We’ve shown you a myriad of delights for the early toddler years, now we’re charging into the terrific twos and threes in our Christmas Gift Guide. It’s a time of rapid development and changes in motor skills, and here’s just the gifts to help them through.
There’s something rather nostalgic about sturdy metal ride-ons which need little people-power, rather than batteries, to get going. Little Wagon has a stunning collection, including the Fire Engine. With its shiny ruby red body, bell and pretend ladders, it looks the business. Pick one up for your buddy fire fighter from Little Wagon for $159.
It’s around this adorable age that children begin asserting their independence – including wanting to lug around their own goodies. Pack it all into one of these fabulous Little Leemo Toddler Backpacks – there are birds and butterflies for the girls, and rocket ships and cars for the little men. From Cheese & Pickles for $34.95.
It’s Parisian chic all the way with these fanciful French Bazaar Kids Suitcases. The whimsical designs from French brand Mini Labo are bursting with inspiration for jetsetting on pretend holidays – or storing secrets! They’re $79.95 for a set of three from Rudy And The Dodo.
For a child with designer taste, this replica children’s Egg Chair is a true statement piece that could easily become a family heirloom. The Egg Chair is available from Incy Interiors for $399 in a wool and cashmere blend, or $599 in brown leather.
If the little lady in your life has a penchant for all things pretty, feminine and delightfully unique, cast your eye over the Strawberry Fields Vintage Nancy Playsuit. Incredibly versatile, it can be worn as is or over a simple tee, blouse or long sleeved top. As the name suggests, it’s perfect for an afternoon playing in the sun. It’s available from Rock Your Baby for $29.90.
And here’s one for the little men – a fabulous flat cap! Black and white, it goes with almost everything, and makes the perfect addition to any Christmas portrait of the little boy in your life. Fully lined and made from cotton, it has the comfort factor as well as buckets of cool! Find one at Baby’s Got Style for $15.95.
Want your kids to make an impression on the beach this summer – literally? These Ashiato sandals are one of those cute creations that provide endless laughter for kids. Based on Japanese-style wooden sandals, they come in dog/cat, dinosaur, gecko and monkey print. They’re $37.50 a pair from Tulp Kids.
This stunning toy’s beauty lies in its simplicity. The Rainstick Tower is filled with colourful balls, which “rain” down when it’s turned upside down. Toddlers love a bit of noise and a fun game – and they can have both with the Rainstick, trying to get the little balls through the holes. It’s crafted from eco-friendly plantation rubberwood, and available from Eco Toys for $28.
Anyone for tea? Make that “green” tea – as in environmentally friendly. The utterly fabulous Green Toys Tea Set is a classic with a modern twist, as it’s made from recycled plastic. It’s also BPA-free. But as far as the kids are concerned, it’s seventeen pieces of tea party fun! In a calming palette of pastels, the Green Toys Tea Set is available from Sustainababy for $49.95.
The fact that this beautifully crafted toy actually sounds like real instruments will be music to any parent’s ears. From Europe’s oldest toy manufacturer, the Sevi Portable Music Centre is a triumph of symphonic proportions. An animal-design xylophone, cymbal, guiro and drum make for a veritable smorgasbord of sounds. Hand-crafted and painted, it produces beautiful sound and, as the name suggests, is transportable. Available from Quirky Kids Online for $75.96.
Time and time again, you choose a fabulous gift for a child and they end up playing with the box that it came in. Well this year, they can do that in style thanks to the very clever Imaginabox sets from On the Gro. Imaginabox sets turn an ordinary cardboard box into a play oven or a car with neat details such as hotplate stickers and oven knobs to a car dashboard, complete with steering wheel. Imaginabox sets are $19.95 each.
These adorable bears have the cuddle and cuteness factors in spades. They’re soft, plush – and personalised! Kids just love anything with their name on it, and these Christmas Teddy Bears come with a cotton t-shirt labelled with the name of your choice. For the girls, there’s a bear with a linen skirt, and there’s also an option with linen pants for the boys. Order from Stuck On You for $59.95.
Make sure you check out our gift guides for other age groups and categories – it’s gift selection made easy!