Handmade and DIY Gifts for the Nature-Loving Child

by | Nov 8, 2020 | Featured, Wild Activities

StThe last leaf is falling from our beloved Grandmother Maple, and we’re starting to throw an extra log on the fire. I love the internal warmth we all stoke as a family and a community this time of year. One way of sharing that light is to find or make that perfect gift. Below is my curated collection of handmade and DIY gifts for those nature-loving kids (and a few for the adults) in your life.

Some of the gifts below contain affiliate links, but I have only included my favorite finds I’ve collected throughout the year. This year has been challenging for so many, but it also has been empowering. The Black Lives Matter movement to build a more inclusive, safe and equitable society is a cause that I stand behind, one that will always be a part of Wilder Child’s mission.

Start by supporting those BPIOC-owned shops: 

Black-Owned Etsy Shops 

50 Black-Owned Kids Shops

20+ Native American-Owned Businesses To Shop

1. FOR YOUR MAGNIFICENT MOON GAZER

Wilder Child Kids Moon Club Membership The Kids Moon Club is opening soon (it only opens once a year!). Gift this unique journey HERE.

 Moon and Stars Wooden Balance Game via Maple Nut Scroll Saw
– Moon Phases Tee via The Pine Torch
Bear Fox and Squirrel With Telescope via Kim Ferreira Marino

DIY Make your own moon lamp 

BOOKSSky Gazing: A Guide to the Moon, Sun, Planets, Starts, Eclipses, and Constellations by Meg Thatcher Seeing Starts A Guide to 88 Constellations

2. FOR YOUR ORGANIC ARTIST

Nature Art Gift Guide

Needle felted bee via Grey Fox Felting
EcoKids Busy Box via Little Wonder and Co
– Nature Stampers  via At Home With Beanie
Watercolor Art Kit via Wildflower Art Studio

DIY – 40 Homemade Art Materials for Kids – Nature Play Club via Mother Natured

BOOKS – The Organic Artist for Kids Hello Nature: Draw, Color, Make, Grow

3. FOR YOUR EMERGING NATURALIST 

Naturalist Gift Guide
–  Personalized Magnifying Glass via Tree Fort Toys
– Nature Patches
via Smiling Snake
Pine Cone Earrings via Flower Inspired
Curiosity Collection via Biophilia Supply Shop

DIY How to Nurture Your Young Budding Naturalist: Books, Tools and Resources DIY Printable Nature Journal via Twig and Moth

BOOKS
Naturalist’s Notebook: An Observation Guide and 5-Year Calendar for Tracking Changes in the Natural World Around You
Small Adventures Journal: A Little Field Guide For Big Discoveries in Nature

 

4. FOR YOUR MAGIC MAKER 

Magic Gift Guide for Kids
– The Kindness Elves via The Kindness Elves Co
Elfin Gnome Pattern via the Gnome Maker
Olive Hobbit-Inspired Cape via Stitches of Mirth
Natural Wands by Dew Drop Garden Sprite

BOOKS

DIY – DIY Fairy or Wizard Potion Kit

5. FOR YOUR FLEDGLING FORAGER

Foraging gifts kids

Foraging Pockets via Creativity Chaos – Mushroom Bag via Morel Mushrooms – Mini Market BasketIntroduction to Herbs for Kids Course via Herbal Academy

BOOKS – Foraging With Kids – Herbal Adventures: Backyard Excursions and Kitchen Creations for Kids and Their Families

DIY – Printable Foraging JournalDIY Mushroom Picker For Chanterelle Foraging

6. FOR YOUR AVID ADVENTURER

gifts for adventuring kids
Stainless Steel Drinking Tumblers by Elk and Steel
– Embroidered Kanken Backpack via After August Co
Time for Another Adventure Print via Ant Design
Shockproof, Waterproof Binoculars via Love it Products Shop
Tshirts, Waterbottles and More via 1000 Hours Outside

BOOKS The Young Adventurers Guide to Almost Everything by Ben Hewitt – Adventure Day by Dineo Dowd

DIY – 10 DIY Adventure PacksMake Your Own Fort Kit by Pie Birds

7. FOR YOUR GAME PLAYER

Nature Game gifts kidsEcologies Card GameKids Outdoor Games Gift Set via Red Oak Adventures
Planet Boardgame – Wingspan

BOOKS I Saw it First, Ocean Edition

DIY – DIY Nature Memory Match Game via Rhythms of Play
DIY Yard Games to Make Right Now! via Little House of Four

8. FOR YOUR GROWING GARDENER


Veggie List Kids Shirt via Nature Play Supply Shop
Custom Kids Garden Sign via The Paper Place and More
Children’s Garden Seed Kit via decker rd seeds
Permaculture Design Elements Game via Dew Permaculture

DIYPrintable Kids Garden Journal 
DIY Felted Garden 

BOOKS
Easy Peasy Gardening With Kids via Kirsten Bradley
Up From the Ground: Connecting Kids to Real Food, a Garden-Based Workbook For Kids

9. FOR YOUR WEE ONES

Gift Guide Nature Young Kids

– Moon and Sun Baby Shoes via ebooba
Kindness Kits via Kind Academy
Cuddle Mushroom
Hand-Stitched Star Babies via Bramble and Green

DIY
Woodland name banner 

BOOKS
Lullaby by Langston Hughes, Illustrated by Sean Qualls

10. FOR YOURSELF!

Adult Nature Gift Guide
Concrete Coasters via Made by Rheal
Ginko Leaf Ring via ARTErnativeShop
Outdoor Activity Mat via House of Noa
Mushroom Hunting Knife
Silk Sleeping Bag Liner via Soundly Sleeping Dragon (this purchase supports the Tan Minh Vietnamese single mothers group) 

 

MORE WONDERFUL GIFT GUIDES! 

Didn’t find anything you liked? Here are some from some fellow bloggers that I love!

75 Non-Toy Gift Ideas for the Outdoorsy Kid via Run Wild My Child

Over 50 Gift Ideas to Enhance Year-Round Play via 1000 Hours Outside

Last Minute Gifts for Nature Loving Kids via Little Pine Learners

Check out my gift guides from previous years:

Handmade Gift Guide 2019

Handmade Gift Guide 2018 

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