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It’s time for the toddler holiday gift guide – the best Christmas gift ideas for toddlers! You know, those cute, crazy miniature people with no reasoning or logic, just soaking up the world and testing boundaries at every turn!
There are a LOT of toys for toddlers and after having 3 of them myself, I’m opting to only recommend toddler toys, books and stuff that you’ll truly get years of use from; all of the things on this list can be used by toddlers but also preschoolers and younger elementary kids.
Nothing with a ton of pieces, nothing that makes a bunch of noise… true win/wins for the entire family ;).
In this toddler Christmas gift guide, I have a mix of fun and practical – yes, I’m totally THAT MOM who gifts essentials like markers or toothpaste – it’s all in the presentation ;).
I tried to compile a list of toys and items I’d be happy to have in my house and it’s a mix of things we do have and a couple of things we might be adding…
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Here are 25 of the best gift ideas toddlers for Christmas – check out my favorites!
25 Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Toddlers
1 // Bunny Toddler Slippers – what’s cuter than a toddler in slippers? Nothing. Nothing is cuter. Awesome price on these and cute for boys or girls with great reviews.
2 // Bounce House – We don’t own this (yet!) but only because we don’t have space for it… my SIL & BIL have one in their basement and I’m not kidding when I say it’s had hundreds of hours of use. Works inside or outside, has great reviews, also totally fab for birthday parties, too.
3 // Double Doll Stroller – We got this double doll stroller for Emmy last year and it’s been a HUGE hit with her and our older kids. The handle adjusts up or down so it can grow with your child. A great ‘big gift’ for a toddler.
4 // Metal Kids Shovel – this little mini version of an shovel adult works for sand and snow
5 // Felt Christmas Tree – If you have a small space, a toddler who will 100% break multiple ornaments, or want something fun for the kids for Christmas, try a felt tree. I think Emmy will love this this year!
6 // Doctor Kit Set – my absolute favorite doctor kit for toddlers and . preschoolers. Only 20 pieces, great price, love that it comes with an enclosed carrying case to keep all the pieces together.
7 // Bilibo – yes that’s really the name and no I don’t know what it means 😉 but I’m getting one for each of my kids. Comes in 10 colors, has amazing reviews (4.5 stars on 1k+), stacks to take up less space, and are meant to encourage creativity, balance, coordination, role playing – from the Amazon listing: “sit in it, stand on it, spin in it or stack it. rock it, fill it, wear it or slide it.” – ok I’m sold 😉
8 // 48″ Netted Trampoline – This trampoline has been one of my favorite Christmas gifts to give – it’s not as big as you’d think (aka it fits in the basement or back porch) and it’s a fabulous price (well under $100) for a ‘big gift’. All 3 of mine can still fit in this together.
9 // Metal Dump Truck – got this for Coop when he was about 2 and this thing is indestructible… we leave it outside and it’s got zero rust and still does alllll the things Cooper wants it to do 3+ years later.
10 // On-The-Go Busy Board – if you don’t have a busy board for your toddler, STOP what you’re doing and grab this one. Perfect for car rides, plane travel, restaurants, or any time you need a minute. This still keeps my 5 year old busy and practicing fine motor skills + practicing things like zipping and buckling (aka getting one step closer to independence!). AND it’s at a great price point ;).
11 // Water Wow Coloring Books – Water Wow are the PERFECT thing to bring out to restaurants, on road trips, and on planes with super young kids. They come with a ‘pen’ that fills with water, which is what ‘colors’ them in. They’re reusable, too.
12 // Kiwi Crate – I really do LOVE these for kids of all ages – basically it’s a crate of activities and supplies of age-appropriate activities to encourage STEAM (science, technology, education, art & math) learning and play. Your first crate is FREE – you just pay $4.95 for shipping ;).
13 // Farm Toy Set – this little farmer set is super cute, doesn’t have a million pieces, it’s a great price, and over 450 5 star reviews!
14 // 20 Pack of Hair Bows – this pack of 20 6″ hair bows is AMAZING… we have them and they’re great quality at an insane price. They also come in 3″, 4.5″, 5″.
15 // Play Cleaning Set – always love Melissa & Doug toys and we’ve had this cleaning set for the past few years and it’s a mega hit for kids of all ages, but easy enough to manuever for toddlers, too!
16 // Warmies – believe me, I am VERY anti-more stuffed animals coming into this house BUT I’m making an exception for these… they’re microwavable and have dried French lavendar for a soothing warm cuddle AND they’re at an awesome price point and they have a million animals to choose from – see them all here. Basically a really cute cuddly heating pad for kids – I’m grabbing one for each of mine.
17 // Lego Duplo Set – Duplos are basically legos for littler kids – bigger pieces = easier to manipulate. This starter set has 80 pieces in all colors so it’s great for a boy or girl without any characters so the play is totally open-ended.
18 // Fire Truck Popup Playhouse – considering getting this for Cooper (who is not a toddler!) because it’s a great price, good reviews, my kids love tents annnd most importantly, it’s collapsable so not a huge commitment to taking up a ton of space. Great ‘big’ gift at a low price!
19 // Baby Lit Books -LOVE this series of books… the board books are based on classics from literature with gorgeous illustrations. The set of 8 is under $30 which is great for a set of books!
20 // Micro Mini Scooter – MEGA love for these micro-mini scooters for kids 2-5 (Quinn is 7 and just outgrew hers). Available in 8 colors, the highest rated scooter on Amazon, and a good price for all the use you’ll get from it – my kids even ride theirs in the house (thanks, wood floors!).
21 // Cardboard Brick Block Set – I have AMAZING memories of playing with these as a kid. They’re rated for ages 2-5 but I think I’m going to get them for Cooper (5.5) for Christmas.
22 // Toy Kitchen – highly recommend this play kitchen… we’ve had it for 2 years and it’s held up really well, wasn’t a total beast to assemble, it’s a great price and it matches any decor (aka not big, plastic & primary colored).
23 // Toddler Helmet – gotta have a helmet to go with the scooter – this one comes in sizes small enough for a toddler’s little head (ages 1-4) and has great reviews, comes in 7 colors, and is reasonably priced.
24 // Poke a Dot Book – these books have tiny little bubbles to ‘pop’ so they’re a hands on way to get your toddler involved in the story.
25 // Play Food – Take it from someone whose kids have owned a LOT of play food with a million pieces – this collection isn’t overwhelming and has the bonus lesson of sorting colors, so, bonus.
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Take a peek at my ideas for stocking stuffers for toddlers here.