Every time I walk through the toy aisle at a big box store, I'm rather stunned by the doll selection. Or maybe I should say lack of selection. Everything is over the top pink, and if it's not Barbie or Monster High, it's still plastic and often looks cheap. Maybe it's because my mom made a lot of my favorite dolls when I was growing up, but I'm more attracted to stuffed dolls for my preschooler.
According to USA Today, the average kid gets $3 per tooth under their pillow from the tooth fairy. Some parents give up to $20. Why, back in my day I was lucky to get a quarter! I also used to trudge three miles to school in my stockinged feet, lugging a burlap sack instead of a backpack. For a tooth fairy pillow, I used a lump of clay with a hole poked in it, just big enough for a tooth.
If you're looking to give something unique and memorable this holiday season, a plush toy may not be at the top of your list. After all, stuffed animals are a dime a dozen, right? Well, we've scoured Etsy for some truly awesome handmade plush toys that are anything but boring. We think they're the perfect gifts for those creative and edgy kids on your holiday list.
Blogger and crafter Hillary Lang has been teaching people to make dolls for years and now she's teamed up to design ones you can buy. They definitely have that Wee Wonderfuls touch and signature yarn hair.
Little wooden people are great toys. Their shape just barely suggests the human form, which actually gives kids more room to improvise their uses and roles, as opposed to specific figures with defined parameters. Interestingly enough, this basic shape also makes them a perfect candidate for a custom paint job and wardrobe makeover.
These soft robots in a rainbow of colors are modern and fun. Each is handmade and packaged in an eco-friendly cardboard box with a rope handle. If your kid is past the plushie stage, they also makes robot bags.