*I have been compensated for this post in the form of a product. All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post is sponsored by Smiling Tree Toys*
As my children get older, the holidays become more important. It won’t be long before they are celebrating with families of their own and I want to make each Christmas as memorable as possible. Along with those “must-have” toys and gadgets, I have begun giving each of my children a special gift that they will treasure for years to come. I was at a loss this year on what to get my almost 2-year old. Smiling Tree Toys came to the rescue however, and they were generous enough to send me a Spell Well Name Puzzle to review. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was the perfect “special” gift.
Justin and Kathleen, two loving parents from rural Minnesota, founded Smiling Tree Toys. In 2010, the couple starting toying with the idea of creating handmade wooden toys and they spent the next few years bringing their ideas to life. The owners are involved in all aspects of the production process which takes place right in their family’s wood shop. The business offers a vast product line ranging from puzzles and building blocks to home decor and ornaments. Almost any of the products available can be customized.
Smiling Tree Toys is dedicated to ensuring every part of their production process is respectful to mother earth. The products are crafted from sustainable harvested American hardwoods and other consciously sourced materials before being finished with a unique organic camelina oil/beeswax that is homegrown on the family’s land. Justin and Kathleen also believe in giving back and donate a portion of profits to Peace Corps development projects around the world. As former Peace Corps volunteers, this cause is very important to them.
The Spell Well Name Puzzle can be customized with any name (up to 9 letters) making it a wonderful gift for children of all ages. Handcrafted in Minnesota, it features a dark walnut base with contrasting maple letters. The beautiful puzzle is finished with the Smiling Tree Toys special blend of organic oil and beeswax. The base is 4″ tall and the length depends on the number of letters in the name. A special message can even be added to the back if desired.
This Spell Well Name Puzzle is absolutely gorgeous. The care that went into making it is apparent with just a glance. It is also very durable so I am confident it will last my little one for many, many years. This puzzle encourages learning through play as it strengthens hand-eye coordination and motor skills. It also helps kids learn letters and the spelling of their name. You can purchase a Spell Well Name Puzzle right from the Smiling Tree Toys website for $23.00. Browse their extensive line of heirloom toys and home decor for more great gift ideas.