Holiday Gift Guide: Toddlers and Preschoolers


I’m smack in the middle of my holiday shopping and right now, I’m wishing I had a check list that will simply tell me exactly what I should buy for my kids.  My almost four year old is no help.

“What do you want Santa to bring you for Christmas, buddy?”  “EVERYTHING!”

Awesome. Thanks for the insights.

Since I don’t have that checklist, I thought the least I could do was to make a short holiday gift guide for you all based on what I’ve found so far.  So without further adieu, here are twelve toys that should make for a very happy holiday for your little ones.


Baby Stella Dollstella-200x200

Any little girl who uses a pacifier needs this doll. My daughter simply adores hers. $34.99




Baby Farm Friends Bowling

How adorable is this?  I can’t wait to play with this on Christmas morning. $24.99



Creative Baby i-Mat

This gift is perfect for any child between 1-4.  Both of my children enjoy playing the interactive games and dancing to the musical interludes when you choose certain animals. $79.00

cant-spell-abacus-without-abc-200x200ABC Abacus

I love this abacus from Land of Nod! Simple and educational – perfect for your little learner. $29.00



Skip Hop Alphabet Zoo – Rock & Stack Pull ToySkip-Hop-Alphabet-Zoo-Rock-and-Stack-Pull-Toy-200x200
I was so excited to see the line of wooden toys that Skip Hop launched at the ABC Kids Show.  My daughter would love each and every one of them.  The Zoo Pull Toy is the one that I think will end up under our tree. $20.00


Blabla Doll Wooly Mini

This adorable sheep will keep little ones company wherever they go. $42.00




Green Toys Seaplaneseaplane_green_left_small-200x200

Made from recycled milk jugs, this plane is perfect for playing in or out of the water. Designed to float in the bath or pool.  $19.99

tag-200x200Leapfrog Tag Reader (or Tag Junior!)

Bug is definitely getting interested in reading.  He points out letters during our nightly story time and wants to know what letters certain words start with. So we’re hopping on the LeapFrog band wagon.  (Yay for a sale at Toys R Us!) $39.99


Musical Bandmusical-band-200x200

I know I may regret this one, but it’s just SO cool.  Yes, it’s loud.  Yes, it’ll probably give me a headache or tw0, but my son would FLIP! $54.99


off-broadway-puppet-theater-200x200Off Broadway Puppet Theater

The theater geek in me adores this set!  I’m hoping my son and I will create our own shows for years to come. $39.00




The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Gamesquirrel-200x200

Great game that helps develops matching, sorting, strategic thinking, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and pre-handwriting skills. $19.99


true-2012-200x2002012 Hess Helicopter and Rescue Car

In the early 1960’s Hess came out with their first high quality and affordable toy for families. The first Hess Toy Truck was introduced in 1964. This years toy is an awesome helicopter and rescue car.  $26.99



This post contains some affiliate links.  I also received a few product samples.  The rest I have either already purchased or just thought looked super cool and will be running out to buy in the next week or so. Photos courtesy of manufacturers websites or Magic Beans.

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