Searching for the perfect baby gift or toddler gift comes with many considerations. Is it safe for them to wear or play with? Is it educational or made from sustainable and healthy materials? Is it as adorable as they are?
Made Trade’s baby gifts collection certainly checks all those boxes. We’ve hand-picked every toy, game, accessory, and onesie to ensure each is made with healthy materials, adheres to safe manufacturing processes, and will look beautiful in your home, in your nursery, or on your little one. Below are a few of our favorite ethical and eco-friendly baby gifts for baby showers, birthday parties, or any other holiday occasion.
1. Pebble Organic Dino Rattle — $22
This sweet, organic rattle will help entertain any little one while also keeping their parents resting easy knowing that only natural, safe materials were used in production. Each Pebble rattle is made using organic cotton that has been slowly and mindfully hand-knit by women artisans in Bangladesh.
Pebble is committed to following ecologically minded and socially responsible practices throughout their supply chain and is Fair Trade Certified by the World Fair Trade Organization.
Silk Road Bazaar brings every little one’s favorite animals — from monkeys to dinosaurs — to life with their playful baby and toddler booties. Each pair is handmade in Karakol, Kyrgyzstan from 100% humanely-sourced sheep’s wool. The wool is sheared by local farmers at the end of each winter in preparation for the warmer weather.
The fair trade wool booties will keep their tiny toes toasty through even the chilliest days and will be a precious keepsake once they’ve outgrown these cozy house shoes.
3. Ekobo Baby Feeding Set in Blush — $22
Ekobo’s BIOBU® tableware is BPA-free, PVC-free, and Phthalates-free, so you can be sure of a safe and healthy feeding time for baby with the brand’s miniature bowl, spoon, and sippy cup set.
This blush-colored, baby-sized set is made from FSC-certified bamboo eco-composite, and the sippy cup has a silicone top. Every piece is top-rack dishwasher-safe — So, while Ekobo’s baby feeding set can’t promise fewer messes, it does help make cleanup a bit easier!
4. Zeki Learning Sea Habitat Storyboard — $40
Zeki Learning is a women-run nonprofit and Fair Trade Federation member making education fun and safe with their soft cotton felt interactive games made by refugee mothers in Palestine’s West Bank.
The brand’s Sea Habitat Storyboard offers a hands-on way for children three and older to understand spatial relationships, learn about sea animals, and discover natural oceanic elements. This storyboard also comes with a carrying case for easy transport from storage to the playroom to Grandma’s house.
5. Mirasa Design Baby Stripe Tunic — $45
This loose tunic from Mirasa Design — a woman of color–owned brand with fairly made clothing for babies and toddlers — is made with 100% natural fabrics and dyes. With an easy fit, this tunic is an ultra-comfy piece for all of their adventures — whether that’s playing, eating, or napping.
The striking design on this gender-neutral tunic was achieved through a traditional Indian hand-printing technique, called Dabu mud resist printing, by skilled artisans in fair trade working conditions.
They’ll stay cozy all year long with Coyuchi’s Honeycomb textured baby blanket. (Their caregivers will also have peace of mind knowing that each Coyuchi blanket is made from 100% organic, toxic-free cotton).
This mini-sized blanket is super soft, weighty, and insulating, guaranteeing it will become baby’s favorite. The quality craftsmanship, as with all of Coyuchi’s organic products, will ensure this blanket makes it through many messes and washes, and can even be handed down to the next little one in the family.
7. Mbare Pink Elephant Lidded Basket — $14
With their bold colors and endearing designs, Mbare’s animal baskets are the cutest way to store knickknacks in the nursery. Each basket is handwoven using generations-old techniques and all-natural sisal by a collective of weavers in Swaziland.
Each woman in the collective earns a living wage and Mbare ensures that all artisan groups they work with follow fair trade practices.
8. Pebble Ribbed Hat in Dusky Pink — $24
This soft, hand-knit, organic cotton hat from Pebble is the sweetest baby accessory. Great for keeping their little heads warm while staying adorably stylish, Pebble’s ribbed hat will certainly bring out the “aws” at any baby shower or birthday party.
Each piece from the Fair Trade Certified brand is ethically handmade by women artisans in rural villages in Bangladesh who work in dignified conditions and earn living wages.
Made from GOTS-certified organic cotton and printed using AZO-free dyes, this adorable elephant onesie is the ultimate gift for wishing happiness and health to the newest baby in the family. The gender-neutral piece was made with a super-soft, toxic-free fabric and features grippy feet to ensure safe exploration.
All of Mirasa Design’s printed baby and toddler garments are made in small batches by artisans in India earning living wages.
10. Zeki Learning Emotions Memory Game — $30
This soft, upcycled cotton game from Zeki Learning is designed for safe, healthy, plastic-free educational play. The Emotions Memory Game simultaneously supports social and emotional development for children while building matching skills that strengthen memory retention and provide a foundation for math and reading skills.