If you’re a toddler parent, you already know this, but for those who aren’t: Not all toddlers like the same things. Mine is a jump in the mud puddles, play with trains, smile about animals, and kick up sand kind of toddler. He enjoys playing pretend with dolls and cars too, but it’s overall all about adventure and curiosity over here — exactly why his room fits this theme, too. So if you’re looking for holiday gifting ideas for a tot like mine, you’re reading the right post. Onward!
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Essential Toddler Holiday Gifts
All-purpose Exploration Mat: One thing all great adventurers need is a map of the stars to guide their way. Gathre’s Midi Constellations mat is perfect for hanging on the bedroom wall, art room wall, using on the ground for playtime, taking to the beach, or even using as a tablecloth for charting your next adventure. My son likes to use it as a playmat for his trains (but I have some plans for it in our future homework/art room). I like that the mat is wipable and water-resistant but looks so luxurious.
Calm Kid Mist: Sometimes little adventurers feel a bit anxious, scared or overstimulated by the day-to-day. When that happens, this Fat and the Moon Calm Kid Mist helps kiddos and parents alike!
All-in-One Car Seat: When you’re constantly on the go, there’s no time to worry about changing car seats and buying new ones — Britax One4Life ClickTight All in One Convertible Car Seat allows for 10 years of use! It converts from a rear-facing infant car seat to a forward-facing 5-point harness seat, then a high-back belt-positioning booster seat (up to 120 lbs and 63” in height). Aside from the two layers of impact protection, I’m a big fan of this seat’s SafeWash feature, which allows parents to easily remove the seat cover to wash it after it gets messy (as it does with a toddler).
Labels and Tags: With more playdates, storytimes, intro to preschool classes, and babysitter drop-offs now that your tot is a bit more independent, labels and tags are a must on all the things. Stuck On You’s Orientation Starter Pack comes with scratch-resistant round labels that safe for the microwave and dishwasher, as well as iron-on labels, name labels, and bag tags all in adorable themes and custom fonts.
Developmental Toddler Holiday Gifts
Sensory Play Box: Sometimes kiddos just need a kit filled with a fun themed project to meet their sensory and creative needs. The Kids Night In Sensory Box is a fun gift for when littles need time to wind down and decompress in the evening.
Number Tracing Board: Wooden toys are big this year, and the plus with this one is that it’s also educational. Take your number tracing board outdoors for tracing with leaves and berries, or in the art room to fill with mini poms. Jack & Link is a Veteran family run business located in PA where they make everything local using organic and safe materials.
Toy Toddler Holiday Gifts
Wooden Rocks: What? Yea, blocks, but in the shape of rocks. If your little is a fan of both, they’ll love these! Made with woods and non-toxic, natural dye using berries, leaves, seeds, minerals, or milk paint (like the Terra Set that’s shown).
A New Instrument: Ahaha, no really! Loog makes adorable guitars for ages 3+ that come with flashcards and pair with an app to help littles learn to play the guitar. I’m tempted to buy one for my 8-year-old too.
Clothing & Accessory Toddler Gifts
Quality Puddle Jumpers (Flex Logan Navy is shown): Toddlers are rough on their shoes so without the right ones they go through a lot of them. My son jumps in every puddle he sees, climbs all the rocks, runs and hops and slides and stumbles. His shoes take a beating and have to be washed often! So Pediped is my number one pick for rough and tumble shoes. We wash his shoes and then he’s right back at his outdoor activities. They’re far more comfortable than regular old rain boots (which my son refuses to put on anyway), and the Flex Fit System ™ lets you change the shoes’ fit as your little grows!
Snuggly PJs: ergoPouch Layers PJs ensure your tot isn’t getting extra toxins while they sleep, but that he is warm enough throughout the night. The Layer’s three-way-zip allows for easier diaper changes in the middle of the night, too!
A Classic Holiday Outfit: The hand-embroidered details on this bobby suit are stunning! I especially like that though the little soldiers are on the front of the suit, it still looks great if you accidentally put it on backward and they end up on the back (like what happened during our holiday gift guide photoshoot).
Comfortable Dress Shoes: Piper Finn’s new Cognac Slip-On Sneakers are the perfect dress up shoe for holiday occasions with your tot — the leather looks elegant but the shoes are comfortable for your kiddo to run around in all day and easy to put on in a flash.