Instead of going for cartoon-licensed merchandise or computerized gadgets, why not give the children on your holiday shopping list something beautiful and hand-made for the holidays? In the last few years, the number of companies selling eco-friendly, locally-made or charitably-oriented children’s clothing and toys has grown significantly. Accordingly, price points have become more accessible, and there are many great brands to support both here and abroad. Here are some of our favourite chic and kind finds for the kids on your holiday shopping list!
Mini Mioche’s The Biker Romper
Not only is this fleece romper, which is available from 0-3M to 6 years, stylish and easy to wear, but it’s made in Canada using 100% organic cotton.
Tegu Magnetic Wooden Block Set
Building toys are a great way to encourage creativity; it’s a bonus that these sleek, magnetic blocks are made from sustainably-harvested wood, and workers in the company’s Honduran factory are paid a living wage.
TOMS Birch Tundra Critter Tiny Toms Classics
When you buy these adorable canvas shoes, the company gives a new pair to someone in need.
Green Toys Dump Truck
We love that this dump truck comes in pink and purple! And, it’s made from 100% recycled plastic milk containers and is free of BPA, phthalate and PVC.
Cuddle + Kind Hudson Polar Bear
Partnering with global charities including the Breakfast Club of Canada and WE Charity’s School Nutrition Program in Kenya, Cuddle + Kind gives 10 meals away for each doll sold. These polar bears were hand knit and decorated in Peru by workers earning fair-trade wages.
Dog & Daisy Wild Hat
This adorable wool and bamboo hat is perfect for the wild and wonderful kiddies in your life. Dagg and Stacey prioritizes socially and environmentally conscious practices, and exclusively manufactures in Toronto.
Play With Pieces Monochrome Dot Play Mat
These Instagram-friendly, two-sided play mats are also non-toxic, anti-microbial, hypoallergenic and waterproof.
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