Holiday Gift Guide 2021
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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2021
For a quick glance of all of the Amazon items featured in this guide, head here! Read on for descriptions of many items plus more ideas that are not available on Amazon!
FOR THE BABIES
- LOVEVERY Play Kit — we were gifted the Babbler Play Kit when my son was around 9 months old. It’s geared for ages 13-15 months, but my son has enjoyed it from 9 months through now (he is 17 months as I am writing this!) and I envision he will get much more play use out of this kit as time goes on. Lovevery has kits for every age, and the toys are incredible — unique and high quality, I have not seen toys like these anywhere else!
- Arnold the Avocado Teether
- HAPE Music Fountain Bath Toy
- Darlyng & Co Teething Mitt Set
- Tobbles Neo
- pipSquigz Loops
- Manhattan Toy Rattle
- Little Tikes Swing We love this one, it’s great for starting around 4-6 months, and grows with them, too!
- Melissa & Doug K’s Kids Collection!
- Grabease Utensils a practical gift for babies who are starting to eat more independently!
- EZPZ mat another practical idea, they make snack, meal, and art mats that are perfect and grow with baby through toddler stage!
- Books: Reading to your baby is so important! You can start reading to them from day 1! Here are some of my favorite books for babies!
- Depending on age, take a look at the toddler list below, you may want to go ahead invest in toddler items now!
FOR THE TODDLERS
- Cozy Coupe This is on my list this year, my 17 month old would LOVE it I am sure!!
- Slide I bought this (pictured above) and my husband was convinced that no one would use it and it would take up too much space — but he was wrong! All 3 boys love this and gives them some gross motor play when it’s too hot to go outside!
- Daniel Tiger Interactive Take Along Story Set This is fun for ages 18 mo – 4 or 5 years old!
- Tonies These are popular for 2-5 year olds! Kids can collect the figurines and place them on the Toniebox to hear collections of songs and stories!
- LOVEVERY Block Set — In addition to the Play Kits described above, the block set is perfect for toddlers and will grow with them!
- YETI Rambler Kids’ Cup! This is definitely a splurge for a kids’ water bottle, but my kids use these every day! They keep water ICE COLD even when left in the car during a Texas summer 🙂
- Anything Melissa & Doug: Train Set, Ice Cream Counter, Pizza Party, Water Wow, Birthday Cake are a few of my favorites, but you know your child’s interests best! This sandwich counter is also super cute!!
- Bruder Trucks! These are high quality and very realistic play trucks! My kids LOVE them!
- Brio Trains & Accessories We have the Melissa & Doug train set linked above, and have added on many different Brio accessories. My kids love playing with trains, and in general our train set is my favorite toy!
- Nugget Comfort Play Couch Kids of all ages and adults to can lounge, build forts, and more with this versatile piece of furniture!
- Anything Green Toys Made in the USA, very high quality, fun to play with, and many are great for the bathtub or the sand box!
- Play Kitchen Endless imaginative play possibilities!!
- DUPLO Fun to build with, we love building the different sets, particularly making the pizza store! The Number Train is new this year and looks really fun!
- Clixo Builder Set if you are looking for something new/unique — or of course MagnaTiles / Picasso Tiles are also always a hit!
- Balance Bike: My kids love riding balance bikes! It’s a great way to exercise, build core strength, and have fun at the same time! We have used both the Toot Scoot and Kazam and have loved them both. Toot Scoot is great for 2-3 year olds and Kazam for 3-4 year olds!
- Interactive Books: Toddlers love to read and they love books they can interact with! Here are some of my favorite interactive books.
FOR THE PRESCHOOLERS / KINDER KIDDOS
- Model Magic This is the next step after Play Doh — it doesn’t stay soft, so kids can make more permanent creations!
- Extra Large Superhero Figures — Batman & Superman This size is really fun for preschoolers!
- Backyard Bounce House I linked the one we have, but there are so many options to choose from! Pick a budget and decide if you want it to have a water feature, then pick out a bounce house!
- Backyard Play House or Play Set I linked the ones we have but the best places I have found to look for deals on these items are Zulily, Target, Amazon, WalMart, Wayfair, and Overstock! Also Costco and Sam’s!
- Paw Patrol Water Table
- Osmo You need an iPad or Fire Tablet that is compatible with your Osmo kit, and there are bundles you can purchase based on age, or you can buy the games/kits separately. These are really fun, my kids love them!
- Micro Machines Super Van City My 6 year old found this at Target and could not stop talking about it for months. We went and got it on his birthday, and he loves it, it’s super fun!
- Paw Patrol Movie Ultimate City This is a splurge for sure, but I know the kiddos are going to want the new Paw Patrol stuff this year!
- Operation Pet Scan Game
- Marble Run My kids LOVE this toy! I had one when I was a kid and it’s so much fun for them!
- Name Puzzle This is a customized gift idea that preschoolers will love! My son loves putting his name together!
- Wikki Stix Wikki Stix are moldable sticks that children can use to create letters, numbers, shapes, other creative scapes, and more! There are different kits and individual packs available to choose from!
- Color Wonder Completely mess-free markers! I also think the paintbrush pens are fun!
- Ooly Ice Cream Scented Markers Just for fun!
- Fidget Poppers These come in all sizes and are popular across all ages, from toddlers to teens!
- Custom book or game from Pinhole Press Lots of options! We have custom name books for my kids to read, full of photos and names of all family members!
- Custom name book from Wonderbly my kids have the Lost My Name books and they are a perfect gift for a baby/toddler to grow with, or to give an older child as a special book to read and keep as a keepsake!
- Custom name labels a practical gift that is very useful and fun, my kids love labeling their stuff!
- KidPik Clothing Subscription Box A fun way to update your wardrobe!
- Activity Box Subscriptions
- STEM Club Subscription: different kits available from ages 3-13!
- Wonder Crate Kids: A subscription box that introduces kids to inspirational role models, sparks curiosity and connects them to their own possibilities. Best for ages 7-11!
- My kids also enjoy the Zootles magazine subscription they were gifted as well as the America’s Test Kitchen Young Chef’s Club!
- Book Box or Magazine Subscription
- Local Activity Membership (Zoo, Play Place, Children’s Museum)
- Family Pajamas or Pajamas and a Book (Books to Bed makes cute ones, or you can also search for your favorite book: Goodnight Moon, Pete the Cat, Eric Carle books, and more and find cute PJs to match!)
- Custom Sibling Shirts: We were gifted a set of these from a family member, and the quality is excellent! I purchased another set last year when we added our third baby, and again this year for our fourth!