Are you looking for the perfect gift for a toddler? Look no further; This is a gift guide on 16 Practical Gifts For Toddlers. These are gifts that they will use and love, Not something that will get thrown into the toy box and forgotten about.
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Updated: January 22nd, 2024
My Top Practical Gifts for Toddlers Pick
Play Couches, are very popular now and for a good reason. They can be used in so many different ways!
You can never go wrong with a block set! Block sets are open-ended and great for imaginative play.
Like blocks, Magna tiles are open-ended and great for endless creative play!
If you have a small toddler or know a small toddler who is a picky eater, this is the gift for you!
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What Are Practical Gifts For Toddlers
I’m guilty of wanting to buy the cutest toy on the shelf, not thinking about if the toy was practical and something the child could genuinely benefit from! Now that I know better, I always think about whether a toy is practical or just going to add to the pile-up of plastic toys that rarely get used or gifts for toddlers that aren’t toys.
This list consists of items that fall under two categories: non-Toy Practical gifts, and toy-related practical gifts.
Non-Toy Practical Gifts For Toddlers
Bentgo Lunch Boxes
If you have a small toddler or know a small toddler who is a picky eater, this is the gift for you! Bentgo boxes are amazing! We use or Bentgo boxes on all of our outings, and the quality and durability of the Bentgo boxes are amazing!
Bamboo Pajama Set
If you have a little sensitive skin, Bamboo clothing is what you should buy for sleep sacks & pajama sets! Bamboo Rayon clothing, is extremely soft to the touch, and breathable!
Strider Balance Bikes
If you haven’t heard of balance bikes, you are missing out! They are super popular and for excellent reason!
Balance bikes aren’t like your traditional bikes with training wheels. The balance bike is a great gross motor skill activity that requires kids to balance on the bike without training wheels!
Making the transition to an actual bike, much more easier!
Personalized Sleeping Bag
If you have a little one in Daycare/ or preschool I’m sure they are still taking naps!
Which is why you should grab a personalized nap mat. I’ve seen a ton of these on Etsy, and couldn’t wait to grab one for my daughter!
Most toddlers are busy and constantly on the move, which means you are probably on the move with them!
Get them a cut backpack to keep their essentials in when you’re away from home!
I’m obsessed with bedsy, and their adorable bedding options for adults and kids.
Once your little one has transitioned to a toddler bed, this would be a great non-toy practical gift for toddlers! Soft, warm, and cozy bedding for great sleep!
Activity Table – Flisat Ikea
One of the best purchases I got my daughter early on was an activity table.
These are staple pieces that will grow with your child into toddlerhood and even preschool! Activity tables are perfect non-toy practical gifts for toddlers.
It’s never too early to start your toddler on a solid financial path. Gifting a piggy bank is the first introduction of money for most young kids.
Piggy banks are perfect non-toy practical gift ideas!
Elk and Friends Mason Jar
My go-to brand for high-quality, durable, and adorable cups, plates, and eating utensils.
The most popular product is the mason jar cups that come with silicone sleeves and straws! It comes in a set of 4, and you can choose a set based on the color combination you like best!
These are perfect practical gifts for toddlers, something they will use just about every day.
Toy Practical Gifts For Toddlers
Melissa & Doug Puzzles
As a former preschool teacher, puzzles were my favorite toy for my preschoolers.
The benefits of puzzles for small children include; promoting problem-solving skills, encouraging eye-to-hand coordination, and encouraging fine more skill development.
I prefer jumbo puzzles, they tend to be easier for small hands to handle.
Magna Tiles Ball Run
It’s worth every bit of the hype! Magna tiles are super fun to play and create with!
These are considered open-ended, which means children can create pretty much anything with Magna tiles. These can be a little pricey, so these are the dupes for sure.
Lovevery Block Set
You can’t go wrong when gifting a block set!
Blocks are extremely beneficial!
One of my favorite sets is the Lovevery block set. It comes with so many well-crafted blocks!
Ikea Play Kitchen
If your toddler loves helping you in the kitchen, gifting them a play kitchen will be a good idea! I was on the fence about play kitchens because they can be very busy and take up tons of space, but I love the play kitchen from IKEA!
It’s aesthetically pleasing and doesn’t take up too much space. We also use it as a functional kitchen!
Check out my post on how to set it up as a functional kitchen for your little one,
Montessori Style Shelf
Another Purchase that I don’t regret! Our Montessori bookshelf displays all her toys, and learning material.
I do follow a toy rotation system, so having a shelf has worked out great for us! This makes for a great practical gift for toddlers
The bookshelf pictured was handmade, but Sproutkids have very similar options!
Good Books As Gifts
Can toddlers ever have too many books? I don’t think so. This is why I love giving fun books as gifts for 1-year-olds! A popular trend now is giving a book with a special message instead of a card. I love this idea and have done it time and time again when giving gifts!
- Dear Zoo By Rod Campbell
- Pantone Box Of Colors
- Things That Go – Babies First Love
- Around The Farm By Eric Carle
- Whose Feet? By Melissa & Doug
- Poke-A-Dot Alphabet Eye Spy By Melissa & Doug