One of my favorite subjects since becoming a mom is kid gifts! It’s so fun to shop for kiddos, and now having been a mom for a few years, I feel like I know a thing or two about what works and what doesn’t. We’re halfway in baby land and halfway in toddler land, so I’m always finding myself on the lookout for great gifts. Toys that age well, pieces that educate, and things that contribute to my kids’ futures are always what I’m hunting for. And it’s a major bonus if both kids can use the same thing at once — that’s like the holy grail. So read on for some of our favorite ideas in our holiday gift guide for babies and toddlers!
For little ones, I love to find a balance between hard and soft toys. Maggie always loves to have something soft around to hug, like a this little fox rattle. The soft books are also a great idea, especially if they have lots of activities in them — think lifting flaps, opening doors, and that kind of thing. And for starting to work on fine motor skills, I love the wooden toys. Both of our kids have gotten a lot of mileage out of a colorful abacus. And this little shape stacker that’s also a pull toy is great for a baby moving into the walking phase.
It only gets more fun when you move to toddler town! Henry would go nuts for those city blocks. And as toddlers are learning to spell, anything with alphabets where you can make identifying letters into a game is a sure win. This also seems to be the age where playing pretend really starts to kick into gear, so something like a doctor set would be perfect. And if your toddler likes to get artsy, this easel is totally affordable and has dry-erase and chalk options.
As a mom, when someone gifts my kiddos with money toward their future, I’m always so thankful. We have ScholarShare 529 accounts set up for both of our kids, which is where we save for their future education. ScholarShare 529 is California’s college savings plan, and it’s a perfect holiday gift for a kid any age. You can enroll online and set it up in just about 15 minutes — it’s so simple to get started, and even simpler for people to contribute (they accept contributions by check, ETF, e-gifting, and lots more). The money is then saved specifically for their college education, and it accrues interest as you save. Lots of our family members choose to gift in this way, and it’s such a cool avenue to start saving for the future.
And speaking of education, books! Books have long been one of my favorite kid gifts, and these are some of my fave. They’re great for babies but I find that Henry still wants to flip through them. In fact, sometimes he reads them to Maggie. We’re also considering the idea of a group gift this year to the kiddos in the form of a play tent. How cute would it be to see them in there playing together?
Hope our little gift guide helps get your holiday shopping kick-started! We’d love to know your favorite picks from our list, or if you have any great additions. xoxo
This post is sponsored by ScholarShare529. All ideas and opinions are my very own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!