Saturday, 24 November 2018

gift guide : for the 2-year-old toddler

it occurred to me this black friday that i love reading other people's gift guides, and that i thought i'd write one of my own, in case you find it useful! i especially look for ideas for things to buy for my 2.5 year old son, because i always want to buy things that he will truly love for years to come.

so, i thought i'd add my twopence, and share the toys we play with the most...

before i start completely, i did do a video showing you all our toys over on my YouTube channel (click here to watch), in case you're interested in seeing even more ideas. but let's consider this the Top 10, the abbreviated version of that video, and also an update. i'm also going to tell you the things we are buying for him this year.

also, i want to highlight a fab post written by the lovely Meagan over at Whole Family Rhythms (read it here), in which she explains a philosophy i truly believe in. it's a brilliant way to make sure that you don't overdo your spending, and that the children end up with useful things that they appreciate. it follows this little rhyme, "Something you want, Something you need, Something to give, Something to read".


instead of following this to the letter, instead we just don't go crazy and we like to talk about and consider what specific items to get. we also like to ask relatives for specific gifts to add to his collection so we don't end up with too many unused and unloved things at the end of the season.

so, here goes with our top toys that he plays with most of the time, and will hopefully give you ideas for your own children, or for any toddlers you know.

  1. paints - our boy is obsessed with paints, and so this year we are getting him some washable dab and dot markers (US/UK), which i know he will love. he also really loves his giant a2 sketchbook (US/UK), which he is almost finished with and needs a new one. and most importantly he LOVES his Faber-Castell gelatos (US/UK), because he can use them in so many different ways and they're easy to transport too.


  2. cars - he loves every single type of thing with wheels he's ever received, however small. his absolute favourites are the smaller ones that he "accidentally took" from his gran's house because he can take them with him in his backpack. if he didn't already have so many i would buy the Viga Vehicles set (US/UK) or the Le Toy Van London set (US/UK). so cute!

  3. trains - he's obsessed with trains, and he's already got a lot of hand-me-down pieces of Brio and Bigjigs, but we've got a few members of the family contributing to the collection this Christmas, and we are also getting him some new bits - in particular the Bigjigs Fire Sea Rescue (US/UK) and the "Crazy" track (US/UK). i think his love for trains will continue on for a good few years to come (i hope! i love it too)

  4. books - this one is probably too obvious to mention, but we absolutely LOVE when people buy us books as presents. if you've not seen my toddler book video (watch it here) then go and have a watch because it has so many more ideas in it. this year we are following the icelandic tradition of the Christmas Book Flood (Jólabókaflóðið) and getting a Christmas book to read on Christmas Eve - this year we've got him Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht (US/UK) - and also one more non-Christmas one called The Dot by Peter Reynolds (US/UK).


  5. clothes - another gift we always love is clothes, because you can really never have too many and he is also a boy who is starting to like to choose which things he wants to wear each day. and although this year we've already got enough clothes for him, usually we do get him something! clothes from Marks & Spencer and John Lewis always make really great quality gifts to give and receive.

  6. bath toys - the best thing we ever bought our son for the bath were his Boon Building Bath Pipes (US/UK) which he has played with since he could hold something and still is finding new ways of using them. and they're also really easy to keep clean! he doesn't otherwise have heaps of toys, because along with his Green Toys tug boat (US/UK) and a few sea animals, he doesn't ask for any more and he's so content to play for ages with just those.

  7. sticker books - we've got him 2 new sticker books for Christmas, because when we were on holiday last, it was a great way to entertain him in small spaces (the car and the plane) and is also a fab way to learn new words. so we've got him the Zoo book (US/UK) and also the Airport book (US/UK). i think colouring books will be for his next birthday as he's not really shown interest in them yet, but that could also be a great gift for some.

  8. magnetic easel - a toy that everyone who comes to our house loves to play with, and is also a great gift for giving from a young age to last many years to come, we've got a fabulous set from Toys of Wood Oxford, which comes with magnetic shapes, alphabet and numbers, and it even has a chalkboard on one side to use and a white board also (US/UK) - we love it!


  9. backpack - our son really loves his backpack, and loves to put things in it to take on a walk or on a trip to see his Grandma. the one we have isn't super high quality but is a cute design from last year in Zara, but if i had a do-over i would buy one of these gorgeous Skip Hop Zoo ones (US/UK).

  10. animals - the last thing we have bought him for Christmas are a couple of new animals for his Schleich collection, we bought the Elephant (US/UK) and the Deer (US/UK) - he loves to play with his animals outside, in the bath, make them eat soap, etc. they are very robust as well as life-like.

if you're stuck for ideas for new parents, curly girls, faith journaling ladies or more, please go and check out my Amazon Shop, where you can see my favourites from Amazon, and there might just be some more ideas for you there (only for Amazon US at present though, they haven't made the "shop" feature available in the UK yet).

please know that i receive a small % of commission from anything bought via any amazon links above. it doesn’t cost you any more, but is a little way that you help keep the blog going. so thank you!

thank you for reading today, i really hope this helped you! if you have any other fab ideas, please let me know in the comments below, because i'd love to hear them (always on the hunt for good gift ideas) x

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