If it were up to me, I wouldn’t buy any toys for our kids for Christmas this year. I know, I know, worst mom ever. And truth be told, we don’t really have that many toys in our house either. Clothes and bows? That’s a whole different story. Since Caroline and Thomas are in daycare full time there is really only about an hour after work to “play” and we usually try and spend that time outside. Same with the weekends, we prefer to be out and about. Oh and our home is very
tiny cozy so our 10×10 family room doubles as our play space, which means there’s really only a corner of toys. So yes, several reasons why we have minimal toys, but that being said, the toys we do have are well loved and used often. Today I want to share some of those tried and true favorites if you’re looking to buy a gift for the toddler in your life! I highly recommend any of these…
KidKraft Vintage Kitchen: Our play kitchen and wagon easily tie as Caroline’s top two all time favorite things. A gift for her first birthday, this kitchen is so amazing it literally sits in the middle of our living room and Caroline plays in it daily. It also doubles as storage for the rest of our toys, including play food, utensils, pots & pans. You can also find this kitchen in a variety of colors and styles here.
Radio Flyer Grandstand 3 in 1 Wagon: I honestly think we’ve put more miles on our wagon this year than my car. I cannot even begin to explain all of the ways we’ve used the Radio Flyer wagon. There are lots of options for wagons but our favorite features in the Grandstand 3-in-1 wagon are the folding seats so the wagon can be used for storage/hauling things (great for the beach), one side is removable and serves as additional back support for bench seating, holds two kiddos and 4 drinks. Also,
I am kind of obsessed with the fact that you can custom build your own
wagon (fabrics, storage, comfort, sun protection and nameplate options)
through Radio Flyer here. Another tip, we found this wagon without the sun shade for $99 at Target here. Worth every single penny. See this, this, and this.
Children’s Table & Chairs: Once Caroline transitioned out of the hi chair and to the table at daycare for meals, her teachers recommended we get a similar table for home too. Another item we use daily, this little table has been the place where we share many meals together, color and more! We purchased ours from Ikea.
Water Activity Play Table: One of our favorite warmer weather toys, Caroline absolutely loves her water table. Families that didn’t own one of these before attending Caroline’s first birthday party definitely grabbed one before the end of summer after watching all of the kiddos happily splash around for hours. The only downside of this has been storing it when it’s not in use. Same with our kiddie pool, only it was inexpensive enough to toss at the end of summer.
Favorite Toys Under $20!
Gazillion Bubble Hurricane Machine
Pop! Pop! Piano Toy! (actually $22, sorry!)
Laugh & Learn Piggy Bank
Hide N Squeak Eggs
Baby Stroller (& any Baby Doll Accessories
Bubble Bath (any kind!) & Foam Alphabet
Caroline’s Wish List
As for Caroline’s wish list, this year we’ll be asking Santa for our favorite luxury bath products (we buy the cheap stuff when we run out), an IHOP gift card (see here and here), shoes, pajamas, clothes, this water bottle, this sippy cup and maybe a few other small things.
But if it were up to Matt, this is absolutely what would be under the tree for his mini…
Yep, that is a toddler sized battery operated golf cart. No pink Barbie cars parked here. As soon as Caroline is tall enough to reach the pedals (will likely take years! ha!), I know her daddy will have this charged and ready to go for his little caddy.
If you’re looking to shop for younger kiddos you may find Caroline’s Wish List last year (7 months old) helpful! You can find it here.