Toddlers are excellent gift-givers (and gift-receivers!) because their joy is so blissfully obvious. The glowing cheeks. The sparkling eyes. The sweet pudgy hands pulling at pretty wrapping paper.
Following are some excellent picks for toddlers (ages 9months-3years).
All listed products were provided to Metropolitan Mama for testing and review purposes.
Older kids have their bikes and scooters. Toddlers? They will love going backwards, forwards, sideways, and every way on a Wheely Bug. These adorable animal-themed ride-on toys are just the right size for little ones. The seat is soft and comfy, plus easy to wipe clean. Choose a ladybug, cow, tiger, mouse, bee, or pig. Two sizes are available - small for 1 1/2 to 3-year-olds; large for 3 to 4-year-olds. Buy it from Prince Lionheart or on Amazon.
Based in Vermont, this family-friendly company creates baby and toddler clothing in brilliant colors and modern designs. The sturdy fabrics ensure that these pieces will be handed down between siblings - and the fun designs make their items a good pick for photo shoots. We love Zutano even more because they have a "Baby-to-Work" program for their employees, which allows dads and moms to bring their babies to work with them for the first 12 months.
Made in the usa from 100% recycled plastic milk containers, these miniature spoons and bowls are a good pick for new eaters. The bright colors are appealing, plus they're easy to wash and good for keeping portion sizes where they ought to be for tiny tummies. Our family also loves using these bowls and spoons for ice cream (grown-ups too!).
Board books are best for baby hands. No accidental ripping! In this charming 2013 title, each page features a new letter of the alphabet with a corresponding animal (made of finger and thumb prints!). The rhyming text is easy for reading aloud and little ones will love pointing out their favorite land and sea creatures.
Child-sized furniture is so nice to have around the house. This white square table by KidKraft comes with 4 pastel chairs in pink, sage, buttercup, and sky blue. It's a charming color combination - ideal for both boys and girls. Our 18-month-old and 4-year-old fit perfectly at the table...and even our gangly 7-year-old can squeeze in! Best of all, the set coordinates with our KidKraft Large Kitchen (also a top-notch gift pick for tots!).
Tiny-sized and easy-to-grip, these BPA-free and dishwasher-safe utensils are fun for 1-2 year olds to grasp. An ideal stocking stuffer due to their small size.
Printed on durable board-book-thickness paper, these ABC flash cards are a little girl's dream-come-true. The colors are gentle and vibrant. The illustrations are detailed and sweet. One side has the uppercase & lowercase letter in a fancy font; the other side has a princess-themed illustration.
Will you be shopping for a toddler this year? What gift recommendations would you add?
Be sure to check out Metropolitan Mama’s full 2013 Christmas Gift Guide.