9 Reasons to Choose Handmade Toys & Gifts
In a reality where mass production and over-consumption is the norm, there are still many of us aspiring to be mindful of our buying choices. Though it sometimes costs more in dollars and cents, we appreciate the value that can be gained from thoughtful purchasing. Choosing gifts for children, for example, presents an opportunity to steer away from mass produced options. Handmade toys offer a refreshing alternative, bringing artistry, meaning, connection and quality.
The following are a few thoughts on why handmade toys may be the right choice for you and the children in your life.
Quality Craftsmanship: Meticulous attention to detail and a passion for the craft go into every handmade product. These items are built to endure, often made with superior materials and outlasting their mass-produced counterparts.
Connection to the Artisan: Knowing that a skilled artisan poured their heart and soul into creating your handmade toy fosters a sense of connection. In many cases, you can even learn about the maker's personal story and techniques. It is also reassuring to know that the toy you are buying was made by someone in fair and ethical circumstances.
Sustainability: Did you know that the toy industry is the most plastic-intensive industry in the world? Most would agree that the our use of plastics needs to be drastically reduced. Handmade toys are usually made from more natural and sustainable materials such as wood or felt. They are also made with smaller production runs, local sourcing of materials, lasting quality, and a commitment to sustainable practices that contributes to a far smaller carbon footprint.
Supporting Local Communities: Purchasing handmade products bolsters local economies and small businesses. It provides income for individual artisans and promotes community growth. For example, one of our brands - Tara Treasures - supports 150 Nepalese women through employment, so they in turn can support their families and communities.
Artistic Expression: Handmade toys and products often display a level of artistry and creativity that's hard to find in mass production. They can be functional pieces of art that bring beauty and inspiration into your life.
Heritage and Tradition: Handmade products often carry the traditions and culture of a particular region or community. They preserve age-old techniques and cultural heritage for future generations.
Timelessness: Handmade toys often possess a timeless quality. They don't succumb to fleeting trends and can be cherished for generations, becoming family heirlooms. These sailing boats - handmade by Lindon Heirloom Toys - are an example of a classic children's toy that is made to an heirloom quality standard.
Choosing handmade toys means you are supporting small businesses, local communities, and sustainable practices. In return, you receive items of superior craftsmanship - with a unique charm and human touch - that outlast their mass-produced counterparts.
- The Toy Chest Australia