The holiday season is coming up and that means one thing - it's time to buy gifts. Shopping for all the kids in your family is often more fun than buying for adults. If you're looking for ideas on gifts for babies and toddlers, you've come to the right place. Keep reading for some interesting gift ideas for kids of all ages.
Gifts for babies (0 - 12 months)
Baby gifts fall into 2 main categories - practical gifts that are of more help to parents and fun gifts for the baby to play with. Some people go the practical route, especially if they're close to the family. For instance, you may want to buy a snowsuit or gift a complete set of winter accessories (beanie, mittens, socks, jacket, etc.) for your niece or nephew. This is a good option if you know what the parents need and can discuss the purchase with them in advance.
But what if you don't know what the family needs or you want to buy something fun for the baby? There are thousands of choices for baby gifts but let's be honest, babies are easy to please. They will probably end up drooling on the box more than playing with the toy! But the other gift recipient - the parent - is the one whose approval you want.
That's why you can't go wrong with soft toys, like stuffed animals, teethers, or bath toys from Liewood, Kaare Living, and Konges Slojd. The dino toys (3-pack) or the Troels bath toys by Liewood are made with 100% natural rubber, so they are perfect for bathtime and in the nursery. They don't have sharp edges and are easy to grip with little fingers. Or you can select from a range of soft toys and cuddle cloths featuring cute animals , like the Milo knit cuddle cloths by Liewood or Activity Rings from Konges Slojd. These are all made from 100% organic cotton and are durable enough for daily use.
Toddler gifts (age 1 - 4 years)
As babies grow into toddlers, they start exploring the world around them. Every day is an adventure that brings exciting new things to learn and interact with. Toys with different textures or that make noises are fun and help with sensory perception. Mini musical instruments or wooden toys and games make great gifts for toddlers.
When it comes to musical or noise-making toys, it's important to select something that parents won't mind listening to for hours. That's why the musical toys from Babynoise are crafted to sound natural and soft. Made from beautifully sanded beech wood, toys like egg shakers or rainmakers are perfect for toddlers.
Wooden blocks and puzzles are a timeless option for toddlers as well. Toys made from sustainably sourced wood are better for the environment than anything made using plastic. With child-safe finishes, the wooden animals tower or mix and match animal tiles made by the Wee gallery are a good option for the curious explorer. Encourage creative play and stoke their imagination as they build different animals not seen anywhere in the wild!
Other great wooden toy options include the Safari memory game by Ferm living which helps exercise young minds or the various puzzle boxes by Liewood. Choose from the space-themed set or the classic animals set depending on what the kids prefer.
Young children (age 5 - 8)
Inevitably, cute babies become toddlers and grow into young children. They are still discovering the world around them, although the boundaries have expanded quite a bit. Kids this age appreciate educational games that allow them the freedom to explore or think of creative ways to solve problems. Puzzles, educational games, and more complex toys are ideal gifts.
Active kids will love a skipping rope or archery kit as they cross the rapids or explore new territory in their backyard. Lacing cards help children with hand-eye coordination, color identification, and developing a keen fashion sense. Or you can try out one of the various occupational sets by Konges Slojd or Dou. From the barber set to the doctor kit, these unique toys encourage young kids to think about what they want to do when they grow up.
Creative kids who like to draw will appreciate the magic drawing boards from Kiko + GG. Kids can use the included stylus and stamps to create imaginative scenes. Want to start over? Just wipe the board and you have a blank canvas to fill again! There are endless options when it comes to buying gifts for babies and kids. Who says they cannot be sustainable and educational at the same time? So grab a floor puzzle or a cute soft toy and watch their faces light up as they open gifts this holiday season.
Gifts for Mama
Last but not least, let's not forget to spoil all the lovely mamas! Moms run on caffeine, so a reusable coffee cup is a great gift idea. Local Mimi & August's drip-proof coffee cup is useful, stylish and good for the environment! For mamas who want to be fashionable and match with their little ones, the "Milking It" sweater could make a great gift for both mommy and baby.