Giving gifts to babies and toddlers is one of the most joyful parts of Christmas. But finding the perfect gift for a small child isn’t always easy. Toddlers have extra safety requirements, since they’re not old enough to play with toys that have small parts, and they’re still refining their motor skills. Plus, you need to keep the parents happy too – which often means avoiding anything noisy!

This year we’re making it easy to find the perfect gifts for babies and toddlers. In our gift guide, everything you see is ethical and sustainable, so whether you buy an educational toy, a cute outfit or a snuggly friend, you know it matches your values, puts a smile on a sweet toddler’s face, and helps make the world a better place for them too.


Handmade – Fair Trade – Gives Back

Tuttu is a cheery little turtle. Pull his string and watch his shell rotate as he follows you along! This faithful little friend helps stimulate a child’s imagination, and is safe to play with too. The sustainably sourced, non-toxic wood is coloured using natural dyes and natural resin to give it a beautiful shine – making Tuttu a safer choice for toddlers, because we all know there isn’t much that escapes their mouths!

This beautiful toy is handcrafted by artisans in India, using techniques that have been passed from one generation to the next for over 200 years! And with a legacy like that, Tuttu is sure to become a family treasure.


Organic –  Supports Endangered Animals & Ecosystems

These super soft animal baby socks protect some of the world’s most endangered baby animals – giant panda cubs, tiger cubs, rhino calf and baby orangutans.

Made from organic cotton, they are designed for babies aged 6-12 months and – best of all – they double as hand puppets. The clever people at Critically Endangered have made it so the box can be decorated and turned into a puppet theatre backdrop. Cute.


Handmade – Recycled Sari – Zero Waste

Bright and beautiful unique bunting, guaranteed to add colour and festivity for any occasion!

Ideal for baby’s room, birthdays, baby showers and brightening your garden. These flags all use upcycled sari waste and are handmade by women in India who have been trained in tailoring. They can be personalised with a name or message for an extra-special touch.

£10, from Pri Pri


Handmade – Fair Trade – Inspires Imagination

Unlock your little one’s imagination and introduce them to the beautiful animals that roam our Earth, with Fairtrade brand Lanka Kade’s wooden animal figures. This special orangutan is handcrafted by skilled artisans in Sri Lanka, using sustainably sourced rubber wood and non toxic paints. Perfect for small world play, stacking, sorting, story sacks and more!

(Suitable for 10 months+)


Non Toxic – Sustainable Wood – Plastic Free

The animals went in two by two. Hurrah for this cute wooden Noah’s Ark toy complete with Noah and Mrs Noah figures!

Made with sustainable wood, this toy comes from Natural for Baby where the ethos is all about being friendly to the environment. Every toy sold means a tree gets planted and the business is run with renewable energy and has a bunch of cool recycling schemes in store – including a Bra Bank in aid of Against Breast Cancer and the local Hygiene Bank.


Organic – Fairtrade Cotton – Gender Neutral

Designed for active little ones, this set is made for everyday play indoors or out. It comes with a pair of comfy striped joggers plus a soft printed top with contrast pocket and envelope neck, so getting them dressed in the morning is that little bit easier!

Little Green Radicals started life in 2005 with the aim to do business differently, using Fairtrade and organic cotton to make long-lasting clothes that will survive wriggly newborns, excitable toddlers and adventurous children. They are also certified by the Fairtrade Foundation, the Soil Association and the Global Organic Textile Standard.

#EthicalHour is running #ShopEthicalInstead as a campaign to promote small businesses, brands featured on #EthicalHour or as part of #ShopEthicalInstead or in any of our gift guides have not paid for promotion and #EthicalHour is not using affiliate links in this campaign. Prices correct at time of publication.