Believe it or not, Christmas is right around the corner! Since I’m due in December, I’m getting an early start on my Christmas shopping this year and thought I would share some ideas for those of you who are doing the same. I have a 2 year old little boy (and many friends with toddler girls), so I’m putting together a list of some really great toys that our kids have especially enjoyed recently. So here’s my little 2012 Holiday Gift Guide for Toddlers, from mom to mom. Enjoy!
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My son received this for his 2nd birthday and LOVES it. We got it especially for him to ride around in the house because it’s small and a lot less bulky than ride-on cars. He loves to scoot around on it through the hallway and living room and make “vroom vroom” noises.
Kids love these little figures! Baby M is very much into Schleich animals and they are the perfect toys to inspire imaginative play and take along wherever they go. They are made with exceptional quality, are so detailed and realistic, and hold up really well to toddler play! Plus, they are a great buy because children of all ages love them. Our son has about ten Schleich animals now and we are adding to his collection with the Killer Whale and several others for Christmas. Perfect for stocking stuffers, you can get some of them for as little as $2.15 each.
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Classic Peg Puzzle Bundle
$19.99 with FREE SHIPPING
These and other Melissa & Doug Puzzles are so great for toddlers! Our son loves them and plays with them daily. He has many of the peg puzzles (including the 3 pictured above) and a bunch of the “chunky” puzzles too which come with big thick pieces that can be played with separately too. These puzzles are so educational, and fun to boot! Definitely the kind of toy I want my child to play with. And again, these are made with excellent quality and will be played with for years to come.
New Sprouts Munch it My Very Own Play Food
$17.61 with FREE SHIPPING
Baby M has had this set for a while and it’s one of the very best play food sets we own! The pieces are made with thick, soft, durable plastic and are so realistic. It’s a great set for toddlers because the food pieces are large and easy to handle. I highly recommend these and other Learning Resources play food sets!
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Magnetic Kitchen Bottle Collection
$18.64 with FREE SHIPPING
Speaking of play food, Baby M also loves Melissa & Doug play food sets and especially enjoys playing with this one. The tops of the bottles come off and are magnetic — so much fun for toddlers to put on and take off! Our son loves pretending to put ketchup or jelly on everything. It’s really cute. The pieces are quite large and made of real wood, painted with detail. Love these!
Of course with play food you’ve got to have a play kitchen! After doing a lot of research and looking at different brands and styles, we bought this kitchen set for Baby M this past summer. I wanted a large one since we’ll be having more kids, something durable of course, with lots of gadgets and cabinets and such. I had thought about going with one of the beautiful KidKraft play kitchens, which are made of wood (a few of my friends have them and they are really nice!), but decided on the Step2 play kitchen because it has the electronics, buttons, and sounds. Baby M really enjoys pushing the buttons on the phone, microwave, oven and dishwasher, clicking on the light above the sink, and cooking on the stove with the bubbling or frying noises and lights. It’s a pretty cool kitchen!
KidKraft Waterfall Mountain Train Set and Table
$199.96 with FREE SHIPPING!
Baby M has one of these train table sets and it is absolutely awesome! Such a fun toy–he plays with it daily! We have it in our playroom and it’s a great activity for him. It’s large enough for several kids to play with at once too.
KidKraft Majestic Dollhouse
$165.00 with FREE SHIPPING!
If you have a toddler or young child, now is the perfect time to invest in a dollhouse! They will love it now, and it will see many years of play in the future too. My friends especially love this wood dollhouse by KidKraft! It is huge, beautifully made, and it will fit dolls of all sizes.
Playskool Explore and Grow Busy Ball Popper
$21.08 with FREE SHIPPING!
For younger toddlers, I have to say this is one of the coolest toys invented. My son received it for his 1st birthday and I kid you not he has played with it every day since! I don’t think he’s ever owned another toy that has been used more than this one. The balls are so much fun to put in and grab as they pop out, or watch them hover there on top while the air is blowing. We’ve even used it to hover balloons, which is super fun! The music is fun and not too loud. This is one of those simple but great toys I would recommend to everyone!
Tabbed Board Books: My First Numbers
$9.99 with FREE SHIPPING!
This board book and the other Tabbed Board Books by DK Publishing are fantastic! They are large, easy for toddlers to open, and filled with so many fun and bright pictures. My son has nearly the whole set and absolutely loves to sit down with these and read them by himself or point out everything in the pictures to me and tell me what they are. It’s very educational for him and a great quiet activity. We have a lot of board books but these are our #1 favorite!