Holiday Gift Guide for Toddlers

by Mary Alice Carpenter

Licensed & Certified Professional Midwife

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The holiday season and festivities with a toddler can be so. fun. They sort of understand what’s going on. Or, at least, they get excited that there’s a party! Toddlers can open gifts themselves and get sooo excited about a new toy. It’s truly magical to be able to witness the holidays through your little one’s eyes. It’s like being a child all over again. And to create more holiday magic, we’ve rounded up the best gifts of this year’s… Read More

The holiday season and festivities with a toddler can be so. fun. They sort of understand what’s going on. Or, at least, they get excited that there’s a party! Toddlers can open gifts themselves and get sooo excited about a new toy. It’s truly magical to be able to witness the holidays through your little one’s eyes. It’s like being a child all over again. And to create more holiday magic, we’ve rounded up the best gifts of this year’s holiday gift guide for toddlers for the tots in your life. 🙂

Holiday Gift Guide for Toddlers

1 | A Personalized Gift

Is your tot learning his or her name? Combine that excitement with imaginary play or spacial awareness! We love a good monogram on basically anything: a chair, toolbox, puzzle or stool.

Personalized Gifts

2 | Blocks

It’s never too early to get your toddler playing with blocks! Blocks of all sorts–solid-wood building, magnatiles, wooden pattern, animal, bristle tiles–provide spacial and motor skill development (and so much entertainment!) for years on end.

Blocks for toddlers

3 | Books

Help their little minds explore and grow with books galore this holiday season! From feminist legends to classic literature, dragons eating tacos t0 sleepy bunnies, there are endless options.

Books for toddlers

4 | New Pajamas

Who doesn’t love new jammies?! Tot resisting bedtime? Perhaps matching family jammies, a book and pajama set, or silly glow-in-the-dark options will coerce them to sleep!

Pajamas for toddlers

5 | Clothes You’ll Both Love

Getting a toddler ready in the morning can be a trial . . . give them the gift of clothes you’ll both be excited about. Like a fluffy jacket! Or classics that are as soft as they are cute. What toddler wouldn’t get excited about some colorful rain boots? And just imagine the excitement when your little girl gets a peek at this adorable sweater! These heart pockets are irresistible!

Clothes for toddlers

7 | Toys for Pretend Play

Toddlers are learning social skills daily! They use pretend play to practice being little people. Toys that faciliate social, pretend play are perfectly age appropriate! Try a gorgeous play kitchen that will look good in your house, whether traditional or modern. Help them learn to pack a lunch or start an ice cream shop. Before you know it, you may have a professional ballerina or astronaut on your hands!

Toys for imaginary play

Dress up toys

8 | Simple, Cheap, and Endlessly Entertaining

Often, classics are classics for a reason! You’ll be amazed at how entertained your tot is by a slinky going down the stairs. They’ll twirl around for hours with this gymnastics ribbon. Mr. Potato Head induces tons of laughs, especially when his eyeballs are replaced with lips and a nose. Plus, there’s nothing like going outside to kick around a ball.

Simple, cheap, fun toys for toddlers

9 |  Something for Them to Carry Around

Toddlers love their things. Whether they want to carry around a toy car, a favorite lovey, or a yummy snack, having the proper carrying case is key! This sweet lion backpack is precious, or maybe your little one wants something a bit more fierce. These lunch boxes are classics! And there’s nothing like a mini suitcase to hold all of their things on the way to grandma’s house.

Something for toddlers to carry around.

10 | Musical Instrument

What’s more fun when you’re two than making a ton of loud noise? Nothing! So many fun musical instruments to choose from. Get them started on a baby, baby grand piano; a classic xylophone; beautifully made maracas; a fun drum set; or this adorable ukulele. And maybe even this amazing pink harp if you’re feeling very optimistic about your child’s future as a musician. 🙂

Musical instruments for toddlers.

11 | A Stuffed Animal

You really can’t go wrong with a new stuffed friend. Get creative with an animal that folds out into a pillow or warms up for a sweet hug. Or choose a character from their favorite cartoon or book.

Stuffed animals for toddlers

12 | Art Supplies

Equip your budding artist with supplies from an easel and smock to paints and brushes. You can’t go wrong with a huge, classic box of crayons or washable markers.

Easel and smock for toddlers

Art supplies for toddlers.

13 | A Balance Bike

Whether you go for a classic Radio Flyer or over the top adorable Banwood, a balance bike is a gift to put a smile on the face of any tot. Balance bikes are the ideal first bicycle and the best way to introduce your little one to cycling, as they naturally support their development by promoting mobility and steering to ease the transition to a pedal bike. A great way to let small ones join you on the ride to the park.

Balance Bike

14 | Furniture That’s All Their Own

We know toddlers have ample imagination, sure, but what about all that ENERGY? It still baffles me how someone who seems to survive on 3 bites of carrots and a waffle every day has so much energy to expel. Tots need furniture of their own to jump and squirm on! The Nugget couch comes apart and transforms into whatever their little imaginations come up with. And who doesn’t love a classic beanbag!? 

Kid-sized furniture

15 | Tools to Help Them Participate

“I do it, Mama!” If you’re not hearing this yet . . . it’s coming! Toddlers want to do everything themselves, and you can help to foster that independence with these gifts. Get them in the kitchen and up to the counter with this kitchen helper. And protect their little clothes with this adorable apron. Cleaning up may seem like a chore to you, but sing the clean up song and gift them this pint sized dustpan set, and your little one will be rearing to go!

Gifts to help toddlers help you.

Happy shopping, mamas! One great thing about this age is that your toddler is sure to get excited about pretty much any gift you give them this season. 🙂

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