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All of a sudden that little baby who had no clue it was Christmas last year, is a walking talking toddler full of joy and excitement about everything. Whilst they still might not really have a clue it’s Christmas, they’ll probably be excited about the twinkly lights and the decorations at this time of year. Come Christmas morning they’ll be full of excitement when they realise that there’s presents under the tree with their name on it but what’s inside. Here’s some ideas of gifts to get the toddler in your life this Christmas.
Christmas gift ideas for toddlers
If your little one is a fan of CBeebies, then they’ll probably have seen and loved the legend that is Mr Tumble! The Mr Tumble Something Special Learning Pad (ad/aff) is a fantastic interactive first tablet for toddlers. Featuring Mr Tumble and friends Aunt Polly, Lord tumble, Fisherman Tumble and Grandad Tumble, the learning pad has six activities to encourage little ones to learn about colours, numbers, shapes, letters and characters. RRP £15.99 (ad/aff) with Amazon.
Orchard Toys are one of my favourite games retailers for children as they are just spot on toys for children. Penguin Pairs is a cool matching mini game which features 32 cards that need to be matched. Llamas in Pyjamas is also a matching mini game. These games encourages memory and matching skills as well as encouraging the development of observational skills and develops personal and social skills. It’s recommended that children aged 3+ play these games however parental supervision is advised. RRP £5.00 each.
The traditional game of SNAP has stood the test of time and is still one of the best and competitive games to play with children. This pocket game of SNAP is a bright and colourful collection of 36 fun pocket cards with fun characters on to match up and pair! These games can capture your little ones imagination, help them build their memory skills and is fun for the whole family. RRP £2.95 from Rex London.
Toddlers love to try new things and this Magic Rainbow Painting Set is a great way to introduce little ones to painting. This painting set includes 6 paints and 6 sponges all cut into different shapes including a rainbow and a flower. Get their creative juices flowing and let the fun begin. RRP £4.95 from Rex London.
The best way by far to learn something is through having fun. The Number Street jigsaw puzzle and poster from Orchard Toys is a wonderful introduction to learning to count. The chunky 20 piece number puzzle is great for little hands to get to grips with and includes a fun learning guide for grown ups to help with their little ones introduction to numbers. RRP £10.50
If your little ones love In The Night Garden chances are then they’ll love this Dancing Igglepiggle. Standing 32cm tall, this dancing Igglepiggle character is the perfect playtime friend. Igglepiggle loves to dance. Little ones can press hi s hand to see him dance and move along in time to the music. Igglepiggle features popular tunes from the hit childrens TV show. RRP £15 from Argos and other retailers.
Encourage learning through play
Another brilliant way to get little ones learning new things without realising is with the use of their favourite characters. Count with Peppa (ad/aff) features 2 levels of play and learning and comes with 10 interactive play coins. There are 8 different activities that encourage the child to look for different numbers, colours and pictures. Clever Peppa recognises which coins have been inserted and responds accordingly. Peppa also plays three songs from the hit show, Peppa Pig. Suitable for children aged 2+ and adult supervision required due to small parts. RRP £19.99.
Toddlers love to play with things. In my experience, they are very hands on so giving them a gift that they can fiddle with is always going to go down well. This Legler Colourful Wooden Stacking Rocket from Gifts For Little Hands is a fantastic choice for curious little ones. Stack the four rings and cap to build the rocket, the 6 brightly coloured pieces capture imagination and help develop fine motor skills. RRP £10.99.
Encourage their imagination this Christmas
Allowing little ones to explore their imagination is a wonderful and powerful thing. Role play is a great way for toddlers to develop their thinking skills and enhance their physical development. This Melissa and Doug Fire Chief role play set is a great way of letting children gets hand on with realistic equipment in a safe and clean way. This set includes jacket, helmet, badge, fire extinguisher, working megaphone, and reusable name tag for added realistic features. RRP £21.99.
Keeping the roads safe with the Emergency Services HQ (ad/aff) from Hape. This wooden play set features the Police and Fire Brigade Headquarters plus emergency vehicles. The set includes one station building, one opening bridge, one pylon bridge, a fire engine, a police car, three figurines (police officer, fire fighter and criminal), a two-carriage freight train, 14 road tracks, and 10 wooden rail tracks. All the pieces a little one would need to build their imagination as they create their little play town. This set also features a working siren and a flashing light which is sure to excite little emergency services fans! The set is compatible with HAPE and other leading wooden railways. RRP £79.27 from Amazon.
Classic Christmas gifts
Encouraging little ones to save money at an early age is always a good idea so this George Money Bank (ad) is sure to be a hit. This ceramic money box features the lovable character and his dinosaur that lots of toddlers will be familiar with. Save the pennies with this wonderful keepsake money box. RRP £19.95 from Gift Giving All Wrapped Up.
Your toddler may be familiar with the ‘That’s Not My’ books so this memory card game is a brilliant addition to the well known and loved series. This fun picture ‘That’s Not My‘ (ad/aff) memory matching game from Ravensburger is a great way to develop matching and memory skills and includes a colourful set of 24 high quality, thick memory cards. It’s suitable for 2 years plus and is suitable for 2 to 4 players. RRP £9.99.
Finally, it’s never Christmas without a Christmas book and this beautiful ‘Christmas in 100 words‘ (ad/aff) board book from Quarto is the ideal way to introduce toddlers to everything festive. It’s a lovely book that encourages little ones to learn new festive words from snowflake to tree, elf and chimney, it allows grown ups to talk about the things little ones will see during the festive period and become familiar with them. A beautifully illustrated book by Sophie Beer, there’s no better way to introduce Christmas to your toddler. RRP £5.24 from Amazon.
If your toddler is nearer the age of 3, this Gruffalo Deep Dark Wood (ad/aff) game from Ravensburger is sure to be a hit. With characters from the popular book, a fox, an owl, a snake and a mouse, find the image of the Gruffalo under the trees to scare away hunger animals. Contains small parts so adult supervision is required. This game is suitable for 2-4 players. Suitable for ages 3 years and up. RRP £6.47 from Amazon.
The personalised choice
My children love their bedtime stories which makes this personalised Disney Story Book (ad) a wonderful gift this Christmas. It’s a story book they’ll be reaching for every Christmas and it’ll be a lovely tradition to read it as the years goes by. The book contains the childs name throughout the text, and you can also add their name and a personalised message to the first page. A wonderful keepsake for all Disney fans. RRP £17.99 from The Personalised Gift Shop.
Don’t forget to grab a Santa’s delivery sack and stocking this Christmas. These personalised sacks and stockings from Harrow and Green are brilliant. They’re really well made so they’ll stand the test of time over the years and they’re the ideal option for keeping presents together on the big day. Personalised Rudolph Christmas Sack RRP £22 and Corduroy Christmas Stockings RRP £25.
I do hope you’ve got some ideas for some fantastic gifts for the toddler in your life this Christmas. There’s so much choice out there, these top picks are sure to go down well and be played with this Christmas.
Have you read the Couples Christmas 2019 Gift Guide?