Tag: handmade toys

Taste the rainbow of adorable felt play food. But don’t really taste it.

If you love showering your children with all-natural goodness in a rainbow of colors, you’ll love this veritable smorgasbord of vibrant veggies, scrumptuous sushi, and fruit fit for a king. Just don’t let them eat it. Because it’s all handmade felt food. And felt on your tongue feels pretty gnarly. We’re salivating over the colorful array of beautiful felt play food from Creation by M on Etsy… which is kind of weird, because we do know it’s not real. Each piece of play food is lovingly hand-stitched of eco-felt, which is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. And many...

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When you chomp upon a star: unique handmade teething toys

Move over, Sophie the Giraffe. There’s a bright star of a new chew toy in town, and it’s handmade, eco-chic, and…deliciously pointy.  These luscious fabric balls from Timo Handmade in Israel are a sparkly new addition to the galaxy of chewy-but-pretty baby toys. Each star-shaped toy is around six inches across, handmade in Tel Aviv of new and vintage natural fabrics. They’re safe to chew, baby-sized, and oh-so-pretty, sure to get quite a few oohs and ahs at a baby shower. In addition to nifty, nubby stars, Timo also makes some pretty funky rabbit, bird, and mouse dolls (like that...

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The ninja lovey you didn’t see coming. Because it’s sneaky like that.

This sweet ninja is soft, cozy, and comes with a minky sword. Who better to protect your baby from nightmares? This sweet ninja security blanket from Koddalie on Etsy is a unique and cuddly way to keep your baby happy–and safe from the bad sort of ninja. Because all new moms have ninja problems, right? Handmade of black dimple-dot minky and soft pink cotton, it measures in at 12×12, but can also be made at 18×18 or 29×29, if you need extra ninja protection for the little one. She’s washer and dryer safe, and even comes with her own...

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Your kid, the fairy tale star? Handmade personalized dolls we adore

Soft, sweet dolls that are handmade with love and look like art? We’re big fans. And when you can add personalization? Even better. We love the simple, lovely elegance of these handmade dolls from the blita shop on Etsy. Each one is carefully double-sewn in Portugal of quilting cottons and felt, stuffed with polyester, and given a sweetly embroidered face. Just like our kids, they’re tough and beautiful and ready for adventure. There’s even a personalization option on this Red Riding Hood Doll: just tell them which name and which fabric you’d like for the hood, and your doll will...

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City babies wear black. And chase pigeons. And hail cabs.

Let’s say you’ve got a die-hard city loving mama to shop for, and price is basically no object. We’ve found the most fun little baby gifts for urban babies used to things like taxis, park benches and black in the summer. The city baby gifts range from cute stuffed yellow taxis and a black Town Car limo (in the rain, in a pinch, right?) to the more whimsical King Kong on the Empire State Building. (I think the damsel is more Naomi Watts than Jessica Lang though.) And hey, if you’re a super insider? Get that giant play mustache for the...

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From Brooklyn, with love

I am an advocate for shopping online. As a mom, I rarely have time to visit the mall or shop at my favorite local stores. So it’s always a treat for me to come across new sites with an effortless style that’s as fun to browse as it is to actually shop. Brooklyn Makers is one of those sites. Brooklyn Makers offers a beautifully curated selection of clothes for boys and girls, creative and educational toys (like these cute ABC peg dolls, seen above), sweet hats and hair accessories. You will also find cool stuff for grownups. And if...

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Eep aap ork ah ah, that means I love you

Last week I discovered the adorable world of finger puppets from Lindy Brown of Stay Awake when I included her adorable finger puppets in our round up of awesome hedgehog toys and gifts. But it turns out, the Ontario artist is pretty good with the cute inanimate creatures as well. I’m geeking out over these love robot finger puppets totally handmade out of felt and guaranteed not to rust or need battery replacements. I could see giving the set to a lucky kid for Valentine’s Day, or even to your robot-loving sweetheart. Just include a card about the nuts...

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Babywearing dolls? Whoa, the cuteness.

I’ve done a lot of babywearing in my day. A lot. And though my “baby” is a hand-holding toddler now, my daughter still remembers her little brother’s carrier days and wears her own doll babies with pride. While it’s no secret we at CMP love babywearing, it’s not often I’ve come across a really great babywearing doll. I just love the adorable Babywearing Mommy Doll (with equally adorable baby, of course!) from the Freja Toys Etsy shop. She’s so sweet and happy toting her baby around in what must be the world’s tiniest ring sling. And with several hair...

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A bird in this tree? Worth years of fun for little hands

Puzzles really need to pop to stand out amongst the competition these days. When you give a puzzle, it can sometimes go unnoticed in a sea of blinking lights or licensed Harry Potter allure. I am absolutely in love with this handmade Bird Tree Puzzle that your child can use for creative play or as a good old fashioned manipulative. Plus it’s so beautiful it could serve as a dinner centerpiece at a funky shabby chic affair. (Maybe?) The birds are simple and sweet thanks to the gentle colors and nontoxic dyes. But don’t get me wrong, this will be...

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The coolest kids toys of 2012: Editors Best of 2012

We love nothing more than finding toys for kids that are handmade, or at least, don’t require an on and off switch and 300 batteries. Instead, our favorite toys of 2012 are all powered by the imaginations and little hands of kids. Liz LEGO Friends As one of the original they’re doing WHAT with LEGOS? cynics, I have come full circle, completely respecting the way that LEGO Friends sets give more girls the chance to combine building skills with imaginative play. I will say I prefer the veterinary clinic, flying club, or invention workshop to the uh, beauty salon; but hey, no one says...

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A sweet wooden wonderland for your wunderkind

Silent night? Yeah, only if your holiday toy choices don’t include batteries, drum sticks, or bells. We’ve found a beautiful selection of handmade, heirloom quality toys that can help your child create a peaceful, quiet winter wonderland under the tree. Much like the quiet of a snow-blanketed forest, these handmade wooden toys from Etsy shop mielasiela in Lithuania are a breath of fresh air. Each piece is hand-cut and sanded, formed of natural, untreated black alder wood. We love that the designs are original, clearly hand drawn and so delightfully unexpected. Besides the boy in the forest, there’s also...

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Wooden sweets for your sweets? Sweet!

My kids absolutely love to play store. They’ll gather up whatever small toys they want to sell, set them out, and then yell at me until I agree to buy something. (They need to work on their customer service a little.) I imagine my favorite shopkeepers would happily extend their offerings to sweets if they saw the adorable wooden candy store sets from a brand-new Etsy shop I found. Snugglebug University at Etsy is pure sweetness. The Wood Snow Cone sets (below) are amazing, but I love the two Deluxe Wooden Candy Store sets best. They’re packed with little whoopee pies, candy peach rings, money,...

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Ring, ring! Cuteness calling

Here’s a sweet phone for your little one that doesn’t require a contract, an upgrade, or even a fancy power cord. And it even rings! You know, like phones used to do? The ring ring! phone available from our pals at ROMP is the apex of heirloom toys for kids 3 and up. Handmade in Germany of cherry wood and finished only with vegetable-safe oil, it’s good for the environment and for little hands. The dial spins, the bell rings, and you never know who’s going to be on the other end of the line when you pick up. (Knowing most...

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Handmade dolls for people who like weird handmade dolls. Which includes us.

Striped or polka-dotted, these lovable handmade dolls have us mesmerized. Each adorable polkadottydoll is entirely unique, handcrafted in cotton without a pattern in black and white according to Alberta artist Lynda Black’s imagination. They’re nicely sized, bottom-weighted to sit on a shelf, and…sweetly mesmerizing. I mean, check out those eyes. The listings don’t mention it, but judging by the buttons and threads, these little dudes probably aren’t for ages 3 and under. Still, we know that black and white are colors most interesting to babies, so maybe just put one on the shelf for later? Like, maybe your shelf?...

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The most spectacular vintage paper dolls. We want them all!

Paper dolls are the perfect emergency boredom-buster to have on hand, at least if you’re our family; every fall, a bunch of annoying colds and coughs descend on my children, leaving at least one of them at any given time home on a school day, moaning “I’m boooooored.” I’m loving this wonderful Etsy find as an alternative to 12-hour movie marathons. We’re already big fans of the gorgeous collectible carved Alice in Wonderland dolls at Etsy shop Cart Before the Horse, but we’re so happy to find their awesome articulated paper-animal dolls which are just as lovely. Just cut...

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Well, hello, dollies!

I’ve got some folks I’d like you to meet. These pretty custom dollies are hand-sewn, have hand-painted faces, and each cost less than $50. Um…Barbie who? I’m downright twitterpated over the beautiful handmade dolls at Hen and Chick on Etsy. Each doll is hand-sewn of a fetching mix of new, vintage, and repurposed fabric and sports a unique face painted by shop owner Rachel Linquist.  You can buy one of the ready-made dolls in her shop for $40, or order a custom doll for only $45–a steal for such a special gift. Create the doll of your dreams by...

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Shake, rattle, and drool: handcrafted heirloom baby rattles

Let me rattle off a few words for you to chew on: heirloom, handmade, safe, affordable. Also: pretty. These Heirloom Baby Rattles from Windfall Boutique on Etsy are everything you could possibly want in a baby toy–but at half the price you might expect to pay for something so classic, sturdy and beautiful. At only $16.50, each rattle is handmade of domestic cherry, walnut, and maple, laminated with food-safe glue, filled with jasmine rice, and finished with food-grade mineral oil. That means you get a toy that’s attractive, unique, and hard to break. It also requires no batteries, has no...

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A hand-painted, multicultural mobile babies (and grownups) will love

My favorite kind of mobile isn’t my cell phone. I love hanging mobiles. What’s not to love? They’re moving pieces of art, transformed by light, wind, and perspective. And I’ve just found a real beauty that you might love as much as your baby. Why should they have all the fun? I totally adore this beautiful handmade baby mobile from Little Edie. Becky Brisco is the talented artist behind the shop. Her multicultural mobile is a fantastic way to introduce your child to the beauty of diversity. All of the faces are hand-painted so each mobile is completely unique–just like us. The...

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Turning any table into the best playhouse ever

Its been a while since we first discovered Imaginative PlayToys, and the gorgeous handmade felt table covers she makes to turn your card table into oh…say, a pirate ship. Checking back again after awhile I discovered a new shop name and a ton of inspired new designs. In fact, while writing this post my kids saw the photo below and started shrieking WE WANT THAT! WE WANT THAT! CAN WE GET THAT? like nothing I’ve ever seen. Can you blame them? Red Double Delight Playhouse (at top) Under the Ocean Playhouse Paper Doll Boutique Playhouse   Outer space playhouse Animal sanctuary...

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Read your veggies.

It seems a lot of baby toys are awfully loud these days. They light up, crinkle, beep and blast music, so sometimes its nice to just have some low-key playthings to appease our easily overstimulated little ones. These quiet handmade soft books from Cutiful Baby and artist Vanessa Giguere are a perfect example of what I am talking about. Vanessa, a fashion industry gal, started making fabric toys for her daughter while on maternity leave and soon found herself taking orders from friends and family, and we can see why. For a household dabbling in vegetarian living, I especially adore these handmade fruit and...

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