Miroslava Duma’s Holiday Gift Guide
With the holidays just around the corner, The Tot Co-Founder, Miroslava Duma shares her must have list of thoughtful gifts for kids that tick all the right boxes.
Whether it’s for Christmas or a birthday celebration, I absolutely love finding the perfect gifts for my family and friends because nothing brings me more joy than to see little faces light up as they unwrap a new toy, learn to pedal a new bike or proudly wear an outfit that I chose for them.
When it comes to deciding what to buy, I focus on finding things that are fun, timeless, educational, purposeful and safe. I want to know that what I’m gifting is something designed to last and not just going to end up broken in someone’s garage or worse – as landfill. I also want to know that whatever I buy is produced ethically and sustainably. Basically, it needs to be heirloom quality because kids grow out of things quickly and it makes me feel good knowing the gift can be passed down to younger siblings or friends or repurposed later on.
If you’re stuck for gift ideas this holiday season, have a look at the list below. Everything I’ve chosen can be cherished for a lifetime.
My 2017 Gift List:
This vinyl wall decal by Janod Toys is both decorative and entertaining and perfect for boys and girls of all ages. The world map comes complete with vinyl continents that stick to a wall and 101 magnets that identify people and animals. I love it when things can be educational and fun at the same time.
This Tricycle Walker is such a good gift for toddlers because they can zoom off on an adventure at home or at the park while simultaneously exercising, enhancing their gross motor skills and mastering the art of steering, which will prepare them for eventually riding a bike.
Musical instruments are a great way for kids to hone their hand-eye coordination, creativity, patience and cognitive development. They’re also super fun to play. Hape’s Vibrant Guitar is the perfect beginning instrument for little musicians with small hands and a desire to play. Made with sustainable wood, it has completely non-toxic finishes.
Books are forever and Not a Box is quickly becoming a childhood classic. Designed to teach kids just how far their imaginations can take them, this book is a hit for boys and girls aged 3-6. Also, for each Tiny Bee book purchased from The Tot, Tiny Bee donates a second book to Baby2Baby, who provide low-income children with the basic necessities (including books!) that every child deserves.
Having a kid size table and chairs makes it easier for kids to gain independence while they eat, craft, read, and play make believe games. Oeuf’s table and chairs are so sleek and timeless that they’re an easy gift because they match nearly every décor. Made of durable, eco-friendly finishes, they’re easy to clean and they’re something that will last a lifetime.
The Rock & Pebble H Block set is a unique twist on a classic activity. The innovative H shape requires kids to use their critical thinking skills to make the structures outlined in the booklet provided, however, the set can also be used to let your tot’s imagination run wild.
Laranjinha is world renowned for making traditionally classic and comfy clothes and are always a win when it comes to gifts for babies. Both the girl and boy set are perfect for any occasion when it’s chilly out and will keep tots warm and stylish this holiday season.
This is a great toy for stimulating your tot’s imagination and they will just love creating little scenarios and sending letters to all of their friends in the mail. Made with safe, formaldehyde-free Birch plywood, each piece is sanded smooth and has a light beeswax and organic jojoba oil finish for an extra barrier of protection.
Imagine coming down on Christmas morning and seeing this incredible tent and mattress in your living room. It’s seriously the most magical place to play, read and nap and best of all – will actually look good in your house. The tent, mattress and storage bag fabric are made with 100% organic cotton and printed with GOTS certified non-toxic ink, while the wooden structure is crafted from sustainable beech wood.
Baghera’s beautifully crafted Speedster is built to last with a padded seat, sturdy metal body and rubber tires making it an ideal way for children to explore their environment while developing their coordination and motor skills.
Whether your little one is whipping up an original recipe or taking first place in an imaginary cooking competition, Milton and Goose’s Essential Play Kitchen is the perfect canvas for imaginative play. A beautifully solid piece to be enjoyed day after day, their little play kitchen is as gorgeous as it is safe. Expertly crafted by Amish artisans in the USA from sustainable Baltic birch and solid North American maple, and topped with water-based, low-VOC, and HAPs-free finishes. I just adore this piece!
And to go with that gorgeous new play kitchen… I just love this charming apron & utensil set from Brooklyn-based mama Odette Williams. Kids will love cooking with mom or dad that much more with their own set of utensils.
Bajo XL Dominos measure in at 6″ x 3″ each and are a great way to teach kids cause and effect and hone fine motor skills. The 28 piece set can be used for classic domino stacking and toppling, general stacking, counting and building activities for hours of endless fun in the home or garden. This gift will make for such fun family game nights.