Archive for the ‘Eco Gift Ideas for Kids’ Category

We Wish You a Creative Holiday!

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Here in Madison, WI after a very cold week, we’re finally getting temperatures above ten degrees!  It was perfect weather, though, for knitting, crocheting, wrapping gifts, cutting out paper snowflakes and other cozy crafts.  Here at the office, we’re wrapped up in some exciting product design work (stay tuned!) and the Artterro shipping team is busy getting all sorts of orders out in time for Christmas.

If you’re still looking for that perfect gift for someone special, check out these inspired gift guides from some of our favorite magazines and blogs.  They’re a little more unique than your average “trendy toy” list.

And don’t forget–you can still get 20% off on your $50 order at Artterro.com through the 16th, with coupon code HOLIDAY2013!

Educational Gifts for the Holidays

7 Art Kits Your Creative Kids Will Love


Gift Ideas for Journal Lovers


Green Child Magazine’s Holiday Gift Guide

From all of us here at Artterro, we wish you a happy, peaceful, creative holiday!

A Few Holiday Gift Guides For Last Minute Eco Shopping

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Happy Holidays!   Hopefully you are enjoying the festive side of winter and also finding some time to relax!  Here at Artterro, we’ve been positively bustling in the shipping department, sending out hundreds of our kits to stores and people all over the country.  We love thinking of how many kids will be unwrapping one of our kits this season.

Artterro Handmade Paper Christmas Trees

If, like us, you’re not quite done with your holiday shopping, hopefully this selection of unique and green gift guides and online stores will be helpful!  Most of these focus on meaningful and sustainable gifts you can feel good about giving.

Gift Guides

Under $25

Simple Kids makes it easy to find affordable toys, games, arts & crafts, music and handmade gifts for kids.

For the DIY Crafter

The Soap Deli News blog has some wonderful ideas for gifts you can make yourself and kits to inspire DIY ingenuity in others.

Unique Gifts for Kids

Hazelnut Kids‘ round-up of educational, handmade and creative gifts for kids of all ages will surprise you with the sheer number of natural options they have in stock.  They make it easy to find the special, handcrafted gift you need.

Carolina Parent has a very eclectic list of hip, in-demand toys, games and gear for 2012.

Plenty of Options for Tweens

The Good Stuff Guide has a very helpful handful of ideas for those hard-to-shop-for tweens on your list.  There are still plenty of options after they outgrow dolls, cars and legos.

USA Love List: more great ideas for tweens, and every item is made in the USA!

Local Guides With Inspired Suggestions

Radish Magazine of Minnesota focused on gifts that give back, so you can support cancer research at the Mayo Clinic or work-training programs for people with special needs at Goodwill Industries.  Their finds come from local stores but include links to buy online.

Our local Madison Willy Street Co-op always picks fun, functional gifts with a wonderful story behind them.  Your own local food co-op might also be a great resource for eco-friendly options from small companies and fair trade producers.

Wonderful Web Stores

Artterro of course!

EcoMom

Hazelnut Kids

Abe’s Market

Fat Brain Toys

Moolka

Cow & Lizard

Paper, Scissors, Stone

Bumblebee Toys

Lavish & Lime (CA)

EkoBear (CA)

Retailer Spotlight: Fair Indigo

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

In a recent post we shared a few of the new retail partners we met at the NY Gift Fair.  Today we’d like to introduce you to one that feels like an especially natural partnership for Artterro.  Fair Indigo is an online retailer with a wealth of beautiful, eco-friendly/ fair trade/ US-made and all-around fabulous clothing and gifts.  Their offices are just a few miles away from ours, and like Artterro, they are leading their industry by example, proving that sustainable values are an asset, not a liability.

You’ll find three of our kits in their Gifts for Kids and Made in the USA sections, and we’re thrilled to be in such great company.  There’s a common misconception that nothing is made in the US anymore.

If you click on the image above, you’ll see some wonderfully unique, US-made goods, from scarves and blankets to toys and garden kits.  So take a look around, and keep Fair Indigo in mind for your future clothing and gifts needs!

Announcing the Green Kids Holiday Party!

Friday, November 4th, 2011

UPDATE! Party date has been changed to Wednesday Nov. 16th.

Are you already stressed about shopping for the holidays this year?  Never fear, sustainable small businesses are here!

Artterro has partnered with several other unique, green and all around great companies to bring you the Green Kids Holiday Party!  Just head over to our Facebook page and RSVP to attend on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 11-4pm CST.  Once you’re there, join in the conversation–your comments count as official entries.  We’ll be giving you lots of details on the prizes throughout the next week, below are just a few, so check back frequently!

1 Grand Prize:
Package worth over $300 of gifts from our participating companies

How to Enter:

1. RSVP to attend the Green Kids Holiday Party

2. Get to know all the participating companies via their websites and Facebook pages. “Likes” are highly encouraged, but not required.

3. Starting at 11:00 AM CST on Wednesday, Nov. 16, come over to the event page to join the party! We’ll be sharing ideas and inspiration for making your holiday season green, affordable and memorable, and we’d love to hear your ideas too! Each comment counts as an official entry, so let us know what you think!

4. Winners will be randomly drawn at 5:00 p.m. on the 16th and announced on the event page.

Rules:
Open to Continental U.S. residents 18 and older. Comment on event page on Nov. 16 from 11-4pm CST is the official entry


GRAND PRIZE INCLUDES:

Artterro:: www.artterro.com
www.facebook.com/artterro

With our line of 12 eco art kits, Artterro brings art into people’s lives by offering inspiring materials, operating a sustainable business and providing friends and families a fun and worthwhile experience to share.

Art Dolls Kit: Craft 4 fun dolls to design, dress and treasure! Art Journal Kit: (choose 2 colors) Learn fun doodling, drawing and collage techniques with inspiring materials.Wire & Bead Kit: Twist & bend amazing sculptures! Shape colorful wire & adorn with beads.

Celebrate Green:: http://www.celebrategreen.net/
www.facebook.com/celebrategreen

We’re a mother-daughter team, Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson who write, speak and spread the word that eco-friendly holidays and celebrations are easy, fun and affordable.

Celebrate Green!: Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family" Providing practical, fun ways to introduce eco-friendly ideas into celebrations throughout the year, this handbook gives families the means to launch green entertaining.

Glob:: http://globiton.com/
https://www.facebook.com/globpaints
Makers of natural non-toxic paints with vegetable, fruit, and flower pigments.  From the garden to the studio, GLOB paints naturally inspire.
Paint pigments come in packets in the jars. Fill jar with water and the desired amount of paint pigment. Blends and thickens as you shake. It’s that easy!
Each jar makes 2-4 oz of paint. A little goes a long way!
BOX OF 4 COLORS, 2 OZ JARS:
4 VIBRANT BOTANICAL COLORS: Lemon Verbena, Blueberry,
Pomegranate, Basil
GLOB arts and crafts products are sourced from natural, recyclable and biodegradable materials.
GLOB specializes in botanically crafted paints made from fruits, vegetables, flowers and spices with natural ingredients and organic extracts.
Six sustainable bamboo brushes.
2 flat (6.5″), 2 fine tip (6.5″) and 2 small stubby brushes (4.5″) with an aluminum ferrule and cruelty-free bristles. The soft brushes are great for arts, crafts, and cosmetic use.
Handmade seed papers made from 100% natural, biodegradable & recycled fibers, seeds & plant material. Printed with vegetable and soy inks.

Kidzaw: http://kidzaw.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kidzaw/160167827376266

Kidzaw’s Master Kitz product line is a fun and engaging way to expose children to the great master painters and art history.

Master Kitz for Van Gogh's Starry Night and Klimt's The Tree of Life include all the tools your child needs to create their own masterpiece along with learning materials to deepen their understanding of the Impressionism movement and mosaics. Prize package includes 2 of each kit.

Mama K’s Play Clay:: http://mama-ks.com/
www.facebook.com/MamaKs

A wholesome, all-natural addition to play time, Mama K’s Play Clay is a kid-safe clay with subtle aromatherapy oils to soothe the mind.

The complete set of 7 aromatic play clays, plus a maple roller and 3 cutters.

Peeps Eyewear:: www.peepseyewear.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Peeps-Eyewear/129044560444242

Peeps Eyewear is on a mission to help provide an empowering first glasses experience for children who GET to wear glasses and increase awareness of the importance of early childhood vision health.
The Princess Peeps package is equipped with the book, “Princesses Wear Glasses,” and a fun, age appropriate princess dress-up cloak and crown.

YumButter: www.yumbutter.com
www.facebook.com/yumbutter

Yumbutter is a delicious and utterly unique line of peanut butters that was created out of one man’s passion for “nutrition, responsible business, and helping others.”

Five 1 lb. jars of Yumbutter, including Asian Jazz, Cranberry & Coconutty, Dark Chocolate Delishe, On the Rocks and Straight Up...yum!

Zoe B Organics:: www.zoeborganic.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Zoë-b-Organic/129197130464852

Zoë b Organic is all about BPA-free, sustainable, organic products for babies and kids.

Keep baby happily asleep in the stroller, in the car, or on the plane - thanks to the unique, fold-down mask that blocks out light. Designed with safety in mind...this hat is breathable, super soft, 100% organic cotton

The world's only dishwasher-safe dishes made from corn. •No BPA or phthalates •Made from corn, not petroleum •Made in USA Set include 1 bowl, 1 plate and 1 tumbler.

• Made with 100% natural rubber from the tree Hevea Brasiliensis. • No BPA, PVC, phthalates, chemical softeners, or artificial coloring. • Uniquely hygienic, one-piece design, with no joints or cracks where dirt and bacteria can accumulate. • Made in Italy—by a family business manufacturing rubber baby products for 3 generations (see video). •Allergen-free. (The protein that on rare occasions can provoke a latex allergy is completely eliminated during production.) • Larger shield touches the nose, comforting baby and more closely simulating breastfeeding. • Softer than silicone—unlike conventional pacifiers, won’t leave marks on baby’s face. • Conforms to pacifier-safety requirements as determined by European standard EN 1400 and CPSIA.

Natursutten teething rings are filled with purified sterilized water, free of any chemicals. The rings themselves are made from EVAtane (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate), a material also used for medical products, free of BPA-A, phthalates and any chemical softeners. This product bears the EN 71 EU European standard, an EU norm concerned with safety in child use and care articles and conforms to CPSIA. Made in Germany.

And much more from the companies listed below!
The Amazing Participating Businesses:

The grand prize worth over $500 will include items from all of these companies!

Artterro: www.artterro.com
www.facebook.com/artterro

With our line of 12 eco art kits, Artterro brings art into people’s lives by offering inspiring materials, operating a sustainable business and providing friends and families a fun and worthwhile experience to share.

Celebrate Green: http://www.celebrategreen.net/
www.facebook.com/celebrategreen

We’re a mother-daughter team, Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson who write, speak and spread the word that eco-friendly holidays and celebrations are easy, fun and affordable.

Glob: http://globiton.com/
https://www.facebook.com/globpaints

Makers of natural non-toxic paints with vegetable, fruit, and flower pigments.  From the garden to the studio, GLOB paints naturally inspire.

Kidzaw: http://kidzaw.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kidzaw/160167827376266

Kidzaw’s Master Kitz product line is a fun and engaging way to expose children to the great master painters and art history.

LuSa Organics: www.lusaorganics.com/
www.facebook.com/pages/LuSa-Organics/57253869608

Handmade, organic, damn fine body care – joyfully made in Viroqua, Wisconsin.

Mama K’s Play Clay: http://mama-ks.com/
www.facebook.com/MamaKs

A wholesome, all-natural addition to play time, Mama K’s Play Clay is a kid-safe clay with subtle aromatherapy oils to soothe the mind.

O’Bon: www.myobon.com/
www.facebook.com/obonusa

A collection of beautiful, eco-friendly art and stationery products such as pencils, journals and erasers.

Peeps Eyewear: www.peepseyewear.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Peeps-Eyewear/129044560444242

Peeps Eyewear is on a mission to help provide an empowering first glasses experience for children who GET to wear glasses and increase awareness of the importance of early childhood vision health.

Scrap Kins: www.thescrapkins.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ScrapKins

The Scrap Kins is an NYC-based Creativity program for kids based on the adventures of a group of monsters that live in a recycling center and build their world out of the things we throw away.

Yumbutter: http://www.yumbutter.com/
https://www.facebook.com/yumbutter

Delicious and unique nut butters, with flavors like Asian Jazz and Dark Chocolate Delishe.  For ever jar purchased, a serving of Yumbutter is sent to kids in need.

Zoe B Organics: www.zoeborganic.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Zoë-b-Organic/129197130464852

Zoë b Organic is all about BPA-free, sustainable, organic products for babies and kids.