Give the Gift of Discovery



Inspire growth through sustainable gifts that encourage active learning and creativity! Rather than gifting the hottest new gadget or plastic toy, look for gifts that will not only be fun, but will have a long-term effect on a child’s memory and growth!

In this gift guide, we’ve rounded up our top picks, sure to spark your child’s imagination and curiosity!





A garden, a fish tank and a huge learning opportunity, the Water Garden 2.0 is the ideal gift! Perfect to educate little ones about closed-loop ecosystems, this kit is easy to use and in as little as 10 days you can be enjoying microgreens and fresh herbs.

The set includes a coupon for a betta fish, a 3-gallon tank, 3 months worth of seeds and everything else needed to get started growing, caring and enjoying.

Easy to operate, the fish waste fertilizes the plants and the plants clean the water (meaning fewer water changes required).  It’s a great way to help explain how we’re all interconnected!

Ready to learn more? Download the free online curriculum to learn all about the science behind aquaponics.


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Water Garden 2.0




We’ve all seen bird nests, but have you ever wanted to peek inside without disturbing the inhabitants? With this window nest box, that easily adheres right onto your window pane, you can get an inside look!

Your entire family will enjoy observing the natural habitats of your new avian pals. Get excited waiting for eggs to hatch, watch as the baby birds emerge and are fed before getting the strength to fly on their own.

The handmade, ethically sourced box provides a comfortable home for birds, and an exciting behind-the-scenes look into the fascinating life of these feathered friends.



Window Nest Box




Let your child explore engineering and planning while enjoying car and train sets with these beautiful hexagon-shaped building tracks. Since they are not linear, your children’s creativity is not limited by traditional boring tracks that only go in a circle. With these upclycled tracks, they can build outward in any direction they choose!

Customizable stickers allow them to transform the tracks into an entire landscape for hours of play and learning! Already have a traditional train track set? Not to fret, adapter pieces allow kids to connect these new pieces to old play tracks for even more fun options!

While they may look like plastic, these tracks are actually made from sustainable, upcycled injection molded wood, manufactured in Tennessee. The shape is designed for little hands to easily manipulate, making this the ideal toy for all the little learners on your list!

The Grommet

Tobo Toys Upcycled Play Tracks





Encourage your child to create their own toys! These beautiful animal puppets take on a life of their own, once put together.

Not only will this gift teach them how to sew, but it will be a fun bonding opportunity. Plus your kids will feel pride crafting something with their own two hands! Since all of the materials are ethically sourced, reclaimed wool, you can feel good knowing the hours of fun you’re providing aren’t harming the environment.

Choose from a cat, monkey or giraffe – or get all three and put on your own puppet show!


Recycled Wool Puppet Kit




Enjoy hours of fun building tall structures and watching the marbles fly through! Three dimensional thinking, problem solving, early engineering and physics properties will be learned while kids craft their own “marble-run metropolis.”

Each set consists of hand-crafted, carbonized tracks, sustainable wood powder super spirals and bamboo cylinders that can be arranged into an infinite number of marble run courses! This is one toy they’ll enjoy playing with over and over again.  Appropriate for children ages 4 and up.

Fat Brain Toys

Bamboo Builder Marble Run 





Invoke your child’s wonder with a Mushroom Farm kit and grow delicious oyster mushrooms perfect for topping pizzas, mixing into salads, sprinkling on tacos or giving soup a little more flavor! Right before their eyes, kids will experience the delight of watching the first mushroom “pin” and expand into a cluster of home-grown organic treats!

Just add water and in as little as ten days, you’ll have an entire crop of delicious mushrooms! Plus each box can produce up to two crops for twice the fun!

Picky eaters are always more excited to taste veggies they grew themselves, expanding their palates. Allow the pride of growing something lead to including mushrooms into your mealtime arsenal!


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Organic Mushroom Farm






Excited to gift the joy of growing, but can’t choose? Try the Family Farmhouse Gift Set and you don’t have too!

With the Family Farmhouse Gift Set, which includes an Organic Tomato Self-Watering Planter, 4 Garden-in-a-can cans and an Organic Mushroom Farm, teaching children about farming is easy.

Let them get their hands dirty and watch how different plants grow. After all, understanding where food comes from is key to developing life long healthy habits.







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The Family Farmhouse Gift Set

$99.99 $84.99



Are you giving your kids the gift of learning this year? We’d love to see their crops and creations! Feel free to tag us @backtotheroots!


– Jan S.




Images Referenced from:

Eartheasy| The Grommet| Fat Brain Toys 

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Gifts that Keep on Giving



The Holiday Season is upon us, which means cooler weather, hot drinks and the daunting task of finding the perfect gift! While there’s no shortage of items to choose from at your local mall, all perfectly packaged and ready to be nestled under the tree, this year, adopt the true meaning of the holidays with presents that give back.

Just as it’s important to know about the food we put in our bodies, we should also be aware of how the products we buy are made and if those companies we support are making a positive impact to create a more sustainable culture. Through conscious consumption we can support ethical products and practices and make a difference!


 From saving our natural resources to giving back to children in need, there are countless ways to show you care with quality gifts that will bring smiles to all.

We at Back to the Roots have rounded up our favorite holiday gifts that are not only perfect for your friends and family, but ones you can feel good about giving. In fact they’re so great, we won’t blame you for ordering an extra one for yourself!



For the Healthful Kitchen Connoisseur



Our Garden-In-A-Can herb set is the perfect gift for the friend or family member who’s always cooking up a storm! Your loved ones will feel pride and excitement as each can begins to sprout.

With a wealth of vitamins K, C, B-6, manganese and iron to name a few, these cans act as a growing pharmacy.

Herbs are able to help support strong bones, stabilize blood sugar and boost your immune system, among many other great benefits.

However, the best part of having fresh herbs always on hand is how great they taste! These flavorful plants amp up soups, stews and sauces, taste great in salads and enhance just about everything! It’s so easy; just pop open the top, water and leave these cans on your windowsill for a bevy of flavor ready at your disposal.

Plus for every Ready to Grow product grown and posted on social media, Back to the Roots donates a kit & educational curriculum to an elementary school classroom of your choosing. Committing to foster a future of conscious learners and knowledgable consumers with each can grown to help shift the world towards a more sustainable future!


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Garden-in-a-Can Herb Set (4-pack)






For the Friend Who Loves
to Cozy Up Next to the Fireplace


Keep their tootsies nice and toasty in a beautifully crafted pair of slippers by TOMS. Known for their bandage style shoes and commitment to donate a new pair of shoes to a child in need with every purchase, TOMS is a brand they’ll be happy to show off.

For her, check out the Drizzle Grey Wool Tassel Women’s Ivy Slippers. With a faux shearling lining, wool upper and rubber outsoles for traction, these comfy slippers can be worn both inside and outdoors.

The Grey Slub Textile Men’s Berkeley Slippers will be a big hit for the man of the house on a cold winter night. Just like the women’s slippers, these are also vegan with faux shearling lining and rubber outsoles for walking around the kitchen or taking a quick trip to the store.

Plus with TOMS’ “One for One” program, just like their regular shoes, every pair purchased will directly result in a new pair of shoes donated.


Men’s Berkeley Slippers & Women’s Ivy Slippers






For the Fancy Tea Fanatic

Housed in a bamboo box, these beautiful glass tea pots transform basic tea into a work of art! Organic tea leaves are hand-sewn around flowers which blossom as they steep in hot water revealing a simply stunning beverage.

Your friends and family will enjoy watching these beautiful flowers bloom while sipping the exquisite flavors of these smooth, rich teas. While they’re Instagramming their new favorite gift, they’ll feel good knowing each box of tea is made from high quality organic ingredients and eco- responsible packaging with an aim to offset carbon emissions. The box itself is sourced from China to help support predominantly female local artisans and their families.

Additionally, each purchase helps support the Numi Foundation, Communitea, Together for H2OPE and other charitable organizations to help give back to the community and provide clean, safe drinking water.

Social media likes, beautifully delicious teas and helping provide safe drinking water?  Sounds like a holiday hit to us!


Numi Organic Tea

Flowering Tea™ Set in Bamboo






For the Outdoor Adventurer

The Luzon, a lightweight, repurposed ripstop nylon pack by Cotopaxi is ideal for hikes, camping and backpacking. With light mesh backpack straps and an internal hydration sleeve, it’s easy to take along on every adventure.

This Utah-based outdoor outfitter prioritizes both the innovation of products and experiences while funding sustainable solutions for poverty-stricken communities. Through grant programs in the fields of health, education and livelihood initiatives, Cotopaxi has established itself as both a sustainable clothing company and a philanthropic organization.

The perfect gift for all the hikers, bikers and explorers on your list!




Luzon 18L Daypack





For the Wellness Lover that Spends
Their Entire Paycheck on Bottled Kombucha


Kombucha, a bubbly, fermented drink offering a probiotic punch, contains vinegar, B-vitamins, enzymes and a high concentration of acid to create an “addictive” supplement to one’s health regime. These days, various brands of Kombucha can be found everywhere, from health food stores to even gas stations. However, the act of producing and bottling a beverage comes with a serious carbon footprint, while encouraging a culture of wasteful consumption, particularly if the bottle is plastic.

Rather than consuming Kombucha created on a corporate level, start brewing your own! Customizing flavors and the carbonation of the beverage allows for full creative control for a drink that’s completely unique with Uncommon Good’s Brew Your Own Kombucha Kit.

When making a purchase through Uncommon Goods, $1 is donated to the Better to Give partner of your choice. Uncommon Goods has donated thousands of dollars to their partners. To learn more about these organizations and pick which one you’d like to donate to, check out their Better to Give page.


Uncommon Goods

Brew Your Own Kombucha Kit






For Nurturing Curiosity In Children of All Ages

A Back to the Roots staple, the Organic Mushroom Farm produces delicious mushrooms your children (or inner child) will be excited to harvest.

From the pride that stirs when the very first mushroom pins to the joy of waking up to see the box filled with mushrooms, it’s easy to see why growing them is almost more fun then eating them!

Just soak overnight and follow the simple watering instructions to be gifted an abundant explosion of healthy and nutritious oyster mushrooms your child will be excited to devour!

Oyster mushrooms offer fantastic nutritional and culinary advantages including high levels of zinc, iron, potassium, and vitamins as well as antioxidant properties. They taste delicious and the fact that picky eaters are more likely to try something they’ve grown themselves- well that’s just a bonus!

It only takes 10 days to grow a full batch of organic pearl oyster mushrooms and with the Back to the Roots downloadable curriculum detailing the science of mushroom farming, both young and old are bound to enjoy learning about the growing process.

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Organic Mushroom Farm

$19.99 $14.99




For the Friend Always on the Move

Lifestraw offers safe, EPA-approved technology for quick and accessible water filtration, regardless of the quality of water available. Used by both outdoor enthusiasts and humanitarian organizations alike, this portable, yet powerful tool allows for the comfort of safe drinking water anywhere.

While the Lifestraw Play was designed for kids, this sturdy and leakproof bottle is great for anyone. With it’s 2-stage filtration process, the bottle removes waterborne bacteria and protozoa up to 1,000 gallons. It also improves taste, reduces chlorine and organic chemical matter making it terrific for travelers, backpackers and runners to ensure they always have clean water, no matter where they go.

For each Lifestraw purchased, a school child in a developing community receives safe drinking water for an entire school year. Lifestraw plays a vital role in distributing their products amid natural disasters and is committed to ensuring accessibility of clean water for all.


Lifestraw Play





Planning to gift any of these items to your friends and family?  Or a gift from another incredible company giving back?  Let us know in the comments!



-Jan S.



Images Provided by:

Numi Organic Tea |  TOMS | Uncommon Goods | Cotopaxi | Lifestraw

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