It’s November and, dare we say it, the festive season is not a million miles away. We know that gift buying, particularly for those little ones in our lives, is a lingering to-do list task. So for those of you keen to get a head start and fancy investing in toys made to last, allow us to share our top five favourite finds.
Steiff have long been lauded for their high quality and durable plush toys. With a heritage that spans more than 135 years, a Steiff Bear is the perfect heirloom gift. Crafted originally from mohair plush, Steiff animals are as charming and full of character as they are enduring. Each one is made lovingly by hand, free from harmful dyes or chemicals. We love the Fynn Teddy Bear and his little suitcase; he’s ready for any adventure with your little one. And when they’re done? Fynn can be handed down and loved for generations to come.
Sophie La Girafe is the perfect teething toy for babies, made from natural rubber latex and finished with non-toxic, food grade paint. The appeal of Sophie lies in her delightful design as well as her ability to effectively soothe baby’s sore gums when teething; her whimsical appearance and tactile nature encourage sensory stimulation while her ears and horns gently massage baby’s gums. Designed to be both chewed and loved, the natural rubber latex is ultra-durable as well as water-resistant. We love this set for its colourful beads and multiple rings.
Orange Tree Toys manufacture traditional wooden toys employing a craftsmanship reminiscent of years gone by. Their products are at once classically sturdy and beautifully designed to stimulate young senses. We adore this little chap for his charm as well as his function; he encourages little tykes to take their first steps and develop coordination while playing. He’s lovingly hand-painted with non-toxic paint in bold primary colours.
Little Wigwam is a brand that designs and manufactures eco-friendly children’s products with an educational focus, to help stimulate burgeoning young minds. Their products are robust and eco-friendly, all made within the EU using 100% recyclable materials and printed with child-safe inks. Their jigsaw puzzles are a star product, coming with Little Wigwam’s unique Everlasting Jigsaw Lifetime Guarantee; this means no more throwing away perfectly good games because of pesky missing pieces, as these can be replaced for free! We love the World Map Jigsaw Puzzle for its exceptional details; it will keep the family entertained year after year.
In an industry full of toys that beep and buzz, Little Bird Told Me are the perfect antidote. This amazing company design and craft high quality, durable toys built to capture your little one’s imagination and encourage explorative play. We also love their commitment to sustainability; Little Bird Told Me use materials that can easily be recycled and minimise the use of electronic parts as well as plastic packaging. We love this caterpillar rocker for its imaginative design; with so many different elements to discover and delight in, this rocker will hold your child’s attention and support them through their development.