Thoughtful and Sustainable Toys for Christmas
We all secretly want to be that person who gifts the most appreciated and thoughtful gift for Christmas. Or is that just us?
The problem is, you can scroll the internet (or shops, if you’re that adventurous) for days trying to find the one perfect item - that isn’t going to blow the budget.
We think the key to a thoughtful gift is something that someone can use, or will remember fondly, for a long time!
Which is why we wanted to highlight the importance of investing in not only thoughtful but sustainable gifts this year - and every year after. Gifts that have been not only created responsibly and sustainably but will last you and your child (and their children) years to come, without losing their charm and functionality.
Read on for our round-up of favourite items for this Christmas!
We couldn’t begin the list without mentioning a timeless toy, which spans the years from child to adult - a puzzle! Journey of Something’s 1000 piece puzzle of Australia is a whimsical work of art, created by Miranda Sofroniou, an Illustrator and Surface Pattern Designer from Melbourne. Not only is it produced locally, the puzzles are made from recycled paper.
This one is for the child that loves to play dress ups with their dolls. A New Zealand brand, Burrow and Be creates organic, super-soft clothing and sleepwear for babies, toddlers and your favourite dollies, plus it is all ethically manufactured in India! Their latest creation in a soft blush, the Mermaid Life Dolls Sleepsuit features a soft Dusty Rose print of adorable and unique illustrations of whales, mermaids and jellyfish.
Combining education with play is something Miniland do best with their anatomically and racially correct dolls. They have essentially created an important educational resource that is aimed to help children to comprehend the concepts of family, population groups, the basic rules of relationships and coexistence, respect for racial and sexual diversity. Their anatomically correct Asian Girl Doll, like all their dolls, is Phytalates-free vinyl and vanilla-scented to mimic the scent of a new-born baby!
Every little doll needs a place to rest after a hard day of play! Introducing Pretty in Pine Rainbow Dolls Bed, a gorgeous collaboration between Pretty in Pine and Society of Wanderers. The bed itself is created with 9mm raw 100% Hoop Pine plywood sourced from sustainable and renewable plantations in Southeast Queensland, while the bedding is made from pure linen, known for its sustainable production. So your doll can sleep the sleep of the environmentally responsible.
Complete your child’s playtime adventures with Pretty in Pine’s Dolls Round House. Designed to be unisex, it is made by the same lovely brand as previously mentioned, Pretty in Pine, who create their childrens toys from 100% Hoop Pine plywood sourced from sustainable and renewable plantations in Southeast Queensland. Complete with four rooms, this adorable Dolls House can also come complete with its own adorable and unique furnishings.
Don’t Forget Mum - She needs spoiling for Christmas, too!
Mums seem to be tireless and selfless all year round. Which is why we think it so important that we spoil the Mums in our lives as often as possible. Remind your Mum that it is important to spoil herself every now and then with our little luxurious gift items. Nothing but the best for you, Mum!
The Petal Power Pure Linen Robe by Kip&Co. Its colourful, feminine design is perfect for brightening up any morning, and its prewashed 100% pure French flax linen gives it a super soft feeling against the skin, which will only soften more over time. It features a ¾ length sleeve and a hemline just to the knee, making it a perfect trans-seasonal robe! It will be delivered to your Mum in a reusable fabric drawstring bag.
All mothers would probably agree, sleep is sometimes a luxury! Surely there is nothing more luxurious than wallowing in bed. Perhaps made only better by pure bamboo pyjamas. Mulberry Threads have created sleep perfection in their Harper Winter Sleepwear Set. Unbelievably soft and breathable, this 100% bamboo pyjamas set is perfect for winter nights, lazy mornings or breastfeeding mammas. With long sleeves, relaxed front pocket and a wide fit with longer hem at back, the shirt allows lots of room for movement, while the pants are tapered and relaxed with deep pockets. Featuring a subtle stripe design in blue-grey and best of all, the bamboo pyjamas are panda-friendly!
Keeping in line with our sustainability values, we love the Joans Floral Tote Bag by Society of Wanderers. Ditch the plastic bag - this tote is perfect for filling with veggies at the farmers market, stuffing with beach towels for a day on the sand, a last-minute grocery shop or carting around babies toys for emergency entertainment. The Tote Bag features a feminine, floral design and is made from 100% French flax linen. Pre-washed and easy to care for, it will retain the original quality wash after wash.
The Aquamarine Blue Velvet Quilted Cosmetics Purse by Kip&Co, seems to us to be the ultimate luxurious gift for your mother. It is the perfect size for keeping cosmetics together, or as a clutch for everyday essentials.
Last on our list may just be the most important item for a mother. For those trying days, the Little Bairn’s Calm Mama Face Mist is just the ticket! A few spritzes of this lovely solution and you’ll be feeling revitalised and soothed, all at once!
Made with two active ingredients, organic rose hydrosol works on the senses to reduce anxiety and aid relaxation, while also keeping the skin toned and hydrated. Meanwhile, added ginseng extract revitalises and rejuvenates the skin. Pop the little bottle in your handbag, and have it on hand for whenever you’re feeling a little stressed, or just in need of a little helping hand to get through the day without losing your cool!
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