It's that time of year again! It's time for shopping!!
One of my favorite places to shop is Etsy. There are many interesting hand-made items made by small entrepreneurs on the site. I've gone through and waded through some of them to give you my list of my top 5 green gifts for kids on Etsy. I've focused on environmental education, renewable products, and things to do as a craft or family project.
1. Herb Terrarium Garden Kit. I really love this item. It is a hanging glass herb terrarium garden. It is glass, which could be a hazard to kids who are young or clumsy. But, it would be a nice wintertime window garden project that could provide lots of fun and education. It costs $19.99.
2. Bears, A Coloring Book. This is a hand drawn coloring book for kids featuring bears of the world. The price is $8.50 for the book and includes 8 different bears. It's a little expensive for a coloring book, but it is would be a nice gift for the young child who loves nature. Ships from Canada.
3. Learn to Knit Kit. Knitting has really gained in popularity in recent years. This set contains everything a child needs to learn how to knit. This gift would be good for a child who can learn from a book or who can pick up some of the stitch instructions on you tube. The cost is $25.95. It includes yarn, needles, and a book.
4. Solar USB Kit. I think the sciencey kids will love this as a gift. It is a kit to make a solar USB charger. It comes with everything you need to make a charger for most small USB gadgets like the kindle, phones, and gps systems. It will not charge an iPhone 3gs or the IPad 2. Note: you will need a soldering iron and solder to complete the kit and you will need an altoids tin to hold it. It costs $22.99.
5. Hand made chess set. This is really a premiere item. It's a beautiful hand crafted chess set. It's the most expensive item on the list and costs $349. It's important to note that the according to the seller the pieces are weighted with lead sealed within the wood.