This post is a part of our new Grow with Gugu series by Monica Banks, founder of Gugu Guru – the ultimate baby product discovery site for style-savvy moms.
With the holidays upon us, gift giving is definitely top of mind. Regardless of what holiday you celebrate, it’s really easy for parents and caregivers to get swept up in the latest fads especially when it comes to shopping for toddler gifts. This season, the team at Gugu Guru is recommending skipping the fads in favor of more thoughtful gifting choices that give back.
Here are some stand-outs for toddler gifts that are tied to a charitable cause and/or are mission-driven:
Perfect for kiddos who play outside or who are jet-setters in the making, Bitty Brah are fashionable, durable snapback hats that withstand the most spirited of toddlers. For the charitable component, Bitty Brah participates in the JetCares Program. JetCares has partnered with Cuties baby diapers to provide readily available diapers at highly affordable prices to nonprofit organizations.
Cuddle + Kind is known for their Instagram-favorite adorable stuffed animals, dolls and prints. Each of their dolls are ethically produced by artisans in Peru from premium natural cotton. All the dyes are non-toxic, making them a perfect soft toy for toddlers. The best part about Cuddle + Kind is that they were founded with a purpose – to eradicate child hunger. For every purchase of a doll, they will donate 10 meals to children in need.
At Gugu Guru, we love the Sevenly site in general because you can browse products by cause. So whether it’s stopping human trafficking or providing hurricane relief, you can support a mission that you are passionate about through shopping the site. For toddlers, we love this 143 Red Football T-Shirt Onesie. Inspired by the legacy of Mister Rogers, these shirts are part of Sevenly’s new Radical Kindness Collection where 100% of proceeds outfit 143 Neighborhood Kindness Ambassadors for free, and provide grants for some of their neighborhood projects.
If you have an active toddler that loves to be outdoors no matter what the weather, who needs toys when you can have rain boots? Whether to splash in the puddles or walk in the rain, ROMA rain boots are definitely a favorite of Gugu Guru. ROMA Boots merges fashion with philanthropy. For every pair of ROMA Boots sold, a brand new pair of rain boots are donated to a child living in poverty.