The season of giving is here, and there is one group of people on our gift list that is very particular: toddlers. Let’s pretend for a second that their favorite gift isn’t the Amazon box that their present came in, but rather the thing you actually spent hours scouring the internet for (like in this article). Daily Mom has been in your shoes, and that’s why we have found the best toys for toddlers that you can score at the last minute to hide under the tree. Take a look at our favorites:
1Best Toys for Toddlers from Pop Oh Ver
If your little ones enjoy helping in the kitchen, the Pop-Oh-Ver Kitchen Playset Collection is a must-buy to encourage their imaginations and provide hours of pretend play while your little chef creates new recipes and tasty meals to enjoy. No room for a full, permanent kitchen set? No problem.
Pop-Oh-Ver’s Stove Set and Counter Top Set are well-crafted slip-covers that simply slide over any chair and converts it into a stove or counter top. The best part is they fold flat for easy storage or travel so you can play all day, then put it away. The Counter Top set includes a shelf, toaster, and a blender built in while the stove set includes an opening microwave and oven door.
Once youíve got your Pop-Oh-Ver kitchen all set up, you’ll want to be sure to add all the accessories. Pop-Oh-Ver has created a pots-n-pans set complete with kitchen utensils, an oven mitt, and stainless steel pots and pans that will last through lots of play from your little chef. And what kitchen is complete without play food? Pop-Oh-Ver has you covered there, too. Choose from two different food sets (or grab the bakery set if you’ve got a sweet tooth) – all the play food is well made with natural materials and is soft and easy to play with.
2Best Toys for Toddlers from BotBots
Transformers combine the might of machines and the brains of robots into powerhouse protectors of the universe.
How did the Botbots come to be? Energon, the force that creates transformers, fell from the sky onto a shopping mall. This created mayhem among those in the mall but created a peculiar problem amongst the everyday objects inside: giving them life. These created the first of the BotBots.
The Bots are packaged in three different ways: blind bags, 5 packs, or 8 packs. The 5 and 8 packs allow you to see all but one bot you are getting. Hasboro is asking you to join the challenge: Find an entire tribe of BotBots and take a picture of them doing ordinary things. Make sure to tag #botsbotschallenge.
3Best Toys for Toddlers from Sharing Land
Imaginative play is the key to our children’s creativity and growth. Feed the child in your life’s inner spirit this holiday season with an original, fun, and interactive experience from Sharing Land. With the intention of creating a new generation of shared play for preschoolers using sustainable and earth friendly materials, Sharing Land inspires our children to play, pretend, and protect our planet all at the same time.
What child out there doesn’t like playing with the box more than the present? Playing dress up and pretend is what childhood is all about. From building pillow forts to rocket ships, Sharing Land has taken this desire for a fun and creative play space to another level with their sustainable cardboard playhouse that easily fold up and down for easy set up and storage. With interior and exterior graphics, accessories, stickers and more, the child in your life is sure to love this gift on Christmas morning.
This Native American themed playhouse will allow your children and their friends to act out their own version of being an Indian. Complete with a dreamcatcher, fireplace, totem pole, tomahawks, spirit animals, headdresses, and more, your child’s imagination will run wild this holiday season. With fun pretend play using sustainable resources as its core mission, Sharing Land has set out to save the planet one child at a time.
4Best Toys for Toddlers from WowWee
Just in time for winter the new Untamed Fingerlings by WowWee are here for a rip-roaring season of fun! With their newest Sabretooth tiger and Dire wolf at your fingertips, your child will be a force to be reckoned with this holiday season. These ‘untamed’ creatures will switch from friend to foe and back again so beware. In tame mode they play like kittens, but when untamed they’ll roar like the wild beasts they are. Complete with ferocious fangs, snapping jaws, and gripping claws, your child will love these new additions to the fingerlings series this holiday season.
5Best Toys for Toddlers from KD Kids Toys
Little ones can learn to balance, breathe, and move with the Infinifun My First Yoga Mat as early as two years old. Play together as your little yogi builds concentration and body awareness, develops coordination, balance and fine motor skills; and of course, masters basic yoga poses with the help of her yoga instructor, BitsyBot.
This colorful, interactive yoga mat has 16 soft, touch-sensitive pads that respond to little hands and feet for interactive game play. Just select one of three game modes using the buttons on BitsyBot’s head: Learn about Body Parts, BitsyBot’s challenge, and Practice Yoga. An anti-slip backing keeps the mat in place while kids play and you can even switch to Spanish mode for bilingual learning.
Or if you’re looking for something a little gross, try Snot It! Snot It is the gross game of boogey fun with the most basic goal of collecting the most boogers. Just put on the snot glasses and try to collect the right colored boogers from the spinning booger bowl! But beware the purple booger! If you grab one, try to scream SNOT IT! before any of your opponents do. The first player to yell keeps the purple booger, while the last player must return one of their boogers to the bowl. The player who collects 10 boogers first wins the game!
6Best Gifts for Toddlers from Tonka
Are you raising a future construction professional? These Tonka block building sets are perfect for inspiring your tiny builder.
First up is the all new Tonka Mighty Builders Deluxe Construction Tire Case Set from Amloid. Kids are in charge of their own construction zone with the multifunctional tire carry case, which also doubles as a foundation for blocks to build away. They’ll love watching as the truck cruises along the connecting rolling track ramps and over the colorful collection of new medium-sized Kids@Work bricks.
When play time is over, everything conveniently fits back in the case with a handle for easy on-the-go portability for play dates, travel and storage. You’ll also be happy to know that these pieces can easily be mixed and matched with other Tonka Mighty Builder playsets to create their own custom vehicles and track designs.
Speaking of which, go ahead and pick up some extra blocks. The Tonka Mighty Builders 80-piece tote set from Amloid. This fun-filled tote bag looks just like a big rig truck on the outside and is packed with all the construction site accessories Tonka-tough kids need to explore their creativity.
7Best Toys for Toddlers from Playmobil
This holiday let your little one get down on the farm with the Playmobil Barn with a working silo! Your child will love waking up to this bright red playset Christmas morning complete with chicken, cows, horses, and plenty of feed for all. Let your little one’s imagination run wild as there is no better gift than that of creative play during the holidays.
Children love the idea of growing up on a farm with animals to feed and chores to do (yes, we realize reality would be quite a bit different than what they imagine!), so this holiday bring their own farm right into the playroom. This is the ideal gift for entertaining your younger child or children during the cold winter months stuck indoors – the Playmobil Barn with Working Silo will provide hours of engaging, interactive fun for all.
8Best Toys for Toddlers from Thomas & Friends
Every little boy should have a Thomas the Train set! This Thomas & Friends Big Loader Set is the perfect holiday gift for loads of fun. It features multiple loading areas and a fully automated engine that magically transfers from Thomas to Percy to Terence, and back again!
The Thomas & Friends Big Loader will give your child hours of creative play, enhancing learning and development. They will love watching the cargo roll down the ramp, where it’s ready for Terence. Next, Terence pushes the cargo over to Thomas before Thomas goes up the hill and delivers his cargo on time!
This Thomas the Train Big Loader has been designed with more vertical movement and more activities to make kids feel like they’re hard at work! It’s easy to use controls will have your child feeling like the one in command of this train station.
Each set Includes 1 mechanical vehicle chassis, 3 vehicle bodies, over 8 feet of track and destinations, and loads of cargo to haul around! The Thomas the Train Big Loader Set is an upgraded classic that your kids will surely love!
9Best Toys for Toddler from Selma’s Dolls
There is nothing like gifting a little girl with a doll, but what if that doll could also teach a valuable life lesson about including everyone? Selma’s Dolls do just that. These lovable ragdolls were created when two moms realized that they needed to open up the conversation about learning from and accepting people of all different backgrounds, races, cultures and religions.
The current collection of Selma’s Dolls includes a Muslim friend, Mexican-American friend and a friend with Down syndrome. The goal is to teach children that differences are beautiful and friendships can be made regardless. Each doll even comes with an illustrated storybook and conversation starters, which makes it even more special.
All Selma’s Dolls are machine washable. These soft and cuddly dolls are made with a variety of kid-friendly materials including Jersey Knit Fabric, Tricot, and Soft Boa. Their arms, legs, and tush are sown together in a way that makes them easy to hold, play with, and also able to sit upright by your side. Selma’s Dolls are designed for kids ages 2 and up.
10Best Toys for Toddlers from Adora Play
The Adora Sweet Baby Girl “Blossom” Doll is perfect for little ones who love babies. This petite doll measures 11 inches and is constructed with soft vinyl that is 100% machine washable. Blossom is fresh baby powder scented, she can suck her thumb and she comes with a baby bottle and removable outfit.
Toddlers are tricky…they seem like they will be happy with any shiny new toy that makes plenty of noise, but they often are right at the age where their own opinions come into play. That’s why we spend hours trying to find the perfect gift. Luckily, we have some pretty good ideas to help get everything under tree this year to keep Christmas Day fun and full of smiles this year.