If you have a child, odds are he/she has caught Frozen-fever. We can't claim to get "Let It Go" out of your head, but we have rounded up a few cold weather clothes and accessories that will allow your little one to indulge in his or her Frozen infatuation without handing your bottom dollar over to Walt Disney. These caps, sweaters, and toys all possess that Nordic flair (since the fictional kingdom of Arendelle was modeled after beautiful and picturesque Norway), but they are homemade, eco-friendly, and/or created by small businesses with a small and thoughtful footprint. Read on for some cold weather gear and toys that will have your family answering "Yes" whenever anyone asks if you want to build a snowman. Still hankering for more? Check out etsy for affordable fjord art for your child's room or cozy up with some Nordic-inspired sheets!
Popular kids line Hanna Andersson features this adorable nordic sweater with three cheery colors options. Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified, we wish the cotton was completely organic (like so many Hanna Andersson products), but we know from experience that this line can stand up to heavy kid use, meaning it will be a favorite hand-me-down heirloom for any lucky siblings.
These handmade blocks feature Norwegian letters on one side; after all. it’s never too early to learn another language. Linguistics aside (the Norwegian alphabet contains the same 26 letters as the English alphabet, plus a few more!). These beautiful blocks by Little Saplings Toys are made from sanded walnut, maple, and cherry wood and are finished with organic jojoba oil and beeswax. Every toy sold out of this Utah-based family business means another tree planted through Trees for the Future.
Staying outside for any length of time in the winter can be tricky, unless your little ones are bundled up tight. Tots will love these brightly colored mittens, handmade from recycled wool sweaters. Check out etsy for similar designs and colors or get inspired to knit your own using any old family sweaters.
These colorful handmade caps feature a snowflake pattern and sweet contrasting details as well as a tassel and braided ties. This bright yet basic design will keep little ones happy even once their Frozen fervor wanes (if it ever does), and parents will be happy knowing their kids are covered, cozy, and comfortable since the hat is made from cotton instead of scratchy wool.
5. Nordic Dirndl
This beautiful yet wearable Anna-inspired dress or dirndl is perfect for dress-up all year round. This jumper features details such as gold trim, a layered skirt, and rich colors and is handcut and sewn. Available from baby sizes up to age 8, this dress is much better constructed than some of the polyester versions we’ve seen and could be a great Halloween costume as well.
6. Reindeer Toy
Lovable reindeer Sven can become a regular part of playtime. This handmade wooden reindeer is crafted from beech and maple wood and finished with non-toxic water colors. It’s sturdy and sweet with realistic colors that give this toy a timeless quality. Another cute, ec0-friendly option is this bendable reindeer from Anamalz.