The best Christmas presents for toddlers


by Emily Thorpe |

Although the Christmas countdown starts earlier each year (decorated shops in August?!) it never hurts to be prepared for December 25th with a bunch of gift ideas for your family. In fact, your little one has probably started their list for Santa already while you're writing a "send help!" sign.

Getting it all sorted now, you could save yourself those dreaded last-minute Christmas shops, searching for an out-of-stock toy, by ticking off your little one's Christmas list now!

So don't worry, we've (already) found the best Christmas presents, that toddlers will love!

The best Christmas presents for toddlers

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The Puppet Company - Hideaway Puppets - Tree House

The Puppet Company - Hideaway Puppets - Tree House

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Children are fascinated by the magic of puppetry and this lovely treehouse and puppet set will encourage them to take part in imaginative play to tell stories, bring fairytales to life, and be creative. It comes with the hideaway treehouse and six finger puppets that are sure to ring in the fun on Christmas morning.

Review: "Lots of attention to detail. Really well-made and an excellent gift for nature-loving children. A lovely design, and no short-cuts on the production. Caused some sibling rivalry between a 5-year-old and a 3-year-old but fortunately there are enough puppets in the set to keep everyone happy."

Bluey Heeler Family Home Play Set

Bluey Heeler Family Home Play Set
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Bluey, the 6-year-old Blue Heeler dog from down-under has become hugely popular with pre-schoolers since she jumped onto CBeebies this year. Any small fans of the show will be obsessed with this Family Home Play Set.

Review: "I bought this for my three-year-old granddaughter and, as she lives in another town, my son FaceTimed us while she opened it so we could enjoy watching the excitement! She absolutely loves it so it was a big hit! ❤️"

Related: The huge, brand new Bluey toy range launching this month

VTech 4-in-1 Alphabet Train

VTech 4-in-1 Alphabet Train
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Why not make learning fun for your little one with the VTech alphabet train that can be used for sit-down play, as a ride on, pull-along wagon, or walker. Little ones can use it to help build their confidence with taking those first few steps! Complete with sing-along songs and melodies, there are stacking blocks and a turning book bursting with colour and sound.

It's a sensory heaven, teaching motor skills, phonics, animal sounds, colours, and more!

Review: "Very nice little train for my 1-year-old son. He loves pressing all the buttons and pushing it around. I also like that you can store all the bits that come with it inside the seat part. Thank you!"

Little Tikes Princess Cozy Coupe Car-Ride-On

Little Tikes Princess Cozy Coupe Car
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A classic gift for any little one, this magical pint-sized car would make the perfect Christmas present to help your tot with their motor skills.

Review: "My oldest granddaughter has had her red Cozy Coupe for a couple of years and loves it. However, when her little sister reached the age of 1, she wanted to ride in it. We had quite a few screaming matches before we decided there was nothing for it but to get another. Needless to say, big sister claimed the new one because it's pink and says Princess Coupe on the back. Her wee sister is delighted, though, to get the red one.

"Both cars were reasonably easy to put together although they took quite a while to assemble. They are certainly very sturdy, having been flung out of the shed, ridden round the estate, crashed into things, all the good stuff a Princess and her sidekick get up to. These cars are well-used every time the grandkids arrive, which is often. I love them as much as the girls."

Grey Round Ball Pit

Grey Round Ball Pit

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Bring soft play to your house with this soft, modern ball pit. It would make for a perfect Christmas gift and doesn't break from excited toddlers jumping in like most plastic ones do! It comes with 300 balls too and you can select from a choice of ball pits with different coloured balls. We love this mix of pastels.

These ball pits and other modern playsets from The Playtime Company have proven to be favourites with some of our favourite mum influencers including Mrs Hinch and Stacey Solomon

Baby Born magic doll

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BABY born now comes with 10 amazing functions including new magic eyes that close when the dummy is twisted. Great for imaginative play this new function will allow little ones to be in control of waking their BABY born and putting them to sleep regardless of if the doll is lying down. Magic doll also eats and drinks, uses potty and can have its nappy changed.  Plus if getting in the tub is your little one’s favourite time of day, their play is about to ramp up a notch because Magic Girl goes in the bath!
Each doll comes dressed in a short-sleeved romper and matching hat and with an array of accessories including birth certificate, bracelet for doll and child, bottle, dummy, nappy, plate, spoon, potty and food.
Height: 43cm
Suitable for 3+
No batteries required.

Bigjigs Toys Wooden Biscuit Box & Assorted Wooden Biscuits

Bigjigs Toys Wooden Biscuit Box & Assorted Wooden Biscuits
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Wooden toys are a lovely gift for toddlers and your youngster will love role-playing with these wooden biscuits, great for imaginative play. They're perfect for introducing your little one to the concept of choice, sharing, and are great for a teddy bear's picnic! The set includes nine different biscuits, including very festive gingerbread men, and are made from high-quality, responsibly sourced materials.

Review: "I originally brought these for Christmas for my little one but I was so excited by the look of them when they arrived that I wanted to open them and test them in our pretend shop. These are a great addition to our pretend play. The attention to detail and the quality of them is brilliant. They are slightly smaller than I l thought they were going to be [...] I would highly recommend this item. Great product."

Fisher-Price Dance and Move Beatbo

Fisher-Price Bright Beats Dance & Move BeatBo
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Watch your little one boogie their way through the day with the fun, energising music that Beatbo plays! With dance and move songs, learning, games and a customised sing-a-long mode, toddlers will never get bored of this toy, and it will grow with them.

Review: "Bought as a Christmas present for a 9-month-old and 30-month-old at the time they loved it. 18 months on and it still gets some use. The boys still play with it, when we let them. The songs and rhymes are easy to learn and it's upbeat and fun. They've both danced and played with it lots over the past year or so. My eldest decided to draw a new face with felt tip pens, which happily I was able to write off.
"There's multiple modes, and thankfully sound levels. It's bright, colourful and fun. When Beatbo dances there's a servo / robotic noise which was unexpected at purchase, but it again is kind of fun. My boy's favourite mode is the record feature. You push the red button, Beatbo gives instructions and you have a few seconds to record something. That recording is then sped up and the pitch alerted, which can make for funny playback loops.
"Great present, despite the earworms. I'd certainly recommend and buy again."

John Lewis and Partners Waitrose and Partners Supermarket

John Lewis & Partners Waitrose & Partners Supermarket

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Your tot is going to adore this toy shop from Waitrose & Partners which will not only spark their imagination play but make them feel grown up with the 'real' shop appeal. Once they've finished with the shopping, they can go through the checkout, use the calculator to figure out exactly how much they've spent, swipe the credit card, enter their PIN and pop it all in the paper bags when they're done! We think this little shop is great value for money and will provide hours of fun role-play and development.

Review: "My two and a half year old loves this. The little calculator and credit card for her till are excellent and she loves the paper bag to put the things she has sold in. Great to start thinking about role play and money etc too. Thoroughly recommend and a reasonable price compared to other little shops."

Magic Mixies

Magic Mixies
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Children can now perform real magic and create their own magical pet with brand new, Magic Mixies from Moose Toys. The Magic Mixies Cauldron comes with all the magical ingredients needed to make a cute furry friend! Children can find the spell from the Spell Book, then add magical ingredients such as a Glitter star, Crystal Gem, and Magic Feather to the potion one step at a time to help bring their friendly creature to life.

With over 50 sounds and reactions, Magic Mixies react to touch and respond to the wand. Plus, the more Magic Mixies are nurtured and cared for, the stronger their energy levels become. Magic Mixies also love to perform spells alongside the child magician, and may even grant a wish as their gem lights up. Available in pink and blue, there are two species of Mixie to magically reveal. Once the Magic Mixie is revealed, it can be put back into the Cauldron and the magical reveal can be repeated again and again.

Real Mum tester Sarah and her two sons George, seven, and Oliver, five, said: "On the first attempt Mixie surprised us and appeared early and we were a little disappointed that they had not been able to add all of the parts to the potion. But the following day we tried again and successfully completed all of the parts before Mixie appeared. 
The more attention you give Magic Mixie, by stroking her head the gem lights up and it responds by making noises. You can tap Mixie gem with the wand three times and then tell it your wish. If the gem turns green the wish is granted or if it turns red the wish is denied. Both Oliver and George would give it 10/10 and definitely love it as a Christmas present. Pixie Mixie has not left Oliver’s side, much to George’s disgust! Mixie has come out to lunch, shopping and slept in Oliver’s bed!"

Personalised 2-in-1 Reversible Pine City and Train Table Set

Personalised 2-in-1 Reversible Pine City and Train Table Set

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Grab this amazing reversible table for just £49.99! Children will love playing with the train set and toys on top of the table and you will love how easy and tidy it is to store toys underneath. It's also a great way to strengthen your tot's hand-eye coordination. The 100-piece wooden train set features two different road scenes, and you can personalise it too for that extra special Christmas touch.

Review: "Bought this for my great-grandson and he absolutely loves it! Hours of play, keeps him happy (and quiet) all day."

Wonderbly Personalised I Love You This Much Book

 I Love You This Much Book

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Create a book for up to four children, to show your little one just how much you love them in every moment of every day. A beautiful personalised picture book for you to read together as a family, it's written in rhyme and will be something your youngster will treasure for years to come.

Review: "The most heart-warming book!"

Personalised Dinosaur Toy

Personalised Dinosaur Toy

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This adorable dinosaur makes a lovely gift for any toddler and dino-mad adult! The huggably soft dinosaur will be their adorable new Christmas companion and you can even personalise the dino's tummy with the name of your little one with a choice of font and colours. Safety tested, the removable filling means this toy can double up as a PJ case or 'special hiding place' for a young child - no make sure they don't hide any Christmas biccies in there!

If a dinosaur wouldn't be your first choice, there's a cute giraffe to choose instead.

Review: "Gorgeous!! Bought the dinosaur for my nephew's birthday and he absolutely loves it. Very good value for money, would highly recommend."

Peppa Pig Peppa Pots Grow & Play

Peppa Pig Peppa Pots Animal & Insect Habitat Kits
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These brilliant Peppa Pots are designed to encourage children to plant ‘easy-to-grow’ seeds as well as nurture their plants while having fun playing with Peppa Pig characters they know and love. There are several different characters to collect including Peppa, George, Suzy Sheep, and Rebecca Rabbit. You can also make a street with the other Peppa Pig Grow & Play playsets by attaching the fence from one set to the house of another.

Review: "Purchased as a present. Had one very happy 3 year old. Have to have soil but he has loved interacting with this and was a great buy."

Micro Scooters Mini 3in1 Classic Ride On Scooter

Micro Scooters Mini 3in1 Classic Ride On Scooter

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Available in blue or pink, this scooter is the perfect Christmas present for your growing toddler as a gift that'll last for years and grow with them. Suitable for children aged one to five years, it can adapt from a ride-on scooter with a height-adjustable seat, to a toddler scooter with a thinner 'O'-shaped handlebar for greater control, and then into the award-winning Mini Micro scooter when they have the confidence and balance to scoot like a champ.

Review: "Bought x4 of these as they're so good. Last for many years and feel sturdy. Ideal for growing up - sit on seat when young and as the child grows the seat can easily be swapped with full-length handle. Grandkids (3 & 2) and nephew & niece (4 & 3) all love them and play on them a-plenty. Highly recommended product."

Dachshund Soft Toy

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Treat your little one to a soft toy animal from Living Nature. No toddler can resist a furry friend, and with Black Friday coming up, there's 20% off sitewide, with free delivery on orders over £50.
Ruby Barry review: "When I ordered an adorable little dachshund from Living Nature, I wasn't expecting much since I'm so used to getting brown boxes through the door every day. But this would be a fantastic surprise for a toddler - the soft toy came in a cardboard pet carrier, with little grate doors that I saw my dog toy poking his nose through. Once you open the door, alongside your new toy (which is insanely cuddly), you get a dog owners guide with a certificate."

Glitter Babyz Dreamia Stardust Baby Doll

Glitter Babyz Dreamia Stardust Baby Doll

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How cute is this Glitter Babyz Dreamia Stardust Baby Doll? Our favourite thing about this toy is that each baby has a unique personality expressed in their style. Plus, it has not one, not two, but three magical colour changes.

Review: "As the parent of a 3-year-old, I was super excited to introduce my daughter to a cool colour-changing doll and am happy to say that I was not disappointed. My daughter absolutely loves this doll and is amazed how the doll's hair will change when you put cold water in it. The doll is super cute and reminds me of toys that my sister had when she was younger, so there is a little nostalgia here."

Natural History Museum Dinosaur Torch & Projector

Natural History Museum Dinosaur Torch & Projector
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Bring the Night at the Museum home thanks to this torch and projector. From 24 dinosaurs to 24 wildlife images, kids will have hours of fun learning about these incredible beings. 

Review: "I bought this as a stocking filler for my 2-year-old son, having read reviews and thought why not give it a go, and it is now one of his favourite toys! It was such a hit my 3-year-old begged for one! The torch is a lot smaller in real life than the pictures in the advertisement, but that’s not a negative as it suits my children’s little hands just perfectly and does exactly what it’s meant to. We have had endless fun with this from dinosaur hunting, to hide and seek. It is the go-to tool now for when my toddler is upset to come bedtime and a way of getting him into his cot and settled down, he is just fascinated. To all those wondering, should I? Yes, you should."

LEGO DUPLO My First Animal Train Toy for Toddlers

LEGO DUPLO My First Animal Train Toy for Toddlers

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Want a toy that is fun and education? This LEGO train set features bold animals, shapes and colours which will keep your little ones entertained for hours on end.

Review: "I bought this for a friends child and they instantly loved it! The colours are a great educational matching game and the train wheels are also fun."


Dreamon Take Apart Dinosaur Toys 

 Dreamon Take Apart Dinosaur Toys
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Mini dinosaur fans will love creating their own dino world with the help of this gift. It features a Tyrannosaurus Rex, Centrosaurus, Triceratops and Velociraptor.

Review: "I bought this for granddaughter for her 4th birthday as she wanted me to buy dinosaur and volcano-related things, so this was one of the dinosaur presents. When it arrived, and I saw all the parts, I thought it would be too complex for her. However, after taking them out of the packet it was straightforward, and she loved using the screwdrivers. I love that each dinosaur comes with its own screwdriver, thank goodness, as I forgot batteries for the 'drill'. One thing I would suggest is only open one packet at a time, so you don't get dinosaur parts mixed up with each other."

Wooden Table Top Play Kitchen

Wooden Table Top Play Kitchen

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Does your toddler love to get involved in the kitchen? Get them their very own play kitchen. Our favourite thing about this option is that you can personalise it with the name of your choice.

Review: "Sweet cooker and a really nice size for a bedroom. Has stood up well despite taking some knocks as it is moved around the house."

Nuby Octopus Floating Bath Toy

Nuby Octopus Floating Bath Toy
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If your child likes to play in the bath, introduce the Nuby Octopus Floating Bath toy. It features three funky rings to throw on octopus's tentacles.

Review: "Love this bath toy. Was having to chuck ours away every other month due to them holding water. This doesn't at all so will last my daughter a long time."

Paw Patrol Ultimate Rescue – Skye’s Ultimate Rescue Helicopter

Paw Patrol Ultimate Rescue – Skye’s Ultimate Rescue Helicopter

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Is your toddler in their Paw Patrol phase? If the answer is yes then they'll be obsessed with this Paw Patrol Ultimate Rescue – Skye’s Ultimate Rescue Helicopter.

Review: "I purchased this for my Grandsons 3rd birthday. He absolutely loves it. Played with it loads, he lived the winch to pick up his other paw patrol vehicles. Money well spent."


Aquadoodle Classic Large Water Doodle Mat

 Aquadoodle Classic Large Water Doodle Mat
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Encourage creative play with the Aquadoodle Classic Large Water Doodle Mat. Suitable for kids over 18 months, fill the Aquadoodle pen with water and watch your little one draw, write and learn with this toy.

Kaloo Tendresse Jade K Doll

Kaloo Tendresse Jade K Doll

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Presented in a lovely box, Jade K is a wonderful gift for children this Christmas. Not only is it ideal for kids to hold and cuddle, but it also features a sweet design.


Mega Bloks First Builders Big Building Bag

 Mega Bloks First Builders Big Building Bag
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For under £10, toddlers will love creating their own world out of these incredible building blocks. These have been crafted in mind of small hands. Plus, it has a storage bag for easy cleanup.
Review: "This is the first set of megabloks I've bought my toddler and he loved them! Building up then BASHING down, what's not to love? 60 pieces isn't a many as it sounds but it's amazing how far a 2-year-old can spread them!"

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