GIFTS FOR LITTLE ANIMAL LOVERS

In need of some gift inspiration? Here are some ideas for all the tiny people in your life who happen to really, really love animals (i.e., all of them). Featuring eco-friendly gifts and books. Organized by age bracket. You're welcome.

For the newborn babe: Rose Doe swaddle by Milkbarn, made with certified organic cotton and featuring the sweetest little deer print! Perfect to wrap up the little one like an adorable, wilderness-loving burrito ($25.00). + Fawn baby rattle from Spearmint Love, hand-knit by fair trade artisans in Peru and made with certified organic cotton and eco-friendly dyes ($28.00). + Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers, with beautiful illustrations of our planet and the animals who live here with us. Named one of NPR's Best Science Books of 2017 ($13.98).

For the infant who loves all the animals: Narwhal quilt by Little Unicorn, made of 100% cotton muslin and totally machine washable. I'm obsessed with this (am I too old for a lovey?). Also FYI, narwhals are really having a moment ($54.00). + Narwhal cotton muslin bib set by Little Unicorn to match, featuring bibs with narwhals, mermaids, and ocean waves! Made of 100% cotton muslin with adjustable snaps ($22.00). + Dream Animals by Emily Winfield Martin, a sweet, lyrical bedtime board book about the animals in dreamland. Plus, it features a narwhal, so it's fitting with the theme ($7.19).

For the wild toddler: Koala hat from Oeuf, because hats with ears are the cutest items of clothing. That's just a fact. Handmade in Peru with 100% baby alpaca wool ($56.00). + Koala mittens from Oeuf to match. Eco-friendly and hypoallergenic ($54.00). + The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris, with gorgeous watercolor illustrations of animals and the natural world. Inspired by the words about nature (e.g., moss, bluebell, clover) that were removed from the Oxford Junior Dictionary. Named one of The Guardian's Best Nature Books of 2017 ($23.33).

For the kiddo who loves to learn: Discovery binoculars from LL Bean, perfect for so many bird-watching, nature-loving adventures! Water-resistant with soft grips ($59.95). + Butterfly jigsaw puzzle by New York Puzzle Company, made in the USA using recycled materials and soy ink ($18.00). Also recommended for puzzle assembly: some delicious hot chocolate. + Animalium: Welcome to the Museum by Jenny Broom and Katie Scott, with stunning, vintage-y pen-and-ink illustrations of the animal kingdom and descriptive text. It's basically a natural history museum in book form ($28.00).

© 2017 by A LADY IN A LAB COAT

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