Top Picks for 2013
The choice wasn’t easy, but we’ve settled on our very best picks for the 2013 holiday season based on quality, uniqueness and value. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do! Don’t miss the other categories in this year’s guide or our big toy giveaway! Find them both here.
This is by far one of the coolest toys to hit the market in a long while. Everything you need to create a 17″ tall robot, or a seemingly endless array of other inventions, are included in the box. Designed to get kids building in seconds, just pair the smartly designed YOXO links and cores with everyday household items and your kids will be recycling old cereal boxes and toilet paper tubes into spaceships and fairy houses in no time. Recycled and recyclable content, soy-based inks and water-based coating make this toy a truly eco-friendly option at an outstanding price. Made in the USA.
Like all of the items from Real Wooden Toys, Clarence the Clown will capture your heart the second you hang him from your ceiling. Absolutely perfect for any child’s room, or for a whimsical addition to any area of your house, the old-fashioned design and construction will give you joy day after day. Gently pull the cord on Clarence to watch him fly. Other varieties available.
Bamboletta Dolls are some of the most highly sought after dollies on the market. Unsurpassed in quality and created from 100% natural materials, these sweeties are handmade by a small team of moms and dads with lots of love and attention. Each lovely girl or boy is a completely unique, one of a kind friend with their own little personality. The little ladies sell out very quickly though, so if you are interested in buying one make sure to visit their website and read their instructions on how to secure a doll.
Made from cotton and wool, this cute little boy doll is a snugly gift idea for any child. He has a cool but lovable personality and an adorable outfit that your little one will have tons of fun taking on and off. Great price!
Just about every child wants to pretend to be mama or papa in the kitchen, and this brilliant toy is just the perfect thing to make their dreams a reality. Standing more than 30″ tall it features a metal sink with faucet, realistic burners and knobs, an oven with a real door and a storage cupboard. The construction is truly excellent — it will be sure to last and last. You definitely can’t beat the price either.
- $169 at Elves and Angels. Combine it with the Lil’ Cutters Cookies and Baking Sheets found here.
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While most games focus on competition among players, this wonderful board game is instead centered on cooperative play. All players must work together to accomplish the game’s goal. Kids of all ages will really enjoy and thrive off of this concept. Surprisingly fun even for adults.
What a fantastic idea–a tree house for dolls! A rope ladder, wooden basket, tree swing and lots of stairs make this doll house totally unique and perfect for play with standard dollhouse dolls, fairies, gnomes and so much more. Nearly 2 feet tall and made from reclaimed walnut and ash woods, this magical escape is a truly eco-friendly gift.
As close to a real fairy as you’ll probably ever get! This doll is absolutely lovely, bringing to life all of the magic of a fairy realm with 100% silk clothing and real magnolia leaf wings. All we can say is wow, what a delightful gift for any child.
You won’t find another baby teether quite like this one! With a one of a kind cherry wood fox for chewing on and a soft, crinkly tail to pull, your little one will be delighted. Finished with beeswax and made in the USA.
This is the craft of all crafts! Perfect for an older child, this kit has everything they need to build a multistory fairy house–right down to the safe, low powered glue gun. Use items found in your own environment to add a personal touch if you like. Hours of fun creating and playing at a really great price.
Unique, delightful design and super quality construction! What more needs to be said. Your kiddo with have tons of fun pretending to shoot photos with this realistic wooden camera. Solids wood and personalization available.
Make bath time fun in a whole new way with this unique ferry boat with cars from Green Toys. All Green Toys are constructed from 100% recycled plastic milk jugs here in the USA so you can feel great about purchasing this item for your little one.
Creating secret messages is one of the greatest joys of childhood–and this delightfully designed disk adds an extra element of fun and mystery. Plus, it’s a great way to encourage kids to practice their writing skills. Great USA wooden construction.
This adorable and fun kit is an easy way to let your child explore the joy of wool felting. Good for older kids or teens (under 10 with close adult supervision only). Includes everything you need to create one felt orca whale. Other varieties are available.
Handmade from US hardwoods and finished only in beeswax and jojoba oil — these blocks are the highest quality letter blocks we have seen. The gorgeous designs on these milky smooth cubes really stand out. Plus, Little Sapling Toys plants a tree for every toy sold! What an extra special gift to your child.
Filled with 4 pounds of millet and dressed in real newborn baby clothes this unique baby doll is as close as your child will ever get to having their own real baby to love. Any toddler or older child will just adore snuggling up with their little sweetpea. Very well made from all natural materials, these little friends will last and last — making them well worth the money.
This new dollhouse from master toymaker David Smalley of Elves and Angels shouts excellent design and superior craftsmanship. We couldn’t believe how sturdy and strong it was, and we love how the design allows for more than one child to play at once. At 2 feet tall, this gorgeous dollhouse is big enough to fill with a wide variety of doll furniture and the interior of the dollhouse is laid out in such a way as to provide easy access to all of the spaces. Perfect for any doll, elf or fairy family! If you’re looking for a dollhouse that will be played with for many years to come, you won’t want to miss this one.
This unique teether is made form 100% cotton cloth with a hardwood teething ring. Lovingly handcrafted in the USA, you won’t find another product just like it. A delightful gift at a great price. Many designs to choose from.
This greeting card craft set has a very special quality–the cards will actually grow wildflowers when planted! The kids will have a blast creating these cards with the included botanical paints, leaves and rice paper cut outs. Perfect for making birthday invitations or holiday cards. Made from recycled paper in the USA.
Made from soft organic, fairly sourced cotton and absolutely adorable, any child is sure to love this little furry friend. In his cute red and white jammies, Buddy also makes a great stocking stuffer!