I get a lot of questions about what gift ideas I might have when it comes to small kiddos… since I have them (small kiddos). When kid’s get a little older, it’s easier to ask them for gifts ideas and get a legitimate answer like: I would like a hot wheels set for my birthday. I recently asked Linus what he wanted for his birthday and his response was: “uuuuhhhhhh… aaa…aaaaaa a book, no a phone!!” Needless to say buying gifts for smaller children can feel daunting, SO! I have made a rather long winded (in true k.miller fashion) gift guide for those little people in your life. A lot of these toys we either own or have “test drove” at other homes.
I broke it down into several categories so you can get a clear idea of where to look/where to buy. There are 6 Categories: Big Box Stores, Online Boutique shops, Brands, Practical Gifts, Big Gifts, and then lastly Toys. The toy category is broken down into 12 different types of toy groupings to help narrow down what you’re looking for. So here goes:)…
- Drool Bibs- 1.) Reversable Drool Bibs, 2.) Copper Pearl Bandana bibs -we have used both drool bibs and loved them both! Copper Pearl has so many different options as well as my all time favorite burp cloths that I’ve mentioned before!
- Lunch Box- 1.) Bentgo Lunch Box, 2.) Innobaby Stainless Steel Lunch Box
- Back Pack- 1.) Herschel Survey Children’s Backpack Linus loves his, 2.) Skip Hop Toddler Backpack
- Thermos- 1.) Kid’s Nalgene Bottle our all-time favorite, 2.) Pura Stainless Steel Bottle
- Pajamas- 1.) Amazon Pjs, 2.) Carters 2 Pack Set 2T-5T, 9M-18M We love Carters pjs. They are priced reasonably and go all the way up to 5T. They are what we buy most of.
- gift card
- Bike- 1.) JoyStar Bike -we got this one for Linus for his bday! 2.) RoyalBaby Bike
- Teepee-1.) CO-Z Teepee -we have this one in the largest size in our playroom and we all fit! 2.) Pottery Barn Teepee
- Dollhouse- 1.) Melissa and Doug, 2.) Hearth and Hand
- Kitchenette- 1.) Teamson Kitchen this brand also has a website with numerous kitchen options, 2.) Ikea Kitchen, 3.) Kidcraft Vintage Kitchen, 4.) Kidcraft white Kitchen
And finally the last category “Toys.” I found some toys on international sites so I searched them on amazon and was able to find them. However, because of them not being well known items on Amazon, there a some toys with very few reviews on them. This is why that is!
Thomas book, chicka chicka boom boom, The Children of the King, You are special, the Pout Pout fish, Dragons Love Tacos, The Book With No Pictures, What do you do with an Idea, The wonderful things you will be, Little people big dreams series (also comes in a board book option), Dear Zoo, Any of Sandra Boynton Books the kids think they’re hilarious.
2. Baby books
3. Blocks/stacking toys
Tegu magnet blocks (great for travel, church, weddings), Mega Blocks -the kids play with these almost everyday, Wooden blocks -we use these a lot as well, Geometric Stacker.. again, these get loved on every day haha. Can you tell we love blocks in our house? But please, don’t buy us anymore.
4. Pull/push toys
Wagon -the kids love it and it’s mini so it’s their size, Lawn Mower -it’s great that there are no batteries or bubbles in this one and there is a compartment Linus puts his prized possessions inside, Pull toy 4 pack, pull toy duck, duck family pull set
5. Baby doll
6. Trains, cars etc
Kid o trip truck, Kid O Airplane, town vehicles set -these are a hit with the kids, Green toys fire trucks -they have a lot of different options; we have the dump truck, Adventure rug –this mat is more like a thin canvas blanket but we love it; it’s a dupe from the original oyoy mat, Waytoplay track -comes in 24 piece set too, Wooden Train Track Set –anything like this is amazing! Pottery barn has a lot of different options!
7. Pretend play
Cook and serve set, Pots and Pans, Kitchen accessories food set, wooden play food, Tea set (I also love this one from hearth and hand, June has it but is still a little young for it), wooden fruits and veggies -there are so many different things like this; again, pottery barn has so many cool wooden toys, Cleaning set, doctor kit,
8. Bath toys
9. Activity/learning toys
Magnet doodle board -this one is a hit, Play Magnatab, mix and match animals, wooden puzzle, baby laptop -as annoying as this one is my kids love it, Laptop Chalkboard, 3D viewer toy, Play ‘n pack city, Play ‘n pack jungle, tball set– Linus loves this one but you can only buy it in stores.
10. Baby sensory toys
Wooden cheese lacing toy, Lacing button toy -June has this one and both kids play with it, wooden rattle -June also loves this but is starting to outgrow it, Bead Maze toy -both kids love this and it suctions to surfaces, Wooden Teething/Activity toy
Wooden animal teethers 1, wooden animal teethers 2, ice cream cone, cutie teether -this one is mine and the kid’s favorite teether ever. This company also has their own website and have the best paci clips! Ryan and rose)
12. Plush dolls
JIARU plush cat, peas in a pod, hedgehog, plush panda, plush sloth and rattle, twiggies pink bunny -June has the blue one and cuddles it often, plush owl -one of Linus’ favorites, west elm pbk plush collection is also super sweet, anything from Cuddle and Kind.
And done! So many options and so many links ha. I hope you were able to find your way through it and at the very least it gave you some ideas! What are some of your go-to brands/gifts when shopping for the smaller kids? I would love to know! Thanks for reading!