10 great gifts all kids should have!

Looking for toys and products that are safe, environmentally friendly and fun? We’ve put together a handy list of favorites to help guide your holiday shopping this year. Each of these green toys and items has been tested and approved by kids we know, and some are available right here at Play Garden in our welcome area gift shop.

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1. Brinware Play Dish Set

The best alternative to plastic tableware! Brinware products are made of the safest, most environmentally-friendly and proven materials available today. We especially love these plates, which feature tempered glass for extra durability and food-grade silicone that’s microwavable and dishwasher safe. $23.50 for 2 plates*


2. Melissa & Doug Wooden Puzzles

Puzzles are a wonderful, creative learning tool for every young child on your list, and Melissa & Doug’s are the best we’ve seen! These hand-crafted wooden puzzles are impossible for children to put away. $14.15*


3. Circus Tent

Ikea’s indoor play tent is colorful and fun…just the way kids like it. It’s also made of lightweight, long-lasting nylon and is easy for parents to set up. The big flaps open and close for hours of indoor pretend play. $19.99


4. Kids Cup from EIO

This is not a sippy cup. Sure, the 18-month-old on your list will love it. So will five-year-olds and big kids. EIO’s spill-resistant, BPA-free glass mason jar eases the transition from bottles and sippy cups to real cups at mealtime. And they’re so pretty you’ll probably want one for yourself, too. Each cup comes with a colorful cap and sleeve. $18.50*


5. Band in a Box

Expose children to the wonders of music and buy any instrument this holiday season to encourage the art of music! Melissa & Doug’s Band in a Box is a great option, although any wooden tambourine or whistle you find will be kid-friendly and fun. $21.99


6. Paint with Water Art Pads

These paint sets from Melissa & Doug are especially great for little hands. A special palette is embedded right in the pages for beginning painters. The best part? It’s non-toxic and washable, too. $7.05*

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7. Skuut Toddler Bike

What’s more exciting than learning to ride a bike? Make the experience even more memorable for the toddler on your list with Skuut’s specialty training bicycle. This hardwood Balance Bike uses fat rubber tires and an adjustable seat to teach the same balance and coordination necessary for a two-wheeler…but without pedals or training wheels. $74.99

8. Reusable Learning Mats

Double-sided and durable, activity mats inspire creative learning and keep children occupied for hours. $4.25*


9. Highlights

Do you remember highlights? Everyone loves a magazine in the mail and this is kid friendly, educational and entertaining. It’s a gift that keeps coming and keeps helping parents enjoy those quiet moments. $34.44 for a one-year subscription


10. Dress Up Fun

Some of the best green gifts for kids cost pennies. Hit up a thrift store, go through your closet, stop by a yard sale and make a fun basket of creative clothing that will inspire your kids and save your wallet as you prepare for holiday fun!


Are you feeling inspired?

Drop off the kids at Play Garden while you take our list to your favorite local retailers. Happy shopping!

* Items available at the Play Garden gift shop, located at in the Shops of Mount Pleasant at 320 West Coleman Blvd, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464.