This post was written by guest contributor Jess Chamberlain, a Seattle-based writer whose love of good design is second only to her passion for environmentally friendly—and locavore—living. Look for her #MadeInAmerica posts all month on our blog.
45-Piece Building Block Set, $65. Photos courtesy of A Summer Afternoon.
Fort Collins, Colorado-based A Summer Afternoon
is my go-to for all-natural baby gifts. How gorgeous are these woods?! The incredible craftsmanship of Aaron and Erin Nuland, each piece is handmade from hardwoods (walnut, cherry, maple) and organic finishes (the teethers are finished with food-grade beeswax) with the highest attention to detail.
The helicopter and flatbed truck are beyond cute, but the wooden blocks set is my favorite. And it's not just for kiddos! These blocks reside on my living room coffee table and inspire creativity amongst friends well beyond their toddler years.
When was the last time you built something?
Walnut Car ($15) and Flatbed Truck ($25).
Cherry Teething Ring, $12.
Cherry Workbench and Tools, $50.
Helicopter, $40.Walnut Counting Rattle, $22.