If you don’t actually have a toddler it can be REALLY HARD to figure out what to buy one for Christmas.
I can’t even tell you how many times I found myself in the toy aisle at Target or Toys R’ Us with nothing more to go on than the kid’s age and gender. Then, you add in the fact that if you choose poorly the kid may only play with the gift for 28 seconds before throwing it aside to play with the tape that peeled off the wrapping paper instead…
Since it’s the season for giving, I figured that I’d help you all out with some toys that have been played with, thrown, pounded on, licked, and played with again by my very own toddler. This isn’t a sponsored post, it’s just what my kid loves to play with.
#1. Little Tikes – Truck & Shopping Cart
I have never regretted spending money on anything from Little Tikes. Their products are made really well, they seem to KNOW what kids like and frankly, they’re pretty darn cute too. Jack has the Little Tikes Cozy Truck, which came with a bonus set of a construction helmet and toolbox (it’s from the Little Tikes website, but is currently sold out so I used a link to Amazon which has them in stock). He loves this truck so much that we’ve had it for 4 months and it’s never even made its way outside.
We also have the Little Tikes Shopping Cart which I actually found at a thrift store for just a few dollars. Even being used by another kid hasn’t made a dent in this thing… it’s in perfect condition and Jack is NOT exactly gentle with it.
#2. Citrus Lane – Monthly Kids Subscription
We’ve been getting the monthly subscription from Citrus Lane since Jack was just one month old. Every single month, they somehow send us the perfect toys for his age. I’m not exaggerating when I say that of all the toys that we’ve gotten over the past (almost) two years, Citrus Lane consistently gives us the BEST ones that actually stay in heavy playing rotation.
See this table?
Almost EVERYTHING on it has come from a Citrus Lane box! If you’d like to give a subscription to a friend for Christmas, use this special code and you will get $10 off.
#3. Fisher Price Little People – Pirate Ship Set
We LOVE Little People! We were handed down a Little People Garage that is constantly being played with at our house. We also have a Little People Plane Set at my mom’s house and recently added the Little People Pirate Ship to our toy area.
Jack LOVES this set so much that he will carry it with him from room to room. It’s reasonably priced, the pirates are adorable and the songs are not even that annoying when you hear them 189 times each day.
#4. Green Toys – Everything!
I was first introduced to Green Toys through an early Citrus Lane box, but continue to buy them whenever I find them. Right now we have: the airplane, chef set, flatbed truck and race car, another race car, a submarine, and a twist teether. Yeah, you can say I’m a fan. I currently have my eye on the Green Toys dump truck, school bus and tractor…so it’s only a matter of time before they are added to our nifty collection.
#5. B.FunKeys – The BEST Kid’s Keys EVER
Kids love keys. Not those cheesy plastic keys that you buy for them to stick in their mouth and gnaw their teeth on, the ones that mom and dad use. The problem is that if you hand the kid your ACTUAL keys they will either set off your truck alarm (Jack does this purposefully EVERY single time) or when you want to leave the house you’ll have to do a scavenger hunt to find them. Believe me, they’re ALWAYS in the most random place ever – I’ve found mine INSIDE a walking toy, in the Tupperware cabinet and behind books on the bookshelf. Jack is like a key-hiding NINJA. Anyways, I saw these B. FunKeys one day at Target and they are literally the BEST kid’s keys I’ve ever seen. The keys are like normal keys (but made a bit thicker) and the ‘alarm’ box plays realistic sounds, like the ‘beep’ of locking your car. They are AWESOME and they’re even on clearance right now for less than $10!
Bonus Idea: On Santa’s List… Step 2 – The Home Depot Big Builders Workshop
Anyone who follows me on Facebook knows that I have been stalking this workshop like prey. Jack LOVES playing with his little tool box, which came with a hammer, nails, wrench and screws. So I KNOW he’s going to lose his mind when he sees this under the Christmas tree. It’s a little pricy for a gift, but it truly is the gift that will keep giving for years. It’s basically a ‘boy’ version of the typical pretend kitchen, if by ‘boy’ you mean FULL OF AWESOME. Ok, I’ll admit it… I’m pretty darn excited to play with this too!
I hope you found this list helpful! I’m hoping the new workshop and a couple other toys that will be opened under the Christmas tree are as big of a hit as the rest of the list. Tell me, are there any toys that your kid just keeps playing with over and over and over again? Let me know your child’s age and the toy they love in the comments and maybe you’ll help someone elses Christmas shopping go smoother!
Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post and none of these companies have asked me to recommend their products. I’m recommending them because we have truly enjoyed them and I think that other kids would like them too. For the majority of links on this page, I do not benefit in any way. However, if you choose to click through the special Citrus Lane link, I will receive a referral credit if you purchase a subscription.