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Originally published October 10, 2018, but updated October 15, 2019.
Looking for toddler Christmas gift ideas?
We’ve got your back!
Here is a list of products that my daughter has loved as a toddler. I’ve also included a couple of items that we are planning on giving her for Christmas this year.
Check out this list and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments below.
If you’re shopping for someone else’s kids, be sure to check out this post for some tips and tricks of what to buy and what to avoid!
#1 – VTech Gallop and Rock Learning
Graci received this toy for Christmas when she was 6 months old, but didn’t start using it until she was about a year old. She loved to climb on the horse by herself and loves to smack the buttons on the horse’s head. (We are working on being gentle…)
This toy is super cool because it makes noise as it senses movement to help you imagine that you’re riding a real horse. In addition to making noise, the buttons at the top also light up which is a lot of fun.
This can be used as a rocking horse, or the bottom of the toy can be flipped to turn it into a ride-on horse that rolls on the wheels.
#2 – Fisher-Price Little People
Graci loves these toys so much because she can easily carry them with her when we leave the house or play with them at home with the play-sets.
Something that I adore about these toys is that they grow with her. While she initially just carried the figurines around, now she does tons of pretend play with them. At almost two years in, these remain one of her favorite toys.
As a mom, I’ve really been enjoying collecting the different people and animals with Graci (and my mom who is slightly obsessed, too). Often times, you can buy an animal or person for under $4 at Target and Walmart, so it makes adding additional toys affordable.
This year, we are hoping to add this Frozen Little People Ice Palace to her collection, along with the adorable sleigh!
#3 – Duplo Legos
Graci is absolutely obsessed with her Duplo Legos. In fact, as I’m typing this, I can see an entire pile of them on the floor!
One of Graci’s favorite things to do is to get us to play Legos with her and because of that, we are planning on adding even more sets to her collection this Christmas. They truly are a fun activity that even older kids can get into playing.
#4 – Violet – LeapFrog My Pal
Violet was Graci’s bedtime buddy for a long time. She was gifted her for her 1st birthday, and for months, they were the best buds.
One of the coolest things about Violet is that you can program your child’s name into it and tell her a few things about your child (like favorite color and favorite food). Then, Violet talks to your kiddo about these things.
She does music and games, but my favorite feature is the bedtime feature. By pressing her foot, you can have her do 5, 10, or 15 minutes of bedtime music. This is was a staple part of our bedtime routine with Graci for many months.
NOTE: If you have an iPhone, you’ll need the headphone dongle to program your child’s name into Violet. She has a standard headphone cord in her back that will need to plug into the lightening adapter.
#5 – Board Books
I think board books are always a great gift. Always, always, always.
In fact, we’re obsessed over here – check out all of these other blog posts that talk about our love of board books:
- Baby Christmas Gift Ideas (Babies Under 1 Year)
- 4 Toddler-Approved Halloween Board Books
- Baby Shower Gifts That Moms DO NOT Want (mentioned as a great gift to give)
Anyway, here are some of Graci’s top board book picks in case you need a few suggestions!
#6 – Nalgene Grip-N-Gulp Water Bottles
When Babies “R” Us was going out of business, my husband and I splurged on two of these Nalgene bottles for Graci (they were a different pattern than what is available on Amazon).
At first I was surprised that they were a little more spendy than a regular sippy cup. Then, I used them.
These bottles are high quality, have never smelled funny after washing (even when we put other stuff besides water in them), they don’t spill, the plastic valve on the inside comes out so that washing is easy and they have been super durable.
The other thing that I like so much about these bottles is that Graci won’t outgrow them anytime soon. I’m all about reducing the amount of products that we constantly have to buy over-and-over again. It’s worth it to me to spend a little more and have a product that she’ll use for a longer period of time.
#7 – Crayola My First Palm Grip Crayons
Coloring is one my fondest memories from my own childhood. And, I can’t wait for Graci to color with me!
My husband and I bought a pack of these egg crayons for Graci’s 1st birthday and she loved carrying them around and tapping them on paper immediately. Nowadays, we are trying to work with her on making the coloring motion on paper rather than just smacking the crayon on the paper.
These eggs are the perfect shape to get your toddler to realize that swiping the crayon on paper makes color.
Normal crayons have paper around them that require your toddler to hold the crayon just right to get color on the paper, are hard for your toddler to hold and break easily. This product solves those problems.
#8 – BLACK+DECKER Junior Power Workbench
My husband and I purchased this workbench on Black Friday in 2016 and have had it put away for this Christmas for Graci. We happened to find it for a good deal, and we knew that purchasing Christmas items early would only spread out the hit to our budget.
Graci is going to love this toy, and we’re super excited to give her a toy that is typically marketed for boys. Who says that girls can’t use tools?