La Manina: Handcrafted Dolls with a Purpose

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“Daddy, I need a new toy”. How many of us parents have heard those little words over and over again? I must admit, my daughter is quite spoiled, she has the latest, newest and nosiest plastic creations currently available. These well-packaged tiny Fort Knoxes with layers and layers of plastic wrapping, ties, plastic tape, and nearly indestructible cardboard casings don’t come cheap either. Finally, after the 20-minute struggle to open the vaulted toy, most kids soon get bored and then we hear it again, “Daddy, I need another new toy”.  As a parent, I’m constantly on the lookout for a special, unique or different toy that isn’t just a bundle of plastic wrapping to unveil a plastic molded toy. I recently came across La Manina Dolls and I loved the business model behind the toy.

 

The Doll

La Manina Dolls are handcrafted, crochet dolls that are handmade in Vietnam. Not only are these adorable little bundles of yarn extremely well made, but a percentage of each sale goes toward providing school supplies for children in rural communities. La Manina has teamed up with a local charity, Volunteer House Vietnam, to distribute their Helping Hand Educational Pouches which contain basic school supplies. The concept is honorable, and the product’s quality is outstanding. I ordered Melody the Mermaid, an 18in. lovely mermaid with yellow frizzy hair, a turquoise top, and a vibrant multicolored mermaid tail. Melody is soft and cuddly with an ideal weight and elasticity. 

 

The Lesson

My daughter loved her doll which is excellent but more importantly, Melody has sparked an interest and curiosity in a place that is on the other side of the world. Understandably, most of our kids don’t realize or grasp how education is not always available to their peers who aren’t as fortunate. Melody is soft and cuddly but also this sweet little Mermaid has taught my daughter a much greater lesson that I’m confident will stay with her as long as she continues to hold Melody.

 

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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Monidipa Dutta
Monidipa Dutta
2 years ago

When I was a kid in school s.u.p.w we were taught to make handcrafted dolls. We used to have a lot of fun making them.

Laura G
2 years ago

Those are so cute! I actually learned to crochet so that I could make dolls and stuffed animals to my kids. I find it amazing how calm the kids become as soon as I start crocheting. It is a wonderful thing!

Ann Snook-Moreau
Ann Snook-Moreau
2 years ago

It’s so great to see a toy company that gives back. Plus these dolls are super cute . . . great pick!

Mom Life Optimized
2 years ago

I love that you are on the search for toys that aren’t just plastic and break in a few days. This is so creative and something I’d love to have for my kids.

Jessica Taylor
Jessica Taylor
2 years ago

My daughter would absolutely love these! I love that they’re made to last!

Brittany
2 years ago

These dolls are just the cutest! Thanks for sharing them!!

sammi
2 years ago

This is such a valuable post. Handmade toys are not only good disposable if we can teach our children how to make them it will also increase their creativity.

Brittany Vantrease
2 years ago

That doll is so precious! One day, I hope to be able to learn how to crochet one. Good job mommy! It’s great that you’re teaching your daughter to appreciate her toy and she’s learning about other cultures in the meantime.

Fely
2 years ago

Love the concept behind it. These are sooo darn cute too. Going to look into these for my daughters

nasıl gidilir
2 years ago

It’s so great. Thanks

Wendy Polisi
2 years ago

That is such a cute doll. I would love to get one for my kid.

Ruth I
Ruth I
2 years ago

I am a huge fan of brands that have advocacies like this. They provide quality dolls and help among others. I will continue to support them.

Emma Riley
Emma Riley
2 years ago

Those dolls are really cute and I am sure that my kids will like it. I am glad that there are good people find a way to help small communities with their needs most especially in terms of educations.

Princess quinn
Princess quinn
2 years ago

It is a good way to help children in need. It is always a happy feeling knowing that you get to help by patronizing their product.

Dana Brillante Peller
2 years ago

This is such a great way to give back. Love the idea of these dolls as well.

BriAnna M
2 years ago

Those are adorable! Love that they’re handmade and the company gives back how wonderful 💗

Claudia Krusch
2 years ago

It’s so great to see a toy company giving back. These dolls are soooooo cute . . . Love it!

Heather
2 years ago

These dolls are so cute! I bet my girls would love them.

Larrishah
2 years ago

Homemade toys are the best. I wish I knew how to make something homemade with my daughter I know she would value it more than a store-bought item. Thanks for sharing.

Sayanti
2 years ago

Toys that are plastic is not environment friendly and the fact that you are getting her toys that are handcrafted is amazing.

LiveLoveAndAdventure
2 years ago

What a great doll! I love that part of the sale is used for a great purpose. I wish these would have been around when my daughter was younger!

ohmummymia
2 years ago

That idea is so lovely. And the dolls are cute:) Do they have one for boys?

Charli Bruce
2 years ago

Oh, how lovely are these dolls! I love that they’re handcrafted

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