Toys to Splurge On | Mothering Natural Toy Guide 2013

Toys to Splurge On

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. Don’t miss the other categories in this year’s guide or our big toy giveaway! Find them both here.


Image of: Bamboletta Doll


Bamboletta Doll

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 her 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 for how to secure a doll.




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Tree Swing Wooden Tree House

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.




Image of: Jenny's Wooden Kitchen


Jenny’s Wooden Kitchen

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.




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David’s Single Playstand with Canopy

Your child’s imagination is the limit with these versatile playstands from Elves and Angels. Made from locally-milled hardwood right here in the US, these playstands will last forever. Two can be combined (as in the image above) to create a magical environment for having a tea party, playing house, dressing up dolls, serving up snacks, reading or any number of other activities. They can also used alone or with the creative store shelves seen in the single playstand photo and found here.




Image of: Natural Wooden Maine Dollhouse

Natural Wooden Maine Dollhouse

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 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.




Image of: Sylvie's Wood Kitchen


Sylvie’s Wood Kitchen

If you’re looking for a more elaborate and decorative kitchen than our previously featured Jenny’s Kitchen from Elves and Angels (that we love!) you’ll want to check out this gorgeous option. Wider and taller than most kids’ kitchens, this one will delight for many years to come. Same high quality construction as in all the products made by Elves and Angels.




Image of: Sweetpea Heavy Doll


Sweetpea Heavy Doll

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.



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