Welcome to the annual Mothering 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, ethical production, 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.

Our big Toy Giveaway is over for the year. Thanks to everyone who entered, and to Elves and Angels, Bamboletta Dolls and A Toy Garden for generously donating the prizes! Find the winners listed at the bottom of this page!

Top Picks for 2014

The choice wasn't easy, but we've settled on our very best picks for 2014! We hope you'll love them as much as we do!

20 Toys Under $20

You don't need to spend a fortune to grab high quality toys for your little ones. Here are our favorite gifts under $20.

Toys to Splurge On

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

Sweet & Special Friends

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

Shake, Rattle and Roll

From organic rattles to natural blocks, trucks and cars, this category is full of gifts perfect for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Imagination is the Limit

Delightful silk scapes, beautiful 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 that are constructed using the safest and highest quality materials on the market.

Special Mentions

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

2014 Natural Toy Giveaway!

The giveaway is now closed and the randomly chosen winners are in!!

They are:

Elves and Angels Kitchen Package: Crystal B.

Bamboletta Doll: Eliza

Sweatpea Doll from A Toy Garden: Katie E.

Congrats!! You will all be contacted by email. Many thanks to everyone who took part. :) Happy Holidays!


We've teamed up with three 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 25th through Dec 8th. We'll be drawing three winners on Dec 9th and each winner will receive one of the prizes shown below. Good luck!!

Prize #1: Hardwood Kitchen and Accessories from Elves and Angels ($324 Value)

kitchenOur Natural Hardwood Abbie's Kitchen features an area to the left of the sink with enough room to dry dishes, cut wooden veggies, or load up a cookie sheet with cookies! With its classic Elves and Angels 4 burner cook top, metal sink, peek through window oven, and all that added counter space, Abbie's Kitchen is sure to be a customer favorite for years to come. The shelf above the cook top adds a nice place to store all those spices or display your best dinnerware! To compliment the kitchen we're also including our Lil' Chef's Set, which includes everything your child needs to get cooking!

About Elves and Angels: Elves and Angels had its humble beginnings in a tiny workshop in Scarborough Maine. It was out of necessity that I began making the first kitchens, cribs and highchairs over 24 years ago. It was a family venture from the beginning and it was always my vision that it would become the fabric of our life, a way in which we could work as a unit with a common family purpose. I was then, and am today, determined to create the very highest quality wooden toys available anywhere.

Prize #2: Handmade Doll from Bamboletta ($250 Value)


Here's your chance to secure a much sought after Canadian made Bamboletta Doll!! 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 are so happy to be able to offer a doll 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. Each doll is unique so the doll you receive will be diiferent than the doll in the picture at left.

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


Prize #3: Sweatpea Doll from A Toy Garden ($120 Value)


Our exclusive SweetPea Baby Doll is heavy and huggable. It is filled with about 4 pounds of millet and wool to make it feel like a real baby. This is a beautifully made baby- whom all children (and adults) love to care for. Every adult who holds this one immediately puts it over a shoulder and rubs its back or holds it and rocks it! Children smile when they pick it up and realize how heavy it is - they quickly get busy caring for it.

About A Toy Garden: www.aToyGarden.com 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.


How to Enter

First Entry: Like Elves and Angels, A Toy Garden, Bamboletta Dolls and Mothering on Facebook and then leave a comment at the bottom of this guide to enter. Sorry, comments on Facebook cannot be counted. If you do not have a facebook account please find another way to follow these sites, such as via Twitter, Pinterest or a 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.

Rules: Must be a US or Canadian resident to enter. Two entries only per person. Giveaway ends Dec 8th at 11:59 PM PT and three winners (one for each prize) will be drawn randomly from all comments on this post and announced on Dec 9th. To be fair, please only leave two comments on this post, one after "liking" the pages above and one after sharing this giveaway. Those with more than two comments will be disqualified. Winners will be notified by email. Good luck!

Thanks for entering and Happy Holidays!!