A Mom-Vetted List of the Very Best Holiday Gifts for Toddlers

A Mom-Vetted List of the Very Best Holiday Gifts for Toddlers

Unwrap a smile and get some major hugs with one of these awesome mom-approved gifts.

By Patricia Cunningham

I just love toddlerhood: the ability to put words together to make a sentence, the curiosity and neverending why questions, the passion for play, newfound confidence and potty training wins — oh, and finally they’ve stopped mouthing everything in the house! Of all the gifting legwork, as a mom I've found that buying for this age group is by far the best because they’re just so tuned in to the magic of the holidays and it’s all so fresh and new!

A veteran toddler gifter myself, I put together a list of tried and true items that are ideal for this age group. Prepare for excited squeals of delight when they’re unwrapped.

Kidcraft Vintage Play Kitchen

I love play kitchens. Not only do they give kids an opportunity to play make believe and explore their culinary interests, they give YOU time to actually get a meal on the table without a little someone hanging onto your ankles.

Melissa and Doug Make-a-Cake Mixer Kit

If you don’t have space for a full kitchen, this mixer set will get the job done. It comes with an egg that cracks, butter that slices, and cake mix. And it’s all mess free!

Disney Princess Dress-Up Trunk

Four Disney wardrobe changes in one adorable trunk (and the price is not so bad either) — dress up time will be so glam.

Little Live Pet Dream Kitten

This is the next best thing to having a real live kitty! This Little Live Pet purrs, cuddles, and snoozes just like a real one. And the best part: there's no litter to clean up! Stock up early before they’re gone.

Hape Drum Set

I love Hape’s line of nontoxic wooden toys. This drum set has everything a tiny music-maker needs to get a jam going, including drums, cymbals, and rhythm makers. And it promotes hand-eye coordination and song skills.

Personalized M-Is-for-Me Book

If you’re looking for a keepsake, look no further. Craft your own custom book for your little one. There are many options to choose from.

Teaching Cash Register


This pretend cash register provides hours and hours of play-time fun. Kids love labeling household items and then letting grown-ups shop and check out.

Giant World Coloring Poster

Pin this poster to the wall and never have to worry about washing off crayon marks again.

Make a Masterpiece Art Kit

And be sure to include this all-inclusive art kit for your budding Picasso.

Seedling Littles Galaxy Rocket Adventure Cape


Blast off to through the stratosphere and learn all about the solar system with this adventure cape. It includes mix and match Velcro planet and rocket flame patches.

Cardboard Clubhouse

This carboard clubhouse turns kids (future architechts?) into designers. They will love decorating it and having their own hideout.

Princess Playhouse

But if only a castle will do for your little princess, this glow-in-the-dark collapsible play tent puts a kingdom in any corner.

Little Tikes truck

What is childhood without a ride-on toy? This Little Tikes truck has a removable floorboard for growing kids.

Little Tikes Trampoline

You know that after dinner hour when the kids are going bananas, and you’re on your second glass of wine wondering how you’re ever going to wind them down for bed? Here’s your solution…

Melissa and Doug Ice Cream Cone Play Set

As one who has slurped many pretend cones, I can attest this one never gets old — ever! The magnetic scooper lets kids dish out the flavors. All in all, it’s super sweet.  

VTech® Drill & Learn Toolbox

A motorized tool kit for handy tots, it also includes buttons for songs, sounds and phrases to keep them entertained while they’re on the job.

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