What are the Etsy Design Awards?
To all you Etsy shoppers and trend hunters — this post is for you!
100 finalists of the second-annual Etsy Design Awards have just been revealed.
Out of more than 113,000 wooden toys available on Etsy, just 3 have been selected as finalists in the Etsy Design Awards!
The Etsy Design Awards cast a spotlight on the platform’s trendiest items from diverse sellers all around the world.
This year, the finalists are organized into 10 categories with 10 items each. The same categories that you know and love from Etsy:
- Home & Living
- Kids ← Check out the wooden toys here!
- Paper & Party
At Oddblocks, we love modern wooden blocks and toys, so we’re head over heels to see these trendy wooden toys in the list of finalists! We’ve always known wooden toys are a hot commodity, and this just goes to prove it!
Judges (including Drew Barrymore) will select the winners of the Etsy Design Awards by the end of October — awarding a $15,000 Grand Prize for the one single Best-Of-The-Best, and a secondary $1,000 Category Prize for the each category’s Best-In-Class.
But that’s not all. This year, you can participate in the competition, too!
To show your support for trendy wooden toy design, go ahead and vote in the Etsy People’s Choice Award before October 7th. Simply add the item to your favorites on Etsy. Whichever product gets the most new favorites during the voting period before October 7th will receive a $5,000 prize and the coveted Etsy People’s Choice Award.
Without further adieu, behold 2020’s trendiest wooden toys!
UPDATE: The contest has concluded, and the winners have been announced! Myminifam’s personalized wooden family figures won the kid’s category prize!
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Wooden Tea Set by Toys With Emotions
Tea for two, and a tasty dessert too? Yes, please!
This wooden tea set is something parents and children alike will fall in love with at first sight. It comes with all the tea-time trinkets for a proper British afternoon tea-time where your child can practice etiquette in a fun and imaginative manner.
With its simple shapes and calm color scheme, this wooden tea set’s place in the 2020 Etsy Design Awards is well deserved. It’s a tea-time treasure that’s not only pleasing to the eye but also friendly to the environment. Each piece is made of linden wood and coated with eco-friendly and child-safe colored wax.
Toys With Emotions is a well-chosen brand name — I’m getting emotional about wooden tea sets! If you browse through the Toys With Emotions shop, you’ll find they specialize in kid-friendly wooden play kitchenware — all with parent-approved natural materials and inspiring minimal design.
Personalized Wooden Family Figurines by Myminifam
Remember the story of Pinocchio — the real boy who was made of wood? The folks at Myminifam brand are flipping the story inside out. They let you make your family into wood.
These personalized wooden family figurines make the perfect gift from one parent to the other — and will certainly become a cherished modern family heirloom.
Myminifam takes personalized design to a whole new level — giving personal attention to each and every order! No matter how many kids you have, you can custom order a piece for every member of the family — whether adult, child, or baby. You can send in pictures of your family members, or even write a note about which details are important to you. Myminifam will send you sketches based on your unique request and start making the final product after you approve.
When I was a kid, my parents would cut a notch into a wooden door and etch the date to track my growth — from a young age through to my late teens. Now that custom wooden family figurines are a thing, you could order a set every year or two to keep track of your growing family.
Kudos to Myminifam for such a fresh idea, they definitely get my vote for the most trendy wooden toy!
Wooden Dollhouse by Le mini atelier
Wooden dollhouses are typically known for their classic appeal — something my grandmother would have played with as a child. But when you look at Le mini atelier’s dollhouse — with its contemporary design and stylish miniature furniture — this is not your grandmother’s dollhouse.
The set includes over 60 modern household elements — including furniture, decorations, vases, carpeting, and a whole range of quaint little surprises. And if you take Le mini atelier’s shop, you’ll discover all kinds of tiny wooden dollhouse trinkets — everything your little interior designer could imagine — from bedding to travel gear and tables to wall art.
On a mission to modernize wooden miniatures and doll’s houses, the makers at Le mini atelier derive design inspiration from today’s trendiest home interiors. La Vida Dulce lives here!
Trendy wooden toys for a meaningful cause in 2020
The wooden toys Etsy has selected showcases everything I love about wooden toys — modern, minimal, thoughtful design handmade with natural materials. I admire Etsy as a platform providing independent makers a place to follow their passions, show their creativity to the world, and make a little extra cash too.
2020 has been a challenging year for all of us — with COVID, social, political, and economic turmoil across the board. So, I think it’s really special that Etsy’s going the extra mile to show support for their thriving community of sellers during such a difficult time.
More than unique handmade and vintage items (and our favorite, trendy wooden toys), the 2020 Etsy Design Awards send love and support at a time when we all need it most.
Over to you!
Maybe this is your first time hearing about the Etsy Design Awards. Maybe you followed the excitement last year. Maybe you’re one of the sellers selected as finalists. I’d love to hear from you!
- Have you checked out the finalists? Which item is your favorite?
- Which items or sellers didn’t make the list, that you think should?
Let me know in the comments below!