Cool handmade toys for kids, for a back-to-basics holiday


We love every one of these gorgeous, handmade toys, all lovingly crafted by talented artisans of all kinds. (And psst…there’s plenty of handmade gifts throughout our guide. Just poke around!)

Cool handmade toys for kids, for a back-to-basics holiday

All picks have been editorially determined by our staff. There has been no compensation for inclusion in this guide. 

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Handmade toys for kids: Felt handmade campfire playset by The Homespun Market

Handmade felt campfire play set

Not for use with real s’mores.

$55.50, The Homespun Market


See even more homemade play food makers here


Handmade toys for kids: Handmade wooden rainbow yoyo

Handmade wooden rainbow yo-yo

No batteries or anything!

$20, Acorn Toys

Handmade toys for kids: 8-bit Santa handmade wooden sound machine by Brand New Noise

Handmade wooden 8-bit Santa sound machine

Our kids are obsessed with these wonderful sound makers. So much so, we visited this dad-run company’s Brooklyn workshop!

$65, Brand New Noise 

Handmade toys for kids: Hipster ABC wooden matching game

Hipster ABCs matching tile game

Handmade because, hipster. Obvi.

$60, Tree Hopper Toys

Handmade toys for kids: Handmade superhero cape sets on Etsy from Lovelane

Handmade superhero capes and sets

One of our very favorite Etsy shops and for good reason!

$55 and up for capes, more for full costumes at Lovelane 

Use code COOL15 for 15% off your order

Handmade toys for kids: Play castles from Manzanitas Kids

Handmade modular wooden castle playhouse

Click through to see all the things it can do. Yay for imaginative play!

$150, Manzanitas Kids

Handmade toys for kids: Mermaid dolls from Cuddle and Kind donate one back to a child in need

Handmade mermaid dolls that help support kids in need

For each doll sold, they donate 10 meals to a hungry child. 

$50-70, Cuddle and Kind


Elementiles handmade element crayons

perfect your future scientist-artist.

$19.95 Art2theExtreme

Use code CMP2018 for 10% off site-wide

Handmade toys for kids: Personalized wooden toy crate from Smiling Tree Toys

Personalized handmade wooden toy crate

They’re going to need someplace to put away all those toys, right?

$39 as shown here, lots of handmade block sets sold separately 

Use code COOLMOM to save 10% off sitewide 

Handmade toys for kids: Mix and match doll block sets

Handmade mix-and-match doll blocks

Heirloom quality and just beautiful.

$55, Abby Jacobs

Use code “cool10” for 10% off site wide

Handmade toys for kids: Wooden Waldorf play kitchen from A Toymaker's Daughter

Handmade Waldorf wooden play kitchen

If you’re looking for one special gift this year, this Maine woodworker does extraordinary work.

$595, A Toymaker’s Daughter

Handmade toys for kids: Handpainted Muslim peg doll family

Custom peg doll family

Beautifully hand-painted and personalized to look like your family.

$34/family of 6, Little Muslim Dolls

See our our roundup of diverse dollhouse dolls here for more ideas!

Handmade toys for kids: Paint your own superhero cuff craft set

Paint your own superhero cuffs or tiara

It’s like a homemade gift for kids, squared.¬†

$26, Lovelane

Use code COOL15 for 15% off your order

Handmade toys for kids: Personalized reindeer stuffy from Plucky Rabott

Handmade reindeer stuffy

For an extra $5, you can even have the tummy personalized.

$34.99, Plucky Rabbott

Use code COOLRABBOTT for 10% off site wide

Handmade toys for kids: : Traditional child's pull sled from Northern Toboggan Co

Traditional handmade wooden pull-sled for children

An outstanding reason to hope for snow.

$299, Northern Toboggan Co

 Be sure to visit our 2020 Small Business Holiday Gift Guide
which helps support dozens of indie shops, makers and artists with the best gifts for everyone on your list.

See our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide here

And don't miss our guide to 50+ of the coolest gifts for kids under $50.