Christmas for a toddler is probably the most exciting time of year, so we have worked extremely hard to find the very best gifts available, quality toys with tons of play value that will be appreciated long after the excitmemnt of Christmas has faded.
This has to be one of our number one Christmas recommendations for any bus loving toddler. Best Years have been specialising in making ethical toys for over 10 years. Up until now, the collection has only consisted of a large number of ethical, fair trade and organic soft toys, but we are extremely excited that they have just launched a beautiful collection of wooden toys in time for Christmas. Our favourite item from the wooden collection is this iconic London bus, which comes with 25 hand-painted wooden passengers. Any toddler will go absolutely mad for this bus. The wooden roof and floors are removable, to allow little hands access to seat all of the passengers and driver. It is a truly stunning toy and whats more its made from upcycled wood, which we think is great!
Magnetic tiles are literally one of the best things you can buy for your toddler. They are simple plastic tiles in squares and trilangles that have a small magnet in each corner allowing you to stick them together and build a multitude of different structures. There is literally no end to what they can build, a house, a rocket, a castle, a train, the possibilities are endless. Not only does this toy help little ones use their imagination but they are also the perfect STEM toy. Of all the toys our little one owns this is by far the toy that he spends the most time playing with.
We absolutely love this latches barn from Melissa and Doug, it is the perfect size for little ones to transport from toy cupboard to table, to floor, they can even take it to the grandparent house! The barn features 6 doors with different types of latches to open and close them, which is brilliant for developing your little ones fine motor skills. It also comes with 4 barn animals, it is the perfect toy to promote imaginative play.
Girls and boys alike will love these bamboo toddler towels from Cuddledry. Made from Cuddledry’s signature blend of natural cotton and bamboo fibre, with a double layer of cosy towelling, the super-soft Cuddleroar towel features extra large wings and hood, complete with ears, pointy tail and spines. It is sure to be just the thing for encouraging imaginative play and make getting out of the bath just as much fun as getting in!
If your little one loves animals this is literally the best book you can buy for them, it is truly beautiful. Packed with over 500 creatures, every one is looked at in detail by a natural history expert. From the tiniest sponge to the largest elephant, all entries are gloriously illustrated in this spectacular celebration of life on Earth. This book will keep your little one entertained day after day as you make your way through the 500 animals!
Just like the Encyclopedia of Animals, this book of ocean creatures is simply magnificent! Set your spirit of adventure free with this journey to the world’s great oceans, discovering the diversity of life that exists in the deep blue sea. Whether you’re travelling long haul with leatherback turtles across the Pacific, snoozing with sea otters or ice bathing with a walrus, this book celebrates the very prescient topic of the world’s oceans with Lucy Letherland’s animal characters. A natural history lesson in an adventure book, each spread features 10 captions and and facts about every destination.
For little ones who love puzzles and love busses it doesn’t get much better than this! A bright and colourful puzzle with lots of interesting passengers to observe and talk about. The puzzle includes a fun learning guide on the back of the box, which features different discussion points to talk about once the puzzle has been completed. This includes questions to encourage observation, develop counting and discuss position e.g. How many wheels can you see? Who is getting off the bus?
We absolutely love this doorbell house from Melissa & Doug it is the perfect size for little ones to transport from toy cupboard to table, to floor, they can even take it to the grandparent house! The house features 4 different coloured doors with different types of doorbells and locks, which is brilliant for developing your little ones fine motor skills. It also comes with 4 dolls, it is the perfect toy to promote imaginative play.
Where do I start with these! Until recently I hadn’t heard of Magna Tiles, but they are literally the best thing we have bought for our toddler. They are simple plastic tiles in squares and trilangles that have a small magnet in each corner allowing you to stick them together and build a multitude of different structures. There is literally no end to what they can build, a house, a rocket, a castle, a train, the possibilities are endless. Not only does this toy help little ones use their imagination but they are also the perfect STEM toy. Of all the toys our little one owns this is by far the toy that he spends the most time playing with.
These are the best building blocks you will ever own. Just like the Magna Tiles these are made from translucent coloured plastic in different 3D shapes, but unlike other building blocks they are magnetic so offer endless possibilities for building anything your little ones imagination can think of! From robots to rockets, your little one will have hours of fun creating things. They are also small enough that you can put them in a little drawstring bag or pouch to take out and about with you. They have proven very useful at keeping our child occupied while we wait for food in a restaurant or enjoy a coffee with friends, something no other toy has ever really acheived!
Your little mermaids and pirates will enter into a whole ocean of fun, bubbles and adventure whilst soaking in all the organic goodness from the newly launched Once upon a foxx bath range. Using only the best naturally organic ingredients for delicate and sensitive skin. Our shampoo, foaming wash, bubble bath and body lotion will have your water babies back on dry land with fluffy, clean results and smelling delicious. Made from the most delicate formulations and suitable for use from newborn. It’s also vegan friendly and not tested on animals.
These are the best slippers you will ever own! Moccis are a hybrid of a sock and slipper in one, making them the perfect footwear for keeping cozy, whether at home or out in the pram. They feature a soft leather sole and can be machine washed. They are available for babies, children and adults and come in over 30 fun designs, including more than 20 ‘Twinning’ designs.
The Kindness Co-op was launched by two friends, Lucie and Charlie, with the purpose of promoting kindness towards others (especially amongst children), ourselves and the environment. The Kindness Co-op is a socially responsible brand offering organic clothing for children and adults featuring inspirational designs. Since then, the brand has grown and now also offers a range of accessories including tote bags, notebooks and badges. You will find it hard to choose just one sweatshirt for your little one and when you realise you can have a matching sweatshirt you will be in even bigger trouble! What’s more with every item sold they donate a portion of the profit to the wonderful charity YoungMinds.
We love this railway track puzzle from Orchard Toys, you can build lots of different railway tracks with the 22 interchangeable track pieces and railway buffers, plus train and character play pieces. In addition you can extend your track with a station and level crossings by adding the Station expansion pack for hours of fun! You can also link this jigsaw with the Giant Road and Giant Town jigsaws to piece together your own imaginative world! Your little one will have hours of fun with this puzzle adding their own toy trains, characters and track pieces.
This game is great fun, and perfect for introducing toddlers to the concept of games! This Shopping List lotto game uses quick and simple gameplay which holds children’s attention! Players take it in turns to turn over cards showing everyday items, from tomatoes to washing powder to pizza. If they match the pictures on their shopping list, they are encouraged to say the item out loud and add it to their trolley. Older children can play more strategically by remembering where the cards from their list have been placed. The winner is the first player to collect all the items on their list and fill their trolley or basket! A great way to extend learning is to ask children to recognise the different grocery items from their list and read them aloud, both while playing the game and on a trip to the supermarket! Although the game is for 2 – 4 players, gameplay can also be extended to 6 or 8 players by adding either the ‘Clothes‘ or ‘Fruit and Veg‘ Extras packs for additional items and lists!
With the 25-piece SmartMax Power Vehicles Max Set you can build a fleet of vehicles… a fire truck, forklift, tow truck, pick-up, van and more. All parts can be combined with other SmartMax sets. Together with the bars and metal balls, kids can create an endless range of possibilities!
We absolutely love the gorgeous new Thomas & Friends™ Wood toy trains, made from sustainably sourced wood. They deliver exceptional quality, imaginative play and an emotional connection that only these iconic characters can provide. For a seamless playtime experience, the redesigned Thomas & Friends™ Wood toy trains are also compatible with classic Thomas & Friends™ Wooden Railway track
Each of the three levels of this Parking Garage from Brio has a fun feature to play with. Arrive at the Parking Garage via either road or railway entrances on the first level and fuel up the two included cars. The solid wooden elevator shaft in the middle of the parking garage makes the second and third levels accessible via a hand crank elevator. On the second level, you can use the spring-loaded trapdoor to load cars onto the car transporter wagon. Or ride all the way to the top level and zoom down the high-speed ramp instead.
Ready, steady, go! This BRIO Remote Control Race Car with its bright red chassis and classic BRIO looks will give children hours of racing fun. A perfect toy for toddlers, this remote-control race car with its simple and intuitive remote control allows them to expertly steer after a couple of practice laps around the room. The aim is to build up their dexterity and control in a fun and memorable way.