Gift Guru: Picking the Best Holiday Gifts for Toddlers

Do you have a teetering toddler on your holiday list? These little ones are finding their feet, finding their voices, and finding their way around a great big world of play! Celebrate their growing imaginations and the incredible new abilities with toys that will have them laughing, learning, and cheering, “I can do it!” Here are a few gifts ideas for that special toddler in your life (as modeled by our adorable fans on Instagram!)

Puzzles

A child’s first puzzle is a momentous event! Make it extra-special with a classically styled wooden puzzle, including pegs that are easy to grasp and illustrations rich with color and charm. (See our guide to puzzles to help you pick the perfect level and theme for your child.)

Floor Puzzles

Via fan @molshay 

Gear Toys

Get motor skills in gear! These sweetly designed play sets let kids turn and move chunky gears on a pegged play board. Watch their faces light up as they discover what a big change their own little hands can make! Choose from child-friendly themes, or create your own with our exciting new Switch & Spin Magnetic Gear Board.

Via fan @_ayraerey

Via fan @_ayraerey

Kitchen Play

Toddlers love acting just like Mom and Dad. Stock their play cupboard with wooden food that “crunches” when sliced, felt food to stack and fold, and realistic molded produce that looks just like the real thing. Searching for a very special gift? This is the perfect age to introduce a play kitchen or grocery store!

Via fan @jackierizzomalzone

Via fan @jackierizzomalzone

Building Toys

They’ll build them up, knock them down, and do it all again . . . this is an age for durable blocks that are built to last! Choose Unit Blocks—a timeless wooden classic—or a themed set designed to inspire a play town, farm, or castle. Or build early-learning skills and concepts with nesting, stacking cardboard blocks featuring ABCs and familiar objects. (For a fun and educational activity using Unit Blocks, check out our recent “Blueprint for Block Fun” post.)

Via fan @meandering_mari

Via fan @meandering_mari

What toys do you think are perfect holiday gifts for toddlers? Tell us in the comments below, or share your own photos with @MelissaAndDougToys on Instagram! (#MelissaAndDoug).