In light of how difficult crunchy gift giving can be, I thought I’d share some crunchier gift ideas that I’ve come across. This crunchy gift guide is focused solely on kids. Now not all these toys are 100% flawless, some may be made in China although with many safety checks, some may be in the cheaper category of wood, etc. There are also some gifts that are pretty pricey and some that are reasonably priced. You can use my list as a starting point but I do still recommend looking into the toys/companies more so that you know if they fully meet your own personal requirements.
Crunchy Gift Guide for Kids
peg puzzles for toddlers, wooden 24 or 48 piece puzzles for kids, and then moving into the classic cardboard puzzles in hundreds or thousands of pieces for the big kids.
Melissa & Doug, Play Toys, and Hape. This year we added a great wooden mixer (like a kitchen aid) to the cooking stuff and it's been a big hit!
natural paints, modeling dough, or even edible crayons (not that you'd want them to eat them...but they could)
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles - I'd imagine vehicles area always a hit with most kids, particularly the boys. Check out these great cars made of bamboo, little copters for tiny hands, a great wooden train starter set, cool pirate ship play sets, and more... there's tons out there!
baby carrier that is a lot like mine. You can never have too many dolls like these soft dolls by Haba, or a rocking cradle.
Tegu's magnetic blocks, blocks that make fairy tale castles, marble railway blocks, and of course good old natural wood blocks.
Learning Toys - If you need a gift for the intellectual child, how about something like this body magnet set, an activity clock, balancing game, or magnifying glass?