Oh, those toddlers…those sticky-faced, grubby-handed, bundles of chunky-legged plump-cheeked love. There’s a special kind of love that a toddler gives you. The kind of love that still needs to hold your hand walking down stairs. The kind of love that will never tell you “it’s not a kissing day.” The kind of love that hovers halfway between being a baby and a big boy. Shopping for a toddler this holiday season? Here are a few of my pics. Some green. Some new. Some splurgey. All wonderful.
FEED 3 Bear from FEED Projects – Each purchase you make at the FEED Projects Shop directly helps feed a hungry person. Unlike many charitable gifts, however, you also get something wonderful to put under the tree. I love the FEED 3 Bear. “Nut” is approximately 8″ tall, made from plush organic cotton and natural burlap, and each “Nut” you purchase will provide food (in the form of Plumpy’Nut) for three children. Love it. Love him.
Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug ($59.99 on Amazon) is one of the cutest toddler riding toys I’ve ever seen. It also comes in bee, cow, mouse, and tiger patterns and sized larger for preschoolers. The small size is suitable for children ages 18 months and up. It’s an apartment sized riding toy (yahoo!) measuring only 15″ long and is non-toxic and totally free of all that nasty stuff like PVC. I first saw this toy at Toy Fair and was really impressed with the super smooth ride that the castor wheels provide. No, I did not actually ride it. Though I wanted to.
Aminals are whimsical, wonderful, organic stuffed animals inspired by kids’ artwork. And they are completely recyclable. In fact, they are compostable! The site includes instructions for how to compost your Aminal after your child is done with it! All Aminal dolls are stuffed with 100% unbleached, unprocessed, chemical-free organic cotton and dyed with low-impact vegetable dyes. Aminal dolls contain no petro-chemicals and no synthetic materials. Aminals are big and bold and cheerful. At $24.99 a piece, Aminals are stuffed animals you can feel totally good about!
Dado Cubes have won zillions of awards and check out the picture. You can see why. Fancy schmancy, easy-to-assemble blocks to make all kinds of awesome structures. Made in America. Colorful. Super cool interlocking cubes. The kind of toy that you feel like makes your kid smarter each time she plays with it. Nice.
Plan Toys Xylophone – Toddlers love to make noise. Toddlers love music. Mamas love safe toys made by green companies like Plan Toys. At around twenty bucks this gift is an affordable heirloom quality toy that your toddler will love whaling “Jingle Bells” on at all hours of the night.