Updated December 2018
by Heather Reed
You can run, but you cannot hide, people! Whether you’re ready for them or not, The Holidays will soon be upon us. That means a LOT of junk is going to be visually (and literally) slung at you in the coming weeks, via your TV, the internet & your child’s begging.
BONUS: This is another highly-curated group of goodies, but you can still add them all to a new or existing Amazon Wish List.
I’ve done my best to pull together gifts at various price points to accommodate all budgets — all while staying local and USA-made. As you’ve come to expect from me, this collection is both sustainable and eco-friendly. Quality wooden toys can be handed down to future sibs or friends, provided your eager doggie doesn’t get to them first. Proud to say that 100% of everything on this list has been personally vetted by either me or my customers.
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Best Wooden Toys…
I’ve covered a variety of age ranges with this list, but most are for the 3+ crowd. Note that when you see “3+” on most toys, that’s an indication of a choking hazard. General rule is that if a toy has small enough pieces to fit easily through a toilet paper tube, it’s not safe for the mouthy/teething kiddos.
$ – Maple Landmark
Based in Vermont, this is a great company whose toys are all made in the USA. They’re famous for the “name trains,” but the following toys are great for both babies and big kids.
$ – PlanToys
Wide range of well-priced toys for all ages. They’re manufactured overseas, but their reclaimed, hybrid “PlanWood™” line has made sustainability accessible for all…
$-$$ – Tree Hopper Toys
Another great collection of clever wooden toys, manufactured in the USA. The quality of this line is top notch and their ironic, hipster ABC set was a customer favorite at my shop.
$-$$ – Uncle Goose
These guys make rad and modern wooden blocks. They’re handcrafted in Grand Rapids, MI, using select materials from around the Great Lakes area (yey, midwesterners!!). Yet another awesome, 100% made in the USA brand.
$$ – Petit Collage
Petit Collage’s line of wood toys complements their extensive line of modern nursery decor. They’re designed in San Francisco and made overseas of FSC-certified natural European beech wood.
$-$$$ – Finn + Emma
Finn + Emma®’s wood toys are made in South America from untreated Indian hardwood, finished with vegetable seed wax, and filled with little beans.
- Wooden Rattles ~ $10
- Teething Ears ~ $22
- Wooden Play Gym (includes hanging, removable toys) ~ $135.00
$$-$$$ – Tegu Magnetic Blocks
Their 8-piece wooden block set has been one of my favorite stocking stuffers for 6 years running. Tegu has added so many new goodies over the last couple years and they’re worthy of your consideration. Everything is sustainably handmade in Honduras.
- Looper Block Set ~ $25
- MagBot Block Set ~ $30
- 40-piece Explorer Set (5 color sets to choose from) ~ $110
$$$ – Grimm’s Wooden Toys
Grimm’s Spiel & Holz Design was founded in Germany in 1978, and their entire line is still manufactured there. Most products are sanded and dyed by hand, using safe & sustainable practices. Their signature rainbow toys are both exciting for your kiddo and make a great accent inside your home.
- 5-piece Nesting Sculptural Blocks ~ $41
- 12-piece Rainbow Stacker ~ $118
- 4 Elements Building Set ~ $82