Christmas gift guide for toddlers

Christmas gift guide for toddlers

E will be 18 months this Christmas and being our second daughter, I’m struggling to think of things to buy her. I do however know what makes good gifts for this age though. I’ve put together a Christmas gift guide for toddlers that you might find useful. This list includes items I have been sent to review and things we already own. The one thing they all have in common is that we love them.

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Hape Pepe & friends *

Christmas gift guide for toddlers

I love Hape toys so I was thrilled when they offered to send me a couple of their new toys to review. They sent us Pepe and friends friendship puzzle blocks and friendship tower (affiliate links). I love how colourful both of these toys are. You all know how much I love colour but I also know how much toddlers do too as it catches their attention. All the pieces are the right size for little hands and really well made. The friendship puzzle blocks include 9 pieces that can be stacked or laid out on a table to make 6 different pictures. The friendship tower is 5 stacking boxes with cut out windows and doors. There are 4 wooden animals (Pepe and friends) that can be matched to 4 of the boxes (the animals homes). I love both toys and I am sure that E will do too.

Christmas gift guide for toddlers


Christmas gift guide for toddlers

We love Duplo in our house and have quite a box full already. E has been showing an interest in it for a while now and F who is 4 will still occasionally play with it too. We have basic bricks, a farm, train, Doc Mc Stuffins and various other sets. I’m tempted to get E this set for Christmas even though we have so much already as I think the cogs are a great idea and we don’t have anything like it. My one tip would be to buy a big Duplo baseplate as all the sets only come with little ones.


Christmas gift guide for toddlers

Over the years we have built up quite a collection of Happyland toys. We have the zoo, farm, tree house and numerous people and animals. We also have the Christmas set which will come out in December. They are the perfect size for little hands and great for imaginative play.

Cloud B tranquil turtle *

Christmas gift guide for toddlers

We were sent this turtle to include in this gift guide. E loves this turtle, in fact, F loves it so much she says it needs a friend! She wants one for her room. The turtle projects a calming wave pattern on the ceiling and can be used without sound, with wave noises or with a calming tune. The brightness of the light and the sound volume are both easy to adjust.

Regular readers will know that E wakes frequently at night and can take a long time to settle at bedtime too. She loves this turtle and it does seem to calm her but it’s not improved her sleep yet. We love it though and will continue to use it as part of her bedtime routine.

Cloud B Tranquil Turtle is available to buy from


Books make great gifts for children of any age. I shared some of my favourite books for babies and toddlers a few weeks ago.

Art materials

Christmas gift guide for toddlers

We love being creative and toddlers love having a go at mark making. I love chunky crayons for little hands but I find Crayola twistables good too. We also like these chunky paint brushes, stamps and rolling pins. Toddlers love getting messy but if you want something a lot less messy then an Aquadoodle mat might be a good investment.

Wonderworld wooden rainbow sound blocks

Christmas gift guide for toddlers

Building blocks are great for toddlers and we have a couple of different sets. These wonderworld rainbow sound blocks are particularly good as they are chunky and robust. They are appealing to young children as they are all different bright colours and contain different sized beads so they make different sounds.

Musical instruments

Christmas gift guide for toddlers

We have a few different musical instruments sets that are great for young children. There are many benefits to playing with instruments for toddlers. We use them whilst singing nursery rhymes together.

Tobbles Neo

Christmas gift guide for toddlers

Tobbles Neo is a stacking toy with a difference. Each piece is weighted and as well as stacking each piece also spins (2 pieces are missing from this photo). E really enjoys this toy.

More ideas

Shape sorters.

A play kitchen and food. We have the IKEA play kitchen which we bought F when she was 18 months. E has enjoyed it for a few months already and f is now 4 and still loves it.

Geomags magicubes *. We reviewed these magnetic blocks last month. Find my full review here.

A set of Ican Early talker cards. These cards are packed full of ideas for parents to try with their toddler. Not only are they fun but they help encourage language development.

Disclosure – Items marked with * were sent to us for review. All the other gifts we’ve purchased ourselves for our daughters over the years. All photos, thoughts and opinions are my own. I am a participant in the Amazon EU Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

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  1. November 20, 2017 / 7:27 am

    This is a lovely gift guide with some fab ideas !

    • Claire
      November 20, 2017 / 8:58 pm

      Thank you.

  2. November 20, 2017 / 2:29 pm

    So many amazing ideas here – I feel inspired! I really like the look of the Happyland toys, so tempted to buy some for my daughter for Christmas 🙂

    • Claire
      November 20, 2017 / 8:59 pm

      Happyland is great and there are so many different options. There is bound to be a set she would like.

  3. November 20, 2017 / 2:36 pm

    I love your pictures! They’re so pretty. Erin loves colouring and being creative so art supplies would go down well here.

    • Claire
      November 20, 2017 / 8:53 pm

      Thank you. Art supplies make great gifts.

  4. November 20, 2017 / 4:53 pm

    I used to have loads of duplo as a kid, I remember how much I loved it x

    • Claire
      November 20, 2017 / 8:52 pm

      I don’t remember Duplo from my childhood.

  5. November 20, 2017 / 6:22 pm

    There are some lovely unusual gifts there for toddlers like the Tobbles Neo. We’re also big Duplo fans in this house but are heading towards some Lego Junior this year with our 4yo.

    • Claire
      November 20, 2017 / 8:51 pm

      You obviously read my mind, lego may be in my 3-5 year old gift guide!

  6. November 21, 2017 / 1:11 am

    I know that I am an adult and not a kid but is it sad that I want that tranquil turtle for myself? Its so adorable and looks so soothing too x

    • Claire
      November 21, 2017 / 9:39 pm

      It’s very soothing!

    • Claire
      November 21, 2017 / 9:38 pm

      He really is.

  7. November 21, 2017 / 11:59 pm

    A really great selection of gift ideas! Books are always my favourite thing to gift, with craft materials a close second.

    • Claire
      November 22, 2017 / 6:35 am

      I have a separate book gift guide comimg up.

  8. November 23, 2017 / 11:35 am

    What a great selection! I love the rolling pins. They look fab!

  9. November 24, 2017 / 12:40 pm

    Such a lovely gift guide Claire! I loved the wee turtle, I’m thinking it might be an idea for my godson 🙂

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