It is so fun to shop for little kids at Christmas time. Until Zach and I had kids, there weren’t any children at either family’s Christmas gatherings. The wonder of the season certainly shines in their eyes and makes you see everything in a new way – from the tree, to the music, to the neighborhood decorations.
And it becomes tempting to over-buy for them, especially. As a young mom, I’d encourage you to consider quality over quantity. The toys that break in a week or have a hundred little pieces that will inevitable get lost are a waste of your hard-earned money. The simple toys are the ones that seem to stick and get the most play time for years and years. Choose those.
GIFTS THAT LITTLES (AND THEIR MOMS) WILL LOVE
Brio Classic Train Set ($42)
This enduring, classic toy fosters creativity and kinesthetic learning. Plus, you can add to your train set for birthdays and holidays to come. For older kids, Playmobil sets offer a similar appeal. My parents still have the Brio and Playmobil sets they gave us, and they have weathered years of play so well.
Learning Resources Play Food Basket ($18)
Last year we gave Evelyn a play kitchen for Christmas, and this is the best play food. It is a really durable plastic, which I’ve found is actually better than most wooden options. The baskets are great, and I prefer this older version to the “new sprouts” Learning Resources basket. The food is more realistic looking in scale. We’ve got two of these sets!
Skip Hop Zoo Little Backpack ($19)
Such a perfectly sized backpack. Evie loves pretending to go to school with hers, plus she can carry it on trips.
Wildly Co. Jeans ($26)
Wildly sells the best of the basics for kids – all ethically made in a factory in North Carolina. Stock your kids’ (or grandkids’) wardrobes with meticulously tailored staples that are impossible to mismatch. (Don’t miss their mega Cyber Monday 30% off everything sale!)
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site ($11)
Read smart rhymes as you tuck each construction machine into bed at the end of a long work day. Super sweet.
Jumper Trampoline ($50)
Because winter. Enough said.
Lego Duplo All-in-One-Box-of-Fun ($24)
Perfect starter set of Duplo blocks in a box that you can use for storage. While these are targeted at toddler/pre-kindgergarten ages, older kids in our small group still love to build with them too. You definitely should get the Green Building Plate to build on, and there are add-on sets as well. My kids love the ones with animals, like the zoo set.
ABC Scripture Cards ($25)
An encouraging tool to teach kids God’s Word and the principles of hope, grace, and love taught inside.
Rub a Dub Shaving in the Tub Kit ($19)
Perfect for little guys who want to pretend to be just like their papa. When winter gets long, it’s always nice to have some extra bath toys on hand for a snowy afternoon.
OshKosh B’gosh Overalls ($13)
I love overalls on little kids. Last year we watched The Muppets Family Christmas recording on youtube and the OshKosh 1980s commercials get me every time. It’s such a great kid look, even 30 years later. I can generally find a good deal on them at Kohl’s for around $13.
adidas Samba Soccer Shoe ($37)
Kids need new shoes so frequently, and we love that Sambas can go with almost any outfit for a boy or girl. Plus they’re leather so they’ve lasted through multiple kids. You can see Evie wearing them here.
Schylling Pocket Fashion Designer ($12)
Oh man, my cousins and I used to play with this toy all the time as kids. It is such a sweet little throwback gift for girls, and ideal for road trips.
The Jesus Storybook Bible Collector’s Edition ($24)
We have the Jesus Storybook Bible, and while my kids (two and one) are still a little young for it, they have started listening to the audio version of the book, and my two-year-old loves it (so do I!). This collector’s set also includes the animated DVD version of the book. I’ve seen a few clips of this and it really is fantastic. At $24, this is an amazing value. If your home doesn’t have a copy, I really think it should.
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