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I'll be the first to admit, baby showers can be tricky. Even after 4 kids of my own, I still find myself struggling to find the *perfect* shower gift. As a crunchy mom myself, I always tend to lean towards all natural, eco friendly, heirloom quality wooden toys that are sustainable and will last for years.
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We get it. Christmas shopping can be fun, exciting, and...stressful. But here at Smiling Tree Toys, we mean it when we say we have something for *everyone* on your list, making your holiday shopping a breeze! From newborns who don't need much beyond milk and snuggles, to grandparents who already have everything, we've got you covered. Our keepsake toys and gifts are handmade in our family's woodshop on the Minnesota prairie, so you know you're not only getting beautifully crafted heirlooms, but you're supporting a small family business, too. Read on for our holiday gift suggestions, from our home to yours!
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We know how hard it is to find the perfect toy for the little one in your life. Whether it’s your own kiddo or a friend/family’s child… Gifting is tough, but it doesn’t have to be. In today's blog, you'll find a handful of carefully curated wooden educational toy gift sets that will meet the needs of any gifting situation.

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If you're wanting toys that will not only keep your child busy all summer long, but also encourage educational growth through play-based learning, you may be in the market for a few new Montessori-style products to help you out. We’ve got you covered!
Easter basket gifts that won't be tossed aside after the Easter bunny hops home? Yes, please! At Smiling Tree Toys we make Easter bunny-approved wood toys safe for kids and gentle on the Earth.
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First birthdays are magical and unforgettable. Our wooden toys for one-year-olds are montessori-inspired keepsake toys they'll never forget. In true Smiling Tree Toys fashion, they’re personalized, heirloom quality, and loved by both kiddos and their parents.
This post is written by guest contributor Jessica Walters. She's sharing her creative uses for educational learning with our wooden name puzzles. Get ready to learn 3 fun toddler sensory activities!
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A child's first birthday is such an important milestone. I wanted to mark the occasion with meaningful gifts that my son would treasure for many years to come. Here's my list of the best gifts for one year olds.
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