10 Sustainable Gifts for Kids & Teens

Last Updated on March 31, 2023

Gifts are always tricky when it comes with wanting to live more sustainably and plastic-free or trying to reduce your environmental impact. But whether you are the gift-giver or parent trying to request more sustainable kids gifts, here are our tried and tested eco friendly gift ideas kids will love.

Including zero waste, minimalist, plastic-free, and organic gifts for kids and teenagers.

Sustainable and Minimalist Gift Ideas for Kids
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Tickets or Memberships

This is an easy, exciting, and waste-free gift, that allows the celebration to extend beyond just the special day! There are tons of options for experience gifts depending what the child is interested in, but here are a few great ideas for places you can gift tickets or memberships:

  • movie theatre
  • waterpark
  • museum
  • indoor playground
  • science centre
  • sports event
  • amusement park
  • theatre
  • concert

Bath Bombs & Bubble Bars

Swirling fizzy colours, fluffy bubbles, fruity or floral scents, and sustainably shimmery water – so much fun!

Lush makes colorful bath products that are particularly great for children and teens and one of our go-to “consumable” and waste-free gifts. They have tons of unique designs and scents and I appreciate their attention to sustainable packaging as well as cruelty-free and ethically-sourced ingredients (they’re one of the few brands that proudly uses child labour free mica).

Minimalist gift ideas for kids - Bath Bombs and Bubble bars
Some of our picks for kids are Unicorn Horn and Rainbow bubble bars, and Groovy Kind of Love bath bomb

Wooden Lego

Once-Kids makes “Eco Bricks” – wooden and bamboo building blocks with are plastic-free and still compatible with Lego. They’re made from FSC certified wood and are customizeable with colored pencils so kids can make whatever colors and design they wish!


A great digital, zero waste gift that can offer adventure, discovery, education, and screen-free entertainment.

Libro.fm is hands-down our favourite place to get audiobooks from, they have a fantastic variety of books and a wonderful mission to support local bookstores. You can gift individual books or a 3, 6, or 12 month subscription. They have a huge young adult selection making this an excellent gift for teens, as well as a curated assortment of kids audiobooks for different interests.

Sustainable & Minimalist Gift Ideas for Kids - Audiobooks

New Clothes or Anything Needed

Practical and useful gifts don’t have to be boring – does the child need new pjs, a backpack, winter coat, or shoes? Look for a fun option or something that fits their style and interests for a gift that will be sure to get a lot of use.

Check out our list of high-quality and sustainable children’s brands for some great consciously-made products!

Eco Friendly Art Supplies

For kids interested in drawing, painting, and crafting, new supplies make a great gift – look for options with plastic-free or no packing and eco-friendly ingredients.

Beam Paints makes consciously sourced and sustainably packaged watercolour paints and their Tisgeh’dah Children’s Palette is full of beautiful, high-quality paints which have been safety tested for little artists.

Earth Hero also has a great selection of sustainable art supplies for kids including beeswax crayons, natural playdough, plant based glue sticks, and more!

Eco art supplies from Earth Hero - Sustainable Gift Ideas for Kids


This is a classic experience gift and can be a fun way to make memories. Give the child coupons they can redeem for things they’ll enjoy. Here’s some ideas:

  • movie night
  • trip for ice cream
  • staying up late
  • choice of dinner
  • extra screen time
  • treat of choice

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Green and Cruelty-free Makeup

A great gift for teens who love playing with makeup. Out top pick would have to be one of ATHR Beauty’s gorgeous, highly-pigmented eye shadow palettes.

Or check out our other favorite cruelty-free, sustainable, and ethically-sourced beauty brands here.

One “Big Ticket” Gift

This is what we do with my daughter and it’s been amazing! Instead of everyone giving individual gifts (which often don’t align with our sustainability and minimalist values) we ask friends and family who want to give a gift to instead contribute towards one “big ticket” gift which we know she’ll love and get a lot of use from! This has been a fantastic way for her to get something special with no waste, clutter, or stuff that won’t get used.

Trying to do this for a birthday party? Look into throwing a Fiver Party!

If you are the gift giver and want to go this route, ask the parent if there is something the child is saving up for and if you can get a gift card and contribute towards that, or if there is a special item you and some other people could buy together.

Looking for more sustainable gift ideas? Check out our green gift guide!

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