Holiday Gift Guide: A Toy Garden

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TOBURN112009A Toy Garden is truly a wonderful place to find all sorts of fantastic gifts for children of all ages! After having my own child, I’ve been pretty picky about the toys and gifts that she receives. I’m a fan of the sort of gifts that I know will be treasured for many years to come, much like the products I found while browsing the vast selection offered at A Toy Garden. A Toy Garden is a family based business that offers only the best! You’ll find that they offer a large amount of fair trade toys, as well as toys made 100% in the USA!

I was blessed with the opportunity to review an exclusive SweetiePie Doll as well as  Make It Yourself Candle Kit perfect for the Holiday season!

My daughter loves the Sweetie Pie Doll that we were sent. We’ve named the doll Faye Faye and she travels almost everywhere with my daughter. I’ve never before seen her take to a doll in such a way. Faye Faye does many things with my daughter  throughout the day, they read books together, Melody feeds her doll pretend foods, the doll travels with us when we go out, and once or twice Melody tried to bathe her in the the bathtub! I would not recommend a bath for this doll. This doll can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth but should never be fully immersed in water.

I love so many things about the Sweetie Pie Doll! I love the weight of this doll and learned specifically that each doll is  filled with 1 pound of millet and wool to make him or her feel like a little real baby. Each of the Sweetie Pie Dolls are 13″ tall of which I think is the perfect size for my daughter. As you can see from the photo, the dolls clothes are made from cotton velour. It has hand sewn facial features, it has bangs, eyes, and a slightly smiling mouth. These dolls are recommended for children ages 1-4. These dolls are very special as they are fully customizable from skin , hair, clothing, and eye color. These dolls are created by a sew-at-home mom from Fresno, USA.

Note that a larger version of the Sweetie Pie Doll is offered for older children called the Sweet Pea doll! This doll weighs 4lbs and is best for older children as they can handle the weight and size better. 

IMG_6291 - 2007-07-28 at 16-00-52The Multi-Colored Make It Yourself Candle Kit assembled exclusively by A Toy Garden is a lot of fun! In my mind this candle making kit is the  perfect craft to do together with family and friends during the holiday season!

What this kit includes is 12 8×8 inch sheets  of 100% honeycombed beeswax in 12 different beautiful colors, 4 yards of quality wick, and very easy to follow instructions. Now before I continue on, I thought you should know some facts about Beeswax Candles!

  1. TOBURN1120091Beeswax candles contain none of the harmful chemicals sometimes found in paraffin candles.
  2. Beeswax candles burn significantly longer than paraffin candles.
  3. Beeswax candles burn cleaner than paraffin candles, producing hardly any soot.
  4. Our beeswax taper candles are virtually dripless in normal draft free conditions.
  5. The light emitted by a beeswax candle is much stronger and brighter than that of a paraffin candle.
  6. Beeswax is a renewable resource!
  7. Beeswax candles have a natural aroma and honey scent, no additives needed.
  8. Beeswax candles can be burned around those with allergies or who are sensitive to strong chemical scents.
  9. Natural beeswax candles support our beekeepers; our candles are created out of beeswax made in the USA.

My husband and I are somewhat sensitive to certain scents and many other types of candles can really set off our allergies, so we really appreciate the benefits of beeswax!

My 18 month old daughter and I used this kit together to create such pretty candles! I first prepped the beeswax since it was stored in a cooler place with my blow dryer to make sure it was warm enough to roll. I then cut the wick to the proper size and then let my daughter help me roll each candle out! Since I was working with her, I decided to do the Simple candles but am really look forward to creating multi-colored, tapered, and candles of various heights and thickness! I’m eager to try to make a Christmas Tree styled candle too!

TOBURN1120092I think candles are wonderful gifts and how extra special if the receiver knew you made them yourself! I will most definitely be purchasing this kit again from The Toy Garden especially since I learned that they recommend purchasing their Stockmar Decorating Wax beeswax sheets for thinner pieces of wax to add detailed decorations to the candles. The possibilities are endless and what a fantastic craft to do with children both young and old!

I recommend checking out A Toy Garden! They have a fantastic selection of arts and craft items among the vast selection of toys that encourage imaginative play! As a homeschooler myself, I really appreciate that there is a whole section dedicated to supplies and products geared toward home education.

Free Gift Wrapping with all orders and reasonable priced top quality products! What more could you ask for?

Disclaimer: I was sent a Sweetie Pie Doll and Custom Candle Making Kit for review from The Toy Garden . This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.