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The Best Gifts for Toddlers 2024

From toddler-friendly scooters to puzzles galore.

The Best Gifts for Toddlers 2024

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If your toddler has everything but you're still looking for gift ideas, listen up. While nothing beats family time, if you want to give the little one in your life a tangible present, we've compiled a list of the best gifts for toddlers on the market — from toddler-friendly scooters to puzzles. Have a younger one? We’ve got the best toys for 2-year-olds, too.

What to look for in the best gifts for toddlers

For toddler gifts, safety is a top priority — steer clear of toys with tiny parts that might injure them or cause choking hazards. We love colourful gifts with engaging designs and details to keep them hooked from first play. Yet, it’s equally important to find gifts that build fine motor skills alongside mental and physical engagement.

Finding the balance between fun and educational is key when shopping for your little one. If you're looking for outdoor toys, check out our curated guide to the best toddler bikes.

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The best gifts for toddlers 2024

Toddler Busy Board

Toddler Busy Board, best gifts for toddlers Merchant

Your little one is guaranteed to love learning new skills and working on fine motor skills through this eight-page busy book. The activities are geared towards various skill levels, working on everything from hand-eye coordination to imagination.

The set includes a zipper, shoelace, belt, button, clock, calendar, shapes, threading, matching, hook and loop puzzles and more! What's more, the book is soft and portable, making it easy to use at home, outside, at restaurants or on trips.

Micro Kickboard Mini Deluxe

Micro Kickboard Mini Deluxe, best gifts for toddlers Merchant

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This toddler scooter is one of the best out there, with thousands of parents giving it an average rating of 4.8 stars on Amazon. It has three wheels and allows toddlers to learn to scoot with its lean-to-steer feature. The platform is wide and the handlebars are adjustable as your child grows in height.

It's lightweight and can hold up to 110 pounds—perfect for a younger kid just getting their footing. There's also a two-year manufacturer's warranty. Two larger front wheels and a tiny steer-focused rear wheel make this a solid and safe choice and one of our favourite types of scooters overall.

Little Tikes 3-Foot Trampoline

Little Tikes 3-Foot Trampoline, best gifts for toddlers Merchant

If your toddler needs an outlet to get some movement out of them, this mini trampoline is a must-have. As a first trampoline, it's great for burning endless energy while working on gross motor skills and balance.

Best of all, it only weighs 13 pounds, can hold up to 55 pounds, and can easily be transported around the house or outside. With over 30,000 ratings on Amazon, this three-feet diameter trampoline is a powerhouse. Check out our list of the best trampolines for kids.

Humble Crew Kids Plastic 4 Chairs and Table Set

Humble Crew Kids Plastic 4 Chairs and Table Set, best gifts for toddlers Merchant
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Over 10,000 parents and caregivers have rated the Humble Crew Kids Plastic four-set a top pick. It qualifies as one of the best tables for toddlers. Choose from six styles made from BPA- and phthalate-free moulded plastic. We love that it’s lightweight at only 11 pounds for the entire set.

The recommended age range is three to eight years old, with a weight limit of 50 pounds per chair. The assembly is easy, with simple snaps locking the plastic parts in place, and the set features rounded corners to prevent injuries. Plastic also makes it incredibly easy to clean.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, best gifts for toddlers Merchant

As one of the gold-standard, bestselling books for early readers ages 1-3 years, The Very Hungry Caterpillar offers many things your toddler will love. The board book with over 58,000 ratings on Amazon is gorgeously drawn — with a teachable tale about life, growth, and embracing change to become your best self.

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It’s a timeless story that every parent should have on their bookshelf, just about every kid will read this book by the time they reach kindergarten.

Wooden Toddler Puzzles

Wooden Toddler Puzzles, best gifts for toddlers Merchant

Choose Montessori-style puzzles for learning-engaged toddlers. These are perfect for toddlers starting to experiment with puzzles. The chunky wooden pieces help toddlers 12 months and older get the right grip.

There's an airplane, car, boat, train, truck and rocket included in the transportation set. All are made in visually pleasing and bright colours. Each puzzle is compact enough to throw in a diaper bag, to keep your child entertained while learning shapes, colors and sorting!

Seimome Magnetic Drawing Board

Seimome Magnetic Drawing Board, best gifts for toddlers Merchant

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Looking for an engaging toy for your toddlers? We love this magnetic drawing board, which provides a fun way to learn numbers, alphabet, and patterns without paper, making it perfect for at-home learning.

It's a great tool for teaching toddlers how to hold and use a pen for drawing. Parents can join the fun and bond with their children while encouraging mental and creative growth.

LEGO DUPLO My First Animal Train Building Set

LEGO DUPLO My First Animal Train Building Set, best gifts for toddlers Merchant

For toddlers who love creative play and nature toys, this LEGO set is the definition of fun. Ideal for 18 months and up, the educational toy comes with four cute, buildable animal figures – a rooster, lamb, cow and horse toy – that transport toddlers on a journey of fun role play.

Toddlers learn problem-solving skills as they follow the cards to construct the animals and then match them to the coloured train toy carriages. The building set includes two extra bricks to let toddlers express their creativity as they build and rebuild the animals into toy figures of their invention.

Squishmallows Original 14-Inch Sunshine Rainbow with Clouds

Squishmallows Original 14-Inch Sunshine Rainbow with Clouds, best gifts for toddlers Merchant
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Toddlers have become avid collectors of these soft, ultra-squishable stuffies. There are many soft and colourful options to choose from—each with a unique name and, not to mention in various sizes.

Perfect for snuggling up against while reading a book, watching a movie or drinking juice. This adorable sunshine rainbow makes a great gift that will always bring back memories.

Fisher-Price Dance & Groove Rockit

Fisher-Price Dance & Groove Rockit, best gifts for toddlers Merchant

Let's face it—toddlers love music. The Fisher-Price Dance & Groove Rockit lets them explore more than 100 songs, sounds, and phrases to learn the alphabet, numbers, shapes and colours.

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This interactive toy features characters Glow and Rockit who interact with each other while the three stages of learning grow with your toddler. And that's not all. Your little one can have the time of their life playing with the record and mix option that allows them to hear themself back.

Learning Resources Spike The Fine Motor Hedgehog

Learning Resources Spike The Fine Motor Hedgehog, best gifts for toddlers Merchant

With nearly 50,000 reviews and a 4.7-star average rating, Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog is everything a toddler could want. This cute little guy comes with 12 pegs to grab and push into the quill holes, sharpening fine and gross motor skills, along with building colour recognition, sorting and counting skills.

The best part? When playtime is over, pieces are stored inside Spike's body for easy cleanup and portability.

RadioFlyer Ziggle Wiggle Car

RadioFlyer Ziggle Wiggle Car, best gifts for toddlers Merchant

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One of Vierheller's top picks is this Radio Flyer Ziggle Wiggle Car — and we agree.

It features four caster wheels that spin 360 degrees, allowing children to twist and move. The seat can adjust to up to age eight and it can be used indoors and out. Smaller toddlers can scoot along with their feet until they get used to riding it. The max weight capacity is 81 pounds, making it a great option for a wide range of toddler sizes.

Clixo Rainbow 42 Piece Pack

Clixo Rainbow 42 Piece Pack, best gifts for toddlers Merchant

Clixo is a building system that's magnetic, BPA-free, and non-toxic. The pieces fasten together allowing kids to create structures big and small. This fun and educational gift encourages creativity, problem-solving and STEM learning.

Bonus: if your toddler is already a fan, you can easily size up to the 60 and 72-pack versions!

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This article was originally published on Jun 24, 2024

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Heather Taylor-Singh is a commerce writer at St. Joseph Communications. Based in Toronto, she covers trending topics in lifestyle, culture and sustainability. When she's not feverishly writing, she enjoys overanalyzing movies and listening to her perfectly curated playlists on Spotify.

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