Welcome back to my Christmas Gift Guide series. I’ve already covered gifts for babies so the focus is on toddlers today. Toddlers are very inquisitive and curious little creatures so i’ve tried to include toys that are fun and educational but that also encourage exploration and investigative play.
Here’s my top picks for Christmas gift ideas for toddlers:
1 // LITTLE TIKES LIGHT ‘N GO ACTIVITY GARDEN TREEHOUSE £89.99 Light the way to active play with the Light ‘n Go series of toys, designed to use light to inspire your baby to get moving. The Activity Garden Treehouse is a premiere playset with many features that will grow with your child from 6 months to 3 years. Your little one will love the treehouse’s Magic Lantern, which includes three modes of play: Explore Colours, Dance Party and Collect Fireflies. This treehouse activity centre also features over 80 activities that will keep your little one busy for hours including a shape-sorter mailbox, working doorbell, a clock and some race and chase balls. With so many features, there’s hours of fun to be had and your toddler will never get bored!
2 // HAPE PYRAMID OF PLAY £18.99 This colour-coded shape sorter makes it easy to learn how to recognise colours and shapes. There are five nesting blocks, each with five sides of letters, numbers, pictures, shapes, and colours. Build the tower up and knock it down, or turn the blocks over and arrange them by size. The Hape Pyramid Of Play allows for dozens of ways to play and is the perfect present for busy little toddlers this Christmas.
3 // BABY BORN INTERACTIVE WONDERLAND DRAGON £39.99 Step into a world of magic and fairytale fun with the BABY born Wonderland collection. With her soft and cuddly purple fur, sparkling wings, long tail with shimmering spikes, big blue eyes and fiery nostrils that light up– the BABY Born Interactive Wonderland Dragon will be an adorable companion for your little one this Christmas. Tap her gently on her head with the magic wand and watch her start walking and flap her wings. She also makes lots of dragon noises and her eyes and nostrils light up.
4 // CAT RADIO CONTROLLED E-Z MACHINES £14.99 Designed specifically for toddlers, the single button activation on the CAT Radio Controlled E-Z Machines allows little ones to drive the CAT machine forward when pressing the button or watch it spin in circles when released. There are 2 fun characters to collect – Haulin’ Harry and Rugged Randy – both of which have been designed to cope with tough toddler play and encourage co-ordination and imaginative play.
5 // FISHER-PRICE LAUGH & LEARN FUN FOOD TRUCK £74.99 Serving up hours of role-play and hands-on activities, the Laugh & Learn Fun Food Truck helps introduce little ones to different foods, numbers and shapes in a fun and active way! With 2 sides of toddler-friendly play, this cheery food truck features different interactive food prep areas including a drop-through shape sorter recycle bin, sink, fridge, light-up grill and service bell. There is also a dashboard packed with interactive elements including a steering wheel, clicker key and gear shifter. The magical cash register reads all 4 menu cards, teaching toddlers how to make each meal. They can then “ring up” orders by pressing the number buttons, and push the music button for a playlist of learning songs and more!
6 // ELC UNICORN HOPPER £22.00 It will be hard for little girls not to fall in love with this pretty pink unicorn, complete with glittery ears and silver horn. Children can hold on to the unicorn’s ears as she takes them off on a magical bouncing journey to wonderland. The ELC Unicorn Hopper is great for use indoors or outdoors and helps to build confidence, coordination and physical development.
7 // VTECH CHASE ME CASEY £29.99 Chase me Casey is a fun and interactive learning toy that toddlers will love discovering and exploring with. This adorable and cheeky little monkey skates across the floor, encouraging little ones to dance with and chase him. As little ones approach Casey, he detects their presence and responds with sounds and motion. Casey has five shape buttons that teach letters, numbers, body parts, music and more so he is a brilliant learning aid.
8 // LEAPFROG SHAPES AND SHARING PICNIC BASKET £15.99 The LeapFrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket is a fun and friendly portable playset, with more than 30 audio responses that will encourage pretend play; teach children about shapes, colours, manners and more, as well as building motor skills. Press the butterfly button to hear The Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket come to life, and lift her lid at any time to hear fun sound effects. Switch easily between two modes: in Music Mode children can listen to fun learning songs and tunes, and in Learn Mode the Picnic Basket asks questions about their picnic, encouraging them to use the 14-piece playset to sort, match, stack, empty and fill!
9 // TOMY SUPERSOFT MOLANG £18.00 Super soft Molang is the perfect snuggle buddy for toddlers this Christmas. He’s an incredibly soft and squishy rabbit who loves cuddles and no matter how much he’s squeezed and stretched by little hands, Molang will always return to his original shape. He really is a wonderful bedtime and travel companion for little ones.
10 // PAW PATROL AQUADOODLE £19.99 Join Chase and the rest of the Paw patrol gang in hours of creative mess-free fun with the TOMY Paw Patrol Aquadoodle. Little ones can soak the bottom of Chase’s police truck and run him over the mat to watch as prints magically appear or use the easy-grip Aquadoodle pen to discover the rest of the patrol hiding in this action-packed mat.
11 // TOMY TOOMIES MR SHOPBOT £14.99 Say hello to the new Mr Shopbot. This friendly Shopbot is filled with funny and cheeky sounds and comes with many actions. Toddlers can feed him coins and push his mouth down to hear him munch and crunch or use his scanner arm and button tummy for shopping role-play.
12 // LEGO DUPLO BOX OF FUN £16.99 Perfect for getting little ones into LEGO, this DUPLO starter set is full of building and rebuilding fun. The all-in-one box of fun features special shapes, such as windows, a cute bunny, hen and numbered bricks to help your young builder develop their counting skills. There are classic DUPLO bricks, too, so that the building experience can develop and change every time your child plays. It all comes in a sturdy, iconic pink LEGO brick-shaped storage box and includes a girl DUPLO figure.