The Best Christmas Gifts For Toddlers Guide
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Being an aunt toddlers is FUN. My niece is pretty hilarious if you don’t mind me saying so. Each year it’s new territory for us, and we’re taking gift-giving fairly serious. Why? Well, for one, we want to get something that they’ll like. But, two, we don’t want to fill someone else’s life with cheap crap. Sounds a little harsh, but most of the cute stuff we could get a toddler is plastic and cheap.
As an aspiring minimalist, I want to give a gift that will last and won’t add to the clutter.
As a concerned citizen of this planet, I don’t want to give something that adds to the problem (aka plastic).
As someone who sees how much fun it can be, I want to give something that will be fun for the kiddo.
The criteria: simple gifts that support sustainability as much as possible, are useful, are FUN, and won’t rot the brain of the toddlers in my life.
Am I asking too much? I don’t think so…
So, I went in search of the best gift I could find for a toddler that would check all the boxes. I asked friends and crowdsourced social media. I researched and scoured Pinterest. Here are a few of the top items that came to mind when I looked for the best gift for the toddlers in my life.
- Puzzles – Here’s a nice set of multiple puzzles that also are educational.
- Books – I’m a fan of building a kid’s library full of the classics even if they aren’t quite ready to read them on their own yet. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Activity Books (coloring books, puzzle books, etc.)
- Art Supplies
- College Money – Someday they’ll appreciate it and it might pair well with #10 below.
- Experiences – Children’s Museum Pass, Zoo Pass, etc. (My aunt, Karen, took me to Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast On Ice and those are memories I’ll always have from my childhood.)
- Legos or other blocks – One friend recommended Coaster Blocks.
- Curvy Play Board – Let their imaginations run wild.
- Indoor/Outdoor Fort – Something like this could be fun.
- Cardboard Boxes – Seriously…so many of my friends said this was the winning gift for their toddlers! 😉
You might also want to check out a gift guide for babies HERE.