Christmas gift guide – Gifts for Toddlers

Toddlers I find are my hardest age to buy presents for – Too old for the baby style toys – ride-on toys etc, too young for little pieces and always wanting what older siblings have – well mine definitely does and he also wants to grow up faster as he plays with Emmy’s toys.
 

It’s nice however for them to have their own things. 
 
 
I’ve had great fun shopping around, trying toys out and choosing a good mix of toddler toys and gifts – these are our favourites – some we have been sent to try out, others I’ve purchased and some are on my must buy list for after pay day.
 
 
 
Battery powered (1AA not included) this set is a part raised oval railway track complete with aeroplane, 2 luggage/passenger trains, a departure lounge with lookout tower, steps for boarding the plane, 2 people and a suitcase – the people and suitcase fit into the aeroplane and also the trains.
 
The battery powered train moves along the track with ease.  Aged at 3+ although fine for younger children too – younger children may keep knocking the track off the raised platform but you could change it from a monorail into a normal track by removing the supports.
 
 
Combining two of Harry’s loves – planes and trains this ticks all of our boxes and will be played with for years to come.  This is an easy track to put together – no complicated instructions needed – a simple shape which even children can make themselves.
 
Priced at £59.99 although on offer at Amazon currently for £45.15 this wooden train set will last for years to come and is also compatible with other Brio sets so you can expand at a later date. 
 
 
Great for role play, fine motor skills, imaginative and creative play.
 
 
Phillips Softglow Pal Mickey

This is a very cute child’s night light which omits a soft glow in the child’s room for up to 8 hours at a time.

Place on the charging dock during the day and press the mickey shaped button to charge – optimal charging time is 10 hours – this will leave enough charge for the light to work throughout the night.

To activate this is child’s play – tilt to the left to turn Mickey on and tilt to the right to turn him off again.

No heat is produced by this night light so children can hold and use as a reading light, or place in the bed with them as Harry likes to do.

Priced at £24.99 these lights are available in a range of characters including Mickey, Minnie, Spiderman, Mike and Sully from Monsters Inc.
 

Skip Hop Backpack

The Zoo packs are fun and functional toddler sized backpacks, with a spacious main compartment, these are ideal for starting pre-school – They will easily fit in a few nappies, wipes, a toy and even  have room for a snack too.

Use at school or for a day out these are a lovely size for your child to carry themselves on their backs.

The front pouch is insulated making it a perfect place to store snacks, and there is an adjustable mesh side pocket for keeping a drinks bottle.

Straps are adjustable and padded for extra comfort, it also features a grab handle at the top and a detachable tether so can be used are reins too.

Available in 17 funky animal designs (2 new designs have just been added to the collection A Hedgehog and a Butterfly) and priced at £19.95 and available from www.happybags.co.uk

Farm Animal Block Puzzle

Sturdy wooden blocks which when placed together in the correct order make up 6 different animal pictures.  Pictures are made up with 9 blocks and the animals shown are: Duck, Horse, Pig, Sheep, Cow & Chicken.

These types of puzzles are great for encouraging Imagination & Creative play, social skills, problem solving, hand/eye coordination and fine motor skills.

This six sized puzzle is good for encouraging language too you can talk about the colours and the animals.  Children learn best through play – these types of toys are perfect for encouraging that as the child is having fun too.

Aimed at children aged 2+ and priced at £9.99 this puzzle is available from www.hapetoys.com
 

Balance Boat

This balance boat has 11 different pieces and is aimed at children aged 2+.

Can you balance and stack at the same time? This toy is great for promoting problem solving, fine motor skills and Imagination & Creativity.

Build the people and balance them on the rocking boat without knocking them over board.

Play alone or turn into a game with two players, see who has a steady hand.  Who can build their person first without overturning the boat.  Take turns to add another play element to this toy.

Priced at £14.99.  I love the look of this one and know that even Emmy aged 4 would enjoy playing too.

Indoor Outdoor Cook Top

Lacking space but still wanting a play cooker for the kids? How about this 2 in 1 tabletop cook top.

A Hob and a BBQ/Grill in one.

This wooden tabletop stove has everything a small chef needs for home cooking, set the clock and turn on the burners to simmer or sauté whatever is in your pan.  When it’s time to Barbecue flip over the burners and it turns into a grill.

Priced at £34.99 www.hapetoys.com

 
This lovely set comes complete with a frying pan, a saucepan with lid and two cooking utensils.  Moveable dials on the clock and also on the temperature controls.

Mooshka Tots


Mooshka dolls are small soft bodied dolls.  “One day a group of paper doll friends joined hands and through the power of friendship they sprung into sweet, huggable girls”.

Here is Deava,  she is always looking up at the stars and loves giving them new names.

A perfect size to become a bedtime companion with a finger puppet toy too.

These dolls come in a very cute gift box.

This is one of many different dolls available.

Available from Amazon priced at £17.41

Fisher-Price Little People City Skyway

Standing over three feet tall, this play set ramps up the zipping, zooming racing fun!

Send a vehicle down the ramp at the top, then waits for the surprise finish as the car comes out at the bottom in one of three spots. Will it speed out one of the two side exits or jump off the middle ramp?

It’s different every time! The creative play is revved up even more with a realistic crane, stop sign, petrol pump and parking meter.

Suitable for ages 1 – 5 years
Priced at £39.99 although currently on offer on Amazon for £26.49 

 
I love the height of this garage as children can watch the car race down and see all angles from a standing position.  Extra vehicles are also available for this toy.

 

DVD’s – Fireman Sam, Mike the Knight, Thomas the Brave

Bobux Outback Boots

 

Cool & effortless riding boot style suitable for formal and everyday wear.  These soft leather boots go with all outfits and are perfect for this cold weather.  Great if your little one is like mine and still manages to find puddles on the driest of days.

 

These are from the  i-walk range which has been designed specifically for a confident walkers foot with a natural shape, flexibility and easy fit.

Easy to put on and secured with an inside zip which helps stop little hands removing them all the time.

Priced at £42 and available in 8 different colours, these are available from www.bobux.co.uk

And finally for the days when they need a little rest these DVD’s are great for watching together – I admit I have been enjoying them too, as has Emmy.

Mike the Knight: Journey to Dragon Mountain.
Currently £5 on Amazon

MIKE’S 2014 FEATURE FILM: Help is needed as Glendragon is in danger! When the King returns from faraway lands, he discovers that the Vikings have stolen a treasured crystal jewel from the dragon of Dragon Mountain. It is the King s mission to return the jewel and it s Mike s job to help him. The King, Mike and Evie form Team Family Glendragon and soon find themselves on an epic quest filled with dangerous obstacles from meddlesome gargoyles to giant dragons!

Thomas & Friends: Tale of the Brave – The Movie
Currently £7 from Amazon

Thomas and his friends face their fears in their boldest adventure yet! After a monstrous storm on the Island of Sodor, a landslide unearths some very unusual footprints. Thomas and Percy are eager to find out what could have made these marks but obstacles and danger seem to appear around every bend in the track. With the help of new friends, a little digging, and a heap of courage, they discover the surprising answer and, along the way, uncover the true meaning of bravery.

Fireman Sam: Ocean Rescue
Currently £8.86 on Amazon

Six episodes from the children’s animated series following Pontypandy’s favourite fireman. In this instalment, Sam and his team perform rescue operations at sea when some of the townsfolk get into trouble. The episodes are: ‘All at Sea’, ‘Whale Watch’, ‘The Pontypandy Cup’, ‘Turtle Hunt’, ‘The Treasure Trap’ and ‘Stage Fright’. See our review here.

Hopefully you will love the above gifts as much as I have enjoyed searching around for them, I’ve included something to suit all budgets.

Join me later in the week to see what I’ve been hunting out for the over 4’s!

Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post and I have included some affiliate links for convenience.
Prices all correct at time of posting

26 thoughts on “Christmas gift guide – Gifts for Toddlers

  1. Am very interested in the softglow pal lights, as Ted has just become afraid of the dark. Cant seem to find them anywhere online?? Any ideas?

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