Disclosure: Some of these items were provided to me for free, though all thoughts and opinions are my own. The numbers next to the items do not reflect favorite to least favorite, but rather what order best fit my guide’s main image aesthetically.
I’m back with round four of my gift guides! Having an almost two-year-old, I have been brainstorming about what she might like, as well as other kids around her age. So often, Toys for Tots and other toy donation organizations need toddler toys as well, and below are some great ideas for toddler gifts, whether you’re gifting or donating!
1. Bitty Baby Dolls
Bitty Baby Dolls from American Girl hold a special place in my heart. I grew up on American Girl books, and got a Samantha doll as my first gift from Santa Claus as a child! The books were my main source of inspiration during all my pretend play time growing up, and the dolls are incredibly high quality. American Girl also makes a line of dolls for ages 3 and up, called Bitty Baby Dolls! You can get a Bitty Baby in a wide variety of looks, so that you can choose a doll that you looks just like your child! Not to mention, a ton of cute outfits and accessories for these dolls, too. You can learn more about Bitty Baby and purchase by visiting http://www.americangirl.com/shop/dolls/bitty-baby
2. No Chimney? No Problem!
This hardcover book is so beautifully illustrated, and such a darling tradition to start with your family! The book comes with a special Santa key, and explains that you hang that on your door for Santa to use if you don’t have a chimney at your house. It is the perfect book for little ones who are curiously asking how Santa will be visiting them without a chimney! Even if you do have a chimney, you can use the Santa key as a cute Christmas decoration or ornament. You can learn more about No Chimney? No Problem! by visiting http://moonjumppress.com/pages/nochimneybook
3. Paw Patrol Mission Command Microphone
If your toddler, like most, is obsessed with Paw Patrol, they will LOVE the eKids Paw Patrol Mission Command Microphone! The Mission Command Microphone has four different settings where your child can act out their important mission by using the voice distorter. It has many sound effects buttons as well, so your little one will have a ball! (I know my daughter can’t get enough of microphones and pressing buttons, so this toy is a match made in heaven). It also includes a VELCRO closure band so your little one can make sure they always have their Paw Patrol Mission Command Microphone at the ready. To purchase, visit http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=60482236&gclid=CIXNuaL0l To check out more awesome eKids products, visit http://www.ekids.com/
4. The Littlest Christmas Kitten
I love how the bold illustrations in this book just pop! And sine my daughter is a huge animal lover, she absolutely loves this book! The Littlest Christmas Kitten tells the story of the animals in the stable the night Jesus is born. It tells the story of Christmas to little kids in a wonderful, beautiful way that is sure to resonate with them and help them understand the true meaning of Christmas! You can learn more about this book by visiting http://imagesunlimitedpublishing.com/the-littlest-christmas-kitten/
5. Daniel’s Winter Wonderland DVD
Another show my toddler loves? Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood! From PBS Kids, the leader in children’s educational entertainment, comes a DVD just for the holidays: Daniel’s Winter Wonderland. The DVD features four memorable stories: “A Snowy Day,” “Daniel’s Winter Adventure”, “Neighborhood Nutcracker”, and “Baking Mistakes.” Your children can learn all about wonderful winter traditions, such as ice skating, “The Nutcracker” ballet, and more. With an affordable price of only $6.99, this is a great gift or stocking stuffer.
6. Playroom Prep
Playroom Prep is a wonderful gift, encompassing fun and learning. Ideal for ages 2-6, Playroom Prep helps prepare children for preschool and kindergarten, by teaching them important skills – but in a fun way! A wonderful, colorful workbook that helps teach your children conversation, fine motor skills, increasing attention span, colors, shapes, tracing, and much more. Besides it being a workbook parents can use along with their children, allowing for extra family bonding time that is productive and memorable. You can purchase Playroom Prep and learn more by visiting http://www.playroomprep.com/
7. Care Bears
Just like the Bitty Baby doll, Care Bears are another part of my own childhood, making me all the more excited to share my love of Care Bears with my daughter. At a super reasonable price of $14.99, these Care Bear medium plush dolls come in all your favorite Care Bear characters, and when you press their paw they talk, sing, and dance. My daughter absolutely loves to snuggle with her bear and give her big hugs. It makes for a perfect car ride snuggling her fuzzy friend, who even sings her favorite song, “Wheels on the Bus”. Care Bear plushes can be found at Target stores and online here.
8. Edushape Rollipop
Do you remember these rollipop toys from your childhood? They are timeless! My daughter is absolutely obsessed with her Edushape Rollipop! She loves playing with it alongside me, as well as on her own while I’m prepping dinner. This toy is incredible fun, and also great at teaching children important skills, such as cause and effect, and for building fine motor skills. You definitely will get a lot of use out of Edushape’s Rollipop, it won’t be a Christmas toy that gets shoved in a corner after a few hours! You can purchase the Rollipop by visiting Edushape’s site here.
Which toddler gift is your favorite idea? What are you going to be gifting the toddler in your life this season?