It’s a good Wednesday because I am rolling out the first of three gift guides for the kids. I am starting with the littlest ones in the bunch who either have absolutely nothing to their toy box name or a buncha hand-me-downs that are missing a piece or two. Know any babes like that? I sure do.
Kids Gift Guide Under $50
Best for baby and 1 year olds
I firmly believe V-Tech can do no wrong when it comes to providing multi-functional toys for this age. This under $40 train serves as push toy, floor toy, a ride-on toy, a walker, and a wagon to pull. That little seat lifts to hold baby’s sweet little treasures, or possibly a sippy cup or your missing keys.
My mother-in-law bought these for Noah when he was a baby and three subsequent grandbabies have loved them just as much. Eggs “crack” to feature a shape and color to match while the carton serves as a sorter for fine-motor skills. One of our family favorites for baby.
Isn’t this little hedgehog adorable? Babes and toddlers will be encouraged to use their little hands to count, sort and identify colors with Spike. I’m adding this cutie to L’s holiday list.
I wish I could tell you this phone will keep your little one’s sticky and slobbery paws off yours, but alas, I cannot. I can tell you, however, that you can never have enough play phones in your home. Aria and Leo love to swap, talk, and hide their supply of faux-cells. If they don’t answer your next text, well then, assume the toy is hidden for now.
It says toddlers, but let me tell you, both of my youngest babies have fully enjoyed the cool metal keys on their teething gums. We’ve had these keys in our diaper bag since 2015. They are the perfect toy to keep in the car or while running errands [
The perfect first train set for your little one. This track is under $25 and features magnetic train cars pulled by a tractor plus farm animals along for the ride.
Do you all know the story of Melissa + Doug? If not, click here to read how this amazing couple came to create these notorious wooden toys [and beyond]. We have our fair share of Melissa + Doug puzzles and the ones with sounds are always the first to come out of the cabinet. See the widget below for our family favorites from the Melissa + Doug line.
More from Melissa + Doug That We Love
Peek-a-boo, I see you! I received the floppy bunny version of this toy as a baby gift for Noah. While that version is still available, I’m super stoked to see it as an elephant,
“My Name Is Not…” and “Star of the Story” are two “Put Me In The Story” gifted to our children on their first birthdays by my sister-in-law, queen of unique and heartfelt gifts. The books are personalized with a photo and message on the dedication page, and their name as the main character. Since there are several titles to choose from, one is sure to be a perfect fit for any child in your life.
V-Tech coming in for the win again with this race-around-the-track playset. The police car plays sounds and melodies and the whole tower can be used with other Go! Go! Smart Wheels playsets.
I am blessed with boys who love legos and construction trucks. I never dreamed I could know so much about trucks, let alone, assist in the block construction of them. If you’re little one yells “TRUCK” every time you pass a semi or construction site, go ahead and add this winner to your cart.
More DUPLO Sets to Love
Do y’all remember the 80’s version of these? I do. It was a wooden stool with primary colors and bubble letters. I much prefer the interchangeable color options provided by this particular Etsy seller. This “toy” is an educational keepsake that any child will adore.
This 8 piece set includes maracas, a wooden trumpet, a harmonica, and more. It is priced under $20 and does not include ear plugs for the proud parents.
In case you haven’t heard Amazon’s “Black Friday” deals begin on Sunday, November 17th and Target will be open before the Pumpkin Pie is sliced on Thursday.
If you’re like me and Amazon is your holiday shopping jam, this is the time of year where I exhaust every ounce of my Prime membership. Don’t have one? It’s a perfect time to sign up and reap the immediate shipping benefits. Click here to do so.
Gift guides are fun and all, but I’m still digging through my kids’ Halloween candy hauls. How can Thanksgiving be next week? Tell me, do you have your December holiday decor up? I cannot subscribe. We are faithfully post-Thanksgiving tree decorators here.
I’ll be rolling out another kiddo-based gift guide this week. Thank you so much for reading.