Much as we hate to admit it, Christmas is all about kids - and for kids Christmas is all about presents. The holiday season is the most difficult time of the year to stick to an eco friendly lifestyle.
But amongst the excess, one thing we can do to tread lightly on the planet is give eco friendly gifts that are sustainably made and will be used again and again.
Luckily, sustainably and ethically made clothing are a great eco friendly option when buying Christmas gifts for kids and babies. At My Little Green Wardrobe the eco friendly brands we stock make beautifully designed clothes, which are great quality so can be worn again and again.
Rather than a toy that might not compete with others under the tree and never get played with, clothes are at least useful!
We have lots of eco friendly garments that are designed with kids in mind and are a lot of fun. As any parent will tell you, when you find the perfect item for a child, they will want to wear it every day - and you'll have to fight them to get it into the washing machine!
Eco friendly clothing is also a gift option that fits neatly into the minimalist gift giving maxim ´The Four Gift Rule´. The idea is to cut down on excessive gifts and only give each person four presents, one under each of the following categories:
Something they want. Something they need. Something to wear. Something to read.
Whether or not you are adhering to minimalist gifting this year, beautiful sustainable clothes make a great Christmas gifts for kids. When choosing the perfect item for the little person in your life there are a few different ways you can come at the problem.
Here are some ideas from us which we hope to take some of the stress out of finding your eco friendly gifts for kids this Christmas.
Read on for our 7 ideas for the perfect eco friendly Christmas gift for kids!
1. Baby Gift Boxes
A baby’s first Christmas is a special time and deserves extra celebration! We had the ´Four Gift´ maxim in mind when we created our beautiful baby gift boxes. There are three different boxes to choose from.
Pictured above: Baby's First Christmas Gift Box Set - The Penguin One
Pictured here is ´the penguin one´ which contains:
Something they want: Every parent will want is this beautiful Christmas tree decoration commemorating baby’s first Christmas. “Baby’s First Christmas 2022” is Etched on FSC and PEFC-sourced wood and handmade in the UK, the star cut-outs in the design allow those gorgeous fairy lights on the tree to just twinkle through. Featuring a red ribbon for hanging, these wooden Christmas decorations are made right here in the UK, and support a small local business.
Something they need: Every baby needs a rattle! Especially one that is safe for teething gums. This Christmas tree baby rattle toy from fair-trade and ethical brand, Pebble. Each product is made entirely by hand with natural materials, meaning there are slight variations in size, colour and design in line with the unique nature of their products. Pebble is a social enterprise that works to support rural vulnerable women in Bangladesh to give them employment opportunities.
Something to wear: This beautiful organic baby gift set from Frugi will be one baby will wear again and again. The set features the gorgeously festive ice skating penguin design. The set is a great gift as it has so many useful elements that can be worn together or separately. It includes an organic baby sleepsuit, baby vest and baby hat.
All made from 100% GOTS organic cotton and featuring ice-skating penguins, it comes in a cute organic cotton drawstring gift bag. This is a perfect outfit for baby's first Christmas - and can also be worn well into January.
Something to read: Baby will love being read to over the festive season this year and beyond with this gorgeous hide & seek lift-the-flap Christmas baby board book. Board books are perfect for babies as they are virtually indestructible. The books in our gift boxes comes from an independent UK bookseller, based in Bath, which adheres to environmental and socially responsible practices.
2. The Christmas Jumper
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a festive jumper!! They make a great gift for kids you will be exchanging presents with in the lead up to Christmas rather than on the day itself; maximising festive wears!
Fortunately, you don’t have to head down to the high street for disposable fashion for your holiday knitwear. Not only do we have some great sustainable options, they are so gorgeous, the jumper won’t just be for Christmas; it´ll be worn all winter long.
This fab sweatshirt is a great choice this season and is sure to be worn time and time again. The friendly reindeer appliqué design jumper from Kite Clothing comes in super-soft pine green brush back sweat fabric.
Made from GOTS organic cotton, you can be sure this kid's Christmas jumper is kinder to the planet as well as their skin - what better gift is there than that this yuletide??
Pair with Kite Clothing's comfy chinos creates the perfect outfit party season outfit with.
Pictured: Frugi Zane Printed Top - Grey Marl Penguin
This colourful and fun organic cotton long-sleeved boy's top has a seasonal twist making it perfect for Christmas and beyond.
Sporting a rather fetching Fair Isle jumper of its own, the Penguin character on the front of Frugi's brand-new Zane Printed Top comes in a sketch-style illustration that both older and younger kids will love.
This long-sleeved kids' top comes in a raglan style with contrasting sleeves and neckline. It is made from the finest organic cotton to make it incredibly soft, cosy and gentle against the skin - with no nasty chemicals.
Pair with the Frugi Printed Snug Joggers to create ready-for-anything winter outfits.
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3. Who says it has to be a jumper?
This adorable knitted festive romper is the perfect eco friendly gift for baby’s first Christmas. With it’s cute polar bear and penguin detail on soft grey, this baby Christmas outfit is gorgeous on baby boys or girls.
Perfect for playing or snoozing, this organic cotton knit romper offers a beautifully detailed Fair Isle knit design and coconut button opening. It makes a wonderful eco-friendly baby Christmas gift - and can easily be worn well into January.
Instead of Christmas jumper, try a Christmas jumper dress! This is a fabulous midweight knitted dress, featuring Kite Clothing's stylish Fair Isle design. In a cool scandi look, this lovely pattern features birds and polar bears against a red snowy background!
Made in a warm winter red with soft rib cuffs and hem, this Fair Isle girls Christmas dress can be worn for a party, for a playdate, or while out on an adventure - and is sure to keep them feeling cosy all the way!
Ethically and sustainably made without harmful chemicals - kinder to the planet and against your child's skin. Sustainably-sourced wooden button fastening on the back for a great fit.
Wear with any of our organic cotton tights for a truly super festive outfit.
It´s an ideal eco friendly Christmas gift idea for nieces and granddaughters! Matching items available for special sibling twinning!
Why not try a festive cardigan? These beautiful Fair Isle knit cardis from Kite Clothing make a great eco friendly gift this Christmas.
For the baby in your life this Fair Isle design featuring cute polar bears and a blue snowy background will keep them toasty warm as well as deliciously festive.
For older kids the kaleidoscope design featuring unicorns is festive enough for Christmas parties but will complete an outfit all winter long.
Both are a mid-weight knit, ethically and sustainably made from super soft GOTS organic cotton.
4. The Christmas Day Outfit
Everyone needs some new threads for the big day itself! A special new outfit from one of our ethical and sustainable brands is a great Christmas gift idea for the kids in your life.
Buy: Rockit Kids Coco The Poodle Festive Dress
You can’t go wrong with a great party dress. The Coco the Poodle Festive Dress from Rockit Kids is back this year by popular demand. You’ll only be gutted it’s not available in an adult size when you see your child taking a twirl in this awesome dress.
Featuring Coco the Poodle in her finest Christmas attire, it has an A-line skirt, pretty Peter Pan collar, and cuffed long sleeves in the finest organic cotton.
And in a beautiful hue of purple this party dress will see your little one stand out at any Christmas party.
All Rockit Kids garments are handmade to order in the UK so to get this in time for Christmas you must order it by Sunday 4th of December for it to be delivered in time. Make this your Christmas shopping priority!!
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Nothing says Christmas like tartan! Your little one will be smart but comfy on Christmas Day in Lilly and Sids tartan check shirt and navy cord trousers.
The soft premium organic cotton tartan check shirt is the perfect style for parties and endless play this season.
With a popper fastenings are great for easy-peasy dressing. Button up for those special days and let it loose during playtime worn over one of our organic cotton t-shirts!
The trousers have elasticated contrasting red draw-string cord and striped waistband ensure the comfiest fit. Rolled-up leg hems reveal a tartan pattern!
This organic cotton girls' Christmas party dress will make the perfect eco friendly gift for your favourite animal loving kid this Christmas. They’ll be the best dressed one at the dinner table.
Little ones will love discovering the winter mouse and red-breasted robin hiding among the bright white snowdrops, ruby red mushrooms, and prickly holly leaves on Frugi's much-loved Party Skater Dress.
The full circular skirt is party-ready and creates a super-twirly shape - perfect for rocking and dancing around the Christmas tree!
And the bright True Red sash and detachable bow give it an extra festive look for the picture-perfect Christmas card moments.
Frugi has designed this kids' party dress from a beautiful blend of soft organic cotton and stretchy elastane so that it is super-durable and lasts. It's also super soft and gentle against younger skin.
5. Matching Siblings!
Christmas is the time of year when dressing your kids in matching outfits is suddenly way more socially acceptable, it´s practically encouraged!! If you have siblings to buy for, why not get them the eco friendly gift of matching outfits?
Lilly and Sid use really beautiful print fabrics and several - like this festive fairy print - are available in items for babies as well as older kids.
Why not make your favourite girl feel like a fairy princess in this gorgeous fairy jersey dress? And her little sister won’t feel left out in this cute frill detailed romper. In a super-soft cotton fabric in dusky pink, they are both sustainably made with 100% GOTs cotton.
Anyone who’s seen footage of a puffin toddling along the cliffside can confirm they are the cutest birds around.
This gorgeous long sleeved t shirt from Kite features an adorable puffin wrapped up warm for the winter and ticks the festive box. Made with single jersey organic cotton it makes a great eco friendly gift that will be worn well beyond Christmas.
Gift their baby sibling this super-soft and comfortable organic blue baby romper with a matching puffling motif. In an eye catching Atlantic blue they’ll look smart but be comfy at festive family get togethers.
6. Play To Their Passions...
When giving a child clothes as a gift, you want it to be something that they will get a kick out of. So the best thing to do is play to their passions.
Who doesn’t love dinosaurs? For any dinophile kid out there, clothes with dinosaurs on are an instant win and can make a great eco friendly gift this Christmas.
At My Little Green Wardrobe we have a number of great dinosaur themed garments. Thankfully brands have realised that dinosaur love is not gender specific and there are now lots of beautiful dinosaur themed clothes for girls as well as boys.
This cute dress will take little ones on an adventure, back to when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. The gorgeous print is inspired by the epic, seasonal migrations that it is believed many large sauropod dinosaurs embarked on to search for food and water.
This top from Lilly + Sid will fire the imagination of any young explorer and make a perfect ecofriendly gift. Made from super-soft 100% GOTS organic cotton, this top is sustainable, eco-friendly and kind to delicate skins and the environment too. Pair with matching dino trousers for a dinotastic Christmas day outfit.
What animal-loving child doesn’t want to wear their passion on their sleeve?
Animal-print fabric is simply the cutest and it helps teach children about the world around them along with the importance of conserving and protecting nature and animals.
Help children discover and cherish animals familiar to them - as well as those less familiar - by gifting organic and eco friendly animal print clothing.
Dogs, bunnies and cats are always a hit, but kids also love woodland animals like foxes, hedgehogs and birds, as well as more exotic species like dolphins, penguins and walruses!
Designed with longevity and sustainability in mind, this long sleeve girls dress featuring adorable woodland animals is kind to our environment as well as those who made it.
Made from GOTS organic cotton and printed using azo-free dyestuffs, this dress won't irritate sensitive skin on little ones!
Perfect for endless twirls on Christmas day, gorgeous details include keyhole fastenings for easy dressing, pretty frill tiered gatherings and soft elastication to the wrist.
What to get the kid who has everything? Accessories!
These festive socks from Lilly and Sid even double as a Christmas tree decoration! Made with snuggly soft organic cotton, Frugi's Super Socks are the perfect eco friendly stocking filler and come in baby sizes up to a UK kids size 8.
Made with organic cotton, they're also the best for keeping little toes warm and cosy. Made with no nasty chemicals, they're gentle on delicate skin, yet hard-wearing.
They come in two festive designs; a deep sea blue wintery penguin and a Christmas red candy stripe with a cute mouse holding a holly sprig. And they come pre-wrapped in a matching bag to create an instant, ready-to-go Christmas gift for little ones.
If a kid makes it to December with the hat and gloves they started winter with, it´s a Christmas miracle! Help their parents keep them warm with the eco friendly gift of one of our cute hat and gloves sets.
Kite's beautiful Jurassic hat and mitts make for a fab eco friendly kids Christmas gift. With a jade, pink and cream or navy and white Fair Isle design and matching mitts that the littles will love.
They come in a chunky knit with soft fleece lining and a dark pink bobble on the hat, this set is super cute and perfect for cold-weather adventures.
Check out more of our cosy accessories here and find your perfect eco friendly gift.
We hope this has given you some great ideas for what to give your favourite little ones this Christmas. Check out the Christmas section of My Little Green Wardrobe for more beautiful sustainable and ethically made kids Christmas gifts.