(Edited and updated on 9-25-18) We’ve rounded up some of the best toys out there for you to choose from in this gift guide. With the Holidays approaching, now is the time to get your lists out and figure out what you need for each person.
(At the time this was written….. ) Having an almost one year old now, makes this a very exciting holiday season. I can’t wait to share these holidays as a family and see how she loves spending them with us.
I absolutely love Christmas/Holiday shopping. It really puts me in the holiday spirit. Finding the perfect gift for each person and getting excited to see their reaction as they unwrap the exciting gift, is always priceless in my eyes.
I love the anticipation of gift giving and I mayyyy go a little overboard each year. My in laws are always telling me to scale it back this year, but, that would take all the fun out of it. I just can’t do that!
So, I’m a little crazy and buy more than I should. I also start shopping earlier in the year than I should, but, in my eyes, I’m just spreading the Christmas spirit throughout the year.
This year, I decided to join a list full of amazing other bloggers to share our top gift picks for various age ranges and categories. If you’re interested in following along, hopping between pages, feel free to check them out as I link to them throughout this post.
You’ll be sure to find many unique and exciting Christmas present ideas for every person you need one for this year.
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This gift guide that I am providing you with is for finding gifts that are great in initiating getting baby on the move, helpful in teaching toddlers different life skills and providing toys that help with physical development of babies and toddlers.
I want to share toys that are more geared toward functionality or learning rather than toys that seem pointless and that will take up space in your home.
So, without further ado, let’s get to the gift ideas.
Gift guide of ideas for Infants and Toddlers
Toys that help get your baby on the move
Some babies are just happier when they are moving. Why not get them the tools so they can do so safely and begin the learning process of how they can move around.
Our daughter loved rolling around and crawling. Then once she was upright, she loved bouncing around and attempting to walk with eventually walking around.
These are some fun ways to get your babies moving around with these toys and apparatus.
The VTech Sit to Stand Learning Walker
The Evenflo Exersaucer Doorway Jumper
I can’t get enough of anything Disney, so anytime I see anything Disney that is cute, I always want to share it. This walker is great for any baby who wants to be on the move and have some basic freedom of their own.
This walker also has something that our walker did and we were very thankful for it. The tray that is attached to the walker has toys that are attached to it. It’s very helpful to keep your child entertained and it is safer than just giving them stand alone toys along with the walker.
If you give them a separate toy to play with, you run the risk of them throwing it on the floor and then getting jammed up under the walker. The wheels are quite sturdy and work well on carpet floors and flat surfaces as well.
This walker is also equipped with grip strips that will help keep walker safe on uneven surfaces.
Infantino Grow with Me Activity Mat
We loved the Grow with Me Activity Mat. It is something that you can use for many, many months.
Baby can use it as an activity mat where they lay on their back and play with the toys above. Then as they age, the sides can come up and they can have it as a cute and fun ball pit.
For this one in particular, the balls store in the little turtle’s head which make clean up and storage very easy. Now, when Caroline isn’t using it, we toss all of her toys in it and it acts as a toy bin.
Multifunctional toy that grows with her- for the win!
If you’re looking for more toys that will help build your Toddler’s Motor Skills, check out the post by Dana at Mama Needs Cake.
Toys that help teach Toddlers
Uppercase and Lowercase Alphabet Puzzle
This puzzle is not only great at helping your child learn the letters of the alphabet, it is great at showing them the difference in upper and lower case letters.
As with all puzzles, this is great for helping children with their motor skills, so it could easily be a multifunctional toy that helps them learn their alphabet, colors and dexterity.
Hey! Play! Foam Floor Shapes Puzzle Learning Mat
This mat has so many functions, it’s ridiculous. I LOVE it.
We plan on getting a set like this for Caroline for Christmas!!! It will be under our tree for sure.
A foam playing mat is always good to have as a safe playing area for children. This learning mat has various shapes for your child to learn, as well as many colors on each of the foam pieces.
The pieces come out like puzzle pieces and can be a GIANT puzzle to keep your child busy for hours on end.
Step2® LifeStyle Bright Custom Kitchen
One of these is also going to be under our tree this year. My mom still had my little sister’s play kitchen.
Caroline has started playing with it at her house and it has already become a hit. I’m praying she will love this one just as much.
It’s so cute to watch her play with all of the pieces involved in the kitchen. She enjoys pulling out the drawers and attempting to put them in.
This play kitchen is really neat because the different appliances make real sounding noises that you would hear in the kitchen, making play time seem even more real.
I always say any toy that can get their imagination going is the BOMB in my book. I know I loved the play kitchen when I was younger too. Most kids do and I know this will be a hit for the children on your list.
Lanka Kade Elephant 1-10 Puzzle
If you’re looking for more educational toys, check out the list by my friend Kim!
Toys to help the Physical, Mental and Emotional Development of your Toddler
Little Tikes Fish ‘n Splash Water Table
Books are great presents to give to your toddlers as well. They are very educational and if you’re looking for some Bedtime Books for your Toddler, this post from Mama Writes Reviews will have many to choose from!
Our daughter loves reading books in her DockATot. We have all the information you need about getting the awesome DockAaTot in another awesome post.
Melissa & Doug Alphabet Nesting and Stacking Blocks
This is a classic, must have for every child. Melissa & Doug have created this Alphabet Nesting and Stacking Blocks set that will help with your little ones’ motor skills as well as coordination.
These blocks are very bright and colorful. They have animals, the alphabet and familiar objects that are on the blocks.
All of the blocks can be nested inside of each other or they can be stacked high to form a tower or other building creation.
Imagination can soar high with these blocks while they learn the alphabet and work on motor skills while building.
Toddler Melissa & Doug Daily Magnet Calendar
This awesome calendar will help kids feel like they have a little control and can learn some kind of responsibilities. They’ll learn the days to the week, the date, the weather to expect outside and what they will be doing that day.
The calendar has some extra space so the child can share their mood and what their goals are for the day to learn to communicate better.
Are you in need of gift ideas for the female preteens and teenagers in your life? Don’t worry, we have an awesome gift guide that is live for you now! Make sure to check it out. She will LOVE these items 😉
We hope you can use these awesome gift ideas in this gift guide to bring some educational joy into your child’s Christmas time. These gifts are perfect for babies and toddlers. I hope you were able to find something that you can get the little one in your life. Have a safe and fantastic holiday season! Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave your gift ideas in the comments below!