Gift Ideas for Toddlers

How was everyone's Thanksgiving weekend? We had a great Thanksgiving with family and just relaxed most of the weekend. Oh, and started decorating for Christmas! I usually wait until the first week of December, but it took everything in me not to start before Thanksgiving! I wanted to respect the turkey (as they say), so I held off. But, now that Turkey time is over, my mind is full force ahead for Christmas!

I started shopping for the boys a little earlier than normal this year. Probably because I am so excited to have 2 toddlers this year that can open their gifts and be excited! Camden is just starting to understand the concept of Santa, so that is so much fun too!

I put together this gift guide for toddlers with mostly boys in mind because that is really all I have experience with. But, a lot of the items could be fun for both genders. Some of these items are on Camden and Bennett's (ok, my) wish list and some of these they already own and love!

Gift Ideas for Young Toddlers (18 mos - 2 years old):

1) VTech Push and Pop Bulldozer: Bennett is all about pushing things right now (chairs, laundry baskets, etc). He's pretty much grown out of this walker (and I personally can't stand these corn popper toys) so I think this would be a fun alternative for him! 

2) VTech Spin and Learn Color Flashlight - We actually have this toy and Bennett loves all the buttons, music, lights and colors! Keeps him busy for a solid 10 minutes at a time!

3) Melissa & Doug Geometric Stacker - This toy is on my wish list for Bennett this year. He loves stacking and anything with shapes and colors. I love that these are wooden too! 

4) Melissa & Doug K's Kids Pull-Back Vehicle Set - This little car set is also on Bennett's wish list this year. He always tries to take his older brother's cars and it always ends in tears! So, I want to get him his own set of cars and I love that these are pull back cars and they are soft! 

5) Melissa & Doug Deluxe Jumbo Knob Wooden Shapes Puzzle - We have a similar wooden shapes puzzle and I swear that's how Camden learned all his shapes! Bennett is starting to learn his shapes now and even says 'Oh-fal' for oval when he sees it! It's so cute! I love that this one has the wooden knobs for little hands to grab easily. 

6) Munchkin Fishin' Bath Toy - Bennett is really starting to love bath time! We have a similar fishing bath toy and he loves to catch the fishies! Bath toys also make great stocking stuffers for the little ones!

Gift Ideas for Older Toddlers (2 - 3 years)

1) All-New Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet, 8" HD Display, 32 GB, Blue Kid-Proof Case - Obviously, we try to limit screen time, but I will say that the ipad we have has saved my sanity numerous times over the past few years with Camden. Once Bennett is old enough, I'm sure we will have to get the boys their own devices so there is no fighting, but I'm happy that's not the case right now! I would definitely get these tablets instead of the ipad too because there are a lot more parental controls and you can give them selected time access to certain kid friendly apps such as Netflix, YouTube, etc. There are also 100s of books, TV shows, movies, and educational apps to choose from. These would be great for car rides or plane trips as well! AND they are currently on major sale for Cyber Monday!!  

2) VTech Record and Learn KidiStudio - My parents actually found a similar toy at a second hand store and both boys LOVE it! It's so fun because they can record their own music, it plays nursery rhymes and there's so many different sounds they can play with. Bennett is our music man and he loves dancing to all the jams!

3) ONTEL Magic Tracks Resuce Race Car Set - This is a gift that Camden got for his birthday and he is obsessed with it! The tracks all link together and are bendable as well, so you can make hills and curves for the cars. The cars light up and run around the track. Get ready for hours of fun with this toy!

4) Haktoys RC Acrobatic Stunt Car - Camden got a remote control stunt car similar to this one (I couldn't find his exact one online) for his birthday and he loves it! It's great for his age because it only has 2 controls and since it's a 'stunt' car it's ok if it flips, crashes, etc. I think Bill actually has had the most fun with this one... lol

5) Hot Wheels Rooftop Race Garage Exclusive Playset and 9-Car Gift Pack - Another birthday present Camden received that he loves! He is all about the hotwheels cars right now and we got him a few before his birthday, but now he has about a dozen and this cool racing ramp! 

6) Radio Flyer Color FX EZ Glider 3 Wheel Scooter, Red and Joovy Noodle Helmet, Red - We actually got Camden a Paw Patrol scooter for his birthday, but then decided we wanted to return it for a better one. Bill figured out it is better (especially for beginners) to have the 2 wheels in the front instead of the back for balance. We also need to get him a helmet! 

A few other suggestions are this play tunnel (great for crawlers as well!), a play slide, mini basketball hoop, and one on our wish list for Christmas: a mini trampoline! These are all great for indoor gross motor skills for when it's too cold to go to the park!

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