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Eco-Friendly Wooden Toy Gift Ideas

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Last Updated on November 16, 2023 by Rachel Granholm

Let’s get in the holiday gift-giving spirit with these eco-friendly wooden toy gift ideas!

The Christmas shopping season is already in full swing! If you’re like me and like to get your shopping list completed early, this post will be super handy. You see, I’ve partnered with a company called Smiling Tree Toys to bring you a gift guide of sorts. I’ll be sharing about this company, their brand, what makes their products sustainable and three of their wooden toy products. Let’s get a move on your holiday shopping with these eco-friendly wooden toy gift ideas!

Affiliate Disclaimer: The toys in this post have been kindly gifted from Smiling Tree Toys. All photos, opinions, and ideas are my own. 

About Smiling Tree Toys

I am so proud to be partnering with this Minnesota based company. Justin and Kathleen are the owners and founders of Smiling Tree Toys. Their mission is simple…”to create lifelong childhood memories for families and green the Earth for all kids to come.”

Self-proclaimed ‘tree huggers’, the purpose behind their toys is an amazing trifecta of sustainable living. It goes like this.
1) A toy is purchased, which offers children safe, natural, and long-lasting keepsakes.
2) For each toy purchased, a tree is planted for a low-income family.
3) With the help of that tree, income is generated from being able to grow food, helping to sustain a family.

To date, Smiling Tree toys has planted 111, 751 trees! That’s just incredible.

You can find their website, and many more wooden toy products, HERE. Stay tuned to the end of the post for a special discount code just for you!

eco-friendly wooden alphabet blocks inside a wooden crate

Eco-Friendly Living

If you have been around here for any length of time, you know how passionate I am about sustainable and eco-friendly living. It’s why I’m all about thrifting and using secondhand items in my home.

Being environmentally friendly is a choice that all of us can make. It can be a small switch such as using re-useable straws or biodegradable dog waste bags. There can also be a larger effort to live sustainably. This could include things such as composting food waste, purchasing thrifted clothing, or making it a point to only buy new items that are manufactured in sustainable ways.

wooden alphabet blocks in a wooden crate

I have made it my mission this holiday season to purchase as many gifts as I can from small businesses or from companies that are doing good for the environment. Can I challenge you to do the same?!

Eco-Friendly Wooden Toy Gift Ideas

I’m showcasing three different wooden toys, each with a particular age group in mind. These handmade toys are made out of the most beautiful wood. Each piece is extremely smooth and crafted with precision.

It’s never too early to start teaching the next generation the importance of sustainability and eco-friendly wooden toys are the perfect way to do that. I’m super excited to share them, so let’s get into it!

Alphabet Blocks

The first product to highlight are these adorable wooden picture alphabet blocks. The intended age groups for these blocks are babies and toddlers but a pre-schooler or even pre-K age child would benefit from these. Hopefully you have a grandchild, friend, niece, or nephew who would love to play with these blocks because they are totally incredible!

eco-friendly wooden blocks

You guys. I’ve honestly never seen a set of alphabet blocks as high-quality and durable as these ones are. The images and letters on each block are super clear and they are not too heavy, making them easier to pick up or grab.

The alphabet blocks have multiple uses or ways of using them.

Option 1: Pictures Only.

One side of each block contains only pictures. The images are incredibly adorable and whimsical looking. I think my favorites are the strawberry and the whale!

picture images on wooden alphabet blocks

Option 2: Uppercase Letters.

The next side of each block contains uppercase letters. Big and bold, these blocks are perfect for letter identification and early readers.

uppercase wooden letter blocks.

Option 3: Lowercase Letters.

Then, if you flip the block again, you will find lowercase letters.

lower case wooden alphabet blocks

Option 4: Words.

The last side of each block contains a word that starts with the corresponding letter and picture of the block.

So good, right?! I am truly amazed at the amount of learning that can take place through the use of this alphabet block set.

wooden blocks with words

Math Blocks

Next up is a set of 10 piece math or number blocks. These are intended for kids of elementary age.

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The number blocks are multi-functional, allowing for kids to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and even division!

number and math wooden blocks

The blocks can be used with just the numbers, as seen below.

wooden math blocks used for addition practice

The number or math blocks can also be used with only the picture sides showing, helping kids count a certain amount of something. Children can also play with them in tandem, using the numbers and images interchangeably in the same math equation.

number blocks with images for counting

Moon Balancer

The last product I’m sharing today is the smiling moon balancer. This is a great gift idea for kids to hone their fine motor skills but it also can develop their imagination, as well.

wooden moon balancer toy

The circular shapes that come with the balancer can be placed on the moon in an endless variety of ways.

Isn’t this such a neat way to keep little minds busy while learning at the same time?!

a wooden moon balancing toy

Other Info on Eco-Friendly Wooden Toy Gift Ideas

Many of the toys on Smiling Tree Toys’ website can be personalized with a child’s name. You can also purchase wooden crates to corral the blocks but each toy set comes in really nice linen bags, which is just as helpful.

wooden blocks in a linen bag

Lastly, Smiling Tree Toys has a discount code just for you!

Go to their website HERE and enter code RACHEL10 for 10% off your order.

Closing Tidbits

I truly hope that this gift guide helps to jumpstart your holiday shopping! From puzzles and push toys to educational and building sets, there are many options to choose from. All of them help to reduce waste, conserve resources, and create a brighter future for everyone.

So, this Christmas, when you are thinking about gift-giving for a special child in your life, look no further than eco-friendly wooden toys. Starting today, let’s make sure that every future is filled with the joy of play and the promise of a better tomorrow.

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  • Wow, Rachel! What a fabulous company that produces such beautiful toys! I love how the blocks have different images on each side! You can tell a great deal of thought and love went into the development of the toys! I can just imagine sweet Molly sitting by the Christmas tree playing with them!! Happy Day!

    • Rachel Granholm
      November 10, 2023 8:55 am

      Hi! I know!! Aren’t they so amazing?! These are gift for our nephews and for Molly for Christmas and I’m so excited to give them out!! Thanks, Donna!

  • These toys are amazing, Rachel! I love that they’re not only great for the environment but they’re heirloom quality so they can be passed down from one generation to the next too. I’m definitely going to bookmark this post so the next time I need a baby gift I can gift these. They’re fabulous! Hugs, CoCo

  • MaryJo Materazo
    November 13, 2023 1:39 pm

    I love wood toys!!! When my kiddos were little I preferred them. These look wonderful and I might have to get some for my nephew and nieces. I love the company’s philosophy- thanks so much for sharing. XO- MaryJo

    • Rachel Granholm
      November 13, 2023 1:42 pm

      Aren’t they the cutest?! They are SO lovely and look even better in person. Super soft and smooth! Thanks for stopping by, friend!

  • So beautiful! And what a great gift idea. These are heirloom pieces that can be treasured and passed down from generation to generation.

  • Wanted you to know I’m sharing this post in my weekly newsletter on Saturday! Have a great day!

  • Those blocks are the cutest Rachel! I love that they are educational as well as adorable! BTW, I give you credit for sharing eco-friendly gift ideas. In our day of manmade synthetic and plastic items, the handmade pieces stand out!

    • Rachel Granholm
      December 2, 2023 9:59 am

      Hey, Cindy!
      Thanks so much!! Eco-friendly living is what The Antiqued Journey is all about so I do my best to share anything like it when the opportunity arises 🙂 Hope you have a lovely weekend!


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