Gift Guide: Toddlers
I've been getting a lot of questions lately about which gifts we gave Noam for his second birthday. So I decided to put together a quick gift guide of some of my favorite gifts for toddlers.
I hope you enjoy and find some inspiration below. And, if I missed any of your favorite gifts for toddlers, let me know in the comments below!
Wonderbly. Formerly known as Lost My Name, Wonderbly makes adorable, personalized books for babies, toddlers and kids. I just love how playful the illustrations are and how sweet a gift a personalized book is. The Birthday Thief is a perfect birthday present, and we love Kingdom of You.
Tegu blocks. These magnetic blocks are awesome. They're a little pricey, but they come in smaller sets that are perfect for travel and they provide endless free play opportunities. We love the Stunt collection, which includes sets to build this car or this helicopter.
Jigsaw puzzles. Noam has quickly outgrown all of the chunky puzzles I had for him, so I knew it was time to upgrade our puzzles to the next step. Petit Collage has some really great beginner jigsaw puzzles that I just love. I also love these stick puzzles and pouch puzzles from MudPuppy, and these fun self-correcting puzzles from Melissa and Doug.
Seedling toys. A few months ago, I discovered (and quickly fell in love with) Seedling on Bitte. That was the very moment I started shopping for Noam's birthday presents. I bought the Farmer's Market and Under the Sea puppet playtime kits, and then bought this amazing adventure cape costume kit. These were definitely the biggest hit with Noam, and I love how beautifully and thoughtfully made they are.
Little Sapling Toys growth chart. If you've followed me on Instagram or read here before, you know I absolutely love Little Sapling Toys. And I'm obsessed with this super sweet growth chart. Maybe this is a little more for parents than kids, but I'm sure they'll appreciate the sentiment of this heirloom-quality gift. Some other LST favorites are: the blocks, cars and trucks, and cobbler's hammer bench.
Holtztiger toys. I've loved these Holtztiger wooden animal toys for a long time and, every so often, I expand the collection to include more animals. They're some of Noam's absolute favorite toys, and I know we'll treasure them for generations to come.
Pretend play. Toddlers love to engage in imaginative play. Now, you don't need to buy anything for them to do so - boxes and paper towel rolls can be some of the best toys - but there are some really sweet toys out there, if you do decide to pick something up. I absolutely love this Doctor On-Call kit from Hape and this workbench from Land of Nod. I also love this Melissa and Doug wooden cookie set, this wooden tool box and this beautiful carry home doll house.
Wooden puzzles. This year's gifts basically centered around books and puzzles, two open-ended, educational and fun types of entertainment that keeps Noam engaged for tens of minutes (hah). I love wooden puzzles because they last a long time, are eco-friendly (no plastic filling up landfills) and are heirloom-quality that can be passed from generation to generation. We were gifted this gorgeous moon phase puzzle, and we absolutely love it. (Not a puzzle, but I absolutely love this wooden name tracing toy from the same shop.) Some of my other favorite shops that make gorgeous wooden puzzles include Smiling Tree Toys, Little Wooden Wonders, The Wood Pecker Factory, and The Wandering Workshop.
Outdoor Toys. If you're looking for a bigger present, I think 2 is the perfect age to (carefully) introduce a scooter or trike. We got Noam the Micro Mini Deluxe Scooter and he loves it so much. Noam also received this Radio Flyer classic red tricycle, which is super sweet. And, don't forget a helmet! I love this one from Joovy.