Gift guide: For the little ones!

Let me preface this gift guide by saying that I do not have any children.  However, with that disclaimer in mind, I’d also like to say that I am of an age where literally every person I hang out with on any kind of regular basis has children.  Within the group of friends that I associate with on a weekly basis, there are twelve children under the age of 3.  I actually have plans to hang out with one of these kids today.

I love kids.  I especially love toddlers.  I think it’s the perfect age group since they can tell you what’s wrong (the scariest thing is watching a baby who won’t stop crying and can’t tell you why) and they still think everything is awesome.  There’s no shortage of gifts available for this age group, but it can be hard to find reasonably priced educational gifts that these kids likely won’t already have.  So, I present to you the last minute gift guide for babies and toddlers.

Again, I’m just trying to help you out – I don’t get anything if you purchase any of these gifts.

 

A personalized book:

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Both Uncommon Goods and Wonderbly (formerly Lost My Name) offer customizable books featuring the name of the child in your life.  I haven’t yet ordered these books since I’m waiting for the kids to be a little bit older, but I absolutely love this idea.

Board books:

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You can’t go wrong with a cute story (or a silly book full of sound effects) for the kid in your life.  I absolutely love buying board books for babies – here are four books that have been huge hits over the years.

Duck & Goose: Goose Needs a Hug // My Truck Is Stuck // The Pout-Pout Fish // Tap Tap Bang Bang

Art supplies:

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Another thing that I love to get for little kids is art supplies. I think it’s so important to encourage creativity, especially in today’s world where everything is done via apps and smartphones.  I got the Dab and Dot Markers for a friend’s son’s birthday and she’s always sending Snaps of him and his friends using them.  The gel crayons are one of my nephew’s Christmas presents this year.

Creative play:

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What about a gift that’s just as fun for you as it is for the kid?  I love these Tegu magnetic blocks since you can be much more creative with them than you can with normal wooden blocks.  The magnets are strong enough that you can build monsters and cars and animals, but not so strong that little hands struggle with them.  They come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes so you can find a set that’s perfect for each child.

Happy holidays, and I hope this post made your shopping a little easier!  As a side note, if you have Amazon Prime, you can get everything but the customized books within two days.

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