Whether you’re buying for your own mini-me or a little ‘un you know, we’ve been busy compiling a list of the best gifts to make present-picking a breeze!
Toddlers – we love them, but they can be tricky customers at times (and that’s putting it lightly). Add the ‘what to buy toddlers for their birthday’ conundrum, and we’re really in a fix. We all want to find a gift that gets played with more times than the box it came in (a tough brief – we know how popular cardboard boxes can be!). So we put ourselves to the challenge: find a list of all the best presents and gifts for young kids. Spoiler alert: I think we’ve scored some sure-fire winners, even for the pickiest of toddlers! Here are our favourites to add to your list….
The ultimate gift guide for toddlers
For toddlers on the move…
A scooter is probably one of the most popular gifts for toddlers – and with good reason. If you’re looking to go all out, then a scooter is sure to impress. There are loads of options out there, each with its own pros and cons. Our go-to is the Oxelo Baby Scooter B1 500. It comes in two colour combinations and has special luminous wheels. Wondering where to scoot? See our guide for the best scooting trails in Singapore!
If it’s not a scooter on the wish list, it’s likely to be a bike. There’s much debate over which is better for our littlies. The big plus of a balance bike is that it teaches toddlers all the fundamentals of balancing and steering, so they are all set when it’s time for the big bike upgrade. A con is the ease of transporting it: it’s not as nifty as a scooter. We’ll leave you with the decisions! If you opt for the balance bike, then a popular choice is the Globber Go Air Balance Bike. Be sure to pick up a helmet for your bike or scooter too!
If your little one isn’t quite stable enough for scooting or balance biking just yet, they will probably be just as made up with a push toy. As well as being super fun, it also helps your toddler get to grips with their balance quickly. So quick, in fact, that you might want to move those valuables out of the way – they can get quite speedy! We love the Bird Walker from Plan Toys, complete with its own building blocks.
For toddlers into make-believe…
Kitchens & tea sets
For a big purchase, a kitchen goes down a storm. Not only is it the perfect gift for toddlers, it’s a toy that will last, so it’s a great investment too. There are many choices out there, but we are big fans of the ever-popular wooden IKEA DUKTIG model. It’s even got switch on and off lights for the hob! The catch? Putting it together. Set aside a good few hours for this. For smaller gifts, tea sets make the perfect gift for both girls and boys. Endless fun can be had with tea parties for their favourite teddies (or more often than not, you!)
Role play kits
Role play kits are great for keeping littlies entertained. From tool kits to doctor’s cases and even cleaning sets… It’s never too early to teach them the latter! Our present buying hack? Make your own toddler cleaning kit. Buy a dustpan and brush, dusters, and a spray bottle, and you’ll have your very own toddler cleaning kit. Not only will it be all the more realistic, but it’s also often half the price! Winner!
Another huge hit for any toddler is dress-up. From princesses to police officers, to baby sharks – we’ve seen it all. Stock up on fancy dress; hats are the cheapest and most popular choice for a small gift.
A cosy tent
Give your tiny tots a colourful tent, and you’ll be amazed by how they transform it into their dream pad. Don’t be surprised to find the kiddo’s room looking bare as the tent slowly gets occupied. And if the house seems a bit quiet, don’t miss checking inside the tent – you might find your little mouse cuddled up and fast asleep. We love this adorable tent by Little dove- cause it’s spacious, easy to assemble, and is available with a non-slip mat and fairy lights. Dreamy package indeed!
For toddlers who love puzzles, building & music…
The perfect toddler jigsaws are wooden and chunky, with around 5 to 16 pieces. Enough to keep them busy but do-able to avoid frustration meltdowns. We find alphabet and number jigsaws are extremely popular. There is, of course, the added education bonus too!
Not everyone’s cup of tea, but music is INCREDIBLY fun for toddlers. From xylophones to drums, there are mini toddler versions of most instruments on offer. Opt for the sturdy wooden versions, which will last well beyond toddlerhood. Buying an instrument for someone else’s little one? We can guarantee you’ll be a big hit. Mum and Dad? Not so much!
A firm favourite in our households, the toddler version of LEGO is a great gift. There’s also something for every budget, from the smaller, easy-build vehicles, right the way through to the all singing and dancing Frozen Castle. You can keep adding to the collection, so it’s a good suggestion for family and friends struggling on the ideas front.
Wooden blocks never get old. We love the Melissa & Doug range, which has a whole host of colours, as well as letter and number block sets. The perfect present for toddlers!
For toddlers into arts & crafts…
Our go-to for long journeys: stickers always have our back. Alas, no long journeys for now, but stickers still rule as a toddler gift. Look out for sticker books with reusable sticker options to keep the fun going.
Playdough might not be completely mess-free, but it’s worth it. There’s a wide range of gifts out there to keep even the most restless toddler entertained. We have the sensory playdough kits from Tickle Your Senses on our list, themed around some of our favourite books such as “Dear Zoo.” Or, if you fancy a homemade gift, why not make your own playdough? It’s a lot easier than you think!
We were so excited when we found these little beauties! Gone are the days of felt tips up the wall. The Mess-Free Crayola pens only show their true colour once applied to the paper. Clever, eh? There’s a whole host of favourite characters to choose from too, including PJ Masks, Disney Princesses, as well as plain packs for a toddler’s free reign.
Scratch paper has to appear on our ‘busy list’ for toddlers’ pressies. Not only does it keep restless hands busy for a good period, but it has an element of mystery to it as well. We especially love the colourful reveal at the end of the art project. Best part? It’s pocket-friendly and well worth it.
This very useful art-essential ought to make meal-time a lot more fun for our tiny tots. We love that it transforms into functional art after the kids spend some time colouring in. Best part? The kiddos can wipe the silicon placemat clean and have a go at it again whenever they feel like it. What’s not to love?
For toddlers who love story time…
Interactive toddler classics
We love a good book, and there’s a whole host of toddler-friendly books that make great birthday gifts. Our favourites include Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet Ahlberg, with gorgeous illustrations and creative i-spy. We also love I Can Roar by Frank Asch for lots of animal laughs.
Singapore themed tales
Books about where we live always appeal, and we can’t get enough of “Afternoon Tea at Raffles Hotel” by Fleur Vella-Chang. The bright, colourful pictures depict a range of cute animals alongside classic landmarks of Singapore, from Marina Bay Sands to Botanic Gardens. It’s definitely a story time toddler favourite.
So, there you have it, a complete present-buying list for the toddlers in your life. Happy birthday from us!