Merry Christmas… I need your help

We’re doing the 100%-non-made-in-China thing for Christmas. Can anyone recommend some stellar toys not made in China, not made in the Marianas, not made by sweatshop labor anywhere, not having anything to do with any movie or television character?

(We’re already fully committed to the Lego bandwagon. All Fisher wants for Christmas is the Lego Mindstorms NXT set. All that costs is $250. Ha ha ha ha ha ha.)

(Here’s a cute Flash animation on how Lego bricks are made.)

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About Molly Newman

Writer, cook and trivia/spelling bee hostess, living it up in North Portland.
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6 Responses to Merry Christmas… I need your help

  1. Lori V. says:

    It *could* be worse… there’s a super-duper-high-tech-fully-to-scale Millennium Falcon that’s $500… but it’s not available in the U.S. … SHUCKS!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Look at my blog post, from right after we moved to Portland. Now, this only works if everyone agrees to it….if the kids aren’t in the spirit of it then it won’t work. But do check out the Saturday Market!
    Here’s the Christmas blog post:
    http://sanfranfamily.blogspot.com/2005/12/and-update-on-us.html

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Oh, heh, I just noticed that you already commented on that post. So I guess you’ve seen it!

  4. Herm says:

    Well, there are a few ideas here (ahem):
    http://tinyurl.com/29esrp

  5. Paul says:

    Molly,
    In 05, when we had just got to Portland and made the simple gift pledge, I scouted around and found a local seller of handmade stuffed pets, using recycled materials:
    http://www.perfectchildren.etsy.com
    Marc Willworth was a delight to meet. He sells at Last Thursday on Aberta. He even fixed the toy months later when one of the eyes came off.
    We got a stuffed toy named Yabbo for Zac. I was terrified he wouldn’t like it. But he truly loved it, in a totally “Calvin and Hobbes” way. About a year later, when he had to pick out an email address, he chose “zacnyab.” That felt truly great.
    Paul

  6. Magpie Ima says:

    Portland is great for buying handmade!
    You might want to look at some of these:http://www.handmadebazaar.org/links.php
    And here: http://wweek.com/editorial/3005/4585/

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