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11 of the Most Loved Toddler Toy Gift Ideas

by Ivy B

Okay, I know I just wrote about non-toy gift ideas for children.  I still prefer non-toy gifts for the kids (or cash for their banks, if we’re being honest), but it’s really difficult to convince the grandparents not to buy their grandchildren toys.  I get it.

To be honest, my kids have gotten some really awesome gifts.  While they don’t play with many of the things they’ve received, a few get more than their fair share of use.  Most of the items I share here as toddler toy gift ideas are toys we’ve received and loved.  Others on my list, I wouldn’t be too upset if my toddler received.  In fact, I might actually wish I were a toddler again …

Toddler toy gift ideas that won't disappoint

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Great Toddler Toy Gift Ideas

Toddler Toy Gift Ideas – General

Fat Brain Toys SpinAgain

I love how this is a much more entertaining stacker.  It’s fairly tall, but our entire family loves this toy for various reasons.  My toddler son enjoys pulling the corkscrew pole out of the base as the disks spin off it.  My daughter and I like actually stacking and watching the disks fall.  [the_ad_group id=”13361″]

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Mega Bloks 80 piece Big Building Bag

If you’ve got a bigger kid at home, let him/her build and your tiny tot can destroy.  That’s the phase we’re in anyway.  But, the bigger blocks are easier to pull apart and put together for tiny hands who haven’t perfected fine motor skills.

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Little Tikes Light’ N Go – Activity Garden Treehouse

Okay, I’m totally diggin’ this toy!  This is a multi-function toy that expands as your child grows.  It includes:

  • Shape Sorting Tree (w/ 3 blocks)
  • Mail Box
  • Slide
  • Zig Zag Ball Drop
  • Toucan Ball Feeder
  • Bead Ball Spinner
  • 2 Lady Bug Clickers
  • Clicking Clock

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Toddler Toy Gift Ideas – Pretend Play

LeapFrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket

This is such an adorable toy!  We still have the one someone bought my daughter as a toddler and my son is started to become interested in it, mostly because he likes to try to eat the play food… because everything goes in the mouth.  My only complaint is that it’s so feminine looking, but I have a huge personal preference for toys to be gender neutral.

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Fisher-Price Little People Jump & Play Swing Set

Can you ever really go wrong with Little People?  Help your toddler learn social skills while having fun.

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Toddler Toy Gift Ideas – Vehicles

Vtech Drop and Go Dump Truck

This adorable dump truck allows your toddler to hone in skills used for pulling, pushing, placing balls into a hole while including buttons for music, sounds, and education.

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Melissa & Doug K’s Kids Soft Pull Back Vehicles

This cute set includes a school bus, family vehicle, fire truck and police car.   We’ve been really impressed with these cars and I plan to take these on travel with us because they won’t likely damage furniture or floors.

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Melissa & Doug Take-Along Town Play Mat

I had this on my son’s wishlist for Christmas, but they were out of stock for months.  Now that it’s back on, I need to get to ordering.  I love the idea of being able to take a whole town with us while we travel and includes nine soft cloth cars!

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Vtech Turn and Learn Driver

Okay, we’re a car loving family.  My daughter had a similar toy to this when she was a tot, so it was a no brainer to get this when we had our son.  There are few things he actually LOVES, but balls and cars are totally his thing right now.  When my son opened this for his birthday, he slid it all around the house like he was driving everywhere.

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Fisher-Price Power Wheels Hot Wheels Lil’ Quad with Track

Okay, this gem is an Amazon.com exclusive and I’m extremely disappointed we don’t have the room for it, otherwise I would have purchased it for my son for Christmas.  This is a low powered power vehicle for toddlers as young as 12 months old.   You can start them on a track going 1 mph as they practice using the toy.  When they’re ready, you can take the quad off the track for free driving at just 2 mph.

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Toddler Toy Gift Ideas – Sports

Vtech Smart Shots Sports Center

Another toy our whole family has enjoyed!  My son, who hasn’t gotten into toys much yet, has already started shooting baskets (I think he likes the clapping and cheering sounds).  The 5 year old often kicks the soccer ball into the net.  As much as I’m not sports-minded, I find myself practicing my basketball skills (or lack thereof).  And, my husband enjoys making shots from across the room.  This toy gets tons of use.

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Check out these small swing sets for toddlers and small children


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