The Best Toddler Gift Ideas for the Holidays - Baby Chick

The Best Toddler Gift Ideas for the Holidays

gift guidesUpdated November 18, 2022

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 toddler gift ideas in this year’s holiday gift guide for the tots in your life. 🙂

Toddler Gift Ideas for the Holidays

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A Personalized Gift

Toolbox

Personalized Name Puzzle

Make It Yours Step Stool

Name Busy Board

Wooden Name Train

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Is your tot learning their name? An excellent toddler gift idea is to combine that excitement with imaginary play or spatial awareness! We love a good monogram on basically anything: a chair, toolbox, puzzle, or stool.

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Blocks

Melissa & Doug Building Blocks

Magnatiles

Wooden Pattern Blocks

PicassoTiles

Linking Cubes

Tegu Block System

Haba Building Blocks

Wee Gallery Nesting Bear

UFO Wooden Balance Game

Mega Blocks

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

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Books

Best Board Books Bundle

Little Feminist Board Book Set

Dragons Love Tacos

Goodnight Moon

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive The Bus

The Book With No Pictures

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Help their little minds explore and grow with books galore this holiday season! There are endless options, from feminist legends to classic literature, dragons eating tacos to sleepy bunnies, and pigeons driving busses. A toddler gift idea guide isn’t complete without some great books.

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New Pajamas

Petite Plume Pink Gingham Set

Family Matching Jammies

Book & Pajama Set

Beary Cozy Jams

Organic Pajamas

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

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Clothes You'll Both Love

Cozy Hooded Jacket

Reversible Vest

Rain boots

Sneakers

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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 cozy 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 one gets their very own cool sneakers!

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Toys for Pretend Play

Milton + Goose Play Kitchen

Pottery Barn Kids Play Kitchen

Melissa & Doug Sandwich Food Set

Melissa & Doug Wooden Scoop and Serve Ice Cream Counter

Fairy Princess Dress Up Set

Junior Astronaut Suit

Toy Doctor Kit

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Toddlers are learning social skills daily! They use pretend play to practice being little people. Toys that facilitate social pretend play are perfectly age-appropriate! One of our favorites on our toddler gift ideas for the holidays’ guide is 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 fairy princess or astronaut on your hands!

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Simple, Cheap, and Endlessly Entertaining

Slinky

Gymnastics Ribbon

Mr. Potato Head

Playground Ball

Busy Baby Mat

Skillmatics Guess in 10 Card Game

Stomp Rocket

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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. We also love this Busy Baby Mat for toddlers—you can use it on their high chair while you prep dinner or bring it to a restaurant to keep toys close by and off the floor!

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Something for Them to Carry Around

Mini Bows Backpack

Monster Backpac

Lunch Box

Suitcase

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Toddlers love their things. Having the proper carrying case is key whether they want to carry around a toy car, a favorite lovey, or a yummy snack! This sweet tie-dye backpack is precious, or maybe your little one wants something a bit more fierce. There’s nothing like a mini suitcase to hold their things on the way to grandma’s house.

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Musical Instrument

Xylophone

Maracas

Drum Set

Ukulele

Accordion

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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 grand piano, a classic xylophone, beautifully made maracas, a fun drum set, or this ukulele. And maybe even this amazing pink harp if you’re feeling very optimistic about your child’s future as a musician. 🙂

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A Stuffed Animal

Pillow Pet

Paw Patrol

Unicorn

Jumbo Elephant

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

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Art Supplies

Paints

Paintbrushes

Crayons

Markers

Sago Mini Box

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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. Or, if the tots in your life enjoy more structured activities, try a Sago Mini Box subscription! These make-and-play activity boxes are perfect toddler gift ideas for ages 3-5.

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A Balance Bike

Radio Flyer

Banwood

Strider

Schwinn

Retrospec

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Whether you go for a classic Radio Flyer or over-the-top adorable Banwood, a balance bike is a toddler gift idea that will 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.

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Furniture That’s All Their Own

Play Set

Bean Bag

Newton X Figgy Play Couch

Cozy Convertible Sofa

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We know toddlers have ample imagination, but what about all that ENERGY? It still baffles me how someone who seems to survive on three bites of carrots and a waffle daily has so much energy to expel. Tots need furniture of their own to jump and squirm on! This fun playset transforms into whatever their little imaginations come up with. And who doesn’t love a beanbag!?

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Tools to Help Them Participate

Piccalio Mini Chef Convertible Helper Tower Stool

Kids Apron

Kids Dustpan

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“I do it, Mama!” If you do not hear this yet . . . it’s coming! Toddlers want to do everything themselves, and you can help to foster that independence with these toddler gift ideas. 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 cleanup song and gift them this pint-sized dustpan set, and your little one will be rearing to go!

There’s our toddler gift ideas guide for the holidays. 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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