Waldorf Gifts to Give

 

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Handmade rainbow gnomes and book 

 

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Wool Gluckskafer horse and duck in a handmade basket

 

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Handmade pouch (from handmade wool)

 

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Handmade peg queen, king and prince with fairy tale book

 

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Hand knit vegetables of organic cotton (free pattern here) and wooden cutting board and knife

 

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Ostheimer wooden unicorn and princess with fairy tale book

 

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Ostheimer wooden unicorns with book

 

waldorf gifts to give watercolor journal and pencils waldorf inspired moms Follow Me on Pinterest

Handmade watercolor journal (see how to make it here) and Waldorf Selection Lyra pencils

When I was running and was the buyer for our Waldorf school store, the number one request that I got was “Please help me find a Waldorf gift!”.

And it’s hard.  What exactly IS a Waldorf gift?

When my children first started in our Waldorf Kindergarten, I felt so insecure about gift giving to my children’s classmates.  No plastic!  No faces painted or sewn on dolls!  No name brands!  I ended up being ultra safe and gave things like beeswax crayons–wrapped in plain brown paper with a handmade card.

After some much needed time and experience however, I realized that there truly are very few Waldorf purists and most families were Waldorf inspired  like we were.  I relaxed a little and started to try to focus more on giving beautiful age appropriate gifts that were made of natural materials.  This was especially important with younger children who can truly feel how good natural materials feel in their hands.

And of course, Waldorf values handwork, so I would try to include handmade toys whenever I could.

As it often happens, we find ourselves in a cluster of birthdays and celebrations to go to–mainly for younger children.  If you’re a Mom like me, you have a gift “stash” built up and today I was pulling together some Waldorf gifts to give.  For a very special 1st birthday party (a big cultural celebration here in Hawaii), I’ll add a gift card  to the beautiful wooden princess and unicorn.  For a neighbor who just gave birth to a little girl, I’ll add quality natural baby products to the small basket of white felt animals.  For my son’s classmate, I’ll stitch a quick wool pouch (with a little money inside) to add to the watercolor journal and pencils.

But now that my children are growing older, they (and their friends) are most happy with the new and hip things.  For my 9 year old son and his friends, it’s games (Kendama anyone?) and yo yo’s.  For my eleven year old daughter, it’s anything “cool” that makes her feel a bit more grown up…

But then again, I think that kids of any age would like a little wool pouch with a bit of money in it.  Even in a handmade wool pouch, cash is always “cool”! (with a handmade card of course!)

 

Joining Nicole, Katherine

 


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  1. I want to win all of it:) The handmade pouch is looks amazing.
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  2. These look wonderful :) Some great ideas for different ages, thank you for sharing.
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  3. Those handmade gnomes are so precious. This reminds me my daughter (1) needs more of these beautiful toys and less made in china plastic!
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    • HI Madaline,
      Thank so much…Yes, it’s fun and so rewarding to make toys for your children. Your daughter is at such a magical and wonderful age–enjoy your time with her! Thanks so being here and aloha, Lori

  4. This is so creative and cute! Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!
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