Holiday Gift Guide For Toddlers: 2 to 4 Year Olds

Here or somethings G has been loving lately that would make a great gift for the kiddo in your life. There are so many things out there the selection is overwhelming. How do you know if they’re good toys? Or if they will play with it for longer than a week? So I created this holiday gift guide for toddlers just for you.

It’s a round up some of our favorite items, things that are on our own wish list, and suggestions from some of you! I hope this holiday gift guide for toddlers makes your holiday shopping a little easier.

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Learning/Open-Ended Toys:

Picasso Magnetic Tiles – we love these so much we took them on vacation with us!

Mega Block Legos – always a winner

Plus Plus open-ended play pieces

Counting Bears or Animal Counters

Melissa and Doug wooden pattern blocks thanks for the suggestion @dnburner_412

ThinkFun Roll and Play Game for Toddlers – Your Child’s First Game

Wooden Easel with Dry Erase Board and Magnets

Animals – I am amazed with how much G loves to play with these. 

Books Giraffes Can’t Dance, The Digger and The Flower, and Press Here, are three of our favorites right now. I’ve heard great things about Usborne Books.

ABC Puzzle or any puzzles really

Stamps – I don’t know a kid who doesn’t like to play with stamps

Outdoor Toys:

This big round net swing – I kind of want this more for myself than G.

Plasma Car – this is on almost every list I make because G loves this thing so much and has ridden it non stop since he was one. 

Strider Bike – It took him a little while to get the hang of this but still fun.

Micro Mini Scooter – it amazes me how he can use this thing so well. It’s so smooth.

Give The Gift of Imaginary Play:

Play Kitchen – This is great for imaginary play! But be warned, it takes a good 2-3 hours to put together so don’t wait until Christmas Eve!

Play Food that you can cut

Curious Chef Tools thanks for the idea @vgrengo

Kids Workbench

Play Drill – Can’t have a workbench without some tools.

Dress Up Clothes


For the Stocking:

Dot Markers – love these for coloring, stamping, etc.  

Paper Roll – Bigger is better right? These are just way more fun than ordinary printer paper

Window Crayons– these are just extra fun.

Cars and Road Tape

Water Wow Books – we always keep a couple of these in the car.

Wikki Sticksthese are so simple and fun, they can build shapes, practice abc’s, or just get creative twisting and playing.

Play Dough Tools

Build It Yourself:

DIY Sensory Table – We’ve used this weekly since G was 9 months old. 

DIY Learning Tower – G uses this every single day in the kitchen with me.


Kid’s Furniture and things for playroom:

Book Shelf – having the books displayed out like this for the kiddos to see makes them more inviting

A mini kid’s chair 

Kid’s play table – I love that this also has a drawer for storage

This for organizing toys

Play Tent/Teepee

Give the gift of experience:

Swim Lessons- start in the spring and be ready for summer!

Zoo membership

Aquarium membership

Arboretum membership

Play gym or trampoline jump pass

Dance classes 

Sports teams

Family movie tickets

Little Chef cooking class

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Remember to Check out last years list for gift ideas for 1-2-year-olds.