The Juniper Tree


Gift Ideas for a High School Student November 30, 2009

Filed under: Games & Puzzles,High School Students — junipertree @ 10:00 pm

Having trouble finding a unique gift for that creative, intelligent high school student in your life? Here are some ideas from our store:

1. Solid Graphite Pens. The quill shown above is made of solid graphite. I initially thought the line was aesthetically beautiful, but it’s the writing experience that’s really amazing. The San Francisco artist, Agelio Batle’s website describes, “it invites you to access your imagination and discover its infinite possibilities”. We carry several styles and sizes and a pen to test in the store.

2. Gigamic Games: We have a variety of games from this company such as Quarto, Skybridge, Pylos & Quorido. Several of these games have not only won Mensa “Top 5 Games” awards in previous years but they have also won awards in Europe as well. And all are natural wood games.

3. Buddha Boards: we have a Buddha Board by the register in the store and we are on our 3rd shipment of them since school started this year! Beauty in simplicity. Simply draw on the surface with water. The water evaporates leaving you with a clean slate, ready to create all over again! Come in the store & try it & you’ll see why these sell so well.


Favorite Gifts Under $15 (part 1!) November 27, 2009

Filed under: Gifts under $25,Small Gifts,Wooden Toys — junipertree @ 9:03 pm

I’m constantly seeing creative, affordable items in the store that would make great birthday party gifts, stocking stuffers, etc. Here’s the first of my list..

1. Doll’s ironing board. It’s about 6″ tall and 8″ long (comes with the iron) for only $12! Perfect height for a 15″ to 18″ Waldorf doll. Danish designed. Only 2 left in stock.

2. Hand painted stainless steel canister set of 3 (play kitchen size). Largest is about 7″ tall. Only $12 for the set of 3! Several in stock.

3. Monkey wooden tick tack toe game. $14. There’s also a cute mermaid version of this set in the store.

4. Create your own puzzle. Puzzle pieces are cut & are ready for your child’s artwork. Measures 10″x 14″! Only $5!


Waste Free Lunch Accessories: Great Stocking Stuffers

Filed under: Gifts under $25,High School Students,Home,School Supplies — junipertree @ 7:40 pm

My kids are getting new water bottles & thermoses in their Christmas stockings. I like to mix in the practical gifts & they often show me which of the stylish water bottles they like best in the store. 

Many in our community are trying to going waste free with school lunches: by using reusable sandwich & snack wraps instead of plastic ziplocks & using cloth napkins instead of paper. And some are also migrating away from plastic, so our store carries a HUGE selection of stainless steel water bottles & food containers. We carry the lines: Kids Konserve, Lunch Bots, Kleen Kanteens, Laptop lunch thermoses, Wrap-n-mats, & several different stainless water bottle lines. Many agree that for kindergarten & toddlers, Kleen Kanteen sippy cup tops seem to leak the least. And unlike aluminum water bottles (such as SIGG), all stainless steel water bottles can go in the dish washer.


Unique Play Sets

Filed under: Creative Kits,Eco-friendly Toys,Gifts under $25,Wooden Toys — junipertree @ 6:36 pm

This first set is Haba’s Japanese House in their architectural block series (made in Germany). We carry other sets in the series, such as a Russian house & a Coliseum. The Haba sets are in the $40 to $50 price range. The second photos shows our affordable, recyclable cardboard Western Fort that kids paint ($24)! Other cardboard playsets we carry from this company include paint-your-own fairy castles, doll houses, tree houses & farms (all are $24).


Heifer International + Ostheimer? A toy goose for your child, real geese for a family

Filed under: Eco-friendly Toys,Gifts under $25,Holiday,Small Gifts,Wooden Toys — junipertree @ 3:59 pm

Judith (our store manager) came up with a wonderful gift idea the other day. Give a gift of livestock (such as a flock of geese for $20) to a family through Heifer International in honor of your child this holiday, then give your child a simple wooden animal toy or ornament resembling the animal you donated in their name! Our popular Ostheimer animals above (made in Germany) as well as these cute palm fiber, fair trade animal ornaments would be perfect (below). Palm fiber ornaments are $7.50 each. New Ostheimer shipment just arrived! (prices vary)

If you arent familiar with Heifer International, it’s worth checking out. Heifer gives donated livestock & training to families in developing countries for both food and income. Recipients often share the offspring of gift animals with their communities. Founded in 1944, Heifer has provided millions of families with both food and income. Gifts start at $20. Visit to learn more.


More Creative Kits November 20, 2009

Filed under: Creative Kits — junipertree @ 2:16 pm

We’re constantly searching for unique, creative kits you rarely see online or in retail stores. These kits would be great projects when school is out for the holidays. The first 2 kits below are under $30 and the last 2 are between $40-$50.

1. A beading loom. These looms make  jewelry, key chain decorations, etc. (for ages 8+). See the type of beading the loom produces below.

2. Make your own moccasin kits (in adult & childrens sizes). Older children could even make them for parents or siblings holiday gifts!

3. A crystal radio kit to assemble then listen to am radio. No electricity or batteries required!

4. A pinhole photography kit. Everything you need to take and process a photograph, including a unique slot together wooden camera, photographic paper, developer and fixer, tweezers, gloves etc.


More eco puzzles & games!

Filed under: Eco-friendly Toys,Games & Puzzles,Gifts under $25,Holiday,Wooden Toys — junipertree @ 10:13 am

Check out our newest line of affordable, eco puzzles made from basswood grown in managed forests! Here’s a small sampling of the amazing styles we carry. The dragon is 11″ x 6″ x 1.5″ and is for ages 7+.  The tree balancing game is for 1 to 6 players (ages 6+).  These puzzles & games are in the $15 to $25 range.