It’s already that time of year to start thinking about Christmas presents, and I feel like I’m still spinning in circles. How did this time of year get here so fast? I feel like I’m already so behind on everything. I know y’all are probably in the same boat, with the mom brain and having kids need everything from us… sometimes it feels like it’s a miracle just to be able to get a load of laundry in the dryer before it mildews, right? But I’m determined for this year to not be as stressful as prior years, so I’m figuring out gift ideas for toddlers ahead of time.
Now, I know that figuring out gift ideas for toddlers is kind of a joke. I mean, they could beg for something for months and when they finally get it, they play with it for 3 minutes and then complain they’re bored. And then mommy gets cranky. Or, they’ll be mildly entertained with their new gifts, but then they find a giant box and it holds their attention captive for hours. Seriously? But don’t even think about giving them a box as a gift, because they’ll hate it.
They like to keep us guessing, that’s for sure!
So personally, when I’m thinking about presents for my kiddos, I like to keep them mostly educational. That way, I don’t feel guilty letting them play with them for a bit while I try like mad to get things done around the house. For Christmas, we don’t just get them anything and everything, we made plans when Lucas was a baby to keep holiday gifts under control. We give each boy 4 presents – something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read. Then we also give them one extra present from Santa, and a stocking full of little goodies.
And full disclosure: I’m a total boy mom, so I haven’t the faintest idea of what a lot of little girls want. I’m just speaking from experience!
Gift Ideas for Toddlers
- Toys that help the imagination. We like Mega Bloks , Lincoln Logs and I’m sure we’ll love Legos when they get older. My boys are also big fans of these Wooden Train Tracks, and they build some pretty impressive tracks with them!
- Clothes. Yeah, kids don’t usually love getting clothes, but we like to do something special for Christmas. Last year, we got my oldest a really cute Spiderman robe that he wears quite a bit when it’s cold outside. Another option would be a special hat or jersey if they love a sports team, or a character outfit or dress.
- Books. My kids LOVE reading, and I’m all about encouraging that while they’re young. I am big on the idea of building a good library for them so they’ve always got different books around. Last year we got Lucas a really cute Preschooler’s Bible, and we’ve been reading a bit every day. It’s a great one for helping them understand the stories without changing them at all.
- Interactive Learning Toys. These are awesome for the car, (we have several different LeapFrog ones) because we can’t read to them while we’re driving and they can’t build anything either. I hesitate to hand them the iPad every time we’re in the car because I don’t want them to not be able to travel without it, so these are perfect. They help teach the kids letters, numbers, and songs, but they are limited so they won’t spend hours on them and completely zone out.
- Experiences. This one is my favorite. We love giving experiences as gifts, and I think it’s great for the kids too. Whenever people ask what to get my kids, I always suggest experiences first. Things like a zoo membership, Discovery Place pass, train rides, corn mazes, kids concerts and shows, aquariums, etc. The best presents are the ones that you make into memories.
- KidloLand App. We don’t use electronic devices a whole lot, but when we do, I make sure they are educational. This app is actually really impressive. I ended up deleting the other games on the iPad because all of them were represented better inside this app. My 4 year old LOVES it, and could play on it for hours. It’s got dozens of nursery rhymes, spelling, a phonics section, transportation, animals, shapes, colors, numbers and so much more. I couldn’t believe how many parts there were to the app, and I feel comfortable knowing that he’s learning when he’s playing with it. It does have a subscription to unlock everything, but it honestly has so much to offer preschool age kids. It’s a wonderful learning gift for kids!
What are some gift ideas for toddlers that you have?