Guest Guru: Julie Seguss of Inhabitots

August 5, 2011    |    By +
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Julie Seguss has been covering toys and kids products for the last nine years, and was even a former Gift Guru. Currently, Julie is the managing editor of Inhabitots, a parenting blog that focuses on green design for kids and babies. She is also a former Parents magazine editor and the interim Pregnancy and Birth Editor at You can find her articles in Parents, Kiwi, Weight Watchers, and Serendipity Greenwich, and online at, and numerous other magazines, websites and blogs.

It just so happens that Inhabitots is celebrating its third birthday today. Happy Birthday Inhabitots! So in the spirit of birthday’s Julie has selected her favorite green birthday gifts for kids ages one, two, and three.


First Birthday Green Gifts

First birthdays are arguably just as big of a celebration for the parents as for the kids, but the gifts are all about your toddler! Now that his dexterity and hand eye coordination is improving, it’s the perfect occasion to give a first set of building blocks.

We love Green Toys 18-piece Block Set which is made from recycled plastic milk jugs. Also made from the same material, Green Toys Flatbed Truck & Race Car will satisfy any already car-obsessed tots, and again be great for your toddler to roll along as he scoots around.

Finally, a toy that is near and dear to Inhabitots’ hearts is the Plan Toys Alligator Pull Toy and the perfect toy for tots that are working on their crawling skills or just learning to walk. We promise your little guy will love pulling this gator all around the room.

Best Green Birthday Gifts for 2-year-olds

For eco-friendly second birthdays, we like Green Start Book Towers Little Learning Books. You can gift a set of six chubby little recycled books for roughly $10 making them a smart pick if you’re attending another tot’s birthday party.

At this age, toddlers will also love receiving a new plush friend to take here, there, and everywhere like the cuter than cute hand-knitted panda from Blabla. If you’re willing to splurge, we love Wishbone’s Flip Rocker and Ride On.

Perfect for 2-year-olds that are feeling more sure on their feet, this well-designed modern toy is really like two toys in one. It’s easy to transform in seconds from a foot-to-floor ride-on to an easy-does-it rocker and back again.

Best Green Birthday Gifts for 3-year-olds

When kids turn three and get past the ‘ol choking hazard issue it opens a whole new world of toys. Encourage creativity with a set of Eco-Dough. Even if your kid still likes to shove toys, or in this case sculpting dough, in her mouth, you can rest assured it’s made with non-toxic, all-natural ingredients including dyes from fruits and veggies like blueberries, beets and spinach.

We discovered our next recommendation for 3-year-olds, Topozoo, even before it hit stores and have been in love with the creative building toys ever since. The puzzle-like dinos are made from recycled, formaldehyde-free MDF and can be reconfigured in more than 1200 ways.

Looking for a big gift that your kid will play with for years to come? Wrap up a set of Tegu magnetic building blocks. The hidden magnets inside these eco-friendly wooden blocks take building to a whole new level.

Visit for more green birthday gift ideas and tips for throwing green birthday parties.

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Kathryn D.W.
Kathryn Drury Wagner is the senior manager of content at She was formerly the executive editor at Honolulu Magazine, and is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Shopping on Oahu. Her career has included staff positions at Country Living Gardener and Power & Motoryacht. Her latest book is "Hawaii's Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever!"

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Gwen is the Editorial Curator at In addition to writing blogs, she creates gift guides, curates the site, and produces content for our social media channels. As a freelance writer, she created blogs on fashion, art, travel, health and lifestyle. A talented jewelry designer, she's also a yogi and a hospital volunteer with her therapy dog, Lilo, a Pomeranian.