I’ll be the first to tell you right now that I REALLY don’t think you have to shower your little one with Christmas/holiday gifts. Trust me, they have NO idea what’s going on.
Last year, Lucie was close to 3 and barely knew what was up. This year, she got the memo [I blame preschool], but we’re still planning on keeping it simple.
That said, many of us want to get something special for our little boo. Here are some toys and books that are sure to delight. *All of these opinions are my own :)
[Flying with baby this holiday? Check out my book.]
1. Peekawhoo Personalized Gifts
Peekawhoo offers the best in personalized, monogrammed gifts that you’ll keep forever. Bibs, blankets, loveys and gowns; they've got you covered!
Get 10% off all Angel Dear [towels, loveys, blankets, and bibs] with coupon code ILOVELUCIE. Shop here.
2. Cloud b Glow Cuddles - $33
Wean your baby off sleeping on top of you with this soft, soothing bunny (or bear), which has a touch-activated heartbeat sound and a faint glow light. A mommy favorite!
Buy on Amazon for $33
3. Lamaze Franky the Hanky Whale - $19
Feed the tissues through the mouth and pull them out the spout, weeee! Put in/take out play is great for baby's motor skill development, and better here than an entire box of Kleenex...I fell in love with this at the Baby Show this year. I think you’ll like it too.
Buy on Amazon for $19
6. Where Is Baby's Belly Button? - $5.39
This lift-the-flap book was a favorite for both of my girls, not to mention, a great way to learn all about hands, bellies, and eyes and feet!
Buy on Amazon for $5.39
1. Cloud b Tranquil Turtle Nightlight - $44
One of my favorite toys at the baby show this year, the Tranquil Turtle Nightlight projects the “under water” effect onto the ceiling with a gentle wave motion while playing one of two soothing sounds. Heck, I may even get one for my own bedroom…
Buy on Amazon for $44
I love, love, love these books. My favorite book “Who Loves Me” incorporates all your family members into the story. A great way to remember those you aren’t able to see often. No kidding, I still get choked up every time I read it.
Little People toys are a big hit in our house. Pick your toddler’s favorite scene and voila! Best of all, the Little People can be used interchangeably among the different toys.
Buy on Amazon
Lucie and Alice fight over this constantly. Need I say more?
Buy on Amazon for $45
5. Little Partners Learning Tower - $179
I know, I know, this is not cheap, BUT -- it's one of the most useful items we’ve ever bought (actually, we got it as a gift; not gonna lie). Now, my little ones can safely “help” me cook and clean while I get stuff done. Score!
Buy on Amazon for $179
6. TOMY Toys Mr. Color Maker - $39
Toddlers have great fun learning new colors and phrases with the Mr. Color Maker Toy. Best of all, there’s no mess to clean up afterwards!
Buy on Amazon for $39
7. We're Going on a Bear Hunt - $10.88
This fun, classic book is a family favorite.
Buy on Amazon for $10.88
1. Melissa & Doug Deluxe Jumbo Cardboard Blocks - $24
I don’t know a single preschooler who doesn’t love building towers and bridges (then knocking them down, of course) with these versatile, lightweight cardboard blocks from Melissa & Doug.
Buy on Amazon for $24
Miss the boat on the bilingual nanny or foreign language immersion school? Not to worry. Little Pim’s award-winning language program for kids makes it fun and easy for children to start learning a second language.
Buy on Little Pim
3. Magna-Tiles® Clear Colors 100 Piece Set - $120
God yes, these are expensive, but sooooo cool. Ask any preschool teacher.
Buy on Amazon for $120
4. Strider ST-4 No-Pedal Balance Bike - $109
You ever see a three-year-old ride a 2-wheeled bicycle like it’s no big thing? Pedal-less (and brake-less) balance bikes teach children balance, coordination and develop their confidence [only good in FLAT areas, ahem].
Buy on Amazon for $109
Designed for young girls by a female engineer from Stanford, Goldie Blox toys build spatial skills, teach engineering principles, and instill confidence in problem-solving.
Buy on Goldieblox
6. Magic Tree House Books - $11.67 for four
Tired of reading the same storybooks every night? These chapter books are captivating and fun for preschoolers craving a little more.
Buy the set on Amazon for $11.67
Thank you for supporting Lucie's List and Happy Holidays!!
~ Meg, Rich, Lucie and Alice
Did you miss? Gearing up for Winter:
Part 1: Keeping Warm in a Car Seat, Stroller & Baby Carrier
Part 2: Keeping Warm at Home: Pajamas, Wearable Blankets, Slippers & Humidifiers