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We are so happy to bring this Gift Guide for kids to you this year.  We have hand selected only the finest products made from conscious companies with the highest standards in toy safety.  All of these products are eco-friendly, non-toxic, green, or a safe alternative to other similar products readily available at big box stores.

We were looking for toys and games that enliven our children’s imaginations, that bring about a feeling of magical play, AND that are healthy!  Santa would be proud to deliver ANY of these gifts and all gifts fit in Santa’s budget too. All gifts are under $100, and we even have a great coupon code from Maukilo too!  Enjoy!

We hope this list help Grandparents, Aunties, Uncles and ALL caregivers in finding those perfect gifts EVERYONE loves to see under the tree this year.  Thanks for sharing our Gift Guide with all those you love and cherish!

Gifts for Children (Age 0 – 3)

Earthworm by Imagiplay

imagiplayearthworm Why We Love It:
The beautiful rounded shapes and bright red are all things our babies love.  And who can resist such a sweet, smiling earthworm?

Why It’s a Safe Alternative:
Made from plantation-grown rubberwood, an environmentally-friendly hardwood. Hand crafted and hand painted with lead free paint by imagiPLAY.

ImagiPLAY uses minimal carbon footprint practices and manufacture in Asia with fair trade.

Cost

$12.99

Available At:

Amazon.com

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Organic Lamb Towel Doll by Kathe Kruse

greenflorallambtoweldoll Why We Love It:
This super soft and adorable ‘doudou’ (that’s how they call it in France) is the perfect companion for every baby. The cloth absorbs mommy’s smell, so it’s even more comforting, especially when at grandma’s house or daycare. The colorful little fabric pieces make it interesting for the little ones to play with and chew on. The perfect first cuddle toy for every baby!

Why It’s a Safe Alternative:
This towel doll is made in Germany of Organic Cotton And Organic Wool, so completely safe for baby to lie and chew on and fire retardant free.

Cost
$26.60

Available At:
Amazon.com

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Cat Toothbrush and Timer by Hess

kitty brush by hess Why We Love It:

Start good brushing habits early! This cute kitty will make teeth brushing fun. Each turn is one minute, so no more cheating with brushing time. A wonderful addition to every kids bathroom.

Why It’s a Safe Alternative:

Made in Germany by family owned company of sustainable beech wood, handcrafted with non-toxic, saliva resistant paint and glue.

Cost
$15.99

Available At:
KangorooBoo.com

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Animal Hand Puppets by Cate & Levi

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Why We Love It:
These soft eco-friendly hand puppets have character!  Each puppet is made from all natural & reclaimed materials and are HANDMADE In Canada!  10% of their sales go to organizations to help children!

Why It’s a Safe Alternative:

Handmade in Canada from reclaimed wool.  No flame retardant chemicals or  pvc plastic filling either!

Cost
$35.00

Available At:
Cate & Levi

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Wooden Activity Walker by EverEarth

woodenactivitywalker Why We Love It:
Finally a super fun wooden walker, a safe alternative to all the plastic ones with annoying sounds.Activities include: Bead Maze, Xylophone with stick, 4 pc. Interchangeable Animal Puzzle, Peg Maze rolling flower gear tumblers, 3 pc. Shape Sorter, Spinning Block and Mesh Netting Storage area in back.

Why It’s a Safe Alternative:
This eco-friendly activity walker by EverEarth is made with wood from renewable forests,  recycled rubber wood and non-toxic water based paints.

Cost
$44.99

Available At:
Amazon.com

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Wooden Bug Blocks

woodenbugblocks Why We Love It:
Bugs don’t have to be scary! These fun and colorful Bugs alphabet blocks include 28 multi-color insects (Bugs), two complete uppercase alphabets, two complete lowercase alphabets, numbers one through ten & more. These blocks grow with your child and will be played often!

Why It’s a Safe Alternative:
These eco-friendly wooden blocks are handcrafted from basswood in the US with non-toxic inks.

Cost
$37.99

Available At:
Amazon.com

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Ergo Baby Doll Carrier

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Why We Love It:
We are HUGE fans of babywearing, and this product is just the sweetest! Any child who loves their baby dolls will surely be in heaven with Ergo Baby’s doll carrier.

Why It’s a Safe Alternative:
Made with 100% cotton batting and is machine washable and dryable. ERGObaby is made in China with fair trade practices.

Cost
$25.00

Available At:
ErgoBaby.com

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Gifts for Children (Age 3 and up)

Purzelbande by Haba

Purzelbande by Haba Why We Love It:
What a cute version of a kids bowling game this is and it is fun for the whole family!  This toy can be used indoors, or outdoors too.

Why It’s a Safe Alternative:
Balls are made from 100% rubber.  All stains Haba uses are solvent-free, water-based stains and “bowling pins” are made from solid natural beechwood.  Made in Germany.

Cost
$40.49

Available At: 
Maukilo.com

Coupon Code:

Code is good  for 10% off entire site (not on clearance) and good until 2-28-10 !

Case sensitive code:  HollyBlog10

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Butterfly Puzzle by imagiPLAY

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Why We Love It:
This eco-friendly puzzle is full of vivid colors and soft, curvy shapes. What a fun way to play with the alphabet!

Why It’s a Safe Alternative:
Made from plantation-grown rubberwood, an environmentally-friendly hardwood. Hand crafted and hand painted with lead free paint by imagiPLAY.

ImagiPLAY uses minimal carbon footprint practices and manufacture in Asia with fair trade.

Cost
$33.98


Available At:
Amazon.com

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Knitted Doll & Clothes by BlaBla Kids

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Why We Love It:
In the world of natural, cloth dolls, these beauties are refreshingly ADORABLE!  Such a soft cuddly Buddie knitted with much love.  All of the details are divine, the happy face, the rag doll hair and even the buttoned belly just make us happy.

Why It’s a Safe Alternative:

Knitted by Peruvian artisans with natural fibers of exceptional quality grown in Peru.

Cost
$44.00

Available At:
BlaBlaKids.com

Beautifully Crafted Doll Clothing Available:

BlaBlaKids.com

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Let’s Go Shopping Game by HABA

HABA Lets Go Shopping Game

Why We Love It:
A fun game that encourages a love for fruits and veggies. 2-4 players ages 3-8 with 10 wooden groceries. Different game variations makes this game a winner!

Why It’s a Safe Alternative:

Haba toys are made with natural beechwood, and use non-toxic water based paint/stains.

Cost
$22.49

Available At:
Maukilo.com

Coupon Code:

Code is good  for 10% off entire site (not on clearance) and good until 2-28-10 !

Case sensitive code:  HollyBlog10

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Construction Set by Plan Toys

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Why We Love It:
Encourages hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and concentration too. Creativity for hours as your little one makes their own configurations and stories as he/she plays. My daughter loves to play with her construction toy from Plan Toys while wearing her princess dresses.

Why It’s a Safe Alternative:
Made from plantation rubberwood. Plan Toys manufacturers all their toys with solar energy and biomass too. Really cool!

Cost
$49.49

Available At:
Moolka.com

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Doctor’s Suitcase by HABA

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Why We Love It:
Imagination builds with this doctor’s kit from Haba.  Boys and girls will love this set as they compassionately help their stuffed animals and “babies” feel better too!  We love the cute suitcase to hold all the doctor accessories neatly together.

Why It’s a Safe Alternative:
These natural wooden doctor’s instruments are so beautiful and will last for a long, long time.  The holder is metal with a wooden handle too.  All paints are water based too.

Cost
$31.49

Available At:
Moolka.com

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Counting Penguins by imagiPLAY

counting penguins

Why We Love It:
Learning our numbers is just so fun with this  Puzzle measures 11″ x 3.25″ x 1″.

Why It’s a Safe Alternative:

Hand-crafted & hand painted with lead free paints. Made from plantation-grown rubberwood, an environmentally-friendly hardwood, by imagiPLAY.  ImagiPLAY uses minimal carbon footprint practices and manufacture in Asia with fair trade.

Cost

$16.99

Available At:
Amazon.com

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Wooden Building Block Set by CitiBlocs

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Why We Love It:
Inspires imagination!  Wooden pieces stack and fit together so wonderfully to bring on hours of creative fun.

Why It’s a Safe Alternative:
Made from New Zealand Radiata Pine in renewable forests, the wood is carefully cut to provide safe, quality blocks that are durable and well designed.  Manufactured in Vietnam.

Cost
$35.21 for a set of 200

Available At:
Amazon.com

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Spinning Top Set by imagiPLAY

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Why We Love It:
A classic toy!  We love the wooden case that holds the 8 colorful spinning tops.  Can also be played as a game with instructions included.  Develops fine motor skills and coordination for Ages 4+.

Why It’s a Safe Alternative:
It’s made of biodegradable and recycled cardboard. All additives are water-based and non-toxic. It’s produced in Israel in a fair trade factory. Can’t get any better than that!

Cost
$18.40

Available At:
Amazon.com

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Ring-A-Thing by HABA

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Why We Love It:
We love how this game grows with the child.  Ring-A-Thing introduces children who are used to free play to their first games with rules: the instructions include 3 basic game ideas for 1-3 players. The game also helps children learn about assigning of colors and sizes.  Ages 1.5-4 years old.

Why It’s a Safe Alternative:
Made from beechwood, in Germany, with water based, lead free, paints and stains.

Cost
$24.00

Available At:
Amazon.com

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Global Green Pals Eco Friendly Dolls

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Why We Love It:

Global Green Pals, with 5 creative characters and stories, are geared towards educating and generating curiosity among children, parents and other consumers about environmental issues such as global warming, water conservation and recycling.  Very conscious, very cool!  For ages 3+.

Why It’s a Safe Alternative:
Award-winning Global Green Pals™ are soft, 12-inch dolls made of Oeko-Tex 100 certified organic cotton. Clothing and accessories are made with organic, natural and tested fibers and low impact dyes. Dolls are stuffed with 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic PET bottle stuffing.  1 % of profits goes back to the planet.

Cost
$29.95


Available At:

Global Green Pals

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My Green Doll Cradle

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Why We Love It:
This eco-friendly cardboard doll cradle is the perfect gift for every little girls.It’s easy to assemble and disassemble, and is a great addition to every play room!

Why It’s a Safe Alternative:
It’s made of biodegradable and recycled cardboard. All additives are water-based and non-toxic. It’s produced in Israel in a fair trade factory. Can’t get any better than that!

Cost
$39.99

Available At:
Green-Lullaby.com

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Handmade and Fair Trade Tic-Tac-Toe

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Why We Love It:

This is a classic game!  The handmade “dolls” look so vintage, just beautiful!  We also love the sturdy and decorative storage box.  Makes for an easy clean-up toy or a fun traveling toy.

Why It’s a Safe Alternative:
Artisans turn these dolls and sticks on a lathe, then finish them with vegetable dye lacquers.

Shilpa Trust, based in Bangalore, India, works with economically disadvantaged artisans, many of whom have not had access to education.

Cost
$28.00

Available At:
Ten Thousand Villages

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Pallina Dropping Ball Game by Hape Toys

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Why We Love It:

This is a fun game for the whole family. Each player chooses a color. The object of the game is to remove your color sticks from the basket without letting any of your color balls fall.

It comes in a nice big bucket with a carry string and bamboo handle.For 2-4 players, Ages 4+

Why It’s a Safe Alternative:
Made of natural and sustainable bamboo in China.

Cost
$40.00

Available At:
Uncommongoods.com

We have a few more great gift guides coming up in the next few days, so come back tomorrow! Eco friendly gift guides for mom and dad, and another wonderful gift guide for kids from our approved vendors too!

We wish you all a very happy and healthy holiday season.