When forest-loving wood carver Justin met Kathleen who loves all things sustainable and handmade, it only made sense that the married duo created a business with their two passions. The tree-hugging couple are wooden toymakers, with a mission to “create lifelong childhood memories for families and green the earth for all kids to come”. Their small team of four (plus four kids) works out of their red barn wood shop in Minnesota where they design, handmake and ship their creations. Using sustainable woods, organic finishing, and plastic-free packaging, Smiling Tree Toys manufactures personalized wooden baby and children’s toys as well as ornaments. All come with a lifetime guarantee. They’ve also planted over 80,000 trees and counting as part of their commitment to sustainability.