I first stumbled upon Smiling Tree Wooden Toys when on the search for a wooden teether for Brielle. She had been miserable all day; drooling, biting everything she could find, and with her hands constantly in her mouth. I was so surprised to find not only do they make awesome personalized teethers, but a plethora of other amazing wooden toys and even home decor.
Inspired after the birth of their first child, Smiling Tree toys is a husband-wife business based out of rural Minnesota. They transform one of nature’s best resources, wood, into timeless, safe and unique wooden toys all in their families small wood shop (an old, red barn). Not only do they make amazing products, but they also give back. They both served in the Peace Corp for several years. This experience affected them profoundly and they donate a portion of every sale from Smiling Tree toys to the Peace Corps, focusing on education and environmental projects that benefit children. I love when companies help out and give back to others…it makes me feel even better about supporting these companies and shops.
Smiling Tree Toys create so many different one of a kind items (most which can be personalized), such as:
- Teethers – alphabet, states, animals, etc.
- Rattles – my favorite is the guitar!
- Blocks – keepsake birth/baptism, name, building, alphabet, numbers
- Wooden toys – name puzzle, camera & moon balancer are my favs!
- Ornaments – perfect personalized gifts
- Decor & Accessories – birth block, cross, stepping stool, zipper charms
- For the Home – the spatula and cutting set is amazing! I’m totally getting one.
I was lucky enough to be able to work with Smiling Toys and share with you a few thoughts and pics of a few of my favorite items from their shop. Also, stay tuned because there is a great giveaway in the works for you guys too (more info below)!
For Brielle, I chose to get the U.S. state teether and had it personalized with her name. She can easily grab it and there are so many soft, sanded edges for her to gnaw on. She has been going to town on this since the moment we received it. They are made from sustainable hard maple and I love that the wood is naturally antibacterial, will not splinter and are non-toxic. It really seems to give her swollen little gums some relief and it’s super cute as well. I’m a sucker for anything that represents the “Mitten” and this is it. I’ll be keeping these in mind for gifts in the future too!
Aiden has been very interested with learning letters lately, so I took advantage of this interest and chose a name puzzle toy for him. This would be a perfect gift for a new baby, preschooler or toddler! I love that not only is it a great educational toy, but it’s also stylish enough to be used as a decoration or even as a photo prop. The puzzle is made from two tones of wood which gives it such a pretty contrast. Aiden loves identifying each letter and putting them into their correct spot.
Be sure to check out both of our Instagram accounts (linked below) to enter to win a name puzzle for your little one (or as a great gift)! The giveaway will begin on Wednesday (August 24) at 5pm EST. Contest ends on Sunday, August 28th and winner will be announce on Monday.
Follow both our Instagram accounts below and look for the giveaway posts:
If interested in learning more about Smiling Tree Toys, be sure to check out the rest of their social media.