Candylab Toys makes vintage-inspired toys for modern play


If you’re a parent, you know what it’s like to be completely overwhelmed by a growing pile of plastic toys. Their life cycles are notoriously too short to track, and when one throws one away, three more somehow sprout in its place. Candy lab toys is here to break this cycle of waste by expertly crafting modern wooden toys that kids and parents will want to keep for years to come – and they’re now available in the Design Milk Shop so you can gift a stylish toy made from hand this vacation.

A group of self-proclaimed reducers, engineers, designers, and parents turned expert toy makers, the Candylab team comes together with their common goal of making the best wooden toy cars you can find. Inspired by their love of mid-century modern design and vintage American cars, Candylab cars evoke a fun, retro feel that can stand up to the game – because “good design has to be achievable, not just luxury status.” , explains the team.

The decision to use wood as the main material is not just for the design. Candylab aims to combat the environmental impact of plastic pollution by relying on natural and renewable materials like New Zealand pine, beech wood and rubber wood commonly used to make their toys. Better yet, they’ve committed to fully recyclable paper and cardboard packaging (plus those dreaded plastic ties that you commonly see on children’s toy packaging!). The ethics behind Candylab Toys will make it a quick favorite for parents, but the toy’s fun and engaging design will make it a hit with kids too! That’s why we can’t recommend them enough if you are shopping for kids this year.

Decor pieces from Candylab Toys inspire your little one to create their own environments.

Lone Cactus Motel

Lone Cactus Motel

Candylab’s adorable decor pieces inspire your little one to create their own surroundings – and the Lone Cactus Motel is a great base for their cars after zooming around the room. We can’t get enough of the mid-century designs and ‘neon’ signage of this retro motel, and the kids will love it too! Pair it with a Green Big Sur and Camper or a Candy Car and you have the perfect Candylab starter kit.

$ 45.00

candylab ice cream truck

The Candylab Ice Cream Van will inspire parents to participate during recess.

Ice cream van

Ice cream van

You scream, I scream, we’ll all scream for that Candylab ice cream truck! The hot pink colourway and classic stripes of this retro ice cream truck are sure to bring a smile to any kid (and adult). The one thing your kid will love more than pushing this charming little van through the house is pulling it into the matching ice cream shack.

$ 18.00

candylab candycars in purple, teal and orange

The Candycar is an essential toy in any child’s arsenal.

B. Berry Candycar

B. Berry Candycar

The must-have Candylab car, this Candycar is an essential item for any children’s play set. We love the bright lilac hue of this modern ride (also available in pink!). There is a Candycar model for anything your child can dream of such as a Blue Racer, an ambulance, a taxi and many more! Find the full collection here.

$ 10.00

rio grande mule and pinecone trailer by candy lab toys

The Rio Grande Mule and Pinecone Trailer is a great Christmas stocking for kids looking for adventure!

Rio Grande Orange Mule

Rio Grande Orange Mule

The Candylab Rio Grande mule is perfect for all of your little one’s fake road trips and adventures. Also available in Mississippi and Everglades models, the Mule can be paired with the matching Pinecone trailer for long hauls. No need to worry about small parts either, the mule and trailer connect magnetically for easy and smooth play. Plus, the set also makes a great stocking stuffer gift!

$ 10.00

candylab sunset beach bus

The Candylab Beach Bus comes with a matching surfboard that easily attaches to the roof with a magnet.

Beach bus at sunset

Beach bus at sunset

The perfect ride to stop at your Candylab Malibu beach tour, the beach bus features a three-way design – a pickup truck, surf van, or camper van with a sunroof – so it can scale with your children’s imagination while playing! The Beach Bus even includes a matching surfboard that easily attaches to the top of the van with a magnet for even more surf vibes.

$ 48.00

>>> To learn more about Candylab Toys, visit the Design Milk Shop, here!

Alexa is a business writer at Design Milk. She lives in Miami, Florida with her fiance Alex and retired Greyhound Phoebe. A longtime art and design enthusiast, Alexa’s first stops in any new city are art museums. When not writing about her favorite DM store picks, she can be buried in a book, watching reality TV, or venturing into her town with her partner and puppy.


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