My main goal for this gift guide was to provide ideas for a range of ages (1-12 years old) and a variety of unique brands, independent businesses, and sustainable products.
They are organized into two main categories: play and wear. I’ve included age and price information to guide you further (and noted eco friendly or small business options).
$= under $20
$$= under $50
$$$= under $100
^= sustainable or small business
Needle and Nail , ages 1-7, $$$-$$$$, ^; handcrafted wooden toys
Pokiplays ,ages 1-7, $-$$, ^; felt play masks and crowns for dress up play
Camp Castle Play Mats , ages 1-7, $-$$$$, ^; whimsical, unique play mats!
Bundle Beds , ages 3-10, $$$$,^; like a sleeping bag but better, self inflating mattress, duvet, pillow, and sheets.
The Small Folk , ages 1-10, $-$$$$, ^; a small Australian company that specializes in wooden Waldorf inspired toys, books, baby toys, educational items, etc.
Little Sapling Toys , ages 1-10, $-$$$$,^; wooden toys, teethers, decor, ornaments, etc.; all made from sustainably harvested wood and finished with beeswax and organic jojoba so they are paint and chemical free.
Mudpuppy , ages 1-10, $-$$; puzzles, magnetic playsets, books, blocks, travel games, coloring activities, and more.
Bitsbox , ages 6-12, $$; a subscription service that teaches kids how to code and build apps!
Little Passports , ages 3-12, $-$$; a subscription that we love! It takes kids “around the world” to teach them geography, STEM skills, culture, etc. They have simple gift guides for different age groups.
Ducky Street Temporary Tattoos , ages 1-12, $; the coolest temp tattoos. the end. Oh wait- they’re also non-toxic. Yes!
Norman & Jules , ages 1-12, $-$$$$; toys, STEAM educational items, books, baby items, clothes… They have it all. Even Wobble Boards.
Wonderbly , ages 1-8, $$; personalized books that make your child a main character in the story!
Merci Milo , ages 1-8, $-$$$, ^; small shop specializing in simple traditional, heirloom, and retro toys.
Plan Toys , ages 1-5, $-$$$$; sustainable toys and learning activities; website allows you to shop by development skill.
Honest History Magazine , ages 6-12, $,^; a new adventure magazine for young historians
Bravery Magazine , ages 4-9, $, ^; a beautiful magazine that feature strong female figures (Temple Grandin, Frida Kahlo, Jane Goodall, etc)
Swoop Bags, ages 1-12, $$-$$$, ^; playmats that double as toy storage bags. You have to check these out! (Don’t tell Ez…he’s getting one)
Petit Collage, ages 1-6, $-$$, ^; “pop out and play” sets, puzzles, crafts, puzzles, games, and wooden toys.
Swurfer, ages 6-12, $$$-$$$$, ^; 100% maple swing boards (think a cross between a swing and a surfboard!).
Nugget Comfort, ages 1-12, $$$$, ^; open ended, soft play, fort building, imaginative foam “furniture”…eh, just go check it out. It’s hard to describe, but one of the best play items we own.
Wild Creek Co. , ages 1-10, $-$$$, ^; a wide variety of classic toys, decor, apothecary items, even pre-loved clothing!
Stuff n’ Sit, ages 1-12, $$, ^; another one of our favorite items, it’s a bean bag that you fill with stuffed animals (clever storage and comfy seating all-in-one). Unzips for stuffed animal access and machine washable. From the same company responsible for Chore Sticks.
*Things to buy off Amazon:
Nintendo (NES Classic Edition), ages 6-12, $$$
Dyson Toy Ball Vacuum, states ages 3+ (but we are getting one for our 18 month old), $$
Kubb Yard Game, ages 5+, $$
Eleanora and Co , ages 1-2, $$,^; zip up rompers! You’re welcome.
Childhoods Clothing, ages 1-9, $-$$, ^; beautiful basics and beyond, American made.
Mini + Meep, ages 1-5, $-$$,^; everything is made from organic, unbleached cotton without artificial dyes and 10% of proceeds goes to a food bank and their kids program!
Cubs Cartel, ages 1-8, $-$$$; UK company carrying many unique brands not easily found here
Oak Meadow Kids, ages 1-6, $$-$$$,^; beautifully handcrafted, heirloom clothing and tie-dye rompers, ethically made with non-toxic and plant derived dyes, hand loomed fabrics, etc.
Hanna Andersson, ages 1-12+, $-$$; great quality for the price! And so many pajama options. This is where our boys’ Christmas jammies will be purchased from… P.S. they have matching adult options as well.
*Don’t forget to check the latest Cat & Jack collection at Target too!