Stockings are a fun part of the holiday season, but goodness, all those goodies inside can add up quick! Especially when you are trying to shop more sustainably. If you are looking to make more eco-friendly holiday purchases on a budget, this gift guide is for you.
Today, I’m sharing 3 tips for an eco-friendly and inexpensive approach to stocking stuffers for kids. Plus, my favorite stocking stuffers for kids under $15!
3 Easy Tips For Eco-Friendly & Inexpensive Stocking Stuffers For Kids
- Focus on quality over quantity (aka buy less overall!)
- Consider new or like new thrifted items
- Top the stocking off with some sustainable treats
1. Focus on quality over quantity.
The easiest tip to fill a stocking sustainably and inexpensively is simply to buy less stuff. Pick 2 or 3 quality items as the main stocking stuffers that will be cherished and well loved by your child.
Less stress finding items and less money spent overall = win, win.
Here’s a few suggestions for high quality gifts under $15…
Eco-Friendly Stocking Stuffer Ideas For Preschoolers (Ages 3-5) Under $15
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2 – Eco Art Pad (EarthHero) made from 30% recycled paper content and printed with vegetable-based ink.
3 – All natural soy Crayon Rocks (Imagine Childhood) made from USA-grown soybeans and colored with non-toxic pigment powders.
4 – The sweetest Wooden Mini Camera (Amazon) with a kaleidoscope lens, made from natural wood and non-toxic paint.
5 – Cute and cuddly Wild Republic EcoKins Mini Giraffe (Amazon) made from recycled plastic water bottles.
7 – Colorful Rainbow Stripe Socks (Primary) made from OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified fabric.
8 – A fun, fair-trade Wooden Bird Whistle (Imagine Childhood).
9 – Speedy Green Toys Race Car (Amazon) built in the USA from 100% food safe recycled plastic milk containers.
10 – Hape Blues Wooden Harmonica (Amazon) made from water based and non-toxic paints and varnishes.
11 – Stylish Solar System Mini Pouch (Imagine Childhood) made of 100% natural cotton for all their little treasures.
12 – An Organic Fairy Tale Garden Kit (Imagine Childhood) to start their own seeds.
Eco-Friendly Stocking Stuffer Ideas For Kids (Ages 6+) Under $15
1 – 3-D Unicorn Paper Puzzle (Amazon) made from recyclable cardboard and non-toxic dyes and glue.
2 – Cheerful Garden In A Bag (Free the Ocean) to add some greenery.
4 – Challenging Wooden Star Puzzle (Amazon) made from natural wood.
5 – Sequined Wild Republic Stegosaurus Sequined (Amazon) made of recycled water bottles.
6 – Mini LEGO Millennium Falcon Kit (Amazon) for a high-quality toy that will last.
7 – Colorful Joshua Tree + Wind Wolves Pocket Sized Notebooks (EarthHero) made of 100% recycled paper.
2. Consider new or like new thrifted items.
To fill up your child’s stocking, consider looking secondhand as well. Local thrift stores and Facebook Marketplace are great resources for children’s items. Often times you can find items that are in brand new or like new condition.
Some of my favorite children’s stocking stuffers to thrift:
- Extra pieces for play sets you already own – think train track pieces, dollhouse accessories, etc.
- Kids DVDS – especially Disney movies that hold their value
- Books – chapter books or board books fit nicely in stockings
3. Top the stocking off with sustainable treats.
Treats are always an exciting part of Christmas stockings! Check your local grocery or health food store for organic, fair-trade chocolate or candy made with fruit or vegetable dyes. Hive Brands is a great online resource for sustainable grocery items as well.
Some eco-friendly candy brands to look for:
- Black Forest
- Endangered Species Chocolate
Happy Stocking Stuffing!
I hope you have a wonderful holiday season! Any eco friendly stocking stuffers you would add to this list? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
For more minimal, eco- friendly celebration tips, check out How To Gift Family Adventures For The Holidays.