If you’re browsing for a toddler or preschool-age child, you probably already know that holiday gift-giving can be… a lot. Here are some gift ideas that are guaranteed to please with an emphasis on simplicity, engagement, and/or sustainable production.
Stacking, sorting, building: your kiddos won’t get enough of this block set, which provides endless opportunities to encourage creativity and build spatial and problem-solving skills.
Karaoke Set ~$37
Karaoke lovers? Let’s be honest, this present is as much for your tot as it is for you. But one thing is for certain, you’ll love watching your kiddos put on the best shows with this bluetooth karaoke and disco light combo from Maisonette.
This beautiful wooden activity center has four different stations that will keep kiddos busy! Note: requires assembly.
A Screen-free Story Player
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This storyteller set offers a screen-free way for kids to listen with headphones. Plus, they can select their own story elements (kids seriously love this part!).
Yoto Player ~$99
This smart speaker designed for kids reads story cards aloud — you just insert the card and play. Choose from “pre-made” story cards or design your own!
Moonlite turns your smartphone into a story projector. The set-up is super easy, and your kids will love seeing their favorite characters brought to life on their bedroom wall or ceiling — bringing some magic to bedtime stories.
Give your littles the gift of sound sleep. These weighed plush friends are designed to lower stress and regulate the nervous system — perfect for kiddos who have big, scary feelings at bedtime.
Toddlers love to make noise. More so, they love to shake and bang on stuff. This musical set provides the best of both worlds, with all sorts of banging percussion instruments (pun intended). We also love that it’s all made with natural wood.
Hey Clay Play Set ~$20
Get your kiddos to work with their fingers. This kit comes complete with air-dry clay and an interactive app to help your children create all the different characters. The play set comes in various themes — from farm animals to Dinos and aliens.
Market Play Stand ~$110
Bring the farmers market home with this grocery stand that will foster creativity and independent play. Toddlers will love to “shop” for fruits and vegetables.
Every child needs (“needs,” hah) a dollhouse. This one will spark imagination with well-crafted toys. We love the open layout for kids to play together. Note that the dolls are sold separately; we actually like Hape’s offerings in the doll department for depicting more racial diversity.
IMO, books are always an amazing gift for young children. Check out more of our favorite books for toddlers here, and early chapter books to read aloud with pre-K children here.
A Balance Bike
Balance bikes are the best! They allow the youngest of kids to ride along without training wheels, which encourages quick learning on a real 2-wheeled bike.
Strider Balance Bike ~$119
The Strider bike is a classic — the original best starter for tots!
A step up….
Woom Balance Bike ~$199
The Woom comes with handle brakes, which is a nice feature (you’ll only come to appreciate this when you make the transition to a “real” bike and your kid insists that slamming into the car is the brake).
Happy holidays! Hope you found a special gift or maybe just some inspiration. See also: our 2019 gift list for toddlers and preschoolers.
Also check out our multiples gift guide for the twins on your list. Cheers!