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Gift ideas for toddlers

It’s the most WONDERFUL time of the year! There is nothing more magical than kids at Christmas time and I am SO ready to get to celebrating!

Emmy turned two this year and toddler-life is in full swing in our household. She’s enjoying coloring and her creativity is really showing. She’s also got a great imagination and enjoys cooking, cleaning and “going to work” just like daddy. She spends a lot of her day in imaginative play and it is SO fun to watch. We also love watching her little brain grow. She’s soaking everything around her up and we are working to foster as much growth as possible.

Can you see why shopping for a toddler can be a fun time? There are so many areas of their life that are blossoming full force and there are so many great toys out there for them!

If you have a smaller baby at home, be sure to check out our Baby’s First Christmas Gift Guide here. 

Baby's First Christmas: holiday gift guide on what to buy the littlest members of your family. A great list of toys that encourage development and learning while also having fun!

Before we jump into the goods, I also wanted to share a fun way we are doing Christmas lists this year. A mother in my local Facebook mom’s group shared this and I LOVED it so I created a fun little printable for it! She referred to it as the “minimalist” Christmas list, but I was attracted to it more for the sense of balance; it keeps everything from just being toy, toys and more toys!

Feel free to use the print out below. It’s 8.5×11 size so it prints out great!

 

A minimalist guide to Christmas lists: 4 categories of gifts, 4 gifts per category!

Here’s our list of top toys for toddlers!

Radio Flyer Balance Bike. This is a great way to introduce the concept of balancing and steering the bike without having to also maneuver the pedals.

Radio Flyer Balance Bike. This is a great way to introduce the concept of balancing and steering the bike without having to also maneuver the pedals. Don’t forget to grab a helmet for your tot, too! You can shop the Radio Flyer balance bike, and many other styles of balance bikes here.

Take Apart Truck. This truck breaks down into 20+ pieces and kiddo has to use the screw driver to put it back together. A great way to build hand eye coordination and to keep them very busy!

Take Apart Truck. This truck breaks down into 20+ pieces and kiddo has to use the screw driver to put it back together. A great way to build hand eye coordination and to keep them very busy! Shop this Take Apart Truck here.

Color Wonder Makers. Coming from a mother who has scrubbed her fair share of markers off of the wall, I'm here to tell you you will not regret buying these! They only work on color wonder paper! Meaning no scrubbing marker off of furniture, walls or other children.

Color Wonder Makers. Coming from a mother who has scrubbed her fair share of markers off of the wall, I’m here to tell you you will not regret buying these! They only work on color wonder paper! Meaning no scrubbing marker off of furniture, walls or other children. You can shop all of the color wonder products here.

Fat Brain Toy Co Topples Neo. Can you tell we are a fan of Fat Brain toys around here? (Their Dimpl is the most popular item in our baby gift guide). There is just something about them that our kids love and are educational. The Topples Neo is highly recommended by mothers. It’s a fun twist on the traditional stacking cups! Shop Topples Neo here

Count n’ Match Egg Set. Anyone else have a toddler who loves eggs? Emmy was gifted an egg chalk set earlier this year and there was something about the shape… she carried them around for what felt like weeks! This Count n’ Match egg set helps baby’s learn their colors, counting and matching skills. Show the Count n’ Match Egg set here. 

Play kitchen from Pottery Barn Kids

Play Kitchen from Pottery Barn Kids. Mimicing Mom and Dad and pretending to do all the things they do is in full swing during those toddler years! This kitchen from Pottery Barn is a classic toy that so many kiddos would love to play with. It comes in a variety of colors and set ups to first the amount of space you have. You can shop the selection here. Target also has a great option that will be on sale on Black Friday!

 

Green Toys. While we love all Green Toys, there is just something about this tow truck that kiddos love. We discovered Green Toys at the ABC Kids show earlier this year and loved the concept. Every toy is made from 100% recycled materials and all of them are battery free. To date, they have used over 58 MILLION recycled milk jugs to make their toys. That’s a cause we love to support and our kids love to play with!  You can shop all the amazing toys Green Toys has to offer on Amazon. (psst: this truck is also on Amazon’s holiday HIT LIST!)

Custom Name Puzzle from Fat Brain Toy co. This is a great way to help you toddler learn to spell their name in a fun way. The puzzles are fully customizable and the cost is flat for up to a 9 letter name. You can see all the customizing options here. 

A mini Mercedes! Typically these toys are outside of what we would budget for a Christmas gift, but this adorable little car in on SUPER SALE this upcoming Black Friday at Target! $124 ON SALE! They will have a limited amount so you want to be sure to add it to you quick list so as soon as the sale starts, you can snag one! Here is the full Target Black Friday ad if you haven’t checked it out already. Here’s the details on the mini car!

Melissa and Doug Wooden Bus. A few weeks ago, Emmy and Nora’s cousin came to visit from Ohio and he bought his wooden bus with him. Emmy was completely wrapped up in it ALL weekend. She loved loading the little people in and pushing them around. And it isn’t just her! So many parents rave about this toy in online reviews.You can shop this and other Melissa and Doug toys here. 

Piggy Paint. This is an all natural, completely safe nail polish for kids. Piggy Paint has a ton of color options and parents have great things to say about how quickly it dries and how long it lasts! Shop Piggy Paint here on Amazon.

Toy cell phone and keys for the kiddo who wants to be just like mom and dad!

Their Own Keys, Phone, and Remote. I’m pretty sure it’s been proven time and time again that baby’s would rather play with non-toy items like these over their actual toys. Now they can. You can shop this fun little trio of baby keys, phone and remote here on Amazon. 

Kitchen helper Stand for toddlers who love to be in the kitchen with mom and dad!

Kitchen Helper Stand. While this is technically not a toy, I speak from experience when I say it provides to many hours of fun! We purchased Emmy’s kitchen stand when she was around 17 months old. We have used it almost every single day since! We selected this kitchen stand over others because it is able to fold up and stored away easily. It comes in 5 colors and can be purchased here. 

We hope this provided you with some great ideas for the holidays! Be sure to browse our toddler activities below for more fun times at home with your little!


 

 

 

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