The best Christmas presents for toddlers

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by Emily Gilbert |

Although the Christmas countdown starts earlier each year (decorated shops in August?) it never hurts to be prepared with gift ideas. When buying the best Christmas presents for toddlers, you may notice they've already started writing their list, thanks to endless toy adverts on the television. That's all while you're writing a "send help!" sign, mind you.

With so many toys on the market, making a choice on what to buy for Christmas can be hard. Is this toy within budget? Is this toy age appropriate? Does this toy have any small parts that could be a hazard? However, our round up includes a range of age appropriate toys at a range of prices. That way, it might make your choice a bit easier.

Not to mention, getting it all sorted now means you'll be able to save yourself a dreaded last minute shop where you're searching for out of stock toys. To save you the hassle, we've already found the best Christmas presents for toddlers that they're sure to love.

The best Christmas presents for toddlers

Here's a selection of the best toys for toddlers, meaning you'll be more than prepared for the big day. From cuddly toys to building blocks, we have the best range of toys for every toddler. You'll be ticking all off their Christmas list in no time!

Ava Ragdoll

Best traditional Christmas present for toddlers
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Treat little ones to the sweetest little companion who they can take along on all their adventures. The Ava Ragdoll comes in a gorgeous traditional pinafore dress complete with a floral trim, making her a delightful new toy to cherish.

JoJo Maman Bébé have a beautiful range of dolls to add to your little ones' growing doll collection. Including, dolls that can be personalised for that extra special touch.

Age suitability: From birth
Review: "Brought for my niece as a Christmas gift...I’m absolutely sure she’s going to love it. The size and quality of the doll is perfect... made even better by personalising it with her name. Very fast delivery. would highly recommend."

Pros:

• Timeless keepsake for years to come
• Can be personalised
• Removable outfit

Cons:

• Doll dresses not available on JoJo Maman Bébé

Janod Sardine Fishing Game

Best interactive Christmas present for toddlers
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This one is a game you can play alongside your little one, teaching them how to count while trying to catch the most fish! A simple but effective game that means they'll be occupied for ages, it also helps them to develop thier hand eye coordination skills as well.

Age suitability: 2 years+
Review:
"Great quality product, both my 2 and 4 year old choose this game often and love it. Good value and they love it a lot more than I thought they would. Great item."

Pros:

• Fun for all the family
• Simple, yet effective
• Encourages their counting

Cons:

• Only two rods provided

John Deere Build A Johnny Tractor

Best Christmas present for a tractor loving toddler
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Inspire your young farmer’s imagination with the Build-A-Johnny Tractor farm toy. This 16-piece set has 2 ways to play: a free-rolling tractor toy or a buildable set.

Use the battery-powered drill to take apart Johnny Tractor. Take off the wheels, lift open the roof, and then piece your tractor toy back together again for building fun. Made from chunky parts, the Build-A-Johnny Tractor farm toy is easy for little hands to assemble.

Age suitability: 18 months+
Review:
"Absolutely love this toy. Got it for my 2-year-old for her birthday and it is brilliant! Was suprised that the drill came with batteries already installed. And you can use the drill head, too. All of the bits are fairly large, but the screws do fit nicely into a mouth. The details on the whole toy are also pretty good. Overall this is a fantastic item and I am very glad I got it. Highly recommended."

Pros:

• Encourages their construction skills
• Encourages problem-solving
• Has many versatile uses

Cons:

• Issues with working drill

InnyBin

Best shape sorting Christmas present for toddlers
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An incredibly unique shape-exploration experience! The six chunky shape blocks are each designed with fascinating textures that are sure to thrill the fingers. There's a cube, a diamond, a sphere, a triangle and flower.

But the best part? As kids push the shapes through the elastic bands of the cube, curiosity is sparked and young minds can't help but explore, experiment, and discover. It's beautifully simple and amazingly mind-expanding!

Age suitability: 10 months+
Review: "My daughter is turning one in a couple of days and she LOVES IT. Definitely one of her favourite toys and worth the money!"

Pros:

• Encourages recognition of colour and shape
• Develops their curiosity
• BPA-free materials

Cons:

• Little ones may find it too challenging

Tree House Hideaway Puppets

Best Christmas present for toddlers to encourage their imagination
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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.

Age suitability: 1 year+
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."

Pros:

• Great for all ages
• Built-in carry handle on the tree trunk
• Endless possibilities of storytelling

Cons:

• Finger sized puppets as opposed to bigger puppets that they can cuddle

Tomy Toomies Bubble and Bake Bathtime Kitchen

Best Christmas present for toddlers about cooking

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Step into the tub and into the kitchen all at once, Toomies bestselling Bubble & Bake Bathtime Kitchen will help toddlers cook up a mouth-watering feast. Pop the pot on the hob and pump the yellow button to see the bubbles appear.

When it's washing up time, empty your dishes in the sink, pump the handle, and water flows from the tap. Turn the plug and the sink empties into the bath, use the hooks to hang the ladle and pan to dry. It's neat, tidy and oh-so-real.

Age suitability: 18 months+
Review: "Bought this for my toddler as a gift for becoming a big sister and she absolutely loves it! Great fun and would highly recommend!"

Pros:

• Great roleplaying game
• Includes suction cups to stick to the bath
• Makes bathtime fun

Cons:

• Suction cups may not be strong enough to hold

VTech 4-in-1 Alphabet Train

Best educational Christmas present for toddlers
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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!

Age suitability: 12 - 36 months
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!"

Pros:

• Includes alphabet, numbers, animals and colours
• Encourages their learning
• Has many versatile uses

Cons:

• Child will quickly get too big to use as a ride on toy

Little Tikes Princess Cozy Coupe Car-Ride-On

Best Christmas present for toddlers to encourage their motor skills
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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.

Age suitability: 18 months+
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."

Pros:

• Encourages motor skills
• Available in different models
• Great for all ages

Cons:

• Difficult to assemble

Spin & Hatch Dino Eggs

Best Christmas present for toddlers based on a film franchise
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Toomies brings that wonder to a new generation with Jurassic World Spin & Hatch Dino Eggs! These dinosaur toys are ready for adventure and designed to encourage developmental play for babies and toddlers. Spin & Hatch Dino Eggs is a spinning incubator that includes 5 cute colourful classic dinosaurs: T.rex, raptor, stegosaurus, triceratops & Pteranodon.

Give each of these little dinos a shake and hear their sweet growling sounds. Matching each dinosaur with the correct colour shell encourages logic and problem-solving skills.

Age suitability: 1 year+
Review: "Glad I managed to get one of these in time for Xmas perfect for both my daughters aged 3&18 months they’ve both enjoyed this one of there favourite presents"

Pros:

• Action reaction play
• Matching the colours helps to develop their problem solving
• Includes sound

Cons:

• Makes a slight clicking noise as it spins

Fisher-Price Dance and Move Beatbo

Best Christmas present for toddlers to learn new songs
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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.

Age suitability: 9 months+
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. 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."

Pros:

• Different modes to choose from
• Encourages gross and fine motor skills
• Great sensory toy

Cons:

• May need newer batteries than ones provided

Wonderbly Personalised I Love You This Much Book

Best personalised Christmas present for toddlers
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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.

Age suitability: From birth
Review: "The most heart-warming book!"

Pros:

• A keepsake for years to come
• Easy to read with rhyme, repetition and attractive illustrations
• Customisable from names, down to the characters, and even the colour of the front cover

Cons:

• Only four children's names can be included

Fat Brain FA110-1 Spin Again Toy

Best stackable Christmas present for toddlers
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This is a stacking toy with a spin. Simply drop the vibrant discs onto the threaded corkscrew pole and watch as they spin fast then settle onto the reversible base.

Choosing how to set the base is half the fun for your toddler. Pick either the wobble base or turn it over for a solid seat. Each disc is dual-coloured, and from largest to smallest, they form a dynamic rainbow utilising fun shades. The star-like discs alternate between daisy style and star-burst shapes, too.

Age suitability: 1 year+
Review: "I bought this as a gift for a toddler and a ten-month-old. They both loved watching the cogs spin. The cogs themselves are very tactile and easy to grip. It is beautifully made with no sharp edges. The toddler quickly learned how to put the cogs on and watch them spin. I can see it being a toy to keep for the next generation if my daughter doesn’t lose the parts!"

Pros:

• Encourages hand-eye coordination
• Encourages recognition of colour and shape
• Fascinating for little ones

Cons:

• Expensive for what it is

Personalised Dinosaur Toy

Best dinosaur Christmas present for toddlers
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This adorable dinosaur makes a lovely gift for any toddler. 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, choosing from choice of font and colour.

Safely tested, the removable filling means this toy can double up as a PJ case or 'special hiding place' for a young child. But, just make sure they don't hide any Christmas biccies in there before washing! If a dinosaur wouldn't be your first choice, there's a giraffe, elephant and unicorn to choose from instead.

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

Pros:

• Different animals to choose from
• Can be personalised
• Safety tested for little ones

Cons:

• Not machine washable

John Deere Farmin' Friends Hauling Tractor Toy Set

Best farmyard Christmas present for toddlers
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Roll into farming fun with the John Deere Lights & Sounds Farmin' Friends Hauling Set. This colourful farm toy includes a freewheeling tractor toy, hauler and trailer.

Hitch the trailer to the John Deere Lights & Sounds Farmin' Friends Hauler with the easy connect hitch. It’s easy to raise and lower the ramp for the tractor toy to roll up on board.

The hauler truck toy features lights and sounds for farmyard adventures. The John Deere Lights & Sounds Farmin' Friends Hauling Set is sized just right to haul other Johnny Tractor toys between jobs.

Age suitability: 18 months+
Review: "Very good toy, simple and effective. My 2-year-old son liked a lot!"

Pros:

• Incorporates light and sound
• Made from sturdy material
• Has many versatile uses

Cons:

• One reviewer had issues with the sound buttons

LEGO DUPLO My First Animal Train Toy for Toddlers

Best Christmas present for toddlers with a love of animals

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Want a toy that is fun and educational? This LEGO train set features bold animals, shapes and colours for your toddlers to learn while keeping your little ones entertained for hours on end. As well as stacking, your tot will also be able to build the animals, helping with their construction and problem solving skills.

Age suitability: 1½ years
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."

Pros:

• They're stackable
• Animals have different levels of complexities
• Keeps them stimulated

Cons:

• Could include more animals

Nuby Octopus Floating Bath Toy

Best bathtime Christmas present for toddlers
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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 while they bathe.

Age suitability: 18 months+
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."

Pros:

• Good value for money
• Doesn't retain water, meaning no mould
• Stays upright on its own and floats on the water

Cons:

• It has 6 legs and not 8!

Mega Bloks First Builders Big Building Bag

Best building block Christmas present for toddlers
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For under £10, toddlers will love creating their own world out of these incredible building blocks. These have been crafted with tiny hands in mind. Plus, it also has a storage bag for easy cleanup.

Age suitability: 1 year+
Review: "This is the first set of Mega Bloks 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!"

Pros:

• Fantastic value for money
• Encourages their construction skills
• Comes with a storage bag

Cons:

• We can't think of any!

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