The Raring2go Alternative Gift Guide

The Raring2go Alternative Gift Guide


cb46f461f8463ee2d9faae5effd93b56.pngThe Raring2go Alternative Gift Guide is aimed at anyone struggling to find that perfect gift. If you're trying to buy for the person who has everything, or looking to avoid plastic toys and unnecessary packaging, take a look at our list of suggestions. Many of the ideas have come from local mums and it would be great to add to the list, so do get in touch with your recommendations. Email the editor on


Top of the list is Goodfayre in the Cross Keys Arcade in Salisbury, who describe themselves as an ethical shop selling fair trade and cruelty free products on a mission to help, not harm the planet and all who live on it. Parents will be particularly interested in their wooden Plan Toys. Not only are they educational, durable and great to look at, you can rest assured that the company who makes them follows a path of environmental and social responsibility.

Recommended Fair Trade/Ethical websites:  - toys, baby equipment, eco products for home and garden - ethical shopping for kids, including organic clothing, eco products, toys, gifts etc - organic, eco and fair trade items for babies through to teenagers and adults - UK and European organic and natural goodies for all ages


A popular gift idea, both to give and receive, is a family day out or annual pass to an activity or attraction. d74920649155de903f539629e9db73d1.jpgClick the €˜Places to Go' tab above, then select Indoor Activities or Outdoor Activities or take a look at specific recommendations from local mums below:

National Trust Membership

A Role Play World Annual Pass

New Forest Activities gift voucher

Waitrose Cookery School Vouchers

Quad biking

Splash of Colour vouchers

Marwell Zoo Experiences and gifts


There are lots of crafty people out there producing unique and ingenious products that are both useful and beautiful. Not everyone has talents in this department though, but one great idea we were given, that anyone can do, is to make a story sack filled with toys relating to a children's book. Even the most reluctant reader will enjoy using the toys to act out the story. Click here for instructions if you need them.

Recommended websites:

Handmade Gifts for Little People


It's always fun receiving something through the post, but a little treat that comes every month is even better. These days you can get all sorts of subscriptions including:

Children's magazines - The Week Junior, Aquila, National Geographic Kids, Whizz Pop Bang! - for books, foodie gifts, socks and more

All Subscription Boxes - a website that rounds up a variety of gift subscriptions

Little Passports - learn about a different country every month. For 3-10 yr olds


It always feels great when you find a gift that someone will like AND it helps a charity in the process. Favourite ideas include:

Julia's House lottery - £1 per week. 23 winners each week. Decide how many weeks to sign up for and gift it to someone. 

RSPB Gift Shop

Save the Children Gift Shop


Sixty Great Gift Ideas for kids that aren't toys

Experience Gifts - the value of memories over stuff

Check our what's on guide for Christmas Fairs

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