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50 HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS FOR THE BUSY TODDLER
GUYS. I am so proud of this guide! I spent a lot of time putting together this gift guide for busy toddlers and I love it! I included both items that my son (currently 22 months) has, uses and loves, plus some things we are thinking about getting for him this year!
Play is the work of childhood and toys are so important to facilitate our children’s development. I tried to find toys that were “open-ended,” meaning toys that will grow with your child as opposed to “one and done” toys.
We are also following the theme “WANT – NEED – WEAR – READ” this year, maybe 1-2 gifts per category for him, so I tried to include options for you guys within those categories! Make sure to check out #25 for my number one pick!
As always, just click on any pink words (those are the links) or any image to shop! And below this list are shoppable images (what you see in the guide plus more!) if you prefer to shop that way, just scroll to the bottom! Enjoy!!
1 // POTTERY BARN PLAY KITCHEN
How gorgeous is this play kitchen!? It also comes in a wood finish or gray and has multiple pieces to build your own layout!
2 // FAUX FUR LINED MOCCASIN
Adorable slippers for the little one!
3 // WOODEN DIY TRUCK
So many shapes and colors to explore, I think Luca would love this!
4 // LITTLE BLUE TRUCK CHRISTMAS
The Little Blue Truck series books are Luca’s favorite!
5 // SKIPHOP REVERSIBLE PLAY MAT
Perfect for play but then flip it over for an actual cute looking design that can go with your home!
6 // ANYWHERE CHAIR
Get this chair personalized or not!
7 // ELECTRONIC AIR DRUM KIT
We recently got these for Luca because he lows to drum and they are a huge HIT, plus they don’t drive me crazy haha.
8 // KIDS POTTING BENCH
For the little gardener to help mom!
9 // 5FT PEEKABOO TEEPEE
Love the print on this teepee! There are about 10 different prints to choose from!
10 // JOHN DEERE TRUCKS 2-PACK
How cute are these? They are some of Luca’s favorites to play with at home!
11 // RIDE ON TRUCK W/ REMOTE CONTROL
One of the best toys we have ever bought for Luca! He LOVES it and it grow with him – right now we control it with the remote but eventually he can drive by himself!
12 // RADIO FLYER CLASSIC WALKER WAGON
Radio Flyers are such a classic gift and I love that this one is also a walker for little ones! Luca lovesssss pushing stuff around!
13 // LITTLE HELPER DYSON CORD FREE VACUUM TOY
The BEST! Every time I get my Cordless Dyson V7 out Luca has to join me with his very own mini version. It’s perfect because at his age he loves being included in the household chores!
14 // MR BUSY TOWN ACTIVITY CUBE
This has been one of our longest standing toys! We got this for Luca last Christmas when he was 10 months and he still loves it!
15 // WOODEN ACTIVITY TABLE
This activity table is awesome, well designed and also pretty for the home!
16 // ROUND WOOD CRAFT TABLE & CHAIR SET
Getting this for Luca this year! I love the design and how it has a little storage pouch in the center. Luca is very much into crafts now, I’m in denial, please say a prayer for me haha.
17 // BAREFOOT DREAMS KIDS BEANIE & PATAGONIA WATERPROOF MITTENS
I didn’t know BFD made hats for kids! How cute is this one!? And I’m sure it’s insanely soft and warm! Plus we are getting Luca some real outside waterproof mittens this year so he can play in the snow!
18 // MELISSA & DOUG RAINBOW ABACUS
Colorful and functional, busy toddlers would definitely get a kick out of this!
19 // LLAMA PLUSH ROCKER
This was a gift we got Luca last year for Christmas! SO beautiful and goes really well in his nursery but he just recently started being able to actually “ride” it! They have a bunch of different animal options!
20 // BOGS SNOW BOOTS
Finding boots for toddlers has been a challenge! We settled on these out of all of them because they are adjustable, warm, waterproof and not clunky. Some of the boots we tried Luca could barely walk in because they were so big and heavy for his tiny feet! We also have THESE for more everyday wear!
21 // PATAGONIA REVERSIBLE SNOW JACKET
Purchased this for Luca as his winter coat! I just think it’s adorable and warm and I love how you can reverse it to the sherpa side! We are planning on taking him skiing this year too and it will be great for that!
22 // LITTLE TIKES COZY TRUCK
Too freaking cute and more affordable than the truck above! The floorboard is removable too so they can walk themselves around in it!
23 // KIDS SOFT NAP MAT
Luca uses one of these at school so I got one for home and it has been a game changer for naps! He calls it his “night night” and we use it sort of as a sleep cue, he usually will just fall right asleep on it!
24 // LITTLE TIKES MOWER
How adorable is this!? If your kid is anything like mine he loves pushing crap around, I think they would love this mower!
25 // LOVEVERY PLAYKIT SUBSCRIPTION & PLAYGYM
My number one pick!!
We recently signed up for Lovevery’s playkit subscriptions and all I can say is I wish we had done it sooner! The kits and gym are designed by child development experts, follow the Montessori learning/play philosophy (of which we are HUGE fans, Luca goes to a Montessori school!) and focus on exactly what children need at each stage of development from 0 to 24 months.
Literally as soon as we unpacked the first playkit I could tell the toys were exactly what Luca needed for stimulation. And it being a subscription takes the thinking and researching out of it for YOU (they arrive every 2-3 months right on cue!). Luca also had the playgym as a baby and I could not recommend it more. The materials in all Lovevery’s toys are made of sustainably sourced wood, organic cotton and are 100% baby safe. Love, love, love them!
26 // HATCH BABY REST SOUND MACHINE/NIGHT LIGHT/TIME-TO-RISE
Getting this for Luca! Every device you need for sleep all in one, grows with your child into school age and it has 2,400 4.5 star reviews on Amazon!
27 // MELISSA & DOUG WOODEN TOY CHEST
I don’t know about you guys but we are definitely in need of some toy organization in our house! I just love the simple and minimalistic design of this toy chest, very well made too!
28 // STRIDER BIKE
This thing looks awesome, you can start as early as 18 months and adjust the seat height for older kids as well (up to 5/6 years they say!). This bike starts them off on the right foot with understanding balance and how to ride a two-wheel bike, no training wheels ever needed, I think it’s genius! We are definitely getting this for Luca!
Hope you found this toddler gift guide helpful! Let me know if you have any questions, you can leave a comment on this post or always catch me in DM’s on Instagram!
CHECK OUT MORE 2019 GIFT GUIDES!
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