Nasiba Adilova’s Tot 10 Holiday Gifts

When it comes to gift-giving, The Tot Founder and Mama of Three, Nasiba Adilova, takes the job very seriously. As a lover of things that are sustainable, non-toxic, educational and versatile, her top 10 gift picks for kids will stand the test of time and tick all the right boxes.

Kids small wooden train set

My family teases me, but it’s true: I pride myself on being an exceptional gift-giver.

Nothing brings me more joy than to see a child’s face light up when they receive a science kit that makes them wonder about the world or a toy that encourages them to dash outside for a session of some serious active play.

As the mother of three very busy kids under the age of six as well as an advocate for play-based learning, I’m all about gifting toys with an educational element! In this article, I’ll go over my holiday gift ideas for kids as well as what types of chemicals I avoid in toys (and in general!)

 

Chemicals to avoid in kids toys

Since I’m all too aware of what may be lurking in a lot of mainstream toys, The Tot team and I search really hard to find products that pass The Tot Test. This means that we’ve looked deep into third-party testing, examined ingredients lists and asked in-depth questions to ensure that a product we use doesn’t contain any of the chemicals we avoid.

When it comes to products for kids, I am adamant about steering clear of the below chemicals:

  • BPA + BPS
  • PVC
  • Harmful phthalates
  • Formaldehyde
  • Lead and other heavy metals

Click here to see the full list of chemicals we avoid and why.

 

Holiday gift ideas for kids

When looking for toys, I like to make sure that they’re the type of thing that can be played with in multiple ways or can grow with my children.

I also like things that facilitate open ended play. Essentially any type of play without set rules or desired outcomes, children get to think, imagine, problem solve, and learn all while having loads of fun and building confidence.

Below is a list of gift ideas for this upcoming holiday!

  • Climbing triangle
  • Indoor ball pit
  • Wooden small world story scene
  • Ride on toy
  • Wooden small world animal sets
  • Gardening kit
  • Play kitchen & food toys
  • Eco Bricks
  • Train set
  • Personalized organic cotton sweatshirts for the whole family

Keep reading to see my product picks for each!

 

My Tot 10 holiday gift picks:

 

Lily & River Birch Wood Climber

 

Lily & River Birch Climber White Rockwall

 

Climbing triangles are so important for both a baby and toddler’s cognitive and physical development. Suitable for indoor and outdoor use, the Lily & River Climber offers loads of different configurations as well as an engaging board book!

Available in Birch Hardwood and Bamboo, it’s finished with non-toxic VOC-free finishes.

 

Lily & River Birch Climber White Ladder

 

Lily & River Birch Wood Climber

 

Ranging from $350 to $533.95

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Lily & River Bamboo Climber Ladder

Lily & River Bamboo Climber

 

Ranging from $449.95 to $633.95

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Balu Organics Medium Ball Pit

 

A little girl wearing HART + LAND clothing and playing in a Balu Organics Ball Pit

 

What I love most about the Balu Organics Ball Pit is that it can be used with or without balls! First, babies will love doing tummy time and learning to sit up in it. As they get older, they’ll adore getting to use it as a classic ball pit or in an epic game of make believe!

 

Balu Organics Large Ball Pit Grey

 

Balu Organics Medium Ball Pit – Grey

 

$229

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Wobbel Balance Board

 

best balance board the wobbel

 

My kids are OBSESSED with their Wobbels! They seriously lounge in them, use them as step stools, rock on them and even use them as ramps for their cars! Available in both a raw and felt baking, they’re suitable for use on both hard and soft flooring.

 

Wobbel Original Board

 

Wobbel – The Original

 

$149

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Wobble Baby Mouse Gray

 

Wobbel – The Original w/ Felt

 

$189

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Let Them Play Story Scene Bundle

 

Let Them Play Story Scene Rainbow

 

Small world toys like the Let Them Play Story Scene bundle allow kids to engage in open ended play, use their imaginations and develop their own narratives. Made of sustainably-sourced New Zealand pine plywood and hand-dyed using food-grade dyes, this gift will set the scene for numerous adventures!

 

 

Let Them Play Story Scene Bundle

Let The Play Story Scene Bundle 

 

$150

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Baghera Peugeot Darl’Mat Rider

 

Baghera’s metal ride ons are the types of toys you have forever. Truly heirloom quality, they’re the perfect introduction to gross motor play.

 

Baghera Rider Peugeot DarMat Beige

 

Baghera Peugeot Darl’Mat Rider

 

$215

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Holztiger Animal Sets

 

Wooden Holztiger animal figureines on a living room floor with a wicker basket in the background

 

When it comes to facilitating imaginative play, you simply can’t go wrong with the Holztiger wooden animal sets. Great for expanding vocabulary and small world play, it’s also a fun way to discover facts about the animal kingdom.

 

Holztiger Forest Bundle

 

Holztiger Forest Set

 

$41.99

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Holztiger Safari Bundle

 

Holztiger Safari Set

 

$51.99

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Guidecraft Hollow Blocks

 

Guidecraft Wooden Blocks

 

Block play is a fun way for kids to gain spacial awareness, design and build structures and experience the concept of cause and effect. Guidecraft’s hollow blocks are particularly great for kids who want to use them to build a house for imaginative play, as a display for small toys and nature objects or even as shelves for when playing ‘shops!’

 

Guidecraft Hollow Blocks

 

Guidecraft Hollow Blocks

 

$199.95

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Once Kids Bamboo Eco Bricks 

Once Kids Eco Bricks Bamboo 250

Eco Bricks are the eco-friendly LEGO alternative you’ve been looking for! Available in bamboo and eco-friendly natural beech wood, they can even be colored on!

 

Once Kids Eco Bricks 250

 

Once Kids Bamboo Eco Bricks – 250 Pieces

 

$110

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Once Kids Eco Bricks Bamboo - 250 Piece

 

Once Kids Beech Wood Eco Bricks – 250 Pieces

 

$110

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TenderLeaf  Wild Pines Train Set

 

 

Kids can get lost for hours in the world of mini train sets! This set by Tender Leaf Toys has all the elements of a great train set – wildlife, forests, a homestead, trains, logs, boulders and more!

 

Tender Leaf Toys Wild Pines Train Set

 

TenderLeaf  Wild Pines Train Set

 

$99.99

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HART + LAND Personalized Organic Cotton Sweatshirts 

 

A mother and her kids wearing HART + LAND personalized organic cotton sweatshirts

 

If there’s one thing I love more than solid, non-toxic and educational toys, it’s family matching! Exclusively available from The Tot, you can now get these insanely soft organic cotton HART + LAND sweatshirts personalized with colorful patches!

 

HART + LAND organic cotton personalized zip hoodie

 

HART + LAND Baby/Toddler Organic Solid Personalized Zip Hoodie – Colored Patches

 

$52

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HART + LAND Personalized organic cotton sweatshirt

 

HART + LAND Baby/Toddler/Big Kid Organic Solid Personalized Sweatshirt – Colored Patches

 

$50

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HART + LAND organic cotton personalized sweatshirt for women

 

HART + LAND Women’s Organic Solid Personalized Sweatshirt – Colored Patches

 

$60

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