The holidays can be a hard time of year if you are crunchy. This is especially true if you have kids. You can walk into any store and you will be bombarded with tons of toys but they will all be plastic, battery operated, beeping toys. Sure these would be the easy gift to get or give, grandparents would love the ease and plethora of choices, but those toys are hardly crunchy and really do not help your little one’s brain develop. (Yes some beeping, battery operated toys can be used to help learn things… I have no problem admitting that video games are not unknown in my house… I’m just saying that all natural toys will broaden your child’s imagination and work a different part of their brain than repeating a flashing light sequence would). Just as a tip, my family makes our wish lists on Amazon so that friends and family can easily locate and buy exactly the item we would like because let’s face it, finding crunchy gifts can be hard to do!
In light of how difficult crunchy gift giving can be, I thought I’d share some crunchier gift ideas that I’ve come across. This crunchy gift guide is focused solely on kids. Now not all these toys are 100% flawless, some may be made in China although with many safety checks, some may be in the cheaper category of wood, etc. There are also some gifts that are pretty pricey and some that are reasonably priced. You can use my list as a starting point but I do still recommend looking into the toys/companies more so that you know if they fully meet your own personal requirements.
Crunchy Gift Guide for Kids
Tegu Magnetic Blocks
– Made from FSC-certified Honduran hardwoods, these magnetic blocks can “click-clacked” together into millions of shapes and objects. Age: 6 months – 15 years
Plan Toys Chalet Dollhouse
– Made up of two natural rubberwood units the house can be rearranged in quite a few ways. Age: 3 years and up
Smart Gear Classic Balance Bike
– Adjustable seat to grow with your child, petal free so that your child can learn the balance and motor skills needed for when they upgrade to a real bike. Made from renewable birch wood with real rubber tires. Formaldehyde free glue, non-toxic paints. Age: 2 years and up
Juratoys Equlibloc Color
– Much like the popular game Jenga, kids build a tower by placing blocks in rows of three. Kids then roll a dice to see which color block they must attempt to remove. Player who makes the tower fall loses the game. Age: 3 years and up
Discovery Kids Cardboard Play Castle
– Made from recycled materials and over 6 feet tall, your kids can color and decorate this great source of imaginary play! Discovery Kids also makes cardboard play houses, trains, and even a cardboard rocket ship! Age: 3 years and up
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