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10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Toddlers

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Looking for a fun gift for your little one? Or a grandchild, niece, nephew, or friend’s little one? Here are 10 Christmas gift ideas for toddlers. Toys they will be excited about long after the first opening.

Welcome! Today I’m sharing 10 Christmas gift ideas for toddlers. Sometimes it’s hard to know what they’ll be excited about and actually play with.

Like the toy I bought for my son and nephew last Christmas. (It was the BeatBo that dances, moves, and records & remixes what they say — I think the volume was just too quiet. And maybe more exciting for a child that’s not quite at the walking stage.) They were excited about it as they opened it, but I’m pretty sure neither one has touched it much since.

However, this list is filled with gift ideas that have kept my son entertained over and over again. Hope you enjoy!

Ball Pit Play Tent

This gift is sure to entertain them for hours. My son was giggling when we gave this to him for his first birthday. I would recommend buying some extra plastic balls — one hundred sounds like a lot but won’t look like much when you get them in the tent. This style is nice because it folds down flat. But be warned — you may have balls all over the house, but it’s worth it when you see their happy little faces. Which on second thought may make it a better gift for a niece or nephew. *wink*

Chillafish Balance Bike

The most used gift we’ve given to my son thus far. It’s a 2-in-1 meaning it can be easily converted from a trike to a bike. (Not a huge difference from the bike to the trike, you can see the trike setting below.) It’s awesome.


Toddler Bike Helmet

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this Paw Patrol bike helmet. Goes perfectly with the Chillafish Balance Bike above. Encourage them to be excited about wearing a bike helmet. They’ll love it, especially if they have a big sister or brother who already wears one.

Train Set & Table

My son sits directly on the train table (and it’s held up really well!).  And yes, he normally destroys how we set up the tracks and all the pieces (haha!), but he has a ton of fun. It’s his favorite spot when I’m cleaning his room — he’ll sit and play while we listen to music.Save


SavePicasso Magnet Building Tiles

These magnet building tiles are so awesome. Our friends introduced us to them and my son couldn’t get enough. They’re so fun for a little one that loves to create, build and tinker. A future engineer.

Twister Tracks with 2 Emergency Vehicles

My son received Twister Tracks a year ago for Christmas. He is just approaching 3 years old and although the age recommendation is 3 and up (because the track breaks down into small pieces and cars also have small pieces and batteries), we just use some extra supervision. He loves this set and still plays with it to this day. The tracks snap together and glow in the dark. The cars are battery-operated, so don’t forget the batteries so they can play with them upon opening!

Toy Shopping Cart

I’ve found you can’t really go wrong if you give a toddler something to push around and load up with other toys. Give this shopping cart loaded with toy grocery items.

Power Wheels Lil’ Quads

I love these lil’ quads because they are toddler-friendly, don’t take up a lot of room and they’re affordable. Prepare for pure joy and excitement when they open this one. Not to mention hours of fun.

Magnetic Doodle Sketch Board

Sketch boards are great for solo play but also drawing and naming things together. This one has shape stampers and a ruler, but some have color sketches or include stencils.

Push & Go Cement Mixer Truck / Street Sweeper / Harvester Truck

Last but not least, a favorite of my son’s. It’s very rare that he doesn’t have a car of some sort in hand. These friction-powered toys are some of his favorites. And they’re very durable. 🙂

I hope you’re able to find something the toddler on your list will love in these 10 Christmas gift ideas for toddlers! If I missed one of your favorites, please add it in the comments below.  Thanks for stopping by and happy holidays!

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  1. Wow! My children especially loved the train table, shopping cart, twister track, and magnetic tiles (we discovered many through playdates and children’s museums). Great job putting these together.

    1. Northern Yum says:

      Thanks Carrie! Glad to hear your kids have loved a lot of these too.

  2. Our 17-month loves the shopping cart. I’m also excited to see they still make the magnetic sketch boards. That was one of the few toys my parents bought again as the first one eventually broke.

    1. Northern Yum says:

      The shopping carts are awesome. A favorite in our house too. Yes magnetic sketch boards and they still make the Etch A Sketch too. I hope you and your family are having a wonderful holiday season. 🙂

    2. Northern Yum says:

      And just as I finished writing that, I began reading your latest post on the The Gatlinburg Wildfire. How awful. Glad you are all ok. But sad to hear about the others affected.

  3. The Green Swan says:

    This is a great list. Having a toddler we can relate to many of these items! We have a ball pit that is inflatable, our son loves it. We also have a Strider bike for him to learn balance. He’s a wiz on that thing now and will probably be ready for pedals next year!

    1. Northern Yum says:

      It’s so much fun to find them gifts they really love. 🙂 Glad to hear some of these items are a hit with your son as well. And great that he will be ready for pedals soon. This age is so much fun. Thanks for the comment!

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