Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Toddlers & Preschoolers

by Erin L. on November 11, 2013

gift guide toddlers


I thoroughly enjoy shopping for my kids.  In fact, I struggle a bit during the holidays because I don’t like to keep secrets.  I just want to give them their gifts and see all the excitement on their faces when they open them.

There is A LOT out there this year for the younger kids.  Whether you want pure entertainment or you want something educational, you are sure to find something that’s perfect for your child.

Here are some items that I’m loving and hope to have under our tree:

Ariel Light Up DressAriel Musical Light Up Dress

Miss E is obsessed with dress-up clothes these days so I am excited to get her this Ariel Light Up Dress for Christmas. When your little one dances, this magical dress plays popular tunes from the movie and lights up.  How cool is this?  It also works with a new app that interacts with the dress.  The app features an enchanted school of fish appear to lead girls in Little Mermaid dance lessons  – including a Calypso, the Waltz and more.  Available at major retailers. Recommended ages 3-5, $34.99



Rose Art Magic Fun DoughVolcanoValleyFace Magic Fun Dough

This awesome dough is non-toxic and wheat-free. It features tattoo transfers that allows designs to be placed onto your creations. The best part? All your options are under $20.


basketball backpackGo Sport Basketball Backpack

An awesome backpack for books and a little play.  The backpack includes a Hoop, Net and 3″ Basketball. It also has side pockets for water bottle and mp3 player. I think even my husband would like this.  $25




We are big fans of LeapFrog in this house as both of my kids have the Tag Reader and Tag Jr.  This year, LeapFrog launched something new to help kids learn to both read AND WRITE.  I love that it comes with it’s own special letter tracing poaper. And it will work with any other Tag Reader books you might already own.  Recommended for ages 4-8. $40

flat out frankie


Flatout Frankie Boxes  

These awesome cardboard boxes are the best I’ve seen.  Designed in New Zealand, the cardboard is recycled. unbleached and made by an FSC certified manufacturer. Airplanes, cars, dinosaurs, ponies and kitchen sets – flatout frankie offers something for everyone. Boxes ranges from $18-$40 making it an affordable gift.Visit Little Modern to purchase.


Kids Luggage

itzy ritzy adventure happens

I am pretty sure we’re asking G-ma for these this year.  When we went to Disney, the kids wanted to carry their own bags, so if we could get them roller bags?  SCORE.  I’m in love with the new ones from Itzy Ritzy.  And Penny Scallon (new to the US) has toddler sized suitcases.  SQUEE! Itzy Ritzy luggage is $60


magnatab_a_to_z_lower_LGKidO Letter Tracer

We are working a lot on our letters these days, but sometimes it makes Mr. A grumpy.  This letter tracer is genius.  It’s fun. It’s easy. And he’s learning.  $28


Prince Lionheart HedgehogCopyright Spannenburg Photography

What toddler doesn’t love a ride-on toy? Even better, here’s one that is absolutely ADORABLE. I wish they made this in an adult size. Recommended up to 50 lbs. $85


shop to win lakeshore learningShop To Win

I love games that have an educational component, which is why I was thrilled to learn that popular educational company, Lakeshore Learning,  is now making products for consumers. Shop to Win encourages kids to identify and count realistic looking money and coins. $30

Ubooly Interactive ToyUbooly

Like a Furby, but 1000 times better. If you download the Ubooly app to your smart phone, then you can insert your phone into the Ubooly toy case. Then upload one of the over 20 interactive lessons designed by teachers and watch your child become entranced. The toy is $30; the app is free


Deluxe Kitchen Set

Gadget Gourmet Deluxe Kitchen Set

The kitchen set is awesome!  The realistic stove, sink and oven light up and create sound effects.  Includes stove/oven, utensils, pretend food, cutting board and more!  $40



Looking for some other ideas? Check out my friend Julie’s gift guide too.

I received no compensation for this post, but did receive samples of some of the items. Others I plan to buy myself. All opinions are my own.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ellen Christian November 11, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Love the Flatout Frankie Boxes . What a great way to inspire creativity.


2 Andrea (Lil-Kid-Things) November 13, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Oh I love that letter tracer. Great list!


3 Kelly November 13, 2013 at 3:05 pm

How adorable is that hedgehog?!


4 Jo-Lynne Shane {Musings of a Housewife} November 14, 2013 at 8:39 am

These are great! I cannot BELIEVE I don’t have any preschoolers in my house anymore. That was such a fun age. I will definitely use some of these ideas for my niece and nephews!


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