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
Puzzles – We LOVE puzzles in our house. Seriously, my kids are probably a little odd in that area, they are doing puzzles well beyond their age level and when they get bored of the lower level ones, they just started doing them upside down. Puzzles are great for any age: large peg puzzles for toddlers, wooden 24 or 48 piece puzzles for kids, and then moving into the classic cardboard puzzles in hundreds or thousands of pieces for the big kids.
Play Food – My kids spend tons of time making food in their kitchen. We love wooden play food from Melissa & Doug, Play Toys, and Hape. This year we added a great wooden mixer (like a kitchen aid) to the cooking stuff and it’s been a big hit!
Pretend Mommy or Daddy Toys – There are so many toys that you can get for kids who love to take care of their dolls. My daughter loves her little baby carrier that is a lot like mine. You can never have too many dolls like these soft dolls by Haba, or a rocking cradle.
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