Every year at Christmastime, we go crazy trying to find that perfect gift for our nieces, nephews, grandchildren, godchildren, or even our own children. We want to get them something fun for Christmas, but we also want to help build up their developing skills. We would love for the Christmas gift we give them to be educational, but most importantly, it needs to be fun and a decent cost.
We at Knowledge Tree recognize this Christmas gift buying struggle; we’ve all been there, standing in the toy store aisle thinking, “What on Earth am I going to get them for Christmas?“, wanting to be the cool aunt, with the cool toy that nobody else got. The struggle is real!
To help you out this holiday gift-giving season, we got together with our Toy Buyer and created a list of toys for babies and toddlers that we feel fit all the requirements to give the best gift this year!
This week we will feature Early Childhood toys for the infants and toddlers in your lives!
Christmas Gift Ideas for Babies & Toddlers
We begin with the classics – Melissa & Doug toys! Melissa & Doug toys always offers great quality at a reasonable price, and their toys are simply amazing! They are known for their wooden toys, but we are going to spotlight a couple of their soft toys.
“Take the fun along with you with this versatile, colorful play mat and safari animal set! The mat, with a non-skid backing, features an illustrated safari scene in bright, eye-catching colors. The nine soft fabric safari animals crinkle, rattle or squeak. All fabrics are easy to clean. The play mat folds up to become a convenient storage bag for the animals, making it perfect for travel. When open the mat measures 19.25 x 14.5 inches. Melissa & Doug K’s Kids toys nurture early childhood development in three key skill areas: physical, cognitive, and social. With interactive designs and multisensory features, K’s Kids promotes constructive play and effortless learning, keeping interest high and new skills flourishing throughout the baby and toddler years!” -M&D website
LCI9210 $12.99 6mo+
“Seven adorable animals can’t wait to play with you; lift the crinkly flaps to find out who they are. This crinkling, rattling, lift-the-flap cloth book features multi-textured, easy-grasp flaps and cute characters. Melissa & Doug K’s Kids cloth books are durably constructed to last through story time, playtime, and the washing machine, too.”
The Lamaze Infant Development System welcomes you to a comprehensive system of soft toys based on Lamaze International’s philosophy of healthy parenting.
“Rusty’s ratcheting head allows you to mix and match his body. Full of developmental features that capture baby’s imagination and stimulate the senses. Features crinkle, ribbons, clanking rings, busy beads, and a discovery mirror. Lamaze link attaches to play mats, diaper bags, and strollers for on-the-go fun.” -TOMY website
“The Lamaze Musical Inchworm is full of surprises for baby to discover. Squeeze the nose to hear a fun song. Textures and sounds encourage exploration, while bright colors promote visual stimulation. This little worm can help make tummy time fun! And, use the ruler on the Inchworm’s tummy to track baby’s growth.” -TOMY website
“Keep baby entertained at the dinner table with the Freddie the Firefly Highchair Toy. Freddie helps to pass the time and makes sure your little one looks forward to every. A suction cup attaches Freddie to table tops or high chairs, keeping him firmly in place. Each colorful segment spins around a flexible, bendy stem. Your baby will be entertained by Freddie’s spinning ball, knobbly rings, crinkle wings, and chunky beads which slide around colorful teething wings. Freddie’s bright colors, patterns, clicks and rattles will stimulate coordination as baby connects sight, touch and sound. Each moving piece invites independent exploration or acts a useful focus to distract baby at dinner time. The Lamaze Infant Development System takes you and your baby through those key moments of development. Our toys engage vision, auditory and motor skills from infant to toddler and beyond. As they play and grow, they’ll discover new sounds, colors and textures before exploring all sorts of role play fun – at home and on the go. Ideal for babies from birth and up.” -TOMY website
PlanToys is a toy manufacturer from Thailand. PlanToys uses preservative-free rubberwood and non-formaldehyde glues, as well as recyclable packaging and water-based inks. Their products are marketed as “green,” and are recognized as such.
Pull Along Alligator that “Clicks & Clacks” as it is pulled.
Pull Along Happy Puppy that “Wiggles & Waggles” it’s tail when pulled.
Soft rounded edges, multi color elasticized discs body has become a staple treasure “Classic” Toy for all babies.
Fisher Price is a name parents recognize, love, and trust. Their ultimate goal is to put a smile on your child’s face and guide through those developmental stages of Early Childhood.
CFC90 6-36mo $14.99
Press any of the “app” tile buttons to hear more than 20 songs and phrases about numbers, counting, greetings and more. Light dances along to the music. Baby can also move the slider back and forth to activate additional songs and sounds. Teaches numbers, counting, greetings & more. Sleek, slim design for on-the-go. Inspires early role play & imagination and enhances listening & communication skills.
CHC74 12-36mo $19.99
Baby’s first tablet introduces letters, first words, animals and more! The Fisher-Price® Laugh & Learn® Smart Stages™ Tablet! This tablet includes Smart Stages™ technology, an exciting new way to change the learning content as baby grows! Because every baby develops at their own pace, Smart Stages™ technology gives you the ability to select the stage that’s best for your child! There are a variety of developmentally appropriate songs, phrases and sounds within three levels of play. Baby can press one of 28 “app” buttons to activate sounds and music – and unlock learning about letters, first words, animals and more. To add even more fun, the tablet screen will light up and twinkle along to the songs and phrases.
Fat Brian Toys prides themselves on not having the “licensed, violent, cheaply made toys that end up in the trash can shortly after being played with by your child.” Instead they offer “THOUSANDS of quality, open-ended toys, games, and gifts that entertain AND educate.”
FA110-1 $29.99 12mo+
“It’s a stacking toy with a spin—literally! Drop the vibrant discs onto the threaded corkscrew pole and go ooooh as they spin fast and smooth to settle onto the reversible base. Choosing how to set the base is half the fun for your toddler. Pick either the wobble base or turn it over for a solid seat. Each disc is dual-colored, and from largest to smallest, they form a dynamic rainbow utilizing fun shades like magenta, lime, and teal, and your more traditional shades of lemon, red, and sky blue. The star-like discs alternate between daisy style and star-burst shapes, too.” -Fat Brain website
FA089-1 $17.99 6mo+
“What happens when babies and toddlers encounter playful colors, fun sounds, fresh tactile experiences and super-suction? Meet pipSquigz, a set of three Fun Little Suckers for ages 6 months and up. Adored by baby and parents alike, pipSquigz are perfect for the stroller, highchair, bathtub, and anywhere-travel. Simply push pipSquigz down on any smooth surface and watch baby interact with this high-quality silicone suction toy. With super-suction, each shape can be tugged, pushed, shaken and pulled. Or, push and stick the shapes together for new play experiences. Babies delight in the versatile movement, sound and texture.” -Fat Brain website