It is very important for toddlers to engage in sensory play- they should be able to feel different textures, see a variety of colours and shapes, etc. Toddlers are also interested in role play- playing house, dressing up, acting like a doctor, teacher, firefighter, etc. Keeping these in mind, I have gathered a list of toddler friendly gifts for all price ranges:
Books (reading, colouring, and activity) and puzzles
Lego or building blocks
-Summer: a beach towel, swim suit, bubbles, kite, etc.
-Winter: a sled, skates, helmet, mittens etc.
A toy set for pretend play:
-A toy tool set
-A toy doctor set etc.
A big basket of balls: include a basket ball, soccer ball, football, rubber ball
Plastic food and plastic toy dish set
Bath toys and bath bubbles
Plastic bowling set
Dolls and stuffed animals
Toy cars, trucks, trains, airplanes
An easel with a chalkboard on one side and a magnetic board on the other side
Paints, sidewalk chalk, crayons, markers, play dough.
An activity table filled with sand or water
Costumes for pretend play
Clothing and accessories
Bedroom accessories (lamp, clock, art work, bean bag chair)
Gift cards to restaurants, ice cream places, clothing stores, toy stores, etc.
Donation in the child’s name (child will feel special and learn about charity)
Admission tickets to theme parks, special events, and city attractions
Promise date (a note promising the child you will take him or out on a special date)
Always ask the family members if there is a specific item the child needs or wants, and double check if the child has the item you are considering to buy before you purchase it. Remember, the gift you buy doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, after all if you give toddlers cardboard boxes and some containers they will be busy for hours!