When it comes to toy gifts I am incredibly picky. I don’t want a ton of plastic toys around the house (although we some how have a lot) so I lean towards wooden toys for the most part. I also like things that have cases because I love to organize toys and because our kids always want to bring toys with them I love toys that are easily transportable. Most of all I want something that I feel adds value, can withstand years of three children playing with it and not too many small parts.
Honestly our kids don’t need new toys but the thing is they are going to want something and/or someone is going to want to buy them some so why not create a list with toys that fit your families wants. Here are few that are either on our wish-list or that we already own and love.
- Tegu 8- Piece Pocket Pouch – I have had my eye on this set for years now. I see this as something that would be great for traveling, keeping busy at a restaurant or simply something to play at home.
- Kid o A to Z Upper Case Magna Tab – This is on my wish-list for my kids because it is again a great travel item but also such a great way for them to learn their letters and how to write. I picked up the number version at a second hand shop a few years ago and it is still loved by both Edith and Alder.
- Jurassic Adventure Wooden Playset – This is something that I think Alder would go wild over. While Edith would prefer to create art, Alder is all about the imaginative play. We bought him this firehouse last Christmas and he has spent countless hours playing with it along with our Fisher Price town from my childhood. So long story short I think that this is another playset that would be perfect for little ones who love dinosaurs and/or love imaginative play.
- Maileg Mouse Plush Toy – This is one of those completely frivolous toys that no child actually needs but I as a parent have fallen in love. I tried to convince Neil to get one for Edith for the past three years. This year I am trying to convince him to get the big sister, little brother and little sister mice but honestly I think that this is one battle I won’t win (this year at least). Nonetheless these toys are beautiful and are something your little one will likely keep into adulthood and possibly parenthood should they choose.
- Hazel Village Doll – In recent years both of my kids have really gotten into dolls. Again I am not huge on plastic dolls and such so when I found these beautiful plush dolls I fell straight in love. They have so many different styles and looks so there is bound to be one you fall in love with as well.
- The Story Orchestra: Nutcracker – This beautiful book includes the music from The Nutcracker.
- Magnetic Camper Toy – This basically has everything that I love in a toy. Magnetic so the smaller pieces stay with it. Everything can pile into the camper for storage. It’s wooden and it travels easily.
- Grimm’s Rainbow Stacker – Stacking toys have been a favorite of all my children (I assume Ingrid will love them as well) and this one is high on my wish-list for her. It’s beautifully made and heirloom quality so it is something that we will be able to use for years and pass on later if we so wish.
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