Great gift! When buying gifts for my girls I make sure they are developmentally appropriate and quality toys. I would rather spend a little more on something that is going to last a little longer (wood) than something cheap that will break easily and is filled with toxic chemicals. I am also good at convincing my wonderful hubby and my dad to build toys that the girls can treasure and that our grandchildren can play with one day. (a dollhouse, kitchen set, toy chest/bench) However, my girls are 1 and 2 right now...I'm guessing it won't be as easy to pick toys when they are old enough to request toys!
Yes, I think you are right. It's already hard to keep the toys chemical- free, but when I had older foster kids living with me, it was harder. They see things that other kids have and things on TV and that's what they want.