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A guest blog by BabyDonkie: Eco – Friendly Gift Ideas Made to Last!

babydonkieLaunched in 2012, BabyDonkie, is a sweet online space dedicated to making shopping for beautiful, high quality, eco-friendly toys and kids décor a simple pleasure.

At BabyDonkie, our philosophy is simple. We believe in purchasing beautiful things that have been made to last. Each brand has been chosen for on trend aesthetic, incredible quality and true value for money. These toys and décor you’ll want to hand down to siblings or friends. And the eco-friendly values of all our brands means you can feel good about the purchases you make.

Eco – Friendly Gift Ideas Made to Last! 

Shopping for birthday parties is no easy task and with 4 kids, I have now been buying birthday gifts for kids for over 12 years! Even owning a toy shop, it can still be hard to come up with the right gift idea. Jess kindly asked me to share some of the best-selling toys at BabyDonkie that are favourites with my customers for birthday gift ideas. These are toys that are eco-friendly, creative and ones that will be played with again and again.

1. Grapat 

Photo: Grapat – You give me Grace

Grapat is a wonderful Spanish brand that is family owned and they make the most incredible wooden toys that can be used in imaginative and open-ended play.

All of Grapat products make fantastic toys but I thought I would pick just a few as suggestions for birthday gifts.

I adore their Grapat Bugs and Grapat Nins Carla as both of these toys can be used for creative play as well as counting or sorting games, colour recognition or small world play. Grapat are all handmade from sustainably sourced wood and finished with non-toxic paints. They are incredibly simple in design to allow the child’s imagination to flourish.

2. Ravensburger


Another best seller at BabyDonkie are Ravensburger puzzles! A relatively new addition in our toy range they have become a firm favourite as the quality of the puzzles are far superior than so many on the market. There are great design choices as well like Dinosaurs, Disney Princesses, ABC, and Animals. They make affordable gifts for all birthday parties.

3. Tenderleaf toys 


Sometimes you need to add something small to a present as you already have perhaps a book or another gift.

I love to gift Tenderleaf toys as they have a great collection of wooden animals that you can buy individually. With penguins, lions, whales, dinosaurs and elephants all on offer, they are great for dinosaur, safari or ocean themed parties.

They also do incredible wooden sets where you get 8 dinosaurs or 10 coastal creatures that come in a gorgeous display case.

4. Orchard Toys


Finally, another fantastic gifting option for kids is a game from Orchard Toys. Orchard Toys are designed and made in the UK and the quality of the product will last for years to come.

A few favourites in store are the Shopping List game which is perfect for ages 3 - 7 years and the Farmyard Heads and Tails game which is suited for ages 1- 4 years. These games are also fun for the whole family!

I hope you have enjoyed my round of gifting ideas for kids’ birthday parties. I know how hard it can be to buy children gifts, but these are tried and tested toys that will be much loved and played with by the birthday child.

Plus, they can be handed down to siblings or friends and you can be happy knowing you have purchased a gift that is eco-friendly, great quality and most importantly will be loved by the birthday child!


Photo: Grapat – Pearl and Pout Photography

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