What Are You Giving Baby This Holiday Season?

A wooden spoon?  A secondhand rattle?  A children’s museum membership?  A ribbon?  What are you planning to wrap up for your tot this year?  If you opt not to give her a gift, don’t worry.  She’d most likely play with the wrapping paper anyway.  (Unless you decide to whip up a batch of homemade holiday fabric gift bags!)

We also love buying gifts of experience.  Since they were activities rather than objects, they didn’t have to be stashed in baby’s tiny room and they always provided great memories.

Our baby was just six months old during her first Christmas and had no idea what was going on so she received a few secondhand playthings plus gifts from family and friends. Now that she’s older, we’ve found some amazing garage sale deals including a dollhouse and wooden pull toy, but she won’t be getting mounds of loot.  How are you handling the holidays with your baby?

Check Out Our Holiday Posts for Green Gift Ideas

If you’re wondering how to shower the baby in your life with gifts this holiday season, you needn’t look further than last year’s posts on the Green Baby Guide. Here are some of our brilliant ideas, in review:

Green Baby Guide’s Gift Repository—We plug some of the companies we’ve had the pleasure of working with, such as Natural Pod, Pedoodles, and Monkey Foot Designs. We also get practical and suggest buying your bundle of joy bumGenius or Fuzzibunz diapers.
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A beautiful Monkey Foot Designs wet bag for those cloth diapers!

Green Gifts for Baby on Etsy—Want a homemade onesie or knit cap without actually constructing it yourself? Etsy is the perfect way to treat your baby while supporting independent craftsters.
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Eco-friendly Holiday Tips from the World Wide Web

Here are a few links to make your holiday season a bit greener this year!

Mindful Mama wrote about Greener Gift Wrap and Why I Heart Thrifting.

Suite 101.com has an article about Eco-friendly Kids’ Toys for 2008.

Here’s an old National Geographic article on how to have an eco-friendly Christmas.

We weighed the pros and cons of artificial and live Christmas trees in our last Thrifty Green ThursdayHere’s an Eco-friendly Daily article from the perspective of someone who grew up on a tree farm.

This article is a year old, but here are some eco-friendly Hanukah ideas from the Sunshine Chronicles.

Treehugging Family wrote about giving gifts of experience or necessity.  We also had a post about reducing environmental impact with gifts of experience, as well as 5 Unexpectedly Green Gifts for babies and kids.