This post “25 Best Toddler Gifts & Toys (Kid Approved Products for 2020)” was originally published in Nov 2019 and updated Sept 2020.
Toddler gifts can be incredibly hard to find. On one hand, there’s a ton of amazing products out there but on the flip side, what will they actually like to play with and use for an extended amount of time? The last thing you want is for the toddler who received your gift prefers the box over what’s inside!
As a mom of 3, you better believe I’ve been through that exact scenario. Or my kids loved the toy they got for about a day and then it was just added to the pile of things to keep organized!
Today I’m sharing 25 toddler gifts and ideas to help you out! Many of these products are things my kids (ages 4 and 2) actually play with (and have used for a long time) while others are things I’m planning on getting them. I hope it helps!
25 Toddler Gifts They’ll Actually Use
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- Shape Sorter // 2. Primary Lacing Beads, Melissa & Doug // 3. My Pal Scout/Violet, LeapFrog // 4. Magna-Tiles // 5. First Builders Big Building Bag, Mega // 6. Vacuum // 7. My First Learning Tablet, Leapfrog // 8. Water Bottle, Contigo // 9. Play-Doh, Play-Doh // 10. Play Purse, Amazon // 11. Cuddle and Kind // 12. Shape Puzzle // 13. Shape Color Sorting Clock //14. Puffy Stickers // 15. Color Wonder // 16. Car Carrier Vehicle // 17. Dress Up Jewelry // 18. Tulle Tutu Skirt // 19. Number Train Set, Lego // 20. Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site Book // 21. Shakers // 22. No Spill Bubbles, Fubbles // 23. Stack Up Cups, The First Years // 24. Toolbox, Vtech // 25. Toy Keys, B. Toys
1. Shape Sorter
This Shape Sorter is a great toddler gift for kids of all ages. Older toddlers (ages 3-5) are able to identify shapes and colors while they put the shapes into the correct spots.
Younger toddlers (18 months to 3 years) can begin to learn about different shapes and colors while working on their fine motor skills. My 2 year old loves practicing doing the shape sorter we own!
- 12 shaped multiple color blocks
- Durable wood and non-toxic painted shapes
- String handle for carrying
- Builds good motor skills
Lacing beads are so great for lots of different uses and Melissa & Doug Primary Lacing Beads is a great toddler gift! Older kids are able to work on putting the different beads on the string and you can help them work on creating patterns.
If younger kids aren’t able to string the beads yet, you can have them practice grouping like colors or playing with the beads in different ways.
There are tons of different way to use this lacing set and my kids love it!
- 30 brightly colored wooden beads in a variety of shapes, 2 colorful laces, and a wooden storage case
- Helps children develop strong fine motor, cognitive, and visual perception skills, while promoting hand-eye coordination
This is a toy that has been around for years! My sister gave us one of these My Pal Scout/Violet when my oldest was a baby. It was one that all 3 of her kids used when they were younger. Then our kids’ grandpa sent our daughter one for her birthday last year.
They all love singing and dancing along with their puppy pal! It’s great for the youngest of kids and even fun as they get older!
- •Teach Scout your child’s name and favorite things for personalized learning across more than 15 activities
- 40+ learning songs, melodies and lullabies
- Introduces first words, feelings and emotions, colors, and counting
Both my older kids love these Magna-Tiles! Older kids are able to make towers and “castles” while younger ones will love to connect different pieces together.
These fun toys are also great for traveling! Throw them in your carry on for flights or put them in your car for car rides. (Find 25 tips for traveling with a toddler here!)
- Each piece of tile is designed to look like stained glass.
- Build 2D or 3D structures
- Great for all ages
You can’t go wrong with a giant bag of blocks! We have these First Builders Big Building Bag and both our kids love them (and I love that they come with built in storage).
This is a great gift for both girls and boys of all ages.
- 80 classic-colored building blocks, including special shapes
- Perfect for little hands
- Hands-on play for early childhood development
- Storage bag for easy cleanup
- Combine with other Mega Blocks preschool toys and build them up
Why are Vacuums so fun for little kids? This fun vacuum looks just like the real thing! Our kids are always wanting to help me vacuum so this would be perfect.
It even suctions (reviews say not well so keep that in mind – it may be a pro or con in your family!). Keep your kids occupied and having fun with their own little vacuum while you use yours!
- Replica design with iconic colors for visual realism
- Play encourages the development of hand-to-eye co-ordination
- Working suction and cyclone action for understanding cause and effect
- Different attachments and ways to play, help to develop problem solving and motor skills
- True-to-life-sound for added realism
This little LeapFrog My First Learning Tablet is great for both our 3 year old and our 4 year old. I put them in the car for longer car rides and they are magic!
My 4 year old is starting to really understand his letters and counting and this has helped him with beginning to spell and read.
- 25 pretend-play apps
- Light-up touch screen
- Three play modes
- 20+ songs and melodies
Get your kids to drink more water and stop having to share your Contigo Water Bottle! I love gifts that are practical as well as fun!
Both my kids love their water bottles and are constantly asking for them. They’re also perfect for on the go since they don’t leak or spill.
How many of you have Play-Doh that’s all mixed together so the color of the lid looks nothing like the color of the actual Play-Doh?
I’m pretty sure we’re all like that! Every kid could use a fresh set of Play-Doh which makes this a perfect toddler gift. Toss the old stuff and break out the new one!
- 10 pack of Play-Doh
- Just the right colors to start shape, squish, mix, and make it all.
- Easy open, recyclable package ships in simple recyclable packaging that’s easy to open and frustration free
10. Play Purse
Have a little one who loves to copy mom? Maybe it’s carrying a purse, talking on the phone or putting on lipstick!
Our kids are constantly asking for their own chapstick so this pretend Play Purse is perfect for that! Penelope has this and she loves it.
- Including the cute purple bag with a bright pink flower, a play cellphone, keys, wallet, pretend lipstick, unbreakable mirror, and a debit card.
11. Cuddle and Kind
Do good with your toddler gift!! These adorable Cuddle and Kind dolls give 10 meals to kids in need with each purchase. We have a few of these dolls and our kids adore them!
- Fair trade! Empowers talented women artisans with equitable, fair trade employment
- For every ethically produced, hand-knit doll purchased, 10 meals are provided to children in need. 1 doll = 10 meals
- Lovingly handcrafted in Peru using premium 100% cotton yarn. Made to withstand a lifetime of love and play and suitable to be handed down from baby to lucky baby
You can find even more gifts that give back over on this post!
12. Shape Puzzle
Puzzles are a parents best friend and some of the top toddler gifts. Our kids could do puzzles for hours, especially as they’re just starting to figure them out! This Shape Puzzle is great for the younger toddlers. They can practice their fine motor skills and begin to identify different shapes and colors.
Older toddlers can practice recognizing words associated with different shapes! We have quite a few Melissa & Doug puzzles and they’re all great! You can find 15 other toddler puzzles here!
Similar to above but this useful toddler gift takes it one step further! Help your kids learn shapes, colors, numbers AND the time with this amazing Shape Color Sorting Clock.
Toddler gifts don’t have to be only fun – they can be educational too!
- The clock features rotating minute and hour hands and 12 shaped number pieces that fit into recessed wells.
- Also includes extension activities to reinforce early-learning concepts.
14. Puffy Stickers
There’s something about stickers that kids just LOVE. When my oldest was about 2.5, he once spent an entire 3 hour flight filling a notebook with stickers (it was the best flight of my life as a mom!).
These Puffy Stickers are great for toddlers of all ages because they’re super easy to get off the sheet and onto paper. Pair this with a simple notebook or journal and you’ll be shocked at how much they love it!
- Each pack has 20 sheets, total more than 500 pieces stickers
- Self-adhesive stickers are easy to peel from sheet and free to remove from smooth surfaces
15. Color Wonder
Both our older two kids are pretty obsessed with Color Wonder! I love them because they can’t ruin my floors, furniture or walls with them!
We honestly pick up a new book of Color Wonder paper for every holiday, birthday, etc. because they’re constantly pulling them out and coloring on them!
- Features 18 Paw Patrol Coloring Pages and 5 Color Wonder Markers
- Colors appear only on special Color Wonder Paper, not on skin, clothing, or carpets!
- Safe and nontoxic
Have a toddler who loves cars and trucks? This Car Carrier Vehicle is a perfect toddler gift! There is one of these at our church and it’s one toy the kids are always playing with!
This is a great toy if you have multiple toddlers in your home (or do play dates) so everyone can play with it since it comes with multiple cars!
- Made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic
- Great for indoor or outdoor play with no metal axles or external coatings
- Encourages motor skill development and open, imaginative play, Printed with soy inks
This fun Unicorn Dress Up Jewelry is great for toddlers! It’s plastic beads on elastic to make it easy to put on and take off.
Our daughter is so big into dressing up right now (and adores unicorns) so these are perfect! We bought these for Christmas for her and she wears them all the time!
- Unicorn bracelet and necklace
- Yellow, Green, Pink, Blue, White beads and a pretty unicorn dangling below
- Comes in other colors and a Pineapple version too!
18. Tulle Tutu Skirt
I’m actually pretty picky about my tutu skirts for P. I don’t like them to sag too low, not be full enough or fall off of her. This one was amazing! It has 10 layers of tulle, is super full and adorable!
It comes in so many different colors and is super inexpensive. It’s the perfect toddler gift for kids who love tutus!
- 10 Layers of Tulle
- Great for babies through 3T
- Comes in a variety of colors
I don’t think you can go wrong with ANY lego set for toddlers but we have this exact Lego Number Train Set and we love it!
It’s great for younger kids to just play with and learn how to connect different pieces together. Older toddlers love to begin to line up the cars in the correct order. It’s both fun and educational and a great toddler gift!
- Includes two child LEGO® DUPLO® figures, plus a cat figure
- Features a buildable locomotive and three wagons
- Includes bricks decorated with numbers 0 to 9
As a parent it’s equally important to find books that you love as much as your kids – especially if it becomes their favorite and they want you to read it over and over and over and over!
This Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site book is one book that’s family friendly and parent approved. It’s a fun read for everyone!
- #1 New York Times bestselling children’s book
- Vibrant illustrations and gentle rhyming text make this construction book for kids a surefire bedtime favorite for truck-crazy kids everywhere.
- Measure 1. 5″ Wide and 2. 25″ Tall
- Durable hardwood
- Set of 2
Shakers are a super fun way for kids to play along with music! These wood Shakers are easy for kids of all ages to hold and have a lower sound than the plastic ones!
22. No Spill Bubbles
My sister introduced me to this No Spill Bubbles and it’s amazing! It’s a great way for kids to start to learn how to blow bubbles on their own without you having to worry about them dumping over the carton constantly.
I love bubbles even in the winter because I like to surprise the kids and use them while they’re taking a bath! It kills some time on those bitter cold days when everyone’s going stir crazy and they kids love it.
- Patented No-Spill design allows for all the bubble fun without any of the mess
- Made in the USA
- Includes 3 wands for multiple children to play at once and an easy to grasp handle perfectly sized for little kid’s hands
- Fubbles bubbles are non-toxic and safety tested and compliant with all Federal and State Requirements
This may seem silly but our kids love these The First Years Stack Up Cups! You kids can use them everywhere! Ours love using them in their play kitchen to the bath and it’s great to help them learn how to stack!
24. Vtech Toolbox
There are few things more exciting than when dad pulls out his toolbox to do a project! With this fun kid’s Vtech Toolbox, our kids can do their own “projects” while helping us with ours!
Let’s be real, sometimes having play tools makes doing the real work a little easier!
- Includes an electronic fix-it tray, drill, hammer, wrench, nails and screws
- Working toy drill
- Light-up buttons introduce tools and their functions
- Double-sided project cards encourage role-play
- 9 electronic tray holes trigger sounds and phrases
25. Toy Keys
Again, another toddler gift that despite not understanding WHY kids think it’s amazing, they definitely do!
Thank goodness P’s purse set (#10) also came with keys so both our kids could have their own set of keys for very important activities because they’re both in love with them. These Toy Keys even make fun car sounds!
- 4 fun car sounds
- Working flashlight
- This toy is BPA and phthalates free
- Packaging is recyclable and is made with recycled materials and soy-based inks.
You can find even more toys and gifts for toddlers over on this post or 15 toys for 3 year old boys here! Both are full of fun ideas for outside (if you live in a place that isn’t the tundra like me!) and so much more.
I hope this toddler gift guide helps you the next time your shopping for a little one in your life!
As always, thanks for reading!