Shop Talk is written by OM senior editor Dayanti Karunaratne and Sarah Fischer, OM account executive and fashion maven.
If you have little ones on your Christmas list, you know the feeling of wanting to buy that special present, the one that will remain a treasure for years to come. The one that will be passed down through the generations and be known by all family members by an adorable nickname.
And if those little ones have parents concerned about off-gassing and VOCs you might find yourself in an (even more) stressed state out this time of year.
Enter Peek-a-boo Natural Toys & Accessories, a Hintonburg boutique that sells organic, chemical-free, eco-friendly toys that are not only modern but can be enjoyed for generations to come. Brands include Nanchen, a line of dolls made from 100 percent wool from organically raised sheep, and Anne-Claire Petit, a company that directs income to the women who create the hand-crocheted toys in developing countries. Older children (and their DIY-type parents) will love the build-your-own-toy kits.
The Look: Bright and handmade.
Perfect for: Minimalist moms and the organic-obsessed.
USP: Most of the toys are so durable and aesthetically pleasing that they can eventually be used for decoration.
Peek-a-boo Natural Toys & Accessories. 992 Wellington St. W., www.peekaboonaturaltoys.com.
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