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Gift Guide for Toddlers – A Foodie Stays Fit

This gift guide features fun gift ideas for your toddlers!

This is the second time I’ve put together a gift guide for kids, and I had the best time making it! Thomas will two and a few months old when Christmas rolls around, which is such a fun age. Over the last year, he’s started loving all things golf, a ball of any kind, playdoh, and his bike. Last year, he was just starting to like his bike, but it’s amazing how much more he’s grown (and how much personality he has developed!) over the 12 months.

Creating a gift guide for kids (which is a popular request in my IG DMs!) is a little difficult because kids are so different, ages matter a lot for toys, and boys and girls may prefer different things. And since I only have a 2 year old, I felt like it made the most sense to create a gift guide for toddlers, since that’s what I have real experience with. I would LOVE if you’d leave comments on this post with gifts you’re buying or that were a hit with your kids in the past and their ages! That way we can all reference them later!

Okay then, ready? Let’s jump in.

Gift Guide for Toddlers

Gifts for Toddlers

Christmas Pajamas

Let’s start with holiday pajamas since those are something you’ll want to gift early to enjoy all season! While these aren’t likely going under the tree, they’re SUCH a fun way to get in the spirit with your littles. Thomas won’t care which pajamas he wears, but it makes me so happy. If your child is just a little older, they may want to help you pick out PJs for Christmas. I always thought it was so cute that my sister-in-law gave my nieces and nephews new PJs on Christmas Eve – I want to implement that tradition!

We specifically love the brand Hanna Anderson and LAKE Pajamas. Hanna Andersson has a bunch of cute, festive prints. They use a flatlock seam on all of their PJs, which makes them super cozy for kids since some seams can irritate little ones.

LAKE is actually my favorite brand for my own pajamas, and there’s just nothing like them! The quality is unmatched and they use the softest pima cotton. I splurged and bought Thomas and I matching sets last year, and it made me so happy. His set ran a little small, so size up if you’re on the fence. Their PJs do shrink just a little!


Play sink

Thomas LOVES his play sink, with or without the water! When it’s warm out, we take it outside.When it’s too cold for that, it’s a great bathtub activity! The dials are all turnable it encourages kinesthetic development, and he actually started drinking out a cup better after playing with the cups in this set, even empty! He LOVED this when he was 1 years old (see below), and still loves it at two.


Gift Guide for Toddlers

Lovevery Play Kits

Thomas (and I) love these. Lovevery Play Kits are designed to be a subscription, and you get a new kit delivered every 3 months. What a great gift – new toys every three months that are catered to your child’s age! You can also purchase the playkits individually rather than the subscription but we LOVE the subscription.

The play kits have age appropriate, adorable toys in each box (but not too many toys, thank goodness), and they quality is really nice. It’s convenient and fun to get toys that are made for your child’s age, and to be surprised when the boxes come each month. This is a great gift suggestion for grandparents if they’re asking what to get their favorite grandkid! 😉

Look how tiny Thomas was!

Gift Guide for babies and toddlers

Retrospec Walker Balance bike

This little balance bike is perfect for ages 12-24 months. I personally love the colors, and Thomas is OBSESSED with it. He uses it inside most often, but it’s sturdy enough to go outside too. This is $50 and comes in 10 colors. It was a huge hit last Christmas!


3-Piece Activity Table

We are so glad we got this little table set for Thomas’s room. He uses it daily, and started loving it right as he was big enough to sit in chairs. The nice thing about this set is that it can be used all the way up to age 7! Tommy actually sits on the chairs at bedtime to read books, so it’s been safe for adults…so far, ha!

I will note, the plastic set is not the prettiest thing ever, but it DOES clean up well. I’m looking at this wooden set for the future.


Play-Doh

What can I say? He’s obsessed. Since he’s inevitably going to smash every color together in one giant ball anyway (every.time), I don’t get anything fancy.


Wooden Train Set

This is the cutest EVER! I want to get this for Thomas this year. I don’t expect the train tracks to stay put on the table for long, but maybe he’ll like playing with them on the table as he gets older. He loves to play with that exact set at the Children’s Playhouse in Boone!


Kid’s Plastic Golf Set

If you follow me on Instagram, you know this is a hit in our house. Thomas LOVES golf, and this set has everything you’d want. I also love this wooden set, but I don’t think Thomas would be as excited about it!


Personalized Kid’s Chair

Thomas loves sitting his own chair. I love that it’s soft and easy to move from room to room. I also LOVE this one!


Little Tikes Cozy Truck Ride-On

Thomas LOVES these type trucks are the Tot Lot in Boone (where they have dozens of ride-on cars, scooters and bikes for kids to play with) so I’m getting this for him to have at our place in Winston-Salem! This one is much more Thomas’ speed, and more fun than a basic Cozy Coupe.


Montessori Toddler Tower

This is the exact tower we have in our kitchen for Thomas! He likes standing in this to eat his meals, help me cook, or play at the counter. It’s nice that he can get in it himself now, and he’s less likely to fall since the back rail is at a safe height.


Four Balls Set

Thomas LOVES this set of balls. He’ll play with about any ball, though.


Retro Play Kitchen

First of all, take a look at how pretty this is! It’s so cute that I wouldn’t mind it staying in our living room instead of the playroom! I’ve been eyeing play kitchens for Thomas since he loves them at the Children’s Playhouse and at our friend’s house. If you don’t mind a plastic play kitchen, this one is cute and more affordable!


Books

We loveee books in our house! This is Thomas’ favorite book right now.

Here are a few other fun book ideas!

Reusable Sticker Board Books

These are super fun. Get this one!

Touchy-Feely Sound Books

Specifically, this one.

Lifesize Books

This is the original and super cute.

Reusable Water Painting Books

This one!

Lights and Sounds Books

This one is so cute!


Kids Tumbling Mat

These are great for your playroom, living room, or outside. It’s a soft pad for them to try out cartwheels, handstands, you name it. And it folds up for easy storage!


FoxPrint Rocket Ship Tent

This is such a fun tent or fort for little boys or girls (two different designs!). I love the idea of reading books to Thomas in one of these. And the price is unbeatable. It would be cute to have to have it set up as surprise from Santa on Christmas morning. I think I’ll put this in Thomas’ room or playroom since those are the biggest rooms in our house!! (Spoiled much, kiddo?)


Keyboard Playmat

Even I want this! It’s huge so your kids use their feet to play each key. You can roll it up and store it easily too.

Children’s Museum Membership

Younger toddler’s won’t understand this on Christmas morning, but it’s the gift that keeps on giving! We have memberships at both Kaleideum Children’s Museum in Winston-Salem and The Children’s Playhouse in Boone and we ALL love going!! This is another great option for grandparents to give!

 


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