Etsy Shop Spotlight: Simple Gifts

Posted on Feb 10, 2013 by 2 Comments
Etsy Shop Spotlight: Simple Gifts

I don’t do Waldorf homeschooling, but I have to admit that Waldorf toys fascinate me.

I love that they are eco-friendly and encourage children to be creative. I am thrilled that they don’t require me to buy tons of batteries or spend hours search for plastic parts that have fallen off during my son’s playtime. Plus, Waldorf toys are really cute!

One interesting source of handmade Waldorf toys is the Simple Gifts Etsy shop. This shop sells rhythm rings, wooden chalkboard blocks, puzzles, and nursing necklaces.

My favorite item, however, is the peg people featured in this post. I love the soft colors and the little acorn cap hats. They remind me of a child-friendly version of the popular Willow Tree figurines.

Everything on Simple Gifts seems very reasonably priced, with almost all of the items offered costing less than $20. So, even if you’re on a tight budget, you can still pick up a few quality toys for your little one to enjoy.

Simple Gifts is owned by Lisa McSpadden and is based in Indiana. Ms. McSpadden is a formal social worker turned Waldorf homeschooler, so her products are based on her professional experiences as well as her work with her own children.

Simple Gifts is fairly new, but seems to be quite promising. Since October 2012, Simple Gifts has had 37 sales and maintained a 100% feedback rating.

What do you think of this Etsy shop?

Photo credit: Simple Gifts

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Dana Hinders

Dana Hinders lives in Iowa with her husband and son. She has been a freelance writer since shortly after earning her degree in journalism from The University of Iowa in 2003. She writes extensively about parenting, crafts, and creative ways to save money. Visit her at

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  • Living The Scream

    Those look adorable, how neat!


    The math blocks at that site look like they would be safe for younger kids… and educational.  I haven’t seen anything like them anywhere else either.