The holidays are right around the corner (can you even believe it?!) and it’s just about time we all start thinking about the gifts we’re giving this year, especially to our kids. I try to catch as many things on sale as I possibly can so knowing what I’m going after early is a game changer for me.
Below, I’ll share my top gift ideas for ages 0-2, 2-3, and 4-5. As a mom blogger who has the opportunity to test a lot of toys and product throughout the year, I’m excited to share these with you!
Toys are tools for play so instead just picking random things, I like to be intentional about the gifts we pick for our kids. Of course, we also get them some things they are just interested in (Paw Patrol, anyone?!), for fun. Happy Holidays and happy shopping!
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Gift Ideas for Ages 0-2:
This age can feel hard to buy for but as a baby, your little one doesn’t need much! I carefully reviewed our toys and past purchases to narrow this guide down to the toys we got the absolute most use out of.
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We have had this cube for over 4 years. My oldest is almost 5 and he still plays with it! It is so beautifully made and not bulky for an activity cute. There are 5 activities that allow for endless fun!
Gifts For Ages 2-3
These gift ideas are great for ages 2-3 and are great to grow with your little ones too!
We LOVE HABA games for our toddlers. First Orchard is especially fun. It's a cooperative game, meaning everyone works together to reach a goal. It's very easy to understand and the pieces are beautifully made. We've had this game for years and still play it!
Over 10,000 of these were bought in the past month alone! It is a high quality toy at a great price that offers hours of play options!
These puffy sticker books are so much for kids, probably about ages 2.5 and up. It's fun for them to make their own scenes (scree-free!) and to play with the stickers. There is a lot of opportunity for language development and fine motor skills.
This might seem like an incredibly basic gift but it's one thing my kids play with almost daily! We play catch, talk about colors, use them for matching, tossing, and other gross motor activities. We throw them quite frequently and have never even broken one of them.
This was one of my oldest son's favorite toys. He even slept with it for a year! It's great for matching and fine motor skills. We were surprised that at 24 months he was able to match up the keys and open all of the doors!
Gifts For Ages 4-5
This is such a fun age to buy for because your toddler is really becoming a kid with their own strong interests! These are gifts we have gotten a ton of use and play out of and are a few things we’re gifting this year!
This age is the perfect age to introduce a balance bike! The 14x can be converted with the pedal conversion kit into a bike as your child advances! We have this for both of my kids (my youngest is getting it for Christmas) and we love the quality of them!
We prefer Connetix tiles because they have bigger magnets to hold your creations together. Plus, the mega pack offers a ton of building options for a decent price! This year we are getting our oldest the ball run pack (a great alternative to marble run for those of us with other littles at home).
I hope this guide gave you some inspiration for this holiday season! Remember, the best toys are ones that keep on giving and also appeal to your little one’s interested. Happy Holidays!