This clip-on stroller chain by German company Heiss features colourful interactive parts and sturdy craftsmanship. Plus, it’s hand-carved and non-toxic. $45. Chick Pea Children’s Boutique, 1395 Wellington St. W., 613-761-7600.
Cuddle up with a cheerful crocheted bunny that is handmade of 100% organic cotton. She wears a pretty dress and is ready to join any tea party. Washable and non-toxic, she is part of the much-loved Anne-Marie Petit collection from Amsterdam. $62. Peek-a-boo Natural Toys, 92 Wellington St. W., 613-421-2329.
Give the gift of music with a xylophone that helps develop hand-eye co-ordination and reinforce a child’s natural sense of rhythm. The bars have rounded corners for safety, plus it’s made of chemical-free kiln-dried recycled rubber wood and water-based dyes. $27.99. Mrs. Tiggy Winkles, 809 Bank St., 613-234-3836, (and four other locations).
This charming wooden car will keep little ones entertained for hours. A single wire with five different brightly coloured beads is perfect for young toddlers ($22). An adorable wooden elephant can be pushed about by hand or pulled along by its red cotton cord. And it is a perfect set of wheels for a small doll or stuffed toy. Handcrafted in Germany, it’s made from solid alder wood, soft leather, and felt ($58). Nest European Toys + Home, nest.ca.
A wooden theatre from Heritage Toys & Games includes a stage and five characters and is sure to bring some drama to Christmas morning ($28). Mixed pine pre-lit tree ($254.50). Tinseltown, 1096 Somerset St. W., 613-680-7557.