Saturday, November 3, 2012

Eco-Friendly Stocking Stuffer Ideas

November is already here, and I'm already thinking about Christmas.  Planning ahead is going to be my key to getting the kids things that are fun for them and safe and sustainable as well.  I started compiling a list of ideas for my own benefit, but I hope that you get some great ideas for your family as well!

We love to stuff stockings not only with toys and food, but it's nice to get the kids practical items that they will use.  We like that because they were things that we would have had to buy anyway!  I guess that's cheating, but my parents did it too, and we never minded.



  • Toothbrush These toothbrushes are new but the handles are made with recycled plastic.  
     
  • Tooth Gel With all of the great flavors available, kids love toothpaste and so do their teeth. 


  • Home-made portable doll bed from a mint container.
  • Clothespins painted like people.
  • Organic Vegetable SeedsPair it with some mini-pots or washed yogurt containers for an instant science project.  

  • Magnifying GlassKids love to see things up close, and what better way to explore the world around them but with a magnifying glass. 
 
  • Wool Socks With the snow falling outside, warm woolens are perfect to keep their little feet warm in their boots.



 



  •  Non-toxic Nail Polish If you have girls, they probably love painting their toes, and with a great non-toxic formula, they can. 


  • A small album filled with family photos of extended family for practicing names.

  • Sippy CupsThese great sippies are inexpensive and they are made from plant based materials rather than petrolium based plastic.




  • Home-made felt food.







  • Vinegar and Baking Soda for some Christmas Day Science fun!

  • Lacing cards that you can easily make yourself from postcards and a hole punch.  See my post here.





  • Bubbles Use this recipe to make your own for Eco-friendly and chemical free fun!

  • Play Silks These can be used for so many different purposes, and they stretch the imagination which is key for childhood learning and development. 


  • Cornstarch for making goop!  Check here for the recipe and lots of fun ideas!



  • Prism Kids love to make and chase rainbows, and as they grow, they can explore the science behind this awesome phenomenon. 




  • Art Dolls Made from natural and high-quality materials, you can design and use these like paper dolls.





  • Homemade notepads- Just get creative with your paper that's only used on one side.  You can staple it or sew it for a more finished look.








  • Books
     Books are always a good choice, and choosing ones that teach your kids about the importance of caring for the earth is even better.







  • Shake Flashlight My kids like to sleep with a flashlight in their room, and this is a great way to save on batteries which are hazardous to the earth and your pocketbook.


















  • Eco-Friendly Watch Older kids love to have a watch, and they are a great tool for learning to tell time.  




Have fun shopping and creating to make the stockings that are perfect for your little ones.  Dare I say- "Merry Christmas" already?!

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65 comments:

  1. Great ideas! I love your waldorf-inspired rag dolls!

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    1. Thank you! My kids play with them all the time too!

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  2. This is such a fantastic list! Definitely going to share it and use it! Love the DIY lacing cards!

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    1. Thanks! Lacing cards are great to keep interest, but they are so beneficial for fine motor development as well!

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  3. Lots of ideas here! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It was my pleasure! This helped me to gather my thoughts. I don't want to be rushing around at the last minute this year!

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  4. Wow that is one stuffed stocking!!! What a lot of great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. LOL! Yes, I think there are more ideas than would fit in one stocking. I wanted lots of ideas for different ages and for people who want to purchase and those who want to DIY.

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  5. Torches and thank you cards will be in our stockings too. Some great ideas in here!

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    1. Thanks! We've never done the thank you cards before, but they are definitely a must for this year! I always have to scramble to get them after Christmas.

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  7. Like your list :-) My son loves his magnifying glass, and I'd love to try those paints out! Thanks for sharing on Happy Family Times!

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    1. Thanks! Our magnifying glass broke, so we need a new one in the stockings this year.

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  8. Green products your approach to towards saving planet inspires me a lot...

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  9. Great list! Lot's of things that I've never seen before. Pinning it!

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    1. Thanks! I hope you try some this Christmas.

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