Shopping for children can be great fun, but battling through the piles of plastic and character toys can also be a bit overwhelming. So my for my second Christmas selection this year, I have chosen gifts for all the little (and not so little!) ones that are a little bit different from everything else they will find under the tree.
Perfect for a 6 month old, the Plan Toys Triangle Clutching Toy (£13) is flexible and bright. As well as helping develop fine motor skills it is made from lovely natural wood and has a satisfying symmetrical shape!
The durable Green Toys Scooper Truck (£15) is ideal for little builders of 2+ years, and has a cute bulldog construction worker in the driving seat too. Best of all it is made from recycled plastic milk containers and comes in recycled and recyclable packaging with absolutely no plastic ties!
New babies are always tricky to buy for but how about the Recycled Plastic Twist Teether (£10) which is ideal for those upcoming teething months. Like the scooper above it is made from recycled plastic milk containers and is of course free from BPA, PVC and phthalates.
The little Organic Cotton Baby Buddy range (£7.50) is one of our cutest baby gifts and has floppy arms and legs (perfect for chewing!) and a lightly stuffed body for easy grip. I also love the fact he is made from offcuts from the Under the Nile organic cotton baby clothes range so is a great use of ‘waste’ too. Suitable from birth.
Ideal for 3-5 years olds the Plan Toys Wooden Castle Blocks (£22) have a total of 35 pieces set including knights and horses is made from all natural materials. Hours of galloping fun, and a fair amount of collisions are guaranteed! From 3+ years.
Britain is a county of dog lovers and where we live in Wiltshire virtually every other dog you see is a black labrador! This cute Amica Black Labrador Felt Brooch (£5) is a lovely accessory for older children to use on jumpers and bags, and even better it is made in a fair trade project in Nepal.
Beautifully illustrated, the Construction Memory Game (£13) by Petit Collage features 12 pairs of large, bright and colourful cards with different construction vehicles to match up. A great present for pre-schoolers who know their diggers from their mixers!
No Christmas is complete without a penguin or two and Lanka Kade’s Fair Trade Penguin Jigsaw (£4.50) has to be one of the cutest! Ideal for 3+ years.
The Believe You Can fairies have long been part of the Green Tulip range and with their little beaded bell legs make a cute gift for girls of all ages. The Love Fairy (£6) is one of the best sellers and has a lovely message on as well as information about the BAFTS project the fairies are made in in India.
And finally to end with a little chocolate treat and the new Cocoa Loco’s Organic Chocolate Bricks (£4.50) which are perfect for ‘brick’ loving kids! These fun shapes are made from Cocoa Loco’s velvety smooth dark, milk and white chocolate and won’t hang around for very long.
I hope these suggestions have shown it is possible to buy good quality, long lasting and most importantly fun toys that will make the children you buy for, their parents and the planet a happier place. Head on over to the Green Tulip website for lots more…and Happy Shopping!