The Tot guide to Gifts under $100
Fantastic presents don’t have to cost the Earth. The Tot guide to gifts under $100 proves that the best things come in affordable and sustainable packages.
If you’re like me, you don’t like giving mass-produced plastic toys and cheap synthetic clothes as gifts to the children in your life. You know they’ll break or fall apart before the birthday candles are blown out and there’s no telling how many harmful chemicals they contain.
Recently, I vowed to do my very best to stop buying these types of products for my family and friends. It’s not always easy. But I keep reminding myself that cheap products cost more in the long run because they need to be replaced more often and it’s just not worth exposing my loved ones to potential toxins. Plus, we try to live as sustainably as possible, so mindlessly contributing to our disposable culture is simply not an option.
Well, guess what? Since I started looking into high-quality products made from non-toxic and sustainable materials, I’ve realized that they’re not all as expensive as I thought. So many amazing visionaries have worked hard to create superior products that won’t burn a hole in your wallet.
Point in case: these Tot-approved gifts for kids under $100. You can rest easy knowing that they’ve passed our stringent quality and safety tests. Don’t you love it when someone else does the hard work for you?
$100 and under
Rocket ship ($100): Children’s imaginations will soar to outer space with this beautifully detailed Four-Stage Rocket Ship by Hape. Made from brightly colored natural wood and featuring three sides, four levels and 20 pieces, it will keep little minds occupied for hours on end. Ages 3 and up.
Hape Wonder Wagon ($99): Built to be played with, pulled and loaded up with fun, Hape’s Wonder Wagon is easy to use and built to comply with the highest safety standards. 18 months and up.
Wooden piano ($80): Aspiring pianists will spend hours tickling the ivories on this gorgeous wooden Playful Piano by Hape. It promotes musical creativity, dexterity and hand-eye coordination. Ages 3 and up.
Swan mobile ($76): Babies will drift off to sleep dreaming of graceful birds gliding over calm lakes with this beautiful mobile hanging over their beds. Petit Pehr’s Felt Swan Mobile is designed in Canada and handmade with felted wool in India. From birth.
Grace Mothers: Letters To Our Children ($50): A collection of thought-provoking letters written by mothers from all over the world to their children, Grace Mothers features over 60 extraordinary women from different fields and is both an intimate insight into the joys and tribulations of motherhood and a celebration of mothers and their children everywhere.
Mother Denim x The Tot x Modern Blocks Mother Loves You Block Set ($80): Exclusively for The Tot, MOTHER Denim has paired with Jessie Shriber of Modern Blocks to create a unique set of blocks for mamas and tots everywhere.
$75 and under
Wooden activity gym ($75): Clover & Birch’s Wooden Activity Gym is like no other with its minimalistic design and natural aesthetic. Crafted from the finest local pine, it includes three mobile accessories that encourage hand-eye coordination. From birth.
Mini wooden play kitchen ($75): Hape makes beautiful wooden toys that encourage imaginative play, and Hape’s Mini Modern Kitchen is no exception. With big white knobs that really turn, an oven that opens, and a stovetop complete with pot and pan, your mini master chef will be in culinary heaven. Ages 3 and up. (Shop play kitchens here.)
Leather booties ($59): Tiny feet stay warm and cozy in these gorgeous Donsje Amsterdam Pina Lining Booties handmade from high-quality brushed nubuck leather and featuring an anti-slip sole. The timeless unisex design makes them perfect for all the small children in your life. From birth.
Early Riser You Are My Sunshine French Terry Blanket ($52): Made from 100% French terry organic cotton, Early Riser’s ultra soft baby blankets provide comfort that soothes and calms baby for a restful sleep.
$50 and under
Butterfly wings ($46): Lovelane Designs’ beautiful Butterfly Wings will delight the imagination of the fluttering flutterby in your life! Made of quilted kona cotton and printed with non-toxic, eco-friendly inks, they’re available in pink or mint. From 12 months.
Rabbit doll ($40): Each Pani Pieska Rabbit Doll is created with love in a small workshop in the Bieszczady Mountains in Poland. Thanks to its 100% cotton design, it’s super soft and cuddly! Ages 3 and up.
Stroller blanket ($38): Milkbarn’s 100% organic cotton Stroller Blanket will keep wee ones warm and safe at home and on the go. Choose between two adorable, gender-neutral prints: grey whales and yellow giraffes. From birth.
The Day the Crayons Quit book ($30): This hilarious book by debut author Drew Daywalt and New York Times bestseller Oliver Jeffers tells the story of a little boy named Duncan who desperately wants to color, but is shocked to find his crayons have quit! For every book sold, Tiny Bee Gift Co donates a second book to low-income children. From birth.
Teething necklace ($18): Loulou Lollipop’s Teething Necklace is a stylish way for moms to deal with their tots’ teething pain. They can simply throw it over their favorite outfit and let their little ones gnaw away when their gums cause them grief – brilliant! The beads are made from 100% FDA-approved food-grade silicone, and they’re non-toxic and eco-friendly. (Shop teething accessories here.)