Etsy Gift Guide: A Merry Montessori Christmas

Etsy Gift Guide: A Merry Montessori Christmas

As Christmas is fast approaching, I thought I’d start off by sharing some of my favorite transport toys, all available on Etsy. I have three children myself, so I’m always on the lookout for simple, well-designed toys, often handcrafted in wood and preferably eco-friendly.

Traditional or modern, natural or handpainted, wooden toys definitely have a timeless quality, and I think little boys (and girls) will be playing with trains, boats and planes for years to come.

Montessori Christmas Sled

Wooden Toy Christmas Sled
Available for $14 at Mumsybird

I love this simple, Waldorf-inspired Montessori Christmas sled & peg people set. Handpainted with a non-toxic watercolor paint and finished with non-toxic beeswax and jojoba, this simple toy could double as a festive decoration for your little one’s room when coupled with Mumsybird’s beautiful rocking trees.

Wooden Toy Car and Truck Set via Etsy

Wooden Toy Car & Truck Set
Available for $26 at Little Sapling Toys

Little Sapling Toys needs no introduction. Durable and completely natural, their two-piece car and truck set made from maple and walnut comes in a cotton drawstring carrying pouch. I love the dark, chunky wheels and it’s comforting to know that Little Sapling plants a new tree for every toy sold!

Wooden Toy Passenger Bus via Etsy

Wooden Toy Passenger Bus
Available for $23 at A Summer Afternoon

Generously-sized and originally-shaped, this fun, Montessori bus by comes with four passenger peg dolls for hours of pretend play. It’s crafted from walnut, sanded smooth and finished with beeswax. A great modern heirloom toy for play and display.

Wooden Airplane Toy via Etsy

Wooden Airplane Toy
Available for $14 at Imagination Kids

Eye-catching, eco-friendly design that’s easy on the pocketbook! These airplanes come in seven different colors, all AP/ACMI certified non-toxic. They are handcrafted from sustainably harvested wood and finished with a natural wood polish made from beeswax, jojoba oil, and essential oils, mmm!

Wooden Boat Puzzle via Etsy

Wooden Boat Puzzle
Available for $60 at A Summer Afternoon

Is it a boat? Is it a puzzle? No, it’s a boat-puzzle and block set, guaranteed to keep your little one occupied for hours. I love the fact that this developmental toy has been handcrafted from different types of wood (walnut, maple, cherry, alder, mahogany, oak, and hickory), creating a color contrast to promote shape and color recognition (along with other fine and gross motor skills). Another smart toy from A Summer Afternoon.

Walnut Toy Transport Truck via Etsy

Walnut Toy Transport Truck
Available for $12 at Bannor Toys

I am totally smitten with Bannor Toys’ wooden vehicles. I love their original, modern shapes, perfect for a baby’s grip, and can see this semi-truck set being kept out on display. You can choose from a variety of woods and can be sure that this handcrafted toy will be finished with a child-friendly, 100% natural beeswax and flaxseed oil finish. The semi-truck comes with a care card and drawstring carry bag for easy travel or storage. I want one, now!