From the little builder to the mini rockstar to the future BMX racer, our toddler gift guide covers them all!
“Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree! My kids will only look at the presents beneath you!”
Yup, it’s that time of the year Mamas! We’ve rounded up some of the best gifts (tangible and experiential) suitable for toddlers ranging from 2 – 4 years old. Happy Shopping!
For the toddler that loves building here are some of our favourites this year:
Magna-Tiles – the hottest building toy that will last for years and years! These beautifully coloured tiles have magnets on all sides and will keep your toddler playing for hours. Let their creativity soar as they build away. Find it here.
Tegu Blocks – we love wooden toys, here at Sassy Mama and these Tegu Blocks are another level of awesome. Not only are they beautifully made, they are magnetic which makes for block building so much more fun. Watch your little one build the highest tower with a lower chance of them toppling over, thanks to the magnets inside! Find it here.
B. Bristle Block Spinaroos – these bright coloured bristle blocks are perfect for small hands as they are easy to piece together to create limitless combination of shapes. The fun and zany design keeps your toddler imagining for hours. Such a fun toy! Find it here.
Mega Bloks Scooping Wagon – Mega Bloks are a great first building blocks for your toddler! What’s great about this set is that it comes with an adorable wagon that not only stores the blocks, it also picks them up as you roll over the blocks! Fun and practical! We’re all about teaching our little ones to clean up after themselves! Find it here.
Lego Duplo Play House – last but not least, the classic Lego Duplo. We particularly love the new Play House that includes many classic building pieces as well as characters for fun role playing in the house. Find it here.
For the toddler that loves to role play and imagine what he/she can be:
Jetaire Camper Playhouse – taking fort building to all new levels of amazingness, let’s bring the outdoors inside with this fun camper! Your toddler will love pretending they’re out camping but all inside the comfort of your home. Find it here.
KidKraft Red Vintage Kitchen – your toddler wants to help you baste the turkey this year? You want to spare them from burning their little hands? Let them pretend and help in their own kitchen – problem solved. This gorgeous set from KidKraft let’s your toddler cooking dreams come to life! A fun place for the whole family to get involved. Find it here.
Leapfrog Number Lovin’ Oven – a great addition to a kitchen set, this oven not only makes baking and cooking fun, it’s also educational. Get your toddler to count and serve pizza as well as many other fun features on this interactive oven. Find it here.
Fix It Tool Box – if your toddler loves fixing things around home, then this Fix It Tool Box by Hape is a winner. It comes with nuts, bolts, a hammer and other tools that little builders are sure to love. The tool box is created so that the different pieces can be affixed to it perfectly. Find it here.
Itsimagical Doctor Set – playing doctor and patient will never get boring with a snazzy doctor set from Itsimagical. The set includes everything from a stethoscope to a thermometer and even a prescription pad! Find it here.
For the toddler that loves being active outside:
Fly Bike Foldable Toddlers Glide Tricycle – similar to the Strider, this tricycle is foldable and can be used indoors as well as outdoors. It’s great for helping to develop balancing and steering skills. Find it here.
Yvolution Y Glider – if cycling isn’t your toddler’s thing, the Yvolution Y Glider scooter is an awesome alternative. Also great for training balancing skills, this scooter will have your toddler zooming across Victoria Park in no time. Find it here.
Plasma Car – this unique ride on toy is extremely fun for the toddler who loves to “drive”. The Plasma Car uses the natural forces of inertia, centrifugal force, friction and pure kid power! Find it here.
For the toddler that loves being creative:
Bright Beats Dance and Move Beatbo – THE hottest toy right now comes from Fisher Price – the new Bright Beats Dance and Move Beatbo. If your little one loves to get his/her groove thang on, this is the toy for you! This interactive toy will get any dance party started. Find it here.
Janod Ukulele & Musical Instrument Set – for the inner rockstar, this fun wooden ukulele is great for budding musician. The instrument set also includes castanets, a xylophone, recorder and tambourine. If you’re down for some unique masterpieces from your little one, this is a great set to get. Find the set here.
Kinetic Sand – this miracle sand is amazing! Regular sand is very messy and hard to clean up but kinetic sand is the stuff of magic! Extremely fun and mesmerising, your little one can make sand castles and all sorts of creative shapes inside your home and you don’t need to worry about it getting everywhere. Find it here.
Crayola Creative Art Supply Kit – for the budding mini Picasso or Matisse, gift your toddler with the complete art supply kit from Crayola. The kit comes complete with crayons, stampers, glitter tubes, putty and much more! Find it here.
For the toddler that loves to read:
In my opinion, you can never have too many books in your toddler’s library. Books are such a great gift and the perfect catalyst to boost your little one’s imagination and vocabulary. Here are some of our favourite picks!
- Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony
- Press Here by Herve Tulle
- Polar Bear’s Underwear by Tupera Tupera
- This Moose Belongs To Me by Oliver Jeffers
- Goodnight Already! by Jory John & Benji Davies
- Shh! We Have A Plan by Chris Haughton
- Lines That Wiggle by Candice Whitman
- Tap The Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
- Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
And finally, my personal favourite gift for toddlers – experiential and meaningful gifts:
It’s important to remind our toddlers that giving gifts whether they are tangible or not is just as important, if not more, than receiving. Gifts comes in all shapes and form, but sometimes, the most memorable gifts for toddlers can be a shared experience. Here are some great ones:
There is no gift more valuable than time spent as a family! Sign you and your littles up for a fun class – whether that be a dance class, pottery making or attending a show together.
- Take a pottery painting class together and make a gift for grandma or grandpa
- Make your own Gingerbread House at The Mixing Bowl
- Cinderella The Panto
One way to encourage empathy and selflessness is to teach your toddler early on that there is much joy to be found in giving back. A great way is to browse together in a charity gift catalog like the one provided by World Vision and to choose together what you would like to give back. The World Vision catalog includes gifting little chickens or animals to families in need.