The time has come to start shopping for Christmas! I am so excited because my daughter just turned three and she now understands Christmas and Santa and all of the fun festivities that we can do this time of year!

However, if you know me, you know that I do not like a cluttered house or more things than what we actually need and use.

We are so fortunate to have such a giving family, as I am sure most of you have as well. Deciding what to get family members or friend’s children can be a difficult task. There are endless amounts of toy options out there.

This year I am putting together a gift guide for toddler of products that I feel are valuable to my family and yours! Whether or not you have a boy or girl, the majority of these toys below are gender-neutral.

Now when I think of a good toy/product for my children, a few things come to mind:

  1. My child finds joy from it…more than once.

  2. It can be manipulated in multiple ways…as they develop.

  3. Passive toy…leads to active playing.

  4. Aesthetically pleasing…wooden toys create a calm and inviting environment for both me and my child.

As an Amazon Associate, I do earn a commission on purchased items. However, I am only recommending these items because I feel they are genuinely great children’s products that enhance their childhood and encourage learning.

Melissa & Doug Wooden Fold & Go Barn, Animal & People Play Set

  • Easy to travel with handle once folded
  • Wooden sturdy toys
  • Promotes imagination play

Hape Eggspression Wooden Learning Toy with Book

  • Encourages communication about emotions
  • Helps develop emotional maturity

Magnetic Building Blocks

  • Easy for toddler’s hands to control
  • Not going to lie…I like building with these!
  • Encourages creative play
  • Endless ways to use these blocks

House Cleaning Set 

  • Imagination Play
  • Encourages helping around the house, teaching responsibility
  • Invites children to be involved with our daily routines

Kidkraft Trainset

  • Open-ended play encourages creativity
  • Convenient storage with the bin included

Melissa & Doug Wooden Jumbo Stacking Train

  • Large train – more than 2 ft long!
  • Nice and simple design
  • Creative play with endless ways to incorporate wooden blocks

Cartoon Superhero Capes & Masks for Boys

Cartoon Superhero Capes & Masks for Girls

  • What kid doesn’t like to play dress-up?!
  • Perfect for children who have siblings to play with!

Melissa & Doug Wooden Snacks & Sweets Food Cart

  • Seriously, how cute is this little food stand!! Debating or not to have this be my daughter’s “big gift” this year.
  • It comes with pretend food too!
  • Encourages group creative play
  • A child can continue to play with this toy as their imagination grows
  • Suitable for a large age range (3 – 7 years old)

Melissa & Doug Scoop & Stack Magnetic Ice Cream Cones

  • My daughter got this set for her 2nd birthday and still loves playing with it!
  • The magnetic connection makes it easy for young toddlers to be able to stack the ice cream
  • Fun set to add to pretend play

Kinetic Sand Folding Sand Box 

  • Great for sensory play
  • Comes with a sandbox for easy cleanup
  • Encourages creative play
  • We just got some kinetic sand and I love it. Very therapeutic to play with!

Duplo Legos

  • Develops hand-eye coordination
  • Encourages creative play
  • Various different sets depending on the child’s interests

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Puzzles

I love puzzles for children! I believe it helps them develop logic skills at an early age. Puzzles are something that can most definitely grow with your child.

We have started simple puzzles as young as a year and a half and now watch my daughter do those same ones by herself. They start off as a group activity and then can transform into independent play once they are ready.

Melissa & Doug Pattern Blocks 

Melissa & Doug Dinosaur Jigsaw Puzzles

Melissa & Doug Underwater Floor Puzzle

Melissa & Doug Wooden Latches Board

Games

Games are such a fun way to build connection and play with the family! My 3-year-old daughter has been in a game craze lately!

Games are great for teaching young children how to take turns, build patience, and enhance logic skills!

Some days are better than others with her attention span during games, but we let her lead. If we start playing and she decides shes had enough we accept that and move on to something else. Week by week we have seen her attention span grow.

I have linked all of the games through Amazon, but make sure to check and see if Target has any deals. Sometimes they do buy 2 and get 1 free on Games, Books & Movies.

Candy Land

Alphabet Bingo

Connect 4

Trouble Olaf’s Ice Adventure

Sequence for Kids

I hope this toddler gift guide helped you find the perfect gift for that special little person in your life. Playtime time for children is such a magical time for them! What a rewarding feeling it is to see a child enjoy an item that has been given by you.

Let me know in the comments below some of your favorite gift ideas for toddlers!

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