Gift Guide for Toddlers and Little Kids: Our Favorite Toys

I still have a few more gift guides coming out 🎅🏻 and am especially excited about this one. These are all toys we own or very similar versions of the kinds of toys we play with. My girls are 16 months and (almost) three and-a-half, and it’s so fun watching them play together. Some of these toys have small parts that I put away to keep things safe for my youngest, but for the most part, they’re toys both girls can use. 

The #1 gift on my list this year is the Toniebox audio player. The brand did gift it to us but it is 100% worth the money and I’d buy it over and over. Nothing have ever provided that much entertainment. Kate started using it at around 14 months (I think?) and can play with it independently. I’ve heard from parents with kids as old as six who love it. Margot will take it into her bed for quiet time for an hour and just hang out listening to stories. It. Is. Magic. 


Audio Player

Of course I'm starting with the Toniebox. The girls use it every single day and I really cannot recommend it enough. It was gifted to us but I'd buy it in a heartbeat.
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My girls love their fluffies and sleep with them every night.
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Green Toys


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Melissa and Doug

Puffy Stickers

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Pottery Barn Kids

Play Kitchen

If you love the look of this kitchen but have less space or want to save some $ just skip the fridge! It's not necessary (just a shelf). The girls use the stove and sink all the time.
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Le Toy Van

Wooden Ice Cream Toy

Margot loves all play food but this is a new favorite.
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Play Table

The girls spend a lot of time coloring and playing at their play table. I love the design of this one.
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Olli Ella

Strolley Basket

Both girls really enjoy this and bonus: it's really cute.
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These dolls are anatomically correct and come in a variety of skin tones. We have a few.
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Margot got this last Christmas and sort of played with it, but now she really plays with it. I'd say 3+ is optimal. '
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Princess Storybook

My 3-year-old was too young to build this set but she loves playing with it (independently!).
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1000 Things Under The Sea

Margot loves this series of 1000 things and like to learn new types of food, fish, etc.
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Scoot and Ride


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Margot lives for stickers. She puts them in a sticker book or sticks a bunch together and carries them around in her pocket 😂
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Dolly Sticker Books

The Usborne sticker books are wonderful for home, on the go (and even in the car).
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Yellow Door

Sensory Stones

These are fantastic and so versatile. Great for sensory play, the bath, or a play kitchen. Margot calls them her food rocks.
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Flower Garden Blocks

I took the small pieces out and both girls enjoy playing with these.
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Chunky Puzzle

We have a handful of these. Both girls love them, but the bonus is that the piece can be used as little figurines.
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Play Couch

It's a couch, fort, house, and gym mat in-one. Most colors are sold out but this green is still available.
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Big Book of Colors

This book is great for learning different shades of colors and we use it to play I spy.
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