Buying a quality gift for a kid can be daunting: Where do I even start? Is their dinosaur or fairy obsession just as fervent now as it was 6 months ago? What dress size do they wear? And I’m pretty sure plastic and ‘Made in China’ is a no no… Kids these days are more woke than their parents! But how do I know if the product is made ethically and sustainably?
These days most people have some awareness about their footprint when it comes to gift giving and the silly season. Inundating kids with plastic toys and packaging is not only environmentally unfriendly, it’s also not in Vogue. (These days, many kid’s birthday parties are even balloon free!)
As a mother to a 6 year old and a 4 year old, and an auntie to a tribe of other kids, I decided to consolidate a list of tried and tested sustainable kids products, readily available to order online now – and will be delivered to you in time for Christmas, and ideal for gift-giving.
Did a few HEY JOEY Kid’s Resort 23 staples end up on the list? Guilty!
1. Kids Sofi Sundress by HEY JOEY - $89 AUD
Treat that special girl in your world with this adorable spaghetti strap woven cotton/hemp blend retro sundress that comes in a custom palm print in 2 colour palettes. HEY JOEY is a circular and sustainable Australian clothing line that incorporates woven natural fibres, ethical manufacturing practices and incentivises its customers to recycle and resell their used clothing.
2. The Wide Wide Sea by Anna Wilson - $24.99 AUD
The Wide Wide Sea tells the story about a choild’s fascination with a seal and her subsequent understanding of how human pollution is threatening the seal’s habitat.
3. Kids Unisex Joey Shirt - $129 AUD
A contemporary and fun twist on the traditional rugby-style jersey, with a white embroided Joey emblem on the left chest. Easy, loose fit. 100% woven cotton + hemp. 2 wooden buttons at collar/neck. Designed intentionally, and crafted ethically and with care. Breathable, moveable and sustainable. HEY JOEY is a circular and sustainable Australian clothing line that incorporates woven natural fibres, ethical manufacturing practices and incentivises its customers to recycle and resell their used clothing.
4. Honey Sticks Crayons Originals - $19.99 AUD
Looking for an affordable but crowd pleasing and sustainable kid gift option? Honeysticks Crayons are handmade from 100% pure New Zealand beeswax and contain no paraffins or toxic ingredients. You can’t go wrong!
5. HEY JOEY PRELOVED Saltwater Sandals - $49 AUD
There’s nothing more sustainable than second-hand. These never-been-warn classic Saltwater Sandals in navy blue are an ideal present for an Aussie kid – at half the price of their retail value!
6. Wooden Tool Set by QToys - $69.90 AUD
Rather than a plastic tool set for that busy kid you’re on the gift hunt for, consider this classic and tasteful wooden tool set that will last for years to come and provide hours of focused play. $69.90
7. HEY JOEY Unisex Sunday Shirt - $129 AUD
Easy fit, short sleeve, button-down shirt in original botanical textile prints. Wooden buttons. 100% woven cotton/hemp blend. Breathable, moveable and sustainable. Designed intentionally, and crafted ethically and with care.
8. Kids Unisex Joey Pants by HEY JOEY - $129 AUD
Easy fit, moveable and fun unisex pants. 100% woven cotton/hemp blend. Elasticised waistband with drawstring chord. Designed intentionally, and crafted ethically and with care. Breathable, moveable and sustainable.
9. Outdoor Wooden Sensory Walk/Balancing by Explore Nook, written by Ethel Pedley, illustrated by Frank P. Mahoney - $319.99
Welcome to an Outdoor Wooden Sensory Walk/Balancing adventure! The parts are extremely strong and have been lab tested to meet Australian Safety Standards. They are built to walk on or walk in and are strong! Designed for children to experience wonderful barefoot natural sensory experiences indoors or outdoors! A unique, strong, safe outdoor play resource that allows children to experience whole body, endless and natural sensory experiences.
10. Kids Vienna Dress by HEY JOEY - $139 AUD
A 70s-inspired, carefully crafted, relaxed yet elegant dress for any occasion. The perfect Christmas Day dress! 100% pure linen. Wrapped linen buttons on cuffs and down neckline are . Comes in 2 colours. Designed intentionally, and crafted ethically and with care. Easy, moveable, sustainable.