Holiday Gift Guide: Kids and Family

by Rona Berg


Our Holiday Gift Guide is a carefully curated selection that will not only delight the recipient, but you, too, can feel good knowing that you are supporting brands that are thoughtful and conscious of the impact they make on the planet. 



Happy Right Now


This brand new book, written by Julie Berry and illustrated by Holly Hatam, is a ray of sunshine for kids. It’s a celebration of joy, but also teaches them that it’s OK to

feel sad, too. $18; soundstrue.com

The Run Around


Veja sneakers—named for the Brazilian word for “look”—aren’t cheap, but they are well-made using Fair Trade and organic raw materials with an economically equitable production chain. (Did we mention they have a vegan line?) project.veja-store.com

Soft Launch


Zestt Organics is created

from GOTS-certified organic textiles with an environmentally friendly 

and socially conscious supply chain.  Its offerings—from organic cotton stuffies, loveys and rattles to knit rompers and blankets—have a clean, earthy aesthetic with thoughtful details. 

zesttorganics.com

Keep It Clean


EZPZ founder Lindsey Laurain created 100 percent toxin-free BPA-, BPS-, PVC- and phthalate-free dishwashersafe “plates” that suction to the surface of the table. For this season, she’s launched a Peppa Pig mat (big with the toddlers) and a First Foods Set for babies just beginning to experiment with tastes. From $20; ezpzfun.com

All Write


Sisters Anna and Nicoletta Constanti (an art director and account manager respectively) founded Write to Me, with these handmade journals, inspired by the meaningful baby and recipe books that their own mother passed down to them. From $40;

 writetomeshop.com

Post Water Bottle 


Parkland bags and backpacks with great graphics from camouflage to monsters and tigers, as well as lighter, pop-inspired designs, are all made from 100 percent recycled water bottles, which means they are repurposing millions of plastic water bottles! $50 and up;  parklandmfg.com

Milk Fed


Mika Oakes couldn’t find a chic, nursing-friendly swimsuit anywhere, so, she launched her own line. The collection is made in New York City from ethically sourced Italian materials without a shred of plastic and arrives in a reusable pouch, perfect for carrying wet swimsuits! $178; shopmoloco.com

Chic Carry All 


Away just launched stylish carry-on bags that fit snugly over the handle of a wheeled case for smooth traveling—they’re lightweight and great for travel with the family. Available in water-resistant nylon, the Everywhere Bag features a hidden exterior pocket for phones and documents, an interior laptop pocket, and a waterproof section for umbrellas. $195; awaytravel.com

Everything Nice


Since 1923, Rigoni di Asiago has espoused old-world values. All its products—from Fiordifrutta jams to Nocciolata hazelnut spreads (including a vegan option and their new Bianca flavor!)—are certified organic, non-GMO, gluten-free. rigonidiasiago-usa.com

Baby Booties 


Polar Bear Toddler Booties made with natural rubber, all vegan, and a recyclable sole, perfect for layering and guaranteed to keep tootsies warm! $40; stonz.com


Gifts That Give:


Soak It Up


The Ayla Sea Soak is a detoxifying and mineralizing treatment for the body, skin and scalp, with a California twist, employing sustainably harvest Giant Kelp from the Pacific Ocean.

Ayla donates 5 percent of sales to Reef Check Foundation.
aylabeauty.com/collections/brands-ayla/products/ayla-sea-soak

Clean Up Time


To combat her daughter’s eczema without sapping bath time of fun, Bubbsi founder Sweta Doshi developed this collection of sweet-smelling balms, lotions and washes in cute refillable bottles. lovebubbsi.com




For The Children


Zoe Winkler, founder of This Is About Humanity, an organization that aims to support families ensnared in the U.S. border crisis, collaborated with jewelry designer Ariel Gordon, who created this 14k “Name It” necklace that reads, “HUMANITY”—and 100 percent of proceeds go directly to the foundation. $595; arielgordonjewelry.com/products/agj-x-this-is-about-humanity-necklace

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