Let me guess, because you choose to parent more consciously I can almost guarantee you’d love to approach Christmas with the same level of awareness and simplicity you bring to your parenting.
The gifts, the food, the events, and the social commitments of the season can leave your nervous system reeling and your children feeling the ripple effects of that.
You likely want to change the narrative for your own child.
While you want your kids to experience the joy of receiving, you’d rather that be quality over quantity. You’d love to forgo the plastic toys and played-with-once gifts that land under your tree from family and friends.
The commercialism of the season isn’t what you want to teach your child about this time of year.
Instead, you want them to remember the traditions and the time spent together. You want them to remember the thought behind the gifts they receive rather than it being all about the gifts themselves. By taking an intentional approach to the type of gifts they open on Christmas morning you can help promote free play, encourage imagination, and foster connection within your family.
Following this simple mantra can really help you focus on quality gifts for everyone and can be a really easy guide for extended family when requesting presents:
Something they want
Something they need
Something to wear
Something to read
So, while you don’t opt out altogether you’d love to curate a gift list of things for yourself and your child that will last way beyond the 31st of December, but you don’t want to spend hours scouring the internet or store for just the right thing.
Well, I’ve got you covered. Here is a list of the best gifts for children and conscious parents alike. Plus I’ve also put together a FREE beautiful, curated gift guide including all of these gift ideas plus more (including handmade ideas, recipes, books for mum and more). Click below to download your free guide today. .
For the Kids
This is wrapped and ready to put under the tree for my son for Christmas. I can’t wait to give it to him!
The StoryButton is a super cute, almost old-school radio vibe podcast player that opens the world of audiobooks, stories, and educational podcasts for our children all without the need for a phone or subscription.
Grab your kiddo a beanbag, set them up with their StoryButton, and let the wonder of the story captivate your child for hours. With a selection of stories to choose from you might just get a moment to sit down and drink a warm cup of tea.
A subscription for beautiful age-appropriate play kits. These guys have taken the hard work of figuring out what toys are developmentally appropriate at each stage to help parents feel confident they are giving their little ones just what they need.
Green Kids Craft Box
The Green Kid Craft boxes are so much fun and they have options for kids from two to ten years of age. Plus they are a green company meaning that they’re boxes are 100% recycled, packaging is minimal, they’re carbon neutral and give back 1% of sales to environmental organisations.
Check out the Green Kid Crafts Boxes here and use code get50 to receive 50% off your first order.
Big Life Journal
One of my favourite resources to help foster a growth mindset in kids and teens is The Big Life Journal.
This thoughtful journal incorporates reading, expressive writing, and critical thinking while teaching social and emotional learning and growth mindset skills.
There is a Big Life Journal for kids (7-10 years of age) and another for teens (11+ year olds).
Much like the StoryButton the Yoto Player is a screen-free audio player for children. The audio is controlled by inserting physical playing cards that play stories, music, activities, podcasts and radio. It gives your child the freedom to decide what they want to play or listen to in a safe screen free environment.
You likely know the benefits of keeping your little one barefoot, but if like us it isn’t always possible then barefoot trainers are the next best thing. Splay offers affordable and pretty stylish barefoot sneakers for children that not only look good but keep their feet healthy too.
A great children’s book is always a welcome gift some of our absolute favourites include:
- Maybe by Kobi Yamanda
- The Lion Inside by Rachel Bright
- The Tree by Bretta Teckentrup
- The Rabbit Listened by Cory Doerrfeld
- Kiss the Moon by Alison Lester
- Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
- Manfish – Jennifer Berne
- Atlas of Animal Adventures by Rachel Williams
We LOVE playing board games and card games in our family. Here are some of our faves:
Learning Tower by Sprout
Sprout Kids is a US-based environmentally responsible designer and manufacturer of modern furniture for kids and families, all with a Montessori-inspired vibe.
Their kitchen learning tower will give your little one hours of fun and connection as you make dinner or tasty treats together – or in all honestly just a little bit of mess!
Give yourself or a mama you know the gift of an aligned village – and grab a village for Gather the Raised Good online membership community. Packed full of courses/guides/masterclasses and expert interviews it’s a one-stop-shop for all things natural parenting.
Gather is about more than parenting tips and support. It’s a movement. It’s a community of like-minded parents from around the world who understand how difficult it can be to walk the path alone.
Gather isn’t about labels, strategies, or simply joining a club, this is about fostering a lifelong connection with your child – and as a bonus, other mamas around the world, too.
There is no denying that after giving birth and breastfeeding the last thing you feel like doing is squeezing back into an underwired bra or an uncomfortable pair of knickers. Every bra I own is made by Knix. Their leakproof underwear and Dream Shorts are amazing as well as their wonderful postpartum collection with nursing bras and nursing tanks.
Knix also makes lovely pyjamas and loungewear for cosying up at home!
Hello Joyous are on a mission to help you find more joy in the everyday with organic, plant-based, sustainable beauty and functional wellness teas that support your well-being, make you feel good and are kind to the planet. My personal faves are the Hella Hydrating Serum, Eye Elixir and the most incredible Body Butter ever! And the Pure Radiance Tea is delicious.
Use code RAISEDGOOD10 for 10% off your order.
A range of bio-fermented, probiotic wholefood powders and elixirs for gut health, glowing skin, and well-being. Beauty starts from the inside out and The Beauty Chef products support your health wholefood ingredients. They are so worth checking out, their cookbook is one to pop on your shelves too.
Use this link to get $20 off any order over $50 – enjoy!
I’ve never been able to stick with exercise classes at home. So when I signed up for Fluidform Pilates last summer, I was convinced it wouldn’t last long. How wrong I was! I LOVE these classes. So, what is Fluidform?
It’s a functional movement method designed to challenge you, transform you and “Fluidform Your Body”. With over 300 workouts available online, 100+ challenges, and over 200+ nutritious recipes and meal plans, plus a Personalised Program to help get you started. You also get a FREE equipment pack with a 12-month subscription.
Daughters of India
A female founded company in one of my all time favourite happy places, Byron Bay, Daughters of India create the dreamiest dresses and free flowing tops that invite your inner goddess come alive. Handmade, timeless, ethical pieces.
Daughters of India are fair trade and work with our team in India on programs that build education and training for the people of the village and surrounding areas of Jaipur, India. Check them out and don’t blame me for your full shopping cart 😉 Use this link to get $20 off your first purchase.
Clothing, underwear and homewares that are sustainably made and ethically sourced. Pact offers a wide range of products all produced with the planet in mind. Their organic cotton basics are a must-have wardrobe staple.
Use this link for 20% off your first purchase.
I’ve recently discovered Biohacking and adopted some changes to my lifestyle to help optimise my health. There are so many products and companies offering everything from red light therapy to sauna blankets to blue light glasses, so I wanted to share two that I’ve used personally and can recommend.
Higher Dose is a brilliant female founded Canadian company who believe in “hacking our way to improved health, longevity, and well-being”. Use the code RAISEDGOOD for 15% off sitewide with the exception of full saunas, bundles, and subscriptions.
Boncharge is an Australian company who offer a Biohackers Bundle to get you started and makes a great gift for any parent to start optimising and prioritising their health. Use the code raisedgood for a 15% off sitewide discount.
For the Whole Family
Book a Family Adventure
While the idea of a vacation might feel financially unviable, when you add up the cost of all the small gifts, the food, and decorations you may find that you can afford a getaway somewhere close by or further afield.
Could you pack up the tent and go camping? Or rent a camper or teardrop camper? Some of our best memories can be made when we’re connected to the people we love immersed in nature. We just booked a rafting trip with OARS in Idaho in August – they have such amazing family adventures!
Come and join us on the river!
You’ll make memories that last longer than any toy you could wrap and place under the tree.
Zoo or Museum Membership
A membership to a zoo or museum is something that can be used and enjoyed all year, and also a failsafe option for rainy days! Children can spend hours enthralled in the animals and exhibits while learning a thing or two on the way – and everytime the go they tend experience the same place in a new way as they grow.
And there are science museums, ball games, concerts, theatres or Cirque du Soleil you could buy tickets for too – having something on the calendar to look forward to is so magical!
Sponsor an animal or give to a charity
We love giving to charities and organisations that protect wild places and we want to teach our son the importance of this too. Sponsoring an animal through the World Wildlife Fund is something we do every year.
I’ve heard of other families making a collective decision on which charity they would support each year and the children delivering the money/gifts to the chosen charity.
Ok, so I’m going to leave it there for this blog post! But…if you’d like a FREE and beautifully designed guide with all of these gift ideas plus more (including free and handmade ideas, recipes, books for mum and more) then click here to download your free guide today.
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