Once again, Christmas is just around the corner. It’s crazy how fast it seems to sneak up, every single year! Now is the time to start the hunt for the best Christmas gifts for toddlers.
Being the low/no tech advocate that I am when it comes to toys for young children, you won’t find any gadgets, apps or even toys that require batteries on this list!
These toys may not be flashy, but they are packed with plenty of learning opportunities for little learners.
2021’s Best Christmas Gifts For Toddlers
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Personalized Name Puzzle
This personalized puzzle makes such a practical and fun gift.
Puzzles are a great toy for hands on learning during the toddler and preschool years!
This puzzle is perfect for toddlers to learn the letters in their name while playing!
If you have a train enthusiast, be sure to check out this personalized name train!
How adorable is this block set?
This set is quite different from most as it is also a puzzle which then transforms into a play mat.
The blocks can then be set up on the assembled puzzle for even more creative play opportunities!
Magnetic Creation Station
The magnetic creation station is perfect for little learners on the go! It packs up easily so it will come in handy while traveling!
This set comes with an instruction booklet that teaches children how to make tangram creations such as a rocket ship, funny faces, trains, etc.
This toy will help your little one practice fine motor skills, visual-spatial skills, imagination, shapes and colors!
My Fixer Upper Tool Bus
This is a great multipurpose toy!
It’s a walker, bus and tool-bench all in one.
The My Fixer Upper Tool Bus is ideal for imaginative open ended play.
Your toddler will be able to practice fine and gross motor skills, spatial reasoning and pretend play!
Walk Along Snail
I love traditional toys like this!
They are so simple but can lead to long periods of play for a toddler.
The Hape Walk Along Snail for toddlers will mesmerize young minds as they fit the shapes (square, triangle, circle) into their correct openings and then watch them all spin around inside the big wheel.
Timber Tots Tree House
This is another wonderful portable toy great for taking along while out and about.
The top of the tree pops up to reveal a full house!
There is even an elevator built into the tree trunk.
This tree house comes with 2 characters (Chipmunk and Bear), a car, swing, 2 beds, a table, 4 chairs, a bench, an armchair and stickers.
Watch as your child practices fine motor skills, creative play, story telling and vocabulary building.
ALEX Toys Little Hands String A Farm
Farm animals often make up a large portion of child’s first words.
While the manufacturer’s recommended age for this toy is 3, I have comfortably used it with children 18 months and older.
The reason the age is 3+ is because there are a few smallish parts that a child could technically choke on if left unsupervised. So it is up to you to decide if your child can use it under the age of 3.
The String a Farm set is ideal for practicing the names of animals along with the sounds they make, fine motor skills, sequencing and counting.
Melissa & Doug Service Station Parking Garage
This Service Station and Parking Garage play set encourages open ended pretend play.
And while playing toddlers can practice fine motor skills, problem solving, language and hand eye coordination.
This set includes a working wooden elevator, 2 wooden cars, a parking booth gate that moves up and down and a car wash that has a platform for cars to slide through on.
Learning Resources New Sprouts Deluxe Market Set Play Food
Pretend play food is so simple but packed with numerous hands on learning opportunities.
From categorization to pretend play, there is so much a child can learn with play food!
This set contains common food items so it is a must have for learning new vocabulary.
It comes with 30 food items which are made of crush resistant plastic, one shopping basket and one bushel basket.
A play kitchen is not needed, but having one will definitely extend the play time and learning!
Melissa & Doug Take-Along Railroad
Another great toy from Melissa & Doug.
The Take-Along Railroad, as the name suggests, is another wonderful toy for traveling!
But it is also great for pretend play and imagination. And it’s simplicity can help to promote independent play just about anywhere!
This 17 piece set includes 3 trains, a park ranger vehicle, gondala, train station, bridge, mountain tunnel, a cabin, trees and a railroad sign.
Melissa & Doug Freestanding Wooden Fresh Mart Grocery Store
This is the one splurge gift on this list as the rest are all under $50.
If you have the space, then this Wooden Fresh Mart Grocery Store from Melissa & Doug is sure to delight your toddler!
And it’s a toy they can grow into.
The possibilities are endless with they one.
One day it can be a grocery store and the next maybe it’s a restaurant, bakery or perhaps a jewelry store!
This set is great for dramatic play, creativity, language building, problem solving, social skills and so much more.
Unfortunately it does not come with any food items to put on the shelf. But it does come with 2 credit cards!
Fisher-Price Classics Retro Cash Register
This was one of my all time favorite toys growing up. Luckily my parents saved mine and my kids got to enjoy it as well when they were younger!
A cash register is a must have toy as it can inspire a lot of creative and imaginative play.
This one is great for labeling colors as well as the objects that show up in the display windows.
And toddlers can also work on their color matching and counting skills all through play!
If you are looking for a more elaborate toy cash register be sure to check out some of these!
The Best Christmas Presents For Toddlers Are Simple & Fun
I hope that I have been able to help you find the perfect Christmas gift for the special toddler in your life!
As you can see simplicity is the key to learning in the early years.
While some of these toys do use batteries, they are not required for optimal functioning.
Some also have letters and numbers, but again, this isn’t the main point of the toy and this is why each of these toys were carefully chosen.
They offer so many learning opportunities in very natural ways.