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Top Christmas gifts for toddlers 2019

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Think outside the (toy) box.

Gift shopping for a toddler is always a difficult task. If you’re not a parent, it’s hard to know what’s appropriate to give to someone under the age of three. Here’s a stack of exciting, age-appropriate gifts that toddlers will love, with options for every budget.

Best Christmas gifts for toddlers 2019

There’s nothing better than the joy of a child on Christmas morning. Contribute to your favorite little one’s glee with one of these top-rated gifts for toddlers.

Stuffed animals

It’s a known fact: Teddy bears give the best hugs! Cute, fluffy and comforting, plush toys are great gifts for toddlers.

Teddy Ruxpin - Official Return of the Storytime and Magical Bear
Teddy Ruxpin - Official Return of the Storytime and Magical Bear

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Melissa & Doug Burrow Bunny Rabbit Stuffed Animal (14 inches)
Melissa & Doug Burrow Bunny Rabbit Stuffed Animal (14 inches)

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Animal-themed apparel

Who doesn’t love cats, owls, and pandas? Animal motifs are very trendy in children’s wear, plus they’re really cute. Ask the parents what their toddler’s favorite animal is, because they almost certainly have one.

Wooden toys

Wooden toys accelerate early childhood development of hand-eye coordination. They’re also safer than breakable plastic options. Parents will appreciate the fact that you’re thinking of education and and safety when it comes to their child’s Christmas gift.

Melissa & Doug Children's Frolicking Frog Pull Toy
Melissa & Doug Children's Frolicking Frog Pull Toy

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Melissa & Doug Deluxe Pounding Bench Wooden Toy With Mallet
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Pounding Bench Wooden Toy With Mallet

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Creative coloring

Toddlers love to have something exciting to color. They’re at the perfect age to create! These cool alternatives to a classic coloring book are perfect gifts.

Melissa & Doug Jumbo Coloring Pad - Animals
Melissa & Doug Jumbo Coloring Pad - Animals

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Washable crayons and markers

Crayons make for a colorful, crafty gift. These options are washable, meaning that if they end up on the wall or floor, the color comes right off. They’re a solid choice for toddlers who are exploring their boundaries in the world.

Crayola Pip-Squeaks Washable Markers & Paper Set
Crayola Pip-Squeaks Washable Markers & Paper Set

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Crayola Ultraclean Broad Line Washable Markers
Crayola Ultraclean Broad Line Washable Markers

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Toy car or bike

If you’re willing to spend a bit more on a gift, these toy cars or bikes will be a hit. A new set of wheels is one of the most exciting gifts a kid can receive.

Little Tikes Go and Grow Lil' Rollin' Giraffe Ride-on
Little Tikes Go and Grow Lil' Rollin' Giraffe Ride-on

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How to choose a gift for a toddler

If you don’t know the toddler you’re shopping for all that well, it can be difficult to choose the right gift. Ask the parents what type of toys their child enjoys. You can also ask for clothes and shoe sizes in case you decide to give the tot a more fashionable gift. Whatever you choose, make sure it’s age-appropriate and the child’s parents approve.

What can I get for the toddler who has everything?

If the toddler you’re shopping for is already particularly blessed, consider picking out a cute outfit or new pair of shoes for them. Small children grow out of clothes quickly, and there are so many stains that never come out. Books are also a good choice since toddlers are beginning to develop literacy skills.

What are the best DIY gifts for toddlers?

A classic DIY gift that any toddler will love is a blanket. Craft experts can quilt, knit or crochet a beautiful blanket. But don’t worry, even the less creative among us can make a winning Christmas blanket by doing a fleece tie in patterns the toddler will love.

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