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15 Luscious Eco-friendly Baby Gifts 10 Dollars or Less

Updated on November 17, 2014
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An environmental enthusiast and activist her entire adult life, Kathryn shares her secrets to reducing waste and living greener.

Our granddaughter with a favorite toy
Our granddaughter with a favorite toy | Source

Looking for inexpensive green baby gifts?

On this page you'll find fifteen beautiful, hand-picked eco-friendly baby gifts ten dollars and under.

Most of them, I've given to my own children and grandchildren. They're kid tested!

It's easier than ever to give green and fair trade to the wee ones in our lives. In recent years, eco-friendly, earth-friendly, green and fair trade gift items exploded onto the market.

Socially responsible companies know we are looking for these products, and they are working to bring more and more to us all the time.

Increased competition makes for some very good bargains right now, a plus for those of us struggling to keep hold of our incredibly shrinking pocketbooks.

Variety is better than ever, too: Organic cotton onesies, bamboo and soy yoga pants and tops, trendy toddler rompers and dresses--so many to choose, so little time.

And the toys! Oodles of colorful fair trade toys, dolls and teethers made from sustainably harvested wood and organic, hand-picked cotton are available at ever more competitive prices.

So to keep our favorite low-priced, high value eco-gifts straight, I've made a list of a few of my favorites. This article spotlights eco-friendly gifts we love to give to our children and their friends having babies. All are 10 dollars and under, or were on the day I added them to the list.

Have fun choosing something wonderful for that new little cuddle bug in your life.

Prices fluctuate, so some of these may slip over $10 now and then. I'm always checking for bargains, tho, and update frequently.

1. Organic cotton veggies and fruit teethers

We have several of these, and I'd like to buy the whole kit and kaboodle for our most recent grandchild, who is at that curious and curiouser stage of development. She tastes everything.

These safe, non-toxic, certified organic fruit and veggie toys are fun and hands-on, providing plenty of opportunity to teach the wee ones in your life about the foods they are beginning to eat as they discover the difference between toys and the real thing.

Made of 100% organic super soft Egyptian cotton, the toys are entirely free of pesticide residues and safe for your wee ones to nosh and nibble to their gums' content.

What's more, according to the manufacturer, Under the Nile, their products are not produced in sweat shops:

"The farm that grows our cotton and makes our apparel focuses on fair trade and provides a worldwide model community for organic agriculture along with a supportive work place." Machine wash and dry.

2. Dandelion Organic Squeaker - Plush velour

You may find you love the Dandelion line of organic cotton toys and rattles as much as we do. Every one as cute as the next.

Your little one can learn hand-eye coordination safely with this organic cotton squeakie toy in all-natural dyes.

GreenTip: Alternative #1 to one-use gift wrap

Wrap or fold your baby gift items in an organic cotton receiving blanket and tie with a color-coordinated fabric ribbon.

3. Reversible organic cotton bib - by American Apparel

So darn cute! These reversible bibs are big enough to catch plenty of spit-up, drool and learning-to-eat spills. Great for teething babies, as well as older babies who haven't quite got the hang of getting food directly from the bowl to the mouth and keeping it there.

Available in five bright colors, as well as white.

We used these from four months to eighteen months with one of our granddaughters a few years ago. They went through the washer and dryer multiple times a week, and they're still good as new and getting plenty of use with her baby sister. So absorbent and much softer than a lot of baby bibs.

4. Easy-grasp Infinity Teething Rattle by Green Sprouts

Twisty-turny beads catch your little one's eye and help develop hand-eye coordination.

The soft, rubbery figure eight is BPA, PVC, Nitrosamine and phthalate free and easy on her gums.

5. Cuddle the little one in this stylish organic cotton teddy bear blanket

American Baby Company makes these darling huggy blankets.

Treat the little one in your life to the luxurious softness of safe, pesticide-free organic cotton.

6. Your darling is safe with this pesticide-free Bumble Bee teething ring

This soft-textured teething ring has been a favorite of so many moms and dads I know.

This easy to grasp yellow toy in soft terry is dyed with natural pigments free of heavy metals. Manufactured by Under the Nile from organic cotton grown and hand-picked in Egypt under Fair Trade guidelines.

Easy care: Machine wash delicate; tumble dry low.

7. Infant Swaddleme in organic cotton, so you know it's safe and soft

Keep your swaddled infant cool on hot summer nights with this soft, summer-weight, organic cotton in a cheery dot pattern.

Has a leg pouch for easy night-time diaper changes, and a harness slit for the travel carrier. Plus, it's packaged in a pretty organza bag.

GreenTip: Alternative #2 to one-use gift wrap

Tuck a pair of rolled up booties in a newborn cap, pinch top together like a sack, and tie with reusable cloth ribbon

8. Pair the swaddle blanket with these sweet organic caps

Rest easy with your little one, knowing that no tykes were employed--or worse, forced to work--in sweatshops to make these super soft caps.

Made of lightweight 100% certified organic cotton, they fit comfortably around the forehead.

9. Snug 100% organic cotton booties stay on tiny, kicking feet

These little booties are so cute--and practical. Made from ultra-soft 100% certified organic cotton.

Comfy ribbed cuff at ankle helps keep them snug on baby's feet.

Plus, they are made right here in the United States!

10. Organic cotton romper

Hudson Bay is almost as well known for its organic cotton baby clothing as Under the Nile, and is frequently available at a more competitive price point.

Pretty cream and pastel rompers in 100% organic super soft cotton with adorable applique-embroidery motifs.

Snaps around the inner legs make for quick diaper changes. Machine washable.

11. Pick up the pace with these colorful newborn outfits by Hudson Baby

Bored with pastels? I love the trendy colors from this company. If you're looking for richer colors, Hudson has them.

The set includes color-coordinated onesie, pant and cap, all soft, 100 percent organic cotton, of course, with a cute little nature-inspired design to set them off. Yum.

12. Organic Egyptian Cotton Sherpa Pocket Doll

Made of extremely soft, durable, organic Egyptian cotton, this colorful teething buddy is a delight for your little one.

Feel good about the pesticide-free processing of the toy, as well as the fact that the cotton was grown and the toy is manufactured in compliance with fair trade practices. No sweat shops or child labor involved.

13. Zoom, Zoom--Toddler Zoom by Camden Rose

We still have one of these wooden zoom-zoom cars in our collection of thirty-some-year-old toys.

You know what I like best about wooden treasures like this? Their scent--fresh wood and beeswax when they're new, then all the little hands that touched them over the years, mixing in the baking and soup smells.

Sure to become an heirloom, these little Zooms fit tiny hands perfectly. Inspired by Waldorf and Montessori and made by Amish in the US from locally-sourced cherry and birch, Zooms help toddlers develop hand-eye coordination as well as interactive play.

Toymaker Camden Rose says: "It is our responsibility to provide an environment that tells the story of our world honestly and at the same time protects that world."

Non-toxic finish.

14. Cuddly--and washable--organic crinkle book from Dandelion

Catch your tyke's attention with the crinkly sounds embedded in this soft, organic cotton book.

It's a teething, play toy today. As he grows, introduce counting concepts with three pages. The first shows one apple. The second shows two birds, and the third three cats.

Hang it within reach of Baby's grasping hands, attach it to a tummy-time pillow or crinkle it yourself to catch Baby's attention.

This organic cotton velour toy is soft to Baby's touch, with lots of chewable spots for teething. You needn't worry, either, because the dyes are low-impact. Machine washable.

Green tip: Recycle your newborn gift cards & wraps

Toss those pretty gift cards, ribbons and wrapping papers in a box with a sharp scissors, a sliding paper cutter, and a glue stick. Pull 'em out on a rainy Saturday and make your own one-of-a-kind cards and wraps. Your package will be a hit at the next baby shower!

15. Safe, organic, BPA-free teether and cuddle toy - Green Sprouts Organic Terry Circus Animal Teether

You get to choose between this cute tiger, a pretty-in-pink elephant and a green dancing bear--or get all three and change 'em up!

Organic cotton inside and out, with EVA teething rings attached. No phthalates, BPA or PVC chemical to leach into Baby's mouth, so you can be assured this toy is as safe as can be.

Which would you rather receive?

Think about the gifts you have cherished most over the years. Were they store-bought or hand-made?

Would you rather receive a store-bought or a hand-made gift?

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With so many choices, and this is just a sampling, I can't decide what to pick! Which items most jumped out at you? Are you going fair-trade and green this year?

So hard to choose!

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you, Adventuretravels. They are sweet gifts, for sure.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      I love babies! I can't resist them and each and everyone deserve a lovely organic toy like the ones above.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @Sylvestermouse: Thank you. I know what you mean. Someone's always having a baby, but it's so much fun shopping for the tykes, isn't it?

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      I really do love all of these suggestions! I will certainly bookmark this page. Seems like I am constantly needing to buy and give baby gifts and I can use all of the help I can get, especially for my family members who prefer eco-friendly selections.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      @RoadMonkey: Thank you. It is pretty cute, all right.

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      What delightful items! Loved the Rugby vest for babies.

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      @JennAshton: Thank you! It's one of my most fun lenses because I mostly post things I love to buy.

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      Jenn Ashton 4 years ago from Canada

      I love all of these suggestions, especially anything BPA-free! Great post;-)

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      TapIn2U 4 years ago

      They're nice and affordable. Sundae ;-)

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      andrewdar 4 years ago

      Nice presents for our babies.

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      Rosetta Slone 4 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      Love these eco-friendly baby gifts! We actually have a few of these at home for my now-toddler. The great thing about buying quality baby gear is that you can re-sell it easily for a good price.

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      desibabywear 4 years ago

      This lens spotlights eco-friendly baby gifts @10 dollars nice

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love everything here and I'm going to be a Grandma again with my Nikki now carrying a bundle of joy. I love the idea of luscious eco-friendly, which means baby friendly and at nice prices! Love your intro picture...sweetness!

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      @evelynsaenz1: Thank you so much!

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      Evelyn Saenz 5 years ago from Royalton

      What a thoughtful gift! Eco-friendly baby gifts and they all cost less than $10.

      Blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      @MartieG: Yes, swaddling worked wonders with my wee ones, and now with my grandbabies too. Thank for stopping by and for sharing your experience.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Some really nice items - I love the Swaddleme for newborns - I used to do this with a thin blanket and it really calmed down my colicky daughter!

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      Kathryn Grace 5 years ago from San Francisco

      @Julia1000: I'm working on that one, since most of my grandkids are toddlers or better now! Thank you for asking!

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      Julia1000 5 years ago

      I loved the zoom zoom car. Any ideas for green gifts for toddler to 11 year olds? Perhaps an idea for another lens.

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      Timsmansmall 5 years ago

      Nice gift ideas.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      Love the bumble bee teething ring among other items here. Fantastic collection of eco-friendly baby gifts. What a thoughtful gift guide. Appreciated!

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      I loved each and every eco friendly gift idea presented here. I would so enjoy a switch from plastic gift items to the more eco friendly cotton, wood, and bamboo gift choices presented here. Every little thing we do to help out this old planet of ours does indeed make a very big difference. Best of wishes for a wonderful holiday season.

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      Laniann 6 years ago

      The Gigi Giraffe with the chime inside is really cute. I also like the pocket doll.

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I'm looking for a gift for my grand-neice who will be one years old next month - these are some great gift ideas!

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      Love the idea of bamboo baby socks. I didn't know bamboo could be made wearable!

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      Kathryn Grace 6 years ago from San Francisco

      @squid-janices7: Thank you so much! What a fabulous resource your lens is for anyone looking for baby shower gifts, ideas, party favors. I tried several times to leave a comment, but Squidoo's tentacles must be in a knot. I will try again another day.

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      NC Shepherd 6 years ago

      Nice choices. My daughter would like this lens...her baby is just a month old.

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      WeirdStuff 6 years ago

      Great selection. Little kids don't care if it costs $1000, or a nickle...

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      squid-janices7 8 years ago

      Due to the changes in Groups at Squidoo, I have converted The Baby Shower Group into a lensography (regular lens that you can rate). This lens is featured on the lensography and I would greatly appreciate it if you would consider lensrolling or featuring the converted Baby Showers Group ( here. Thanks much!

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      tandemonimom lm 8 years ago

      What beautiful baby gifts! You're invited to add this green gift lens to I'm Dreaming of a Green Christmas.

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      Sue_Pierce 8 years ago

      I am a green grandmother and I love everything organic and natural for my grandson! I also love the Grameen Foundation and all it does! Thanks for promoting it.

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      greenerme 8 years ago

      Beautiful gift ideas! I know some people I might need some organic baby gifts for, so these are a great help. Keep up the great work!

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      squid-janices7 8 years ago

      Welcome to the Baby Showers Group (! You've been featured under the Baby Shower Gifts section. Great lens and 5* for you!

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      ShamanicShift 8 years ago

      Fived, favorited, and lensrolled - very helpful!

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      poutine 8 years ago

      If I had a baby gigft to buy I would chose the organic cotton teddy bear blanket, it's so cute!

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      What a wonderful lens! I love the little wooden car. Those are absolutely irresistible to pick up when I see one. Vroom, vroom! Great choices, very nice job on the lens!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      5* for the idea and for sustainability. Nice materials and design. Compliments.

      Happy Holidays, Giacomo