Mothering’s Natural Toy Guide 2013

Mothering's Natural Toy Guide 2013

Welcome to Mothering’s 2013 Natural Toy Guide: a collection of the highest quality natural toys and gifts available this holiday season! We’ve carefully selected each item based on its superior materials, uniqueness, value and, of course, its fun-factor. Check out the items found in all guide categories below for our full review, pricing information and where to buy.


Looking for our Toy Giveaway? Find it at the bottom of this page!


Top Picks for 2013

The choice wasn’t easy, but we’ve settled on our very best picks for 2013! We hope you love them as much as we do!

21 Toys Under $21

You don’t need to spend a fortune to grab high quality toys for your little ones. Here are our favorite gifts under $21.

Toys to Splurge On

Looking for that super special “big” gift that will last for years to come? Here are some great gifts worth spending more on.


Sweet and Special Friends

Snuggle, laugh and play with this delightful selection of dolls, little friends and their fanciful homes.

Shake, Rattle and Roll

From natural and organic rattles to fun stackers and cars — this category is full of gifts perfect for babies and toddlers.

Imagination is the Limit

Delicate fairy wings, delightful wooden kitchens, whimsical mobiles and more to spark the imagination of children of any age.

Get Creative!

You’ll adore these creative craft kits and art supplies–constructed using the safest and highest quality materials on the market.

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Special Mentions

These items didn’t meet all of our natural or recycled qualifications, but they still deserve some attention for their dedication to eco-packing, educational quality and/or contributions to non profit work. 


2013 Natural Toy Giveaway!

This giveaway is now over. Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter! When you are done here, we hope that you will explore the many other wonderful areas of!

Congratulations to the winners and many thanks to A Toy Garden and Bamboletta Dolls for generously donating these delightful toys!!

The randomly selected winners are….

LauraJMyers — you won the awesome package from A Toy Garden!

and Ninalita — you’ve won the gorgeous Bamboletta Doll! 

We will be emailing you shortly. :) 


We’ve teamed up with two very awesome small businesses to bring you an amazing toy giveaway this year. Take a look at the prizes below and then follow the instructions to enter to win. The giveaway runs from Nov 26th through Dec 5th. We’ll be drawing a winner for each of the two prizes on Dec 6th. Winners will be notified by email.


Prize #1A Natural Toy Package from A Toy Garden


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An exclusive assortment of treasures for a young child all made in the USA!

Prize packages includes: a Rainbow People Mover, Rubberband Bath Boat, Holiday Gnome Pair, 4 Bug Spinning Tops, Snuggle Bug Bunting Doll (Sage, Golden Tan Skin, Brown Eyes), 8 Herbal Play Bean Bags, The Bee Who Lost His Buzz book, Edward the Pull Alligator Pull Toy, Shiny Kaleidescope, Ball ‘n Cup Toy, Wooden Star, and a Wikki Stix Set.


About A Toy Garden has an extensive selection of handmade, USA-made, fair trade, natural, and open-ended toys that inspire your child’s creative play. They have gifts for newborns, children, and even some treasures adults will love. A Toy Garden offers Free Gift Wrap and quick shipping. “Like” them on Facebook to be informed of frequent specials and updates. Enter coupon code: Mothering2013 for $5 off your order over $50. Offer expires 12/31/2013.

Prize #2A Handmade Doll from Bamboletta 


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Here’s your chance to secure a much sought after Canadian made Bamboletta Doll!!


This is Ginny and she needs a new home. She is a 15″ little sweetie in our new Sitting Doll style. Ginny has been lovingly handcrafted on the west coast of Canada by our team of mamas. Over ten hours of handwork goes into creating each doll, from hand sewing the bodies, stuffing them with gorgeous Canadian wool, hand dying their hair to sewing their little underpants and shoes – it’s all done here with love! 

We at Bamboletta so happy to be able to find Ginny a new home to one of you lovely Mothering readers. Mothering has been an important part of our lives and to do this giveaway with Mothering is such a blessing.


About Bamboletta Dolls

At Bamboletta Dolls we put a modern twist on an old doll making tradition. Handcrafted using only the finest materials such as wool, cotton and mohair we create dolls that your child will pass along to their child. Lovingly made by talented ladies in the Cowichan Valley in Canada. About Bamboletta | Dolls for Adoption | Gallery of Dolls



How to Enter

First Entry: Like A Toy Garden, Bamboletta Dolls and Mothering on Facebook and then leave a comment at the bottom of this guide to enter. (if you do not have a facebook account please find another way to follow these sites, such as via Twitter, Google + or newsletter before leaving your comment here on Mothering)

Second Entry: Share this giveaway/guide with friends and then post a second comment letting us know that you did.

How Do I Leave a Comment? To leave a comment you need to be a logged-in member of Mothering. You can easily connect your facebook account with the site or sign up with an account right here. It only takes a minute. This will allow us to have the contact info we will need to get in touch with you in case you win. Comments cannot be viewed or left on many mobile devices, so if you cannot see comments below switch into “desktop” mode at the bottom of the page or move to a computer to enter.

Rules: Must be a US or Canadian resident to enter. Two entries only per person. Giveaway ends Dec 5th and winners will be drawn randomly and announced on Dec 6th. Review the full rules before entering.


Thanks for entering and Happy Holidays!!

1,010 thoughts on “Mothering’s Natural Toy Guide 2013”

  1. I’m so delighted to discover A Toy Garden in time to buy special gifts for my grandchildren! I’ve loved wooden and Waldorf playthings since my own children were small, and look forward to giving quality gifts.

  2. I have already “liked’ Mothering for quite some time, but I just “liked” the other 2 as well! Glad to find new sites for great toys :)

  3. I liked a Toy Garden and Bamboletta on Facebook. I had “liked” mothering for a long time. Thank yo for such a great give away. And a great natural toys list!

  4. Liked all 3 and love all 3! Really enjoyed this year’s list! I look forward to seeing your recommendations every year.

  5. Shared! Thank you for this opportunity, how absolutely wonderful. Several of my daughter’s wants for Christmas were already on these lists! :)

  6. I liked all three on facebook. I would love to win natural toys for my son who will be one year old in January. Thanks for your holiday gift guide, too!

  7. Oh wow! This is so exciting I’m getting all tingly thinking about winning : ) what a way to cheer up this gloomy, stormy day. I already like all on Facebook!

  8. Like/ love them all! Pick us! pick us! Thank you so much!
    I’m also letting the grandparents know about these websites too…

  9. Thanks for the wonderful list and the chance to win. I’ve liked all three pages, though Mothering was “liked” a long time ago!

  10. Great gift ideas. Glad to see toys in line with our values – domestic, wooden, creative, etc. as opposed to imported plastic.

  11. Leaving another comment bc was not in desktop mode so don’t know if visible… Anyway, again, so glad to see a gift guide that does not rely on imported plastic products

  12. Loved this guide! Liked all three lovely sites (already in love with Bambo) and would loooove to win a new Bambo for my girls!!

  13. I “liked” A Toy Garden, Bamboletta Dolls and, of course, Mothering Magazine! Thank you for such a great contest! We also share giveaway to friends and family.

  14. I am already A Toy Garden fan and Thank you so much for introducing me to those beautiful dolls! I have boys but I still want one badly! :)

  15. I’ve been an admirer of Bamboletta Dolls for a while ~ their dolls are incredibly beautiful. I really love this guide, it has everything I’ve been thinking about getting for my toddler and more! Great resource to find great natural toys. Thanks!

  16. So glad I found this! My husband and I have been trying to find locally made/natural toys for the Christmas season this year. I will definitely be spreading these items around! I liked all 3 pages on facebook :)

  17. I’m a long time fb fan of Bamoletta and OF COURSE Mothering and I liked A Toy Garden today. I’ve got a little girl that would love that little Ginny for Christmas! :)

  18. I love all of the gift ideas and the prizes are amazing. That Bamboletta doll is positively scrumptious!

    I have “liked” all of the links. Thank you!

  19. This year I am most grateful and thankful for my daughter. 6 months old and she just keeps growing!! I am also very grateful for supportive communities like this one!

  20. These toys would be great for my 3 kids <3 I liked all three on FB, We have been fans of mothering for years now. Great givaway :)

  21. Ok, I “liked” them. I already “like” Mothering Magazine, of course! Thank you for the natural gift guide. All of them are great!

  22. We have found this prize pack to be the perfect fit for our budding family. My partner & I are expecting in April (4.4.14), and this is such a wonderful way for our newborn to be surrounded by the natural & practical play toys that we feel are the most important to the baby’s growth. We welcome being part of the “GREEN” imprint on the earth. We feel that our mission as parents to be, is to remain true to the pulse of the human heart by keeping it local, organic, and eco-conscious. Mothering deserves an applause for their efforts to preserve the environment and the little ones who need it most at the front of its readers minds.

    Happy Seasons and Solstice greetings.

    Jaime M. & Sarah W.
    The Poconos, PA

  23. I liked all 3 pages on Facebook! Thanks for an awesome giveaway! We would just LOVE these items for our 4 kiddos and my daycare kids as well! We have a few and just love them!!

  24. LOVE LOVE LOVE these toys!!! I grew up with very similar ones and I can not wait to introduce them to my daughter :-) fan of all three sites on facebook

  25. I “liked” the Facebook pages and shared as requested. I would very much like to win this great prize pack for my little guy – we’re determined to provide him with healthy, “green” toys (not all that toxic, plastic junk they sell in big box stores) but they’re so very pricy. Thanks for the chance to enter!

  26. Liked all and Love them all!!!!! So glad I got introduced to mothering!! Now I can find out about so many other wonderful things!!

  27. Done and done! I’m not one for entering these sorts of things, but who could pass it up! Would be perfect for our little one :)

  28. I love mother magazine ~ been a mom for 19 years, with a range from 4 to 19 yrs old currently, and that’s about how long I have loved Mothering Mag and being a Mother <3

  29. I liked all three already on facebook. :) this would be a wonderful opportunity to gift my girl some new toys for christmas. 😀