Looking for gifts for toddlers they’ll actually love? You want to opt for something fun that encourages lots of creative play, and we’ve rounded up some of the best options.
Buying a gift for a toddler seems more difficult than it is. You worry about whether or not it’s right for them developmentally and then you also worry about whether or not they have that item or something remarkably similar.
The truth is, when it comes to toys and gifts, toddlers are pretty easy to please. They’re curious, they want something that will enable them to have a good time, and they just love presents, to be honest! If you’re still unsure, though, we’ve done the hard work for you by going through lots of different toy options to find the most entertaining and educational. Check them out below.
Kiddey Ball Pitt
Ball pits are an excellent gift for toddlers, especially toddlers on the younger side. They provide so many different play options so that toddlers can really get creative in there, and they don’t get boring quickly.
This Kiddey Ball Pit is a really great pick because of how it’s designed: It’s basically like a little tent for toddlers to go in and place. It helps contain the balls to one place (trust me, they get everywhere otherwise), and it gives them a personal small space to call their own. I have a similar one for my 17-month-old and she is completely obsessed with it, so I highly recommend this one!
Kiddey Ball Pit Play Tent - Pops Up No Assembly Required - Use as a Ball Pit or Indoor/Outdoor Play Tent, Comes with Convenient Carry Bag for Easy Travel and Storage, Great Gift Idea, Balls Not Included
This ball pit helps keep the balls in one spot for hours of fun.
Melissa & Doug Dust! Sweep! Mop!
What seems boring to us could be incredibly interesting to a toddler. Little ones love to imitate their parents and do whatever they’re doing—it’s fun for them, but it also helps them learn. This Melissa & Doug Dust! Sweep! Mop! set is so cute and is perfect for the toddler who just wants to do what mom and dad are doing.
It comes with a broom, mop, dustpan, buster, and brush, all of which are, of course, kid-sized. It all comes on a handy organizational stand, so parents can try and keep everything together. This helps build skills and confidence, and it’s just exciting for them to have their own set of cleaning tools.
Melissa & Doug Dust, Sweep, Mop, (Frustration Free Packaging)
Help them imitate the big people with this cleaning set.
iPlay, iLearn Unicorn Bouncy Horse
Toddlers have seemingly endless amounts of energy, so a great toy is something that gets them to use up at least some of it. This iPlay, iLearn Unicorn Bouncy Horse is a good example. It’s a hopping toy that lets kids sit and bounce around as much as they want, with safety features like sturdy legs and ears to grab onto to keep them from hurting themselves.
It’s also adorable, and covered in a super soft material to keep a little one comfy. It’s easy to inflate and can be used outside or inside and for a wide range of ages.
iPlay, iLearn Bouncy Pals Unicorn Bouncy Horse Plush, Outdoor n Indoor Ride on Hopping Animal Toys, Inflatable Hopper, Unique Activity Riding Gift for 18 Months 2 3 4 Year Old Kid Toddler Girl W/ Pump
Let them get their energy out on this bouncy horse.
VTech KidiBeats Drum Set
Will their parents hate you for getting their child a VTech KidiBeats Drum Set? Probably, but on the bright side, at least it will keep their little one busy for a while! If you know a toddler who loves music, this small drum set is beyond adorable and is going to make them so happy.
It has three drum pads and a cymbal, and toddlers can play along to nine different melodies with all different styles (like dance, rock, and pop). It also has four modes of play, so there’s plenty to do. This helps kids learn letters, numbers, and music, while also making them feel like a tiny musician.
VTech KidiBeats Drum Set (Frustration Free Packaging)
Give them the gift of music!
If you want to keep things simple, you really can’t go wrong with a set of blocks. Toddlers of all ages love blocks. They love sorting them, stacking them, stuffing them in other things, throwing them around a room like the crazy little tyrants they are.
Mega Bloks is huge, too. It comes with 80 pieces, so no matter how hard the little ones try, they’re not going to be able to lose them all. The blocks are colorful, perfect for hands-on play, and simple but exciting for a toddler. They also come in a nice bag for cleaning up.
Mega Bloks First Builders Big Building Bag with Big Building Blocks, Building Toys for Toddlers (80 Pieces) - Blue Bag
Something as simple as blocks can keep a toddler entertained for a while.
Melissa & Doug Shopping Cart
Again, what seems like the most mundane stuff to us can be so exciting for a toddler. They may not come close to being able to use the shopping carts they see everyone use at the store, but this Melissa & Doug Shopping Cart lets them have their very own, in the comfort of their own home.
This is such a cute gift on its own, or with a set of fake food or something like that. Toddlers will love walking it around the house and filling it with various items. The wheels are smooth and rotate 360 degrees so they can easily maneuver it, and it has easy grip handles as well.
Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Stroll ‘N Trike
A gift that grows with a toddler is always a winner because they can get a ton of use out of it. This Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Stroll ‘N Trike is such a great outdoor toy that a child can use from 9 months old to 5 years old.
It goes from being a little stroller/trike that you push them around in, to a sturdy trike that they can ride themselves—all you have to do is remove the accessories as they grow. It has a classic look to it and is easy to use, with parent-controlled steering when they’re younger and a cute canopy to protect them from the sun.
Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Stroll 'N Trike, Red Toddler Tricycle for Ages 1 Year -5 Years, 19.88" x 35.04" x 40.75"
This grows with a child up until age 5.
Manhattan Toy Deep Sea Adventure Activity Center
This Manhattan Toy Deep Sea Adventure Activity Center is not only jam-packed with motor skill activities, but it’s also very aesthetically pleasing and will give any playroom that modern look that’s so trendy right now.
There’s so much for them to do and explore in this activity center, from springy coral flaps to bead runs to a peek-a-boo mirror, and a lot more. Everything is beautifully designed and full of bright colors to grab and hold their attention. It encourages creative play and helps them learn so much.
Manhattan Toy Deep Sea Adventure Wooden Toddler Activity Center with Clacking Clams, Spinning Gears, Gliders and Bead Runs
This is full of motor skill activities.
Pottery Barn Ivory Unicorn Sherpa Anywhere Chair
A Pottery Barn Anywhere Chair is a classic toddler gift that parents and kids alike love. It’s a cozy, sturdy, and durable chair that is just their size, but can also last for a long time. It’s super comfortable and snuggly, and it comes with a kid-friendly handle and is very lightweight so toddlers can drag them around on their own.
This unicorn option is adorable, but Pottery Barn also offers lots of different colors and designs if it’s not what you’re looking for. They also monogram and personalize chairs as well.
MudPuppy The World of Eric Carle My First Puzzle
Puzzles are a fun way to get toddlers to learn and develop fine motor skills, but you don’t want to get them something too complicated or something with small pieces they can lose or put in their mouth.
This MudPuppy The World of Eric Carle My First Puzzle is perfect. It features two puzzles, each with 10 big chunky pieces that are easy for little hands to maneuver, along with beloved Eric Carle artwork that they probably already love.
Mudpuppy The World of Eric Carle Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? My First Puzzle Pairs – Great for Kids Age 2+ - 10 Sturdy 2-Piece Puzzles – Teaches Problem-Solving, Colors, Fine Motor Skills
This is a great first puzzle option for little hands.
Green Toys Dump Truck
Toddlers love to play with toy cars and trucks, and this Green Toys Dump Truck is super cute and also environmentally friendly. It’s made using eco-friendly materials and doesn’t contain BPA, phthalates, or PVC.
Aside from that, it’s just fun and educational. The dump truck moves like an actual truck, enabling them to fill it up, then dump everything out. It improves gross and fine motor skills and them learn how to clean.
Green Toys Dump Truck in Yellow and Red - BPA Free, Phthalates Free Play Toys for Gross Motor, Fine Motor Skill Development. Pretend Play
This dump truck will help them learn and have fun.
Melissa & Doug Classic ABC Block Cart
Again, blocks are always a big hit, and this Melissa & Doug Classic ABC Block Cart is a favorite. I have this one for my daughter, and she plays with it everyday, whether she’s stacking the blocks, trying to get them back in there, or just toting them all over the house. It’s cute, colorful, and made of a nice wood so it feels sturdy and durable.
It also teaches them some vocabulary skills because it has the ABCs and has a pull-along cord that toddlers will find super exciting.