Happy Monday! I feel like it’s always a happy Monday when you know it’s going to be a short week.
I’m not sure if you’ve heard (most retailers have been super low key about it), but there are some major sales going on at the end of the week. So, I’m putting together a few gift guides to help you with your holiday shopping!
Today is all about the littles–toddlers, to be exact! Since I am currently in possession of a wild, rambunctious, almost two year old, I felt qualified enough to put together a nice little graphic of gift ideas.
1. Melissa and Doug Water Wow books are amazing. In fact, I’m pretty sure I love them more than Aida–I feel like such an artist! Here’s the lowdown: they come with a pen that you fill with water, and when you brush the water across the page, colors appear and a picture forms. They’re really great, especially for travel and/or keeping your child entertained in a restaurant.
2. Overnight, Aida suddenly became interested in coloring, so I’ve been looking into some of the My First Crayola products. I love this one, because it’s washable, which means it’s reusable!
3. These tiny, plastic slides are probably one of the best investments you can make for your child. HOURS of fun!
4. You can never go wrong with some fake food–that’s a toy that’s got staying power!
5. Character themed gifts are so easy–if you’re buying something for a friend’s kid or for a relative, just find out their favorite show and you’re set. Aida is a Sesame Street girl through and through, and she loves these little toys. (I have had many a picnic with them in the last few months–so annoying because Cookie Monster ends up eating EVERYTHING.)
6. I love this little “Band in a Box” set from Melissa and Doug–kids LOVE making music, especially when they’re young, because they have no concept of embarrassment and don’t realize if they sound awful. It’s a beautiful thing, really.
7. Puzzles are so simple, but kids have so much fun playing with them! Bonus if they’re alphabet letters or numbers, because then you’ve got an educational toy too.
8. We received one of these collapsible tunnels as a gift last year, and it has been a non-stop hit. It’s collapsible, which makes it easy to store.
9. A Little Tikes basketball net is a great toy for those little ones who have got energy to burn. Mom and Dad can also play and feel like real winners–just call me “Nothin’ But Net Kate!”
10. Activity blocks are genius–different activities on every side makes for hours of fun. When it comes to toddlers, anything that can keep them still for more than five minutes deserves all the gold stars.
There are SO many more great gifts you can get for toddlers, but I think this guide is a great start. My head is currently spinning as I try to keep track of what both grandparents are getting Aida, what we’re planning to get for her, and what Santa will be bringing. Every day brings a new understanding of why my mom is so forgetful. #GodBless