Whether it’s a pair of toddler shoes or the perfect buggy, the retail therapy buzz definitely goes to a new level when you’re buying for your little one. And it’s even more heart-warming – not to mention important – when you can also give something to a worthy cause. See whether these charity conscious buys appeal. Happy shopping!
Joolz for the rainforest
The best part when you buy one of Joolz’ chic Day prams? A tree is planted near a rainforest in Colombia, contributing to CO2 reduction and sustainable development for the local community. You can also track your tree as it grows.
aden + anais for RED
The brand’s range of printed muslins and bibs is perfect for parents looking for neutral baby buys – plus, 10 per cent of the price goes to the Global Fund to fight AIDS and the passing of it from mum to baby.
H&M for UNICEF, available 30 October
Kids looking for an alternative to witches and cats this Halloween will love the new All For Children collection by H&M. Think owl ponchos, lizard babygros and sweaters with glow-in-the-dark bat wings. Not to mention 25 per cent of the price going to a UNICEF education initiative.
Project Jelly for Mencap
OK, so we know the sun is on its way out, but if you’ve got a break planned, kit your kids out in these JuJu sea-to-sand jelly shoes – they help raise funds for learning disability charity Mencap.
TOMS for a child in need
For every pair of TOMS shoes you buy, another is given to a disadvantaged child. And with boots, pumps and even Mary Janes to choose from, it couldn’t be easier to find a style your little one likes.
Holly and Beau for Rainbow Trust
You’ll actually want it to rain with Holly and Beau’s umbrellas – they change colour when wet. We. Know. And with each brollie or pair of swim shorts sold, a donation is made to Rainbow Trust, a charity supporting families who have a child with a terminal or life threatening illness.
Hippychick for Bumblebee Conservation Trust
Animal fans, choose a bumble-themed ride-along for your toddler. Hippychick’s Bee Wheelybug can move in any direction, and each one bought raises funds to protect bees from extinction.
Milkysnugz for Bliss
This double duty bottle holder acts as a comforter for your baby while also keeping the bottle contents at the same temperature for longer. Now, half of all sales from the Benji the Bliss Bear design go to the charity supporting premature babies and their families.
Frugi for The Woodland Trust
The kids’ label is part of a project that gives a portion of all sales to charity – Frugi in particular supports groups including Woodland Trust and The Wildlife Trust. It also runs regular sales to support an orphanage in India.
Kit for Kids for The Lullaby Trust
Whenever you buy one of Kit for Kids’ new Ellergenics anti-allergen cot mattresses, £2 goes to The Lullaby Trust, a charity providing support and research into Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
BEAR fruit Paws, 55p, supermarkets
For each pack of BEAR's fruit Paws you buy, a donation is made to WWF, which works to protect endangered animals around the world. What better reason to snack?
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