Gifts That Every Toddler Will Love More Than The Box

Holiday gifts for the toddlers in your life that they'll actually like more than the box it came in!

Your little one is always on the move. She's chatting, he's so full of questions... and they are into everything right now! So how do you decide what to buy them this Christmas? They may have started to point you in the right direction, or perhaps you've taken a peek at their letter to Santa. But if you're still not convinced on what to get them this holiday season, here are some ideas to get you started. 

Fisher Price Cash Register

It matters not a bit that your kids may never see an old fashioned cash register like this in real life, there is something about playing with one of these that everyone of all ages can enjoy. As well as make believing they run their own store, this is a great way for them to learn to count and recognize colours. With multi coloured coins, a crank to hear the bell and a ramp for the money to roll down, this has all the bells and whistles they need to keep them busy this Christmas. (Ages 2-4, available at indigo.ca, $49.95) 

Bruce The Moose Gloves

No matter how cold it is kids don’t always want to wear gloves. No sooner have you got them on than they are being catapulted half way down the street. So this year get some they’ll want to hang onto with these fantastic mitts from Kombi. They’re water resistant, insulated and wind protected, plus they are easy access with little thumbs free to wiggle around. We love Bruce the Moose, but they come in lots of different styles including frog, alien, whale and cat. If you buy them for all your kids their puppet shows will be the stuff of legend. (Ages 1-6, available at Kombicanada.ca, $30)

KidKraft Play Tent

Every kid needs somewhere they can escape to when they need a break from mom and dad—so if they’re going to do it, it might as well be in style. This awesome teepee style pink tent is the perfect retreat for your toddlers, and will give them a place to play in peace. Be prepared to crawl if you get an invitation—it stands at three and a half feet tall and has mesh windows so kids can check if mom’s coming (and you can make sure she’s not up to mischief). Use as extra storage to tuck toys away when not in use. (Ages 3 and up, available at indigo.ca, $129.95) 

Play All Day Elmo

Everyone’s favourite Sesame Street character is ready to play this holiday, and with over 150 responses and eight games to interact with, chances are your kids will be too. Responsive to their movement, Elmo even engages with your little one at naptime, sending them to sleep with sweet lullabies. But best of all he adapts as they grow—in toddler mode kids can tickle his belly and squeeze his nose, teaching cause and effect. Then later, preschool mode takes things to the next level with games like pat-a-cake and freeze-dance. (18 months-4 years, available at walmart.ca, $47.99)

 Playskool Heroes Jurassic World Tyrannosaurus Rex

This year’s hit film recaptured our love of Jurassic Park and garnered a whole new generation of Jurassic World fans. And while its PG-13 Rating may mean that your toddler missed out on catching it at the cinema, that shouldn't stop them from incorporating it into their playtime. The Tyrannosauras roars, his eyes light up, and it comes with a human figure and capture claw. We’ll leave it up to the kids to decide if he’ll capture T-Rex or the other way around, with the dinosaur’s cool chomping action. (ages 3 and up, available at toyrus.ca, $19.99)

Play-Doh My Little Pony Rainbow Dash Style Salon

Let your toddler unleash their inner barber without any of the safety risks that go hand in hand with scissors. Plus with this My Little Pony Salon play set, the hair grows back as soon as she feeds the putty back in. Make braids, style hair and snip with the shears provided. The set comes with 6 pots of Play-Doh so that should keep her busy for a while. (3-5, available at walmart.ca, $21.96)

Little Tikes Tumble Train

This is one train we would never let our toddlers set foot on, but as a play set it’s a whole lot of fun. Simply press the button to start the train and off it goes on a crazy ride that tumbles all over the room, taking the track in all sorts of wacky and weird directions. The train will randomly stop and reverse, careering all over the place, sending the kids chasing after it. Clear space in your living room before you start and let the games begin! (3 and up, available at toysrus.ca, $26.17)

Transformers Rescue Bots

The Swiss Army Knife of kids’ toys (but with no safety hazards, we should point out), Transformers are multiple toys in one, no extra space required. So that’s a tick in the box for us. And with the film franchise going nowhere any time soon, we’re pretty sure these will be pretty high on their Christmas list too. It's a potential stocking filler that may just end up being their favourite gift of all. (3-7, available at, $9.99)

Disney Animators' Collection Anna And Elsa Dolls

You’ve got the DVD, the dress, the towel and the backpack, but she’s STILL into Frozen and there’s no use in fighting it. So if you’re looking to mix things up, buy your daughter these beautiful 16” animators collection dolls of Anna and Elsa this Christmas. The 14-piece deluxe gift set comes with the younger versions of the sisters along with a plush Olaf and troll, two satin dresses and mannequins to hang them on. (Age 3 and up, available at disneystore.com, $79.95)

 

Penguin Pom-Pom Beanie

Forget Happy Feet, and focus on happy heads this holiday! She’ll love this cute penguin beanie hat, and you’ll love that her head and ears are kept cozy in the cold. It’s fleece-lined, comes in three sizes and is machine washable. If she wants to accessorize, there are matching gloves and boots sold separately. (XS-L, available at gapcanada.com, $19.95) 

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