What to get for the little ones in your life!
Our house is an interesting mix of teenagers and a toddler, and I can’t decide who is harder to shop for. When it comes to teens, it can be challenging to please them and to be able to afford the big ticket items they often desire. When it comes to toddlers, finding toys that are safe, battery-free, and won’t be an eye sore is another thing. Today I’ve rounded up some of my favorite gifts for toddlers and little kids, with my own child in mind. I actually have Wilder mostly taken care of for Christmas because I found something new in the box on facebook marketplace a couple months ago, and we’ve just been storing it since. However, I have yet to buy him anything else but have been collecting ideas. I know that Christmas is coming and I should really get a move on it. Anyhow, here’s what I put on Wilder’s Christmas list this year as well as some items he already has. He’s probably put it on his own as well but he doesn’t say much yet. You will have to take my word for it. This blog uses affiliate links. Gift Guide: littles.
Let’s start in the top left corner, shall we?
Jumbo crayons– Wilder loves nothing more than going in Emmy’s room and using her crayons which she generously shares and lets him do use with her. It’s about time he gets his own crayons that fit his little hands better. Of course all activity with these will be monitored because toddlers cannot be trusted with crayons alone, unless you encourage a 100% free home with a thriving creative beat… I mean, I do OK with that, but I have my limits and I like my walls as they are.
My Fun School Bus lift the flap book– This book brings together many of Wilder’s favorite things….. animals, flaps to lift, and school buses! It’s a definite must have for any toddler who watches their older siblings get on and off the school bus each day. He loves to watch them out the window and plays with his Green Toys bus all day long, when we aren’t looking at lift the flap books, that is.
I Spy: Animals– I spy is fun at any age (heck, I still love those books!), but this one is made particularly for kids ages 2-4. Little ones will have fun finding the animal that begins with a certain letter of the alphabet. Kids will learn ABCs, animals, and more!
Sensory Ball– Wilder loves to throw balls around our house, and these sensory balls are bright, feel cool to touch, and are soft enough to be thrown safely around a house.
Boho Kidkraft kitchen– This kitchen is the item I already purchased when I found it brand new on my local facebook marketplace. I may end up updating the look of it to suit our home more, but I love the simple design and love that the appliances mirror our own white and gold. Wilder loves to play with the kitchen at the gym, so I thought he might like his own at home.
Melissa & Doug wooden kitchen set– Of course Wilder will need cookware for his kitchen, and this set is adorable! I do wish it came in other colors as I am not really a red person. The design and shape is adorable though and has that vintage look to it.
Wooden puzzles– Wooden puzzles with easy to grab pieces for little hands are key! Wilder has a couple puzzles with animals, but I’d love to branch out into other areas of life, and this house with shapes is adorable.
Munchkin Wildlove sippy cup– We have these particular cups already but I am a fan! Not only are they cute and easy to hold, but they are made from 100% recycled plastic, and each purchase makes a donation to the International Fund for Animal Welfare. I love gifts that do good in the purchasing alone!
Green Toys tool box– There is so much to love about this tool kit! First of all, it breaks gender rulesas it is a traditionally more masculine toy created in traditionally more feminine colors. Secondly, it’s made from recycled plastic. And thirdly, I love a toy that encourages little ones to discover the world of DIY.
Green Toys recycling truck– I mentioned that Wilder has the school bus by this brand and he plays with it constantly. I would love to add this recycling truck to his collection.
Teepee– We have totally blank wall in our living room and I am considering making it into a play space for Wilder so that he can play while I sit on the couch. (HAHA- as if that might happen! A mom can dream.) I want to place a teepee in the corner for him to have a little quiet zone and play comfortably on his own. This teepee is adorable, simple, and has a floor mat.
Melissa & Doug smoothie set– I make myself and Wilder a smoothie every morning, so I thought he would get a kick out of having his very own little smoothie blender. It would also be a great way to encourage healthy eating habits.
Do you have little ones in your life? What is something that you really feel like they can’t live without? And what are you giving them this year? I would love to hear your ideas as well!