Christmas shopping for kids, particularly babies and toddlers, can be a bit of a mine field. What do kids really want? And possibly more importantly, what does mum and dad want the kid to have?
To kick off my gift guide season, I’ve put together a few of my favourite finds, perfect for toddlers – including a mix of keepsake items, as well as role playing toys and educational and fun play room additions.
Nice Letter from Santa*
What better way to start Christmas off than with a letter from Santa. Although this might be aimed at slightly older kids, I do believe that you can never start traditions too early. This is the perfect little keepsake year on year. It’s personalised to your child and you can decide what they’re top toy is, and what they’ve done to get on the nice list. For us, our main gift for Henry is his new kitchen so of course that went on the nice letter!
Wooden Lion Shape Sorter*
We’re big fans of wooden toys as they just feel like they’ll last a bit better than plastic and for us that’s important as we want as many toys as possible to last as we add to our brood. This wooden lion shape sorter is perfect for toddlers that are developing their hand-eye co-ordination and learning about shapes and colours. I love toys that are both fun and educational, plus this will look so so good in our playroom too.
Cut-able Play Food
As much as we love wooden toys, we’re not about to shy away from plastic because lets face it, it is cheaper. I think you just have to go for more quality brands if you’re going to chose plastic toys so they’ll last.
I was obsessed with kitchen play food as a child, and I’m super excited that we’re adding a toy kitchen to our home, so obviously we need some lay food too! We opted for fruit and veg to get us started as it will give us the opportunity to teach Henry about healthy foods too which is very important.
Happyland Construction Kit
I actually discovered Happyland products at our local playgroup because Henry plays with them every week. They’re plastic again but really robust. Obviously we chose a construction crew because Dann works in the industry and I used to, so we’re all a little nuts for construction toys.
Bath Time Net*
No kids gift guide would be complete without bath toys. Bath time is always a fun experience in our house so we like to make sure we fit in interactive and educational toys too. We love this bath net game (full disclosure we’ve been using this for a little while now but I had to include in the guide as I think it’s awesome) and it would also make a pretty great stocking filler too.
Every Christmas needs a new jumper right? And what better day to get a new one than Christmas Day (though you could always give this earlier in the month if you like to spread the magic out a little). I love this little pudding Christmas jumper, especially as Henry’s nickname is Puddin’ Cup – I don’t know why I call him that, but I do. Anyway, this jumper is in sweater material so will be comfortable to wear inside a warm and full house (we’re at Dann’s parents for Christmas so we’ll be getting our snugs in front of their log fireplace and I am stoked!!).
Christmas Sack (not photographed)
And what better way to present all these presents (see what I did there?) than a personalised Christmas sack. We actually bought Henry this last year, and I’m still totally in love with it. It’s really great quality and if you chose, can have it’s own storage tube, which is beautiful and so worthwhile as it’s obviously going to be stored away for most of the year. We will 100% be buying these for all our kids as I just think they are such a fabulous idea. If you follow them on Facebook they quite often have discount codes – we bought ours for £10 plus the storage tube so look out for their offers.
What’s at the top of your toddlers gift list?
*this item is a PR sample and has been provided in exchange for inclusion within this gift guide. This excludes the NubyUK product which was sent as part of our Brand Rep partnership, not specifically for this guide. All opinions, as always, are my own.
As a mother who loves to travel, I’d love to take Henry on a trip to Disneyland Paris someday. The trip won’t be cheap, but I’ve learned that I can buy or rent a Disney Vacation Club timeshare on the DVC Resale Market at a steeply discounted price.