Saturday, January 11, 2014

Featured Seller: Liga & Guntis of Klik Klak Blocks

This week's featured sellers are Liga and Guntis of Klik Klak Blocks.

We are a young family from Latvia with two lovely kids, Valters (3 years) and Paula (6 months).  Our family business is making handmade natural wooden toy building blocks for children. We first thought about producing wooden blocks when Valters was about 2 years old. We wanted him to have the best-quality toy blocks made from natural wood: organic, non-toxic, and completely safe. Watching him playing with the blocks, we understood it's worth trying to make the same joy for other children. So we founded a small company, bought all the necessary equipment, and started making blocks. The name of the blocks was given after hearing their sound while our son was playing with them: klik klak klik klak.

First we made an e-shop in Latvia*. People loved our wooden blocks and suggested we sell internationally. We opened online shops on Etsy and ArtFire. It’s just the very beginning now and we are extremely happy about every sale we get. It’s such a special moment for us! Our values are personal attitude and high quality.

Our wooden toy building blocks are made just like the ones we had in our own childhood: big enough for playing, smooth for little fingers, and no sharp edges. All the blocks are made of the highest quality pine and are treated with natural linseed oil. Why pine? Not only because of its great look and texture, but also because of its great qualities. Pine energetically is a "giving" kind of wood. You can feel it yourself: take the toy in your hands and you will feel the warmth. Pine also increases immunity, gives positive energy, and takes stress away.

We sometimes are asked why wooden blocks are better than plastic ones. We always answer that the main difference between plastic and wooden blocks is the wooden ones are alive! They really are! They give you the positive energy of wood while playing with them. You could never get that from plastic toys.

Although we are new online sellers, there is one thing we can advise: love what you do and make it as personal as possible. We love sharing personal stories and many customers have written us that they love it. For example, our 50 Christmas wooden blocks are much more popular than the others because there’s a very personal story behind them and we shared it online: 
Our son, Valters, is 3.5 years old and loves playing with the building blocks made by his Dad. Every day after coming home from preschool we hear different kind of sounds while he is playing with the blocks - he imagines them to be cars, trains, bikes, telephones, TVs, etc. - and he builds houses, castles, and towers. Valters has a very special friend at his preschool, a cute girl called Jenny. One evening we asked Valters about his wishes on Christmas presents. He answered that he would like to receive new books from Santa Claus. Then we asked, "And what about your girlfriend Jenny? What would she want to receive on Christmas?" He answered, "I will give her a part of my wooden blocks." We asked,"Why?" And he seriously answered, "Then we both will be able to build a bridge to each other's house."

*Latvia is one of the European Union countries. It’s a small country – just a little bit more than 2 million inhabitants – so our main value is people. We have amazing talents living in Latvia. We are proud of our first Olympic Champion in BMX, Maris Strombergs; we are proud of our Maestro, Raimonds Pauls, who creates great compositions; we are proud of our most popular band, BrainStorm; we are proud of so many great people who have done big things to make our small country known worldwide. Latvia is also a very green country with lots of woods, parks, and green territories. We love that! Our capital city, Riga, is a well-known city worldwide and popular destination. Our family lives in Valmiera, which is eighth largest city in Latvia, about 100 km away from Riga.

Check out Klik Klak Blocks for more amazing block sets and other wooden trinkets. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.


Francine Sanchez said...

very cool. I am going to check them out.

Francine Sanchez said...

yah, Julianne is a bit too young for the puzzle ones. But, I like those a lot. They would be nice to give someone as a gift.

Līga Tarbuna said...

Thanks so much for featuring us in your blog! What a great post with lovely chosen photos!! We love it! Thanks once more! :)

Greetings from us -
Liga, Guntis and our little ones
from Klik Klak Blocks

Līga Tarbuna said...

Francine, thanks for your comments!! :) It means so much to us! The puzzle blocks is our latest product - our son Valters enjoys them really much. Well, one sided puzzles are perfect for 2 maybe 2.5 years old kids and up but 2 sided puzzles are quite tricky - they are best for 3 years old kids. It's not so easy to put them together :)

2justByou said...

Wooden blocks are an all time favorite of mine. I really like the blocks shown with messages on them. Super cute!

Līga Tarbuna said...

Thanks so much! :) We are so happy to read these comments! Greetings and our best wishes!

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