Useful Gifts for Little People
There is nothing quite like a little one's face opening up presents on Christmas morning! I am thrilled to have that experience for more of the first time this year. I feel like every holiday season just gets better as Tad ages, and this season of our lives is such a fun one since we can gift small and inexpensive things. He still really doesn't understand what all is happening, and I kind of hope we can keep the entire Christmas idea toned down for him as he grows up. I've put together a list of useful, waste free, and fun toys for littles that I think are wonderful not only for play but for learning as well!
- I put this gift as number one because it is probably what I will be getting Tad for Christmas this year! I would say our family is a little non-traditional when it comes to the holidays. This year we will not even be gifting each other anything because we are moving and it's just been a busy year. All we really want is some peace and quiet and rest! As for Tad, he'll probably be a little spoiled, which is more fun anyway, right? This play kitchen has been on my radar for sometime. I picked this particular one because I always end up finding every product I love for a portion of the price on Amazon. And while there are so many amazing play kitchens for sale from handmade shops... I just can't afford a $300-$500 play kitchen! $100 is a little more manageable, or even a DIY kitchen could be fun if you want to save money. There are some really cute DIY versions on Pinterest made from old side tables.
- Another toy that has been on my radar for some time has been this leaf puzzle, where each piece is made from the wood that matches the corresponding leaf. How cool is that? I think it's such an interesting way to teach about nature play + memorization; learning the different types of trees is something that I did not have access to as a kid, and I think it would be a wonderful thing for Tad to know!
- If you have a little nature explorer on your hands, a tiny bolga basket is a must have! Tad uses our tiny basket all of the time, whether it's for collecting pinecones, acorns, and leaves or if we head out to the yard to gather flowers and eggs.
- Another great item for a tiny explorer is a magnifying glass! We were gifted this little wooden magnifying glass from Little Bellies last spring and use it all of the time. It's perfectly lightweight, pretty hardy, and just the right size for little hands. Tad loves using in the house honestly more than he does outside, which works for me!
- I really love these cute little toy cameras. They are so cute! I am not sure if Tad would enjoy it, but I know that a lot of parents out there have tiny people that love to mimic mommy taking photos. This brand also has a cute pair of toy binoculars that I think would be fun as well!
- How cute is this little wooden farm set? In case you can't tell, I am a fan of wooden toys! I think they keep so much nicer, look better with wear and tear, and are just overall much prettier than plastic toys - not that we don't own a few plastic toys of our own in this house. This set of farm animals, barn, and trees is a perfect set for any little person who loves barn animals.
- If you love making handmade, then you might want to try creating this homemade, natural play dough. This is actually my own tutorial that I shared over on Fin + Vince! It's totally safe for your kiddos and easy to make. This actually makes a great gift for kiddos of a friend. Tad absolutely loves play dough; he's not big into coloring or painting, so this is way of making crafts together right now.
- You can't have a play kitchen without some play food, right?! In truth, I am hoping to make my own play food with felt to give alongside Tad's play kitchen. I can picture it all in my head, and it is going to be super cute! And to fill the void in January/February when there's no garden action happening, I'll share some tutorials here on how to make some of the felt food we'll have. Fun! If you are not a crafter, though, we have this set of wooden food that is super cute!
- A bit of a strange addition to this list, but Tad recently found an old harmonica of mine and he loooooves it. He carries it around in his shirt pockets and plays it for us throughout the day; and it is surprisingly not annoying! I actually find it cute and fascinating to watch. He looks like a little pied piper. If you have a toddler and want to introduce a musical instrument that they have complete control over (little pianos/guitars are cute but can become frustrating for them!) then I recommend grabbing this tiny harmonica.
- Books! You can never go wrong with gifting your little one books. I have been wanting to grab these seasonal stories by Gerda Muller and am so excited to finally gift them to Tad! You can purchase them individually or in a set.