Baby Bling with Ali Wing: Angelina Jolie – Have Toys, Will Play

There’s no doubt that world traveler and United Nations spokeswoman Angelina Jolie exposes her family to world culture. There also seems to be a heavy emphasis on play, as evidenced by Maddox’s ATV-focused birthday bash, shopping trips to FAO Schwarz and eToys, and the fact that there are more paparazzi pix of them in toy stores than almost any other venue.

The question is whether Angelina realizes she can blend her love of children, belief in world issues and penchant for Africa with toys that are as good for the world as they are fun to play with. Following are three of my favorite toymakers that would make great choices for the Jolie-Pitts.

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Pastel Toys are handcrafted by adults with developmental and physical disabilities. Their wooden toys include choices ranging from pull toys to ride-on airplanes that exude a simple, old-fashioned style, and the proceeds help sustain the Israeli village where the toymakers live.

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Vibrant colors, hand stitching, and a global aesthetic make Zid Zid Kids a great choice for any globally conscious parent. Handmade in and inspired by Morocco, these handmade toys look like they’ve come straight from a foreign bazaar with an emphasis on craftsmanship, whimsical detail and bold color.

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And Plan Toys builds cool, developmental toys that are also good for our earth, including everything from wooden musical instruments to dollhouses made in Thailand from recycled rubberwood.

For the kid who has everything, give them the world!


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