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Holiday Gift Guide: For Toddlers

I love toddlers and I especially love all the adorable toys for them to develop their imaginations. That’s why this gift guide for toddlers was so much fun to assemble. Who doesn’t love to see their little faces light up with surprise and delight?


Keep your toddler occupied for hours (okay, almost an entire hour) with just your fingers. Add some puppets to the ends of those fingers and you’ve got storytime on the go.  Sets include Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Robots, Cinderella, animals of all shapes and kinds (jungle, deep sea, ocean, farm, pets, etc.)

Kids are going to be noisy no matter what you do. May as well embrace it and give them a drum full of sweet musical instruments and let their acoustic urges run free. This Parum Pum Pum Drum is a favorite at my house—well designed, adorable and musical without sounding irritating. My husband might disagree.

These soft blocks have been a favorite of both of my kids. Each block is textured and many have hidden bells and whistles that young kids love. I like that they are soft enough for rambunctious play (no tears if one of these conks you in the head) and you can even toss them in the washer when they get dirty.

One of the challenges for toddlers is finding safe toys, like cars and trains, since so many commercially available toys aren’t meant for kids younger than 3-years-old. Here’s one of my favorite toddler cars.

The Go Car

Toddlers are always delighted by pull toys: little creatures they can lead with a string as they run around the house. And this Locolino Pushing Toy from Haba is as adorable as it gets.


Remember how great Richard Scarry books were? Well, they still are!

Do you have any great ideas for toddler gifts?


Holiday Gift Guides:

Mail Order Gift Guide

Gift Guide for Your Guy

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  3. Cary 12/06/2011 at 3:57 pm

    Another great educational gift idea for toddlers are Little Pim products. They make DVDs, CDs, and books that focus on teaching little kids foreign languages. My daughter has a DVD in Spanish and absolutely loves it. I plan on getting her another DVD and maybe the book for Christmas!

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  7. Kristi 12/03/2011 at 10:32 pm

    These are great ideas. Thanks for compiling them, but mostly thank you, thank you, thank you, for making it something I can scroll through on my phone rather than one of those dreadful slide-show type articles where I have to click through each one. This format was so much more user-friendly!