I’d venture to say gift giving to toddlers is one of my favorite times to shop. They’re easily entertained by just about anything and parents are still in control over what they receive. Mainly, toddlers don’t know mom’s making their Christmas wishlists for them and it’s okay!
Kids, on the other hand, start making their wishlists and aren’t always as happy with whatever mom and dad pick out.
If you’re like me, and enjoy having some control over the junk at Christmas, finding the best toddler gifts is probably one of your favorites too. If you’re cringing at the thought of being at the mercy of your child’s wishlist just hoping they’ll have a few items you can fully get behind, you’ll enjoy this holiday gift guide for toddlers!
And, if picking out some awesome gift guide gift ideas for toddlers wasn’t fun enough, I was able to include a few as prizes in the 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Toddlers Giveaway! After you read through the list of some of the best holiday gifts for toddlers, be sure to scroll down to the bottom for a chance to win some fabulous prizes to include under the tree this year for your tot!
Welcome to the 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Toddlers
Disclaimer: SAHM, plus… was provided some of the items in this holiday gift guide for toddlers in exchange for inclusion in the gift guide. Additionally, they may also be participating in the toddler gift guide giveaway as denoted by an asterisk (*). All opinions expressed here are my own. Affiliate links are included throughout this post. Purchases after clicking on these links earn me a small commission, cost you nothing more out of pocket, and help SAHM, plus… maintain this free-to-you website.
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My son loves picking up his plate. Usually, he does so as he’s proclaiming “all duh-done” even though he hasn’t touched his food. Ahh, having a picky eater is grand!
Having an ezpz mat helps us secure the place to the table by way of suctioning the silicon mat. Plus, they’re so much fun to look at and makes the food the center of attention, instead of the plate itself. It’s cute enough without being distracting from the food. We received the gray mat, which I felt was neutral enough for boy or girl and made the foods stand out more than the plate itself.
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KiwiCo – Koala Crate
Though maybe a bit advanced for my little guy right now, Koala Crate offers 2-3 creative activities for little ones ages 3-4. This is the younger version of my daughter’s favorite Kiwi Crate, by the same company!
As a parent, I love how the instructions tell me, from the get-go, how much time and mess I should expect from each of the projects. This makes it easier for me to determine what I have time for at the moment, or at least, making it easier to plan ahead.
Recently, KiwiCo added the Panda Crate to their line-up, geared toward ages 0-24 months and a portion of their Crate proceeds are donated toward child development research. So, while you develop your little genius’ brain, you’re doing a service to help fund research for all children’s development.
For Black Friday, you can get your 1st month for $7.95. I can’t stress enough how awesome these crates are and more than worth the $7.95 to try it out!
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Though he used to be a fabulous eater, he’s become a picky eater! One of the ways we combat fussy eating is to make food more fun. Fun Bites helps us accomplish this a little more easily!
I don’t see myself as much of an artist, but certainly not a food artist. So, Fun Bites helps me with that! I can just place the cutting tool over foods and press down, instantly cutting designs out of ordinary food.
Little Partners – The Original Learning Tower*
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(AD) Remember the “building” I did and hurt my hand? No one happened to guess what I had been working on. . . Getting my kids involved in the kitchen is important, but I haven’t always been the safest about it. We’ve all done it (I think) … sitting tiny tots on the counter OR bigger ones in a chair. I’m not judging… I did it too, because I didn’t realize a safer option existed. . . Well, I’ve teamed up with @littlepartners who have helped me get my kids involved in the kitchen AND keep everyone safe! The Original Learning Tower helps the kids stand at counter height while corralled to prevent falling. . . Here, my son is helping make a new recipe … and eating the cereal. Certainly not something I could do with him on the counter or chair! Pretty soon, I’ll have more details on a blog post. I’ll be sure to let you know when it’s ready!
This has been a useful addition to our kitchen! When our tot needs (because want in a toddler’s mind is the same as need) to be involved in the cooking, cleaning or crafting, this is a safe alternative to pulling up a chair to the counter.
The Original Learning Tower allows the kids (not just toddlers) to safely be at a level making the counter a usable space for all sorts of activities.
I’ve found this to be a useful tool while cooking as my son is more prone to try a new food. Apparently, it’s more fun to taste test when an item is supposed to be cooked but, instead, ends up in his mouth.
We’ve used this for cooking, crafting, and occasionally as somewhere to place the kiddo safely when I couldn’t hold him. Check out how we get our kids to be little partners in the kitchen + a yummy recipe!
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The Original Learning Tower from Little Partners comes in various colors!
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Vtech Smart Shots Sports Center
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My son got this as a gift when he turned one. Usually, most toys get played with for a day or two and the kids forget about them until I get them ready for selling on swip-swap or the donation pile!
This, however, has been played with almost daily for the last year. And honestly, it doesn’t just appeal to the toddler … the whole family has enjoyed playing with it together.
Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Tablet
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This adorable tablet has been an entertaining little toy for our toddler over the last year. He’s found it to be a suitable toy when he feels like copying his sister who loves her Kindle Fire Kids Edition tablet.
It was also entertaining for him on our road trip to Kentucky, but again, I’m pretty sure it was because he saw his sister totally immersed in her tablet.
Highlights Hello or Highlights High Five Magazines
When baby B became interested in books, he was really intrigued with the Highlights Hello magazine. These were made for ages 0-2 as they were much more durable – perfect for chewers like my son! We have a few on his bookshelf and he requests them regularly.
Highlights magazines have been wonderful tools in short stories, engaging games, and instrumental in working on building the kids’ vocabularies.
My son isn’t yet two and he’s already speaking clearly in short sentences and people always comment about how unbelievable it is how much he speaks and isn’t too difficult to figure out what he’s saying. I don’t know if Highlight’s had much to do with it, or just that we’re always reading and talking. But, I do know sitting down and reading our Highlights magazines has always been a treasured activity.
If you tot is a bit older, we also really loved Highlights High Five, for ages 2-6 with slightly more challenging games and stories.
Want to subscribe? Get $10 off a subscription with the Highlights Black Friday Deal!
Power Wheels Lil Lightning McQueen
Blowing mom kisses as I drive away!! Daddy pulled out sister’s old Lightning McQueen battery operated car and he took to it immediately. This boy definitely has his parents’ genes … driver ? Not sure I’m ready for him to be kissing me goodbye yet though . . #parenting #toddlermom #boymom #babydriver #toddlerdriver #lightning #kissgoodbye
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Thankfully, we kept it in case we had a second baby. B took to it immediately … and we made sure to keep it outside so he had fewer obstacles.
What we love about this little car is that it’s made for ages 1-3, perfect speed for your new driver, and the push button on the steering wheel moves the car when pressed and stops when the child lets go.
Learning Resources Snap-N-Learn™ Matching Dinos
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It’s no secret my children love dinosaurs … and I may have an unhealthy obsession with them as an adult. I blame it on the kids for reigniting my interest in dinosaurs, and I probably know them better now than I did as a kid.
But, I love to foster their curiosity about these amazing creatures, so the Learning Resources Snap-N-Learn™ Matching Dinos are a must-have. I can foster their natural interests while instilling other educational values through play.
There are 18 pieces that snap together to create 9 adorable dinosaurs. Through play, we’re able to discuss colors and shapes, and have some silly fun creating mixed up dinos.
Educational Insights Peekaboo Barn Game
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We are huge fans of starting kids on games as early in life as possible, because kids learn through play. And, a good family game night promotes bonding while covertly teaching them skills … you know, because kids won’t enjoy it as much if they think it’s good for them. *wink wink*
The point of the game is to get all the animals, except the rooster, to sleep in the barn. If you get the rooster, he wakes another animal up to extend game play.
This game promotes social and interactive play, animal sounds, vocabulary, and of course, teaching early game play.
Welcome to the 2017 Toddler Gift Guide Giveaway
This year is really exciting as the author and owner of SAHM, plus … For the first time, I decided to work on a 2017 Holiday Gift Guide. What started as a gift guide for kids turned into two gift guides. That means two amazing giveaways for my readers.
Now, the toddler gift guide was more an afterthought but yielded this amazing giveaway thanks to our generous sponsors. These sponsors offered these gifts to us in exchange for inclusion in the holiday gift guide for toddlers OR were part of a sponsored post earlier in the year.
This year, one winner will receive all of these amazing prizes! If you want to learn more about them, click to view the full holiday gift guide for toddlers.
Prizes in the 2017 Toddler Gift Guide Giveaway
This is a winner takes all giveaway for one lucky toddler mom! 1 winner will receive the following items:
Little Partners The Original Learning Tower – 1 Original Learning Tower in your choice of available color/finish (ARV $199.99)
ezpz mat – You will have your choice of ONE Ezpz mat (up to $27.49 ARV)
FunBites – 2 of your choice of FunBites (ARV $19.98)
Disclaimer: We are not responsible for prize fulfillment. One winner will be randomly selected using Gleam and notified by email. Winner will have 24 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or Google. Void where prohibited. For questions about this giveaway, please contact Ivy at [email protected]