Buying gifts for your little one can be fun, yet sometimes stressful. I try not to get too many toys, and look more for educational and learning things. I know so many families are different when it comes to gifts from Santa. Some wrap a big ticket item, others stuff a stocking with smaller items. Some don’t even do Santa in their home. Whatever your style is, here’s a few ideas to get you started.
- This Color Puzzle by Melissa & Doug is a great way to learn colors. Lucy loves puzzles, and she just recently started to concentrate on them for more than just a few minutes. I like this fishy one because it’s fun and is a great way to practice color separating. Honestly, you can’t really go wrong with any of the puzzles from Melissa & Doug, they make great toys.
- A fun little Memory Game is always a great gift. It a great way to test their memory and a fun game to play together or with their friends. There is tons of memory games out there, so you can pick one your little one will love, but I like this one because it’s cute, different, and not too big. (I also prefer supporting business on Etsy, rather than big box stores or Amazon.)
- This wooden Shape Sorter puzzle game is perfect for toddlers learning their shapes. It’s different than the traditional puzzle, which I like, and also helps them practice their fine motor skills and concentration.
- These Learning to Dress boards are a fun way to learn all the different ties, zips, and snaps of getting dressed on your own. Lucy enjoys zippers and snaps, so she has fun with these for hours.
- A Personalized Name Puzzle is perfect for any kid learning to spell and write their own name. It’s a great way to learn their letters and it’s fun for them to have it personalized just for them. (Again, you can get these a lot of places, but I like to support someone on Etsy or a small shop.)
- Books are always a good gift. I love Little Golden Books because you can find all your favorite classic stories and a bunch of fun, new ones as well. You can buy them individually or you can buy packs of them, like this Princess set. You can find any of your kids favorites stories, and the best part, you can read along with Google Home for fun sound effects and a great story time for everyone. (Seriously, try it! It’s fun!)
- Sensory toys are one of Lucy’s favorite things to play with. There are so many great options, between slime, paint, and Play-dough, but our personal favorite is Water Beads. They’re little beads that you soak in water to become a jelly-like bead. It’s perfect to just throw in a bin with a few other small toys (like rubber duckies or dinosaurs), and just let them go at it. Lucy could play with these things for days and not get bored.
- These Screw Board Montessori Toys are perfect for any kid who likes to tinker and mess with things to see how they work. If you want to raise a kid to who wants to learn how things work and are put together, these are perfect for you.
- The Press Here Book (+ sequel books) are a great way to get your kids to interact with books. It’s a fun way to learn and enjoy reading and following directions. You start by “pushing” the yellow button on the cover, then it instructs you to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and so many other fun things.
- These Threading Animal Friends are perfect for a busy body. These are more for kids a little older, but Lucy likes to try to do it anyways. It keeps her busy for longer than most normal games and toys, so I always like them. They’re also just really cute and helps them practice their fine motor skills and concentration.
- A Magnetic Art Easel is a great way to encourage imaginative play. Lucy loves to stick the animals on the board and sort them into farm animals, zoo animals, etc. You can also write on the board to create a fun background, or you can practice words and letters too.
- Foam Paints are always a good idea. If your little one is anything like Lucy, they love arts and crafts, and what’s better than finger painting with puffy paints! It’s a great sensory activity to do together or with friends, and the end results are always fun and pretty to show off around the house.
These are just a few ideas to get you started. Tinker toys and sensory toys are always on the top of my list. What are some of your favorite things to stuff your little ones stockings with? Do you give bigger gifts or only small gifts that fit in the stocking? I love hearing from you! Like, comment, and share!