14 tech-free holiday gifts for kids that inspire imagination

No batteries. No bells and whistles. No bright lights or loud noises.

14 tech-free holiday gifts for kids that inspire imagination

No batteries. No bells and whistles. No bright lights or loud noises. If you're looking for tech-free toys this year to inspire imagination, spark creativity and encourage open-ended play, we've got you, mama.

Here are our 14 favorites for a quieter, more creative holiday season!

1. Classic Rattle

A simple, beautiful hardwood rattle that's easy for little hands to grip + shake and gentle on teething gums.

Colorblock Classic Rattle, Bitte Shop, $19.00

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2. Pinch Toys Retro 80's Cars

Bring back the decade of big hair and wood-paneled station wagons with these awesome retro push cars handcrafted from alder wood and painted with non-toxic, water-based paints.

Retro 80's Cars Set of 3, Bitte Shop, $30.00

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3. Kiko + And GG Wooden Camera

Smile! Your little one will love snapping photos just like a grown up with this imaginative pretend camera.

Wooden Camera, Maisonette, $30.00

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4. PlanToys Preschool Big Drum

While we can't promise this one will provide lots of quiet play, we can promise little ones will love exploring their sensory skills and banging on this drum perfectly sized for preschool hands.

PlanToys Plan Preschool Big Drum, Amazon, $36.00

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5. SensoryPlay Wooden Rainbow Stacker with Acorn Sorting Bowls

This handmade rainbow stacker can be stacked however your little one's heart desires. The acorns and sorting bowls teach colors and help with fine motor skills.

Wooden Rainbow Stacker, Amazon, $49.99

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6. Kid O Free Play Magnatab

Get creative with this learning tool that provides sensory-reinforced learning and provides hours of free-play fun. Kids will love the audible click of the magnetic pen, and you'll love that the beads stay securely captured inside the board.

Kid O Free Play Magnatab, Amazon, $24.00

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7. Maileg Mice

File this one under "toys we wish we could play with as adults." No detail is spared in the world of these whimsical mice, from beautifully stitched mouse clothes to ohh-inducing accessories. Your little ones will never want to leave this magical pretend world!

Maileg Mouse, Maileg USA, $27.00 and up

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8. Prince Lionheart Balance Bike

Balance bikes teach kiddos how to balance, a crucial skill before learning to transition to a traditional bicycle. This beauty has a 100% birch wood frame and an adjustable height seat for easy customization.

Prince Lionheart Balance Bike, Amazon, $74.78

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9. BEKA Traditional Wood Blocks

These solid maple, heirloom quality blocks are a staple of childhood and will be played with for years. Kiddos will love stacking them up, knocking them down and building their own creative masterpieces.

Beka Wooden Blocks, Amazon, $84.99

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10. Peg and Awl Wooden Tree Swing

Let your little one feel the wind through her hair and the freedom to fly with this beautifully handcrafted tree swing. It's easy to secure to any large tree branch and comes with 20' of rope.

Round Wooden Tree Swing, Etsy, $120.00

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11. Petit Collage USA Floor Puzzle

Work on your spacial skills and your geography skills while putting together this bright, vibrant floor puzzle.

Petit Collage Floor Puzzle, Amazon, $16.52

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12. Hazel Village Dolls

Few toys inspire the spirit of play more than dolls. From whimsical forest creatures to exquisitely crafted dolls, these heirloom quality toys will inspire countless hours of imagination.

Hazel Village Dolls, Hazel Village, $40.00 and up

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13. Seedling Design Your Own Superhero Cape Activity Kit

Unleash the power of creativity! We love this art project and dress-up costume all rolled into one.

Seedling Design Your Own Superhero Cape Activity Kit, Amazon, $38.10

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14. The 50 States

One of our go-to gift books of the year, this fact-packed volume explores the 50 states through vibrant maps packed with everything you'd ever want to know about the U.S. of A.

The 50 States: Explore the U.S.A. with 50 fact-filled maps, Amazon, $20.40

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