It’s finally December, so I’ve jumped on the blogging bandwagon and written a toddler Christmas gift guide! Some of these products have been sent to us for inclusion in this guide, so I’ve marked those with an asterisk*. Little M has played with everything that’s been sent to us, though, so we’ve had a chance to put it all through its paces and give an honest review here. Others we’ve been sent earlier in the year to review, and they’ve been such a winner with Little M that I’ve felt they deserve inclusion here. In addition, I’ve popped in a couple of things that are on Little M’s Christmas list this year, which she obviously hasn’t played with yet, but I think she’ll love.
I can say that LEGO Duplo is definitely a winner! Little M squeals and screams with excitement whenever she sees the box come out, and she eagerly tips it upside down to shake out all of the bricks. At eighteen months, she’s not quite able to build things herself, but she loves examining and comparing the different bricks, will happily watch and ‘help’ me to build something, then enjoys taking it all apart by herself. I can say with certainty that we’ll be adding to our LEGO Duplo collection in future!
Alex, the creative genius behind Lamb and Bear, is a good blogging friend of mine, so I was only too happy to write about her Lamb and Bear Flamingo Leggings over on What the Kids Wore, after winning a competition on Instagram. Lamb and Bear leggings are wonderfully comfortable and the prints are super trendy; not to mention unisex. I’ve also heard a rumour that a rather gorgeous unicorn print is being released very soon online… So if you’ve got a tot that’s a budding fashionista, then hot foot it over to Lamb and Bear!
Toy State kindly sent us two of their CAT Buildin’ Crew Roll n Go Machines. Aimed at age two plus, these are an absolutely brilliant idea, as they enable toddlers who may not have yet developed the fine motor skills to use regular remote control cars, to ‘drive’ them all by themselves. Little M quickly got the idea for how to use them, but unfortunately she’s a bit of a scaredy cat, and freaked out as soon as one came towards her! I still think they’re fab, so if your child is into things that move, then they’ll love these!
Little M is starting to attempt puzzles now, rather than throwing the pieces around aimlessly, and I’m a big fan of early maths so I liked the look of this wooden number puzzle from Born Gifted. I love the fact that it’s wooden, and fair trade and think it would made a lovely stocking filler.
This gorgeous fox from Find Me a Gift is so much more than just a soft toy – he’s also a wheat bag! Pop him in the microwave for two minutes, and he gets toasty warm and releases a delicious lavender fragrance; perfect for these chilly winter evenings. Little M absolutely loves cuddling this fox and while he is a bit heavier than most soft toys, that doesn’t seem to phase her at all. He’s already much-loved!
We were sent the Little Tikes Perfect Fit 4-in-1 Trike (affiliate link)** to review for Little M’s first birthday back in May. It has been used almost constantly since then – she loves trips to the park or even just around the back garden in it. Even when it’s parked up, she likes fiddling with the straps and exploring how the hood works or what’s in the basket. This would definitely make a great investment for any toddler!
This is something we’ve asked for on Little M’s behalf this Christmas. She doesn’t yet have any BRIO but when I saw her little toddler friend, Ted, playing with his BRIO train set a little while back, I knew it was something I wanted her to have. This BRIO farm railway set makes for a very cute starter kit for boys and girls alike, and I love that you can add to and grow your BRIO collection over time.
It’s been my dream for a while to customise a DUKTIG play kitchen from IKEA for Little M. I thought having a deadline like Christmas would help me to get on with it, but, shamefully, it’s been sitting in my kitchen still in its box for the past fortnight! I think it’s the fear of messing it up that is stopping me, but I’ve seen so many great hacks online that I’m keen to try!
So, there are my choices for Little M this year. I hope you’ve found my list helpful! What are your top picks for your toddler this Christmas?
*Disclosure: We were sent the products marked * for the purpose of this gift guide, however, all thoughts here are my honest opinion.
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