Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Favorite Toys & Books | Toddlers {Gift Ideas}

Around here, we don't get too carried away with 'gender specific' toys.  In fact, Cullyn plays with Jordyn's makeup more than she does and Jordyn is most likely to be playing with Cullyn's cars, so whatever.  But, for the sake of gift giving ideas, I've listed them as boy or girl.  Truth is...most of their favorite toys would be fine for any kid.

So, in case you're looking for gift ideas for your own child or a friend/family members, I hope this helps...

Boy | 2 Years

Wooden Parking Garage| My parents got this from Target for Cullyn for Christmas and both kids have been playing with it nonstop!
Wonderworld Toy Cars | $15-25 I bought Cully two of these Christmas and I can't wait to add to the collection! Dumper. Mini Loader.
Melissa & Doug Car Carrier Truck | $15 My parents also got this for Cullyn for Christmas {can you tell he's big on cars?!} and it's been a hit for both kids since.  
Wooden Car |$10 I forget what brand this is, but I bought it at a local shop called Eden in Des Moines.  
CAT Trucks | $15 This is pathetic, but I can't even remember where these came from!  But, they love them! :)

Girl | 3 Years
Melissa & Doug Pattern Blocks |$15 Jordyn first started playing with these at the gym daycare, so my sister {a teacher!} bought these for her.  I'm pretty sure half of the reason she loves them so much is because Cullyn doesn't get to play with them {yet} :)
Baby Carrier | I swear this came from Pottery Barn, but I can't find it anywhere.  I also don't know the price because it was a gift from my MIL
Doctor Kit | I can't remember when brand this is, so I can't find a link, but Jordyn got this as a birthday present from a friend for her 3rd birthday and both kids are obsessed with it.  We always bring it out before a doctor's visit to help remind the kids that the tools don't hurt them.  And call me crazy, but Jordyn's had less anxiety about doctor visits ever since. 
My Light Up Vacuum Cleaner |$15 We obviously bought the pink one, but both seem to be out of stock.  Again, both kids love this toy.

Gender Neutral Toys
Until We Hug Again Bear & Bunny | $30 My in laws got these for the kids and they're one of my all time favorite gifts.  They recorded the Hubbard family song {my MIL made has sang it to all of her grandbabies} and when you push the tummy it plays.  These are the only stuffed animals we own and the kids sleep with them every night.  A true treasure!
Wooden Camera Toy | I bought this off Etsy when Jordyn was just a baby, and it's help up so well.  Both kids fight over this toy! :)
Baby Carrier | I swear this came from Pottery Barn, but I can't find it 
Learning Resources Pretend & Play Cash Register | $20-30 There are tons of models, but I linked the one we have.  My mom got this for Jordyn's 3rd Birthday, but both kids play with it all the time. 
Bumble Bee Riding Toy | $60 I got this off Amazon for Jordyn's 1st or 2nd Chirstmas {I can't even remember} It's big enough for them to ride, but small enough to store at the condo.  Excellent quality!  Both kids love it!
Giraffe Pull Toy | I think Cullyn got this from my sister for his 1st Christmas, but I can't be positive.  I'm pretty sure it was purchased from a small boutique on Main Street in Cedar Falls, Ia {Peek-a-Boo Baby}  Either way, both kids love pulling it around

*Before I go into books, let it be known we have tons and tons of books, so these are just a couple that stand out in our house.  We also have a few favorite 'local' books about Iowa/Des Moines that I didn't include.
Boy Books
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Diskey Rinker & Tom Lichtenheld 
Trucks by Rodger Priddy

Girl Book
My Mommy's Tote by P.H. Hanson {so hands on!}

Gender Neutral Books
Tickle Monster by Josie Bissett {we love this book - it always brings giggles!} *Mitts sold separatly.  We don't have this one, but it's on my wishlist!
How To Live On An Island by Sandy Gingras {prettiest book we have!}
Counting Kisses by Katen Katz
If I could Keep You Little by Marianne Richmond {I love this book as much as I love 'I'll Love You Forever' by Robert Munsch, so that says a lot}
Happy Birthday {audio books you can record--ours are from my in laws}
All the Ways I Love You by Theresa Trinder {also a Hallmark recordable book}


  1. What an awesome post! Such awesome stuff.

    1. Thanks. I love gift ideas {currently seeking some for Cullyn's 2nd birthday actually!} :)

  2. Whenever I vacuum Maddie breaks out hers and vacuums too. Cracks me up! What great toys!

    1. I always want to record this {& when they want to 'help' unload the dishwasher} because I know when I want then to do it, they won't share the same excitement! :)

  3. thanks for sharing! i love suggestions from others! my little guy turns 2 in 2 months (i can hardly believe it!) and my brain is in present mode

    1. Mine, too! My youngest turns 2 next month! :(

  4. My kids our turning 1 soon Im thinking about getting a Bounce House Books our a great idea as well thanks for the post.


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