Bringing you a plastic-free Christmas with my A-Z guide to quality toys
Tired of toys made of plastic and gobbling up batteries? Wishing Father Christmas would bring you toys like this instead:
These are my favourite brands for alternative Christmas presents. They make simple, engaging, durable kids toys that won’t be out-of-date five minutes after the wrapping is off.
Toy Tattle salutes beautiful stylish toys, with this list of brands to look out for, and then advice on where to find them.
Big Jigs – Especially good for wooden roads and railway tracks.
Brio – Not just wooden train sets – they also make stunning pull alongs and baby toys.
Corgi – Die cast metal models and vehicles with great attention to detail.
Fagus Toys – Very solid, wooden vehciles – top end toys with prices to match.
Haba – A German toy company that prides itself on inventing new ways to play. They make games, toys, plush animals, and really beautiful push along walkers.
Kiddimoto – Makers of wooden balance bikes with kick-ass style.
Le Toy Van – Stunning wooden adventure toys (pirate ship, castle), the beautiful Honeybake cooking range, and they make really cute figures called Budkins.
Lilliputiens – Gorgeous plush toys.
Melissa & Doug – Most well known brand of wooden toys. Great for affordable wooden toys, craft sets, role play toys and play food.
mic o mic – Plastic construction kits for making models sturdy enough to be played with. Uses a strap and pin system to hold pre-moulded parts together.
Qatch – Makers of stylish travel pillows for kids.
Pintoys – Really good for wooden vehicles, and playsets where you can remove the top for easy access to inside play space.
Sevi – Brightly coloured quality toys. Good if you are looking for toys without gender bias in their colour schemes.
Tidlo – Large range of wooden toys. Especially good for realistic play food, and games.
Voila – Wooden toy animals, dolls and play food.
Where to buy:
If you’ve not had much luck searching for ‘quality toys for kids’, try searching using the brand names above as that will bring you up a list of websites stocking those brands.
You might also be surprised to find hundreds of toys from these brands listed on Amazon. These are usually sold from independent toy retailers rather than directly from Amazon.
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