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Choosing a birthday present for a toddler can be a fun, but difficult, task. When they’re little they’re still exploring their interests, and can’t write you a list of their wants and wishes!
Today I’m sharing some lovely present ideas for toddlers as part of my toddler gift guide. There’s toys, keepsakes and gifts to help them explore, learn and play.
Some of these are gifts which we’ve recently bought for our toddler, and some have been kindly sent by brands, retailers or PR agencies. Wherever they’ve come from, each gift in my toddler gift guide has been handpicked and tested out by us so we can recommend them to you. 💛
Little Tikes Cash Register
Our kids love pretend play, so while looking for birthday gift ideas for our youngest I knew she’d enjoy something to help her play shops. There are a few different cash registers available from different brands, but this one had great reviews so we thought we’d try it.
I’m glad we did, because it’s become one of her favourite toys. It helps toddlers to learn colours, shapes and numbers and is easy for them to understand. I love the bright colours and that it’s simple but has lots of replay value.
Who doesn’t love a super snuggly blanket? How about one that you can sleep in too?
The Snuggle Sac is a cosy, plush sleeping bag that’s great for sleepovers. snuggling on the sofa and pretending to go camping indoors. We chose the grey star version, which is lovely and classic, but there are lots of designs to choose from. One of the best things is that it rolls up small into a tote bag, so you can easily take it camping, on holiday or to a friend’s house.
This Grey Star Original Snuggle Sac is available from Room to Grow.
I love a gift that can last, and personalised books are great for that.
We chose this Thomas set for Ottilie, as she’s a huge fan of the TV series and she’s just at the right age for learning shapes, colours and numbers. The books are high quality, full of colour and we’ve enjoyed reading through them with her.
This Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends set comes with two books, and is beautifully presented in a keepsake box. You can personalise both the name (which appears on the cover and throughout the book) but also add a message inside.
This personalised Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends Book Set, along with many other designs, is available from I Just Love It.
Personalised Money Box
Continuing the theme of keepsake gifts, a money box is a gift that’s not only decorative, but practical and thoughtful too.
While toddlers may be too young to understand the concept of (or handle) real money, it’s a great way to introduce them to counting. It also makes a beautiful addition to their nursery or bedroom, and having the money box personalised helps them understand that the money inside is theirs to spend when they’re bigger.
This personalised Love Heart Money Box, along with other designs, is available from Giftpup.
As toddlers learn to walk and move around, a backpack of their own can often become one of their most treasured possessions.
With nursery on the horizon, we thought it was time our youngest had her own bag for pre-school, days out and adventures. She also loves using it at home – filling it up with toys and playing as if it was a travelling shop.
These mini backpacks are small enough to be easy for toddlers to wear, but big enough for those essentials for nursery or a walk in the park. The straps are adjustable too, so it’ll last and grow with your child.
I picked this beautiful sausage dogs mini backback up in the Cath Kidston sale, but it’s also available on Amazon*.
BRIO Railway Set
With an older brother, our toddler has always played with his favourite toys – including cars and trains. For her birthday this year, he picked out this My First Railway set from BRIO so she could have some trains of her own.
This set is bright, colourful and easy for little hands to grasp. It fits together easily, with plastic on-and-off ramps, and a rainbow bridge for the train to pass over. The set fits with other BRIO tracks and wooden tracks by most retailers, so it’s a lovely way to start their train collection.
The BRIO My First Railway Beginner Pack is available from Amazon*.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Baking Set
Baking is one of those things I’d love to do with the kids, but we never seem to quite make it happen.
This children’s baking set from Portmeirion makes it easy – with a bowl, spoon and apron included it’s a great way to start your ‘baking with kids’ collection. The fun, familiar illustrations from The Very Hungry Caterpillar were popular with my two and they really enjoyed getting involved.
It’s a thoughtful gift to help introduce toddlers to baking, and it’s also good for helping them use their muscles and learn skills like concentrating, listening and following instructions.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Baking Set is available from Portmeirion.
Chicco Balance Bike
There’s something magical about learning to ride, and introducing toddlers to it is even easier with a balance bike.
Our two are still very early on in their learning to ride journey, but they’ve both really enjoyed taking this balance bike from Chicco out and about. Younger toddlers may need to be held and helped, but older toddlers and preschoolers can power themselves around and learn to balance and ride.
I love the design of this balance bike – it was easy to assemble, feels strong and is light enough to carry back home if your toddler gets tired.
This Chicco Arrow Balance Bike is available from Kiddies Kingdom.
Peppa Pig Tableware
If there’s one thing my toddler loves it’s Peppa Pig!
We really like Portmeirion’s ranges for their quality and design, and the Peppa Pig dinnerware collection is no different. Made from easy clean porcelain, the range is dishwasher and microwave safe – something that’s so important in a busy family home.
This three piece London-inspired set features a small plate, bowl and a mug that’s just the right size for small hands. We’ve paired it with the George Astronaut mug, and it’s become our go-to set for a tea party. Other items in the collection include a placemat and coaster set, and an egg cup and soldier set – as well as other dining sets and mugs.
You can browse the Portmeirion Peppa Pig range at Portmeirion.
If you have an older toddler who loves arts and crafts, this subscription box would make a wonderful gift.
toucanBox is designed to help children explore their creativity, creative thinking and imagination. If you sign up for a subscription, you’ll receive a box each month with a different crafting activity. This month Oscar’s activity is to create a dinosaur mask and tail – which is perfect as he’s really into dinosaurs at the moment.
The craft is easy for children to follow, with some adult help depending on their age, and is colourful and engaging. The box has everything you need (except for scissors!) so there’s no need to go hunting around different stores to find crafting supplies.
You can buy or gift a toucanBox subscription from the toucanBox website.
What would your toddler love from this list?
I’d love to know if you’ve found something in my toddler gift guide for your toddler’s birthday, or maybe for a friend’s child or a toddler in the family. Let me know in the comments if you’ve found a gift here!
Planning ahead for Christmas?
Why not take a look at my toddler stocking gifts from last year for inspiration.
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