gifts for your kids and save another kid’s stuff from landfill in the process!
Give them something that they actually need and use in day to day life, something you would have had to buy them anyway, For example, a fun backpack, bedsheets with a pattern they will love, clothing, etc.
This is a good theme for stocking fillers too – a fun new (bamboo!) toothbrush, personalized coloring pencils, soap, hairbands, underwear, socks etc
Offer a gift certificate or an IOU for something instead of yet more stuff. You can make the giving experience more fun by hiding it in a jar of candy or putting it inside something they need like a new wallet or pencil case. Some ideas:
Some Plastic-free gift guides that have a few kid-friendly picks: