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