4 local manufacturers to discover for sustainable gifts for children

From artist to fashionista, shop these Philadelphia-area makers for eco-friendly treats.

Shop for sustainable children’s clothing and toys from these four local manufacturers. / Photography by Nell Hoving Dixon

Upgrade your little one’s toy box and closet with durable, eco-friendly and timeless products from these four local manufacturers.

For the budding clothes dryer

Although the eponymous owner began designing adult pieces from the old-school textiles that inspire her, Shop Nicole Rae Styer now holds a capsule collection of dyed and embellished baby and children’s clothing. Check out Styer’s Passyunk storefront for a range of repurposed vintage clothing and cute sports t-shirts.
Nicole Rae Styer Boutique, 1822 Passyunk Avenue East.

For children who appreciate the classics

Go back to basics on Lapp’s Toysa Lancaster family toy store dating back to the 70s. Its extensive collection of durable Baltic Birch wood pieces includes creative learning games for toddlers and preschoolers, as well as furniture and accessories. toys for early elementary kids (oh, and that adorable white rocking horse, too).
Lapp’s Toys, 2220 Horseshoe Road, Lancaster.

For the style designer

Gone are the tattered tulle tutus from your childhood wardrobe. Namita Reddy’s Wynnewood-based clothing brand, samsara sari (named after the Sanskrit term meaning “cycle of rebirth”), upcycles vintage sarees straight from their former owners into one-of-a-kind skirts so pretty you’ll wish they were available in adult sizes.
$76 each at samsarasari.com.

For the future muralist

From a huge new studio in the Italian market, Margaux DelCollo and the team of Twee prove to be eco-friendly reimaginings of childhood classics. Their handmade sidewalk chalks — which use natural minerals like gypsum and contain mica in place of microplastic flakes — come in shapes like sushi, succulents, and doughnuts.
From $12 at tweedmade.com.

Published as “Forever Young” in the May 2022 issue of philadelphia cream magazine.

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