My favorite gifts for toddlers are those that ignite their imagination or bring them a new experience. Check out my 2017 Non-Toy Toddler Gift Guide.
If you have kids you know that between holidays, birthdays and random purchases, it’s easy to end up drowning in toys! And you have also probably have noticed that the majority of the time your kiddos end up playing with a cardboard box instead of the thousand toys they own.
Which is why my favorite kind of gifts for toddlers (ages 2-4) are gifts that ignite their imagination, allow them to get creative, or bring them a new experience.
For our tiny tot this year, she will be getting a combination of things from us and family members. A camera since she has been dying to take photos like mama and a little table to do crafts on. She is also getting a membership, instrument and education savings account from family.
So if want to reduce the number of toys around your house or want different gift ideas for other toddlers you know, check out our favorite picks for this year!
This is a real camera for kids to learn how to take photos, and find beauty in everyday things. I’m very excited to let my Poppy get creative and find fun things to photograph. It’s also great that this camera is durable and sturdy enough for toddlers. Best for ages 3-8.
From a small drum set to a small keyboard to maracas, there are tons of toddler instruments out there to choose from. I like this gift because it lets kids create their own sounds, melodies, and rhythms, or play along to some of her favorites (like the Moana soundtrack).
Can’t go wrong with books! At the toddler age, it’s a great time to get books covering the topic of manners. It’s a fun way to reinforce the manners learned at home. Some of our favorites are: Manners Time, Clifford Manners, Excuse Me and Llama llama time to share.
I got this idea from a friend, and what a great idea it is! A sleeping bag is an awesome gift for a toddler because they can use it to “camp” out in different parts of the house, or even take it camping with parents. It’s also great to bring to others’ houses for sleepovers.
A baking kit with mixing utensils, a bowl, and of course a baking pan is a great gift for toddlers to learn how to bake alongside parents.
A backpack, small suitcaseor a toiletry bag to keep their toothbrush are very useful gifts for toddlers. It’s something that comes in hand whether going to grandparents’ houses, a friend’s house or on vacation with parents.
MusicOkee Dokee Brothers, Sound tracks to favorite movies like Moana, kid CDs or fun dance music are all super fun for kids to listen to year around and have dance parties with!
Every kid needs a nice lunch box for school or adventures around town. I also love reusable sandwich bags or snack baggies because it’s a great way to reduce the amount of Ziploc baggies used.
This may not seem fun to a kid at the time but this is such a thoughtful gift. Opening an account for kid’s to save money for their future is a great way to start teaching them responsibility and also a convenient place for parents to deposit birthday money.
Tickets to the science museum, children’s museum, zoo, plays, shows with their favorite characters, or local events. It’s a new experience they can share with you or their parents. This is especially great in the winter when there is not much to do outside.
This holiday season get creative and give a unique non-toy gift to the tots in your life!