Christmas Toddler Gift Guide
Just when you thought you couldn't possibly fit any more toys into your house I have picked out 20 gifts for all budgets that will delight a toddler this Christmas.
Suitable for pre-schoolers, I have rounded up some of our top picks…
Stocking FillersMega Bloks ‘Blind’ Bags are a surprise goody bag filled with some surprises of a Mega Bloks nature. They are available in host of popular characters including Halo, Barbie, Sponge Bob and Hello Kitty and can be accessorised with Mega Bloks’ wider range. Priced just £1.99 each.
TOMY Octopals is a fun filled bath toy set that consists of a mother octopus and babies that is guaranteed to put some excitement into bath times and is a great opportunity for little ones to get squirting as the water passes through the different shapes and holes. It is also available in a gift tube pack making it an extra nice gift item. Priced £12.99 from Amazon.
Craft GiftsBudding future contestants for the Great British Bake Off can start their career in their preschool years and to help them on the way, Lakeland’s Children’s Baking Set has everything you need to get started to introduce children to the pleasure of baking. Thoughtfully designed for smaller hands., the set includes a silicone spatula, whisk, 10 dinky cookie cutters and more all nestled inside a 2 litre mixing bowl. Priced £13.99 from Lakeland.
Encourage little ones to get creative with the My First Crayola Doodle Magic Colour Mat. This mat simply rolls out with a choice of four watercolour markers which can be erased away with the enclosed tool after they've finished to use over and over again. Priced £19.99 from www.crayola.co.uk.
Creative/Role Play GiftFor quite literally miles and miles of fun, the VTech Toot-Toot Drivers Garage playset is a great foray into the world of cars. The garage comes with two vehicles including a tow truck, and four interactive features within he set such as the car was and petrol station. Priced £42.99 from www.vtech.co.uk.
LEGO Duplo has launched a brand new range which is all about super heroes! The great thing is that you can let your child’s imagination run wild as they create and recreate their own set ups amongst these themes. The Big Royal Castle offers endless playtime with options to build up a huge castle complete with drawbridge, treasure trove and of course a loyal knight and King. Priced £49.99 from www.DUPLO.LEGO.com.
Dolls don't just have to be for girls, the people behind popular interactive doll, Baby Annabell®, have created her a little brother in the form of Baby George (named after our very own Prince George!) Both Annabell® and George are great quality dolls that aim to harness the caring and nurturing characteristics that come quite naturally to small children. Baby Annabell® and Baby Annabell® Brother Baby George are both priced £49.99 from Toys ‘r’ Us.
The Early Learning Centre Wooden Cottage Kitchen is slightly different to your average wooden kitchen as it is more of a country-style. The play kitchen is an extremely well made role play item as it features lots of hidden extras such as a pull out work surface, window with curtains and a play clock with movable hands. Priced £150 from www.elc.co.uk
Disney FrozenThe unprecedented popularity of Disney’s Frozen shows no sign of slowing and due to the popularity I thought it was only apt to include a mix of Frozen items within this gift guide. New and exclusive for Christmas are:
Frozen Colouring Table - SAMBRO has a wide range of Frozen-themed arts and crafts items available this season including the colouring table. The self-assembly table includes chunky coloured crayons and a 5 metre colouring roll that features illustrations of the Frozen characters for hours of colouring fun! Priced around £12 from Amazon.
Frozen Jewellery Box - A perfect one for little girls to keep their jewellery or even hair bobbles together, the Frozen Jewellery Box is a small themed box featuring a twirling musical Anna and Elsa that add a little extra Disney magic. Priced £12 from the Disney Store.
Frozen Castle Play Tent - Now there’s the option to bring an ice world to life at home with the GetGo® Disney Frozen Castle Play Tent. Suitable, and ideally sized, for indoor and outdoor usage, this colourful tent is a great step into the world of make-believe. Priced from £14.99 from Smyths.
Educational GiftsOrchard Games have a lot of simple educational games that are fun but also challenge children to improve their learning. Alphabet Lotto is an exciting lotto game that focuses on the alphabet to improve learning each letter. Priced £9.50 from www.orchardtoys.com.
A festive story is a fantastic gift to enhance the magic of Christmas. Peter Rabbit’s Christmas Collection by Beatrix Potter is truly a festive treasure-trove of original Beatrix Potter stories, letters and illustrations, brought together in one beautiful Christmas collection. Priced £14.99 from book retailers.
To encourage reading, Read with Me Scout & Violet is a valued gift that will nurture the joys that come with reading. Read with Me Scout and Violet are two cuddly interactive learning puppies that engage children by asking questions throughout the story to help build comprehension skills and ensure an exciting reading experience. Each puppy comes with five illustrated books to get you started. Priced £29.99 from www.LeapFrogstore.co.uk and major retailers.
Clothing SetsFor a cheeky gift, I have fallen in love with these adorable Blade and Rose leggings. Available up to aged 4, they have launched a festive collection in some Christmas colours with the feature, on their bottoms, featuring reindeers and Christmas puddings. A crochet Pudding hat (£12) is also available to make a complete set. Priced £10 from www.bladeandrose.co.uk.
Beautifully wrapped in a signature gift box, the Panda and the Sparrow gift sets make a lovely clothing gift. Super soft, thermo regulating and naturally hypoallergenic, you can customise your box and choose between their range of clothing items, blankets and accessories. Prices start from £35 up to £90 from www.pandaandthesparrow.co.uk.
Big Ticket GiftsThe Bronco Trunki is the latest addition to the Trunki family and the perfect gift if you’re heading away over Christmas. To help bring out your inner cowboy, the new Trunki children’s suitcase features cute chaps and a horse’s tail. Priced £39.99 from www.trunki.co.uk
Little ones can take racing limits to new heights with the Fisher-Price Little People City Skyway. Standing over 3 feet tall, this play set is a tower of thrills. Little speedsters will love starting the non-stop action at the top and then watching to see which way the car switches as it hurtles down the play set. Tons to keep amusement with switches to flip and attention to detail with a realistic crane, stop sign, petrol pump and parking meter. Priced £39.99 from Smyths.
A beautiful gift is this 2 in 1 Rocking Horse. Uber soft and super plush it is a charming piece with a suede-effect saddle and bridle that definitely deserves centre stage. Even better, the rocking horse can be customised using the included accessories to appeal to your child with floral blanket, rosette and tail accessories to put your own stamp on it. Priced £75 from Jojo Maman Bebe
For a gift that will keep giving and provide endless hours of fun the smarTrike Spark indefinitely ticks that box! This stylish trike has a bit of festive sparkle and it transforms in four different ways taking it from 10 months right through to 3 years +. It features the unique smarTrike touch steering, a patented swivel wheel and magic button to switch between parent and child steering! Priced £79.99 from Smyths.
by Laura Mason
Mum to 2 Under 3 and just finished maternity leave, Laura is a journalist and Mum. She enjoys reviewing products with her children, exploring new trends and more importantly, life as a mummy. 'Continuously trying to get a ‘grip’ of motherhood and back to a size 10!'