For parents who've been wringing their hands over the lead-paint-in-toys fiasco, The Daily Green has four tips on buying domestically made toys that adhere to far stricter manufacturing guidelines. (The site has also helpfully provided an extensive list of U.S.-made toys.)
1. Shop early: Lots of parents are looking for these toys. No last minute shopping. This means now.
2. Shop local independent retailers: Big-box retailers don't have the time or interest in stocking many of these kinds of toys. You do. So do the smaller toy shops in your local community selling smarter, more creative toys like these.
3. Check out online resources: Let your fingers do the walking across the keyboard to start your search for these toys.
4. Be prepared to pay more: There's a reason those other toys are so cheap. These are made by Americans earning fair wages. Your solution: buy fewer, better quality toys.
Difficulty level: Easy