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Non-Toxic Holiday Gift Guide
Ah, the holiday season! Gift-giving is one of the most fun parts of the year – but it can also be stressful when you’re trying to choose non-toxic and eco-friendly products! From hidden fragrances in scented candles, body lotions, and makeup to harmful plastics in children’s toys, we can unintentionally be giving our loved ones (and the earth) exposure to some toxic and harmful chemicals. As we head into this joyful time of year, we’re proud to support these wonderful brands – and we know everyone on your list will enjoy receiving their responsible and eco-friendly products, too!
Our 6 Very Favorite Earth-Friendly & NonToxic Holiday Gifting Ideas for 2022
The best gifts are the ones you get to eat and – when they’re chocolate, that’s even better! JOJO’s chocolate was created by Jojo herself, an inspiring woman who was living with a cancer diagnosis and was determined to find a way to satisfy her sugar cravings that didn’t make her choose between a sweet treat and a healthy snack. Honest about ingredients and rigorous about selecting them, JOJO’s gives chocolate lovers a delicious treat without health tradeoffs. Today the company continues to offer its delicious, low-sugar chocolates in memory of its founder. This holiday season, you can Build A Bundle for someone who’s been really good!
Let’s talk cozy! Simply Organic has the most luxurious, cozy, comfy, and warm bamboo blankets that come in a range of soft, beautiful colors that everyone on your gift list will love. Best of all: they come with no blends and no compromises. Naturally antibacterial and hypoallergenic, their blankets are created from certified organically-grown bamboo, are machine-washable, and come with a 30-night sleep trial guarantee. Beyond blankets, the brand offers sheets, pillowcases, duvet covers, and baby crib sheets, too!
We love climbOn’s products because, being in the consumer product industry, we know how poorly regulated personal care and cleaning products are. This brand is on a mission to transform everyday skincare habits to rely on purity, performance, safety, and sustainability of plants over synthetics. With no shortcuts, rigorous performance testing, and a commitment to be stewards for the earth, there’s a lot to love about this company – and even more when you experience their lotions, lotion bars, lip tube, and – our favorite – RIDICULOUS! Paste. There’s a gift for every stocking at climbOn.
Where do we start with how much we LOVE Tiny Earth? Here’s the deal: Tiny Earth curates “kits” that you can select starting at $29/month. You receive a custom kit of plastic-free, educator-approved toys in recyclable, reusable packaging, which your little ones can use to play and learn for 2-4 months. Each kit includes a learning guide for parents and play invitations for each to help you get the most out of the toys. Then, you purchase the ones you love, ship back the ones you don’t, and get a new one! There is no charge for lost or damaged pieces and simple, free shipping both ways. How amazing is that?
For the new parents in your life, nothing beats the gift of one parent sleeping while the other does a late-night feeding! Comotomo Baby Bottles are designed to mimic the nursing experience by being “breastfeeding in a bottle,” to help babies transition easily from bottle to breast.
These bottles have so many smart features in their designs, including non-leaking dual air vents that prevent colic, a truly wide-neck design for easy cleaning, and a hygienic silicone material that contains no toxic chemicals. And they’re cute to look at in your (always full) drying rack, too!
And how adorable is this teether? It’s modeled after every baby’s favorite thing to bite – fingers! – out of safe and hygienic silicone. Drop it on the floor? You know what to do! Spray down with Force of Nature to kill any viruses, germs, or bacteria that are hitching a ride.
Not to toot our own horn, but we think this bundle is pretty much unbeatable – not just on value, but for its family-and-earth-friendly-cleaning awesomeness all year long! The bundle includes our complete cleaning system, 50 capsules, and 9 reusable cleaning cloths. Force of Nature is a hospital-grade, EPA-registered disinfectant that kills 99.9% of germs including Staph, MRSA, Norovirus, Influenza A, Salmonella, and Listeria when used as directed. It’s EPA-registered for use in hospitals, daycares, schools, and more. We’re proud to be on the EPA’s List N, the disinfectants approved for use against SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19. Force of Nature is certified 100% top allergen-free and best for sensitive skin by SkinSAFE, Mayo Clinic’s allergy rating system.
It’s also so gentle it can even be used to disinfect without rinsing, so you can feel good spraying Force of Nature on pacifiers, high chairs, and anything else that your family comes into contact with. This is particularly important when you have asthma and allergy sufferers in your family, especially children as their smaller sizes and the way their bodies are developing make them more susceptible to toxins.
Worst Offenders for Toxic Gifts
When you’re short on time – or cash – it can be tempting to grab “whatever,” but it’s important to resist this urge! It’s always preferable to give a small gift card or an edible, useful gift to one that might inadvertently expose your recipient to harmful chemicals or damage our ecosystem. Here are some of the top gifts to avoid.
Perfume, Candles, Fragranced Products
Children’s Makeup & Nail Polish
Sadly, the personal care product industry is woefully underregulated and it’s particularly important to avoid exposing kids to harmful toxins that can be found in children’s makeup and nail polish and nail polish-remover like lead and formaldehyde and other heavy metals, carcinogens, and endocrine disruptors. This is because children are more sensitive to these toxins, which build up in their bodies over time.
Plastic Toys And Dinnerware
Plastic toys contribute to what is now a real crisis in our environment. Not only does plastic never break down, but it can leach harmful chemicals into our bodies when we eat off it and (for kids and pets) chew on it. Look for wooden toys that are painted with non-toxic paints whenever possible. So, please, skip that pink plastic princess tea set!
Happy Holidays and We’ll See You Next Year!
As we close out another year, we want to thank you for letting us be a part of your homes and your journey towards eco-friendly, non-toxic living. We take the responsibility of helping you keep your family and pets safe seriously and we’ll never stop researching, innovating, and working towards a better, safer future for our families and yours. Learn more about the science behind our powerful little appliance.