As a former elementary school teacher and someone who now helps busy moms find the perfect books for their kids, I know the profound impact that play and reading can have on a child’s development. There’s nothing quite like the joy of watching a child’s eyes light up as they immerse themselves in a good book or get lost in imaginative play. That’s why I’m so excited to share this gift guide for babies and toddlers with you. I believe that the gift of play is one of the most precious things we can offer to our children, and I’m delighted to help you find the perfect screen-free treasures to inspire their creativity and curiosity.
The items on this list are from Etsy sellers and my own PaperPie small business. Enjoy this gift guide for babies and toddlers, and thank you for taking the time to shop with a small business.
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1. Poppy & Sam’s Wind-Up Train Book
by Heather Amery
Embark on an exciting adventure with Poppy & Sam as your little one winds up the toy train and watches it whizz around the tracks in this interactive book. This book includes three tracks, each with a special story.
Wrap your little one in comfort and style with these soft and breathable muslin swaddles, perfect for swaddling, burping, and cuddling. These swaddles are from Sugar House Swaddles on Etsy.
Spark your child’s imagination and encourage hours of creative play with this beautifully designed play kitchen, complete with realistic features and accessories.
This classic walker and wagon combo is perfect for little ones taking their first steps, providing support and doubling as a fun toy hauler. My daughter loved her walker when she was just on the verge of walking independently. It was a well-loved toy!
Celebrate your baby’s first Christmas with a keepsake ornament that can be cherished for years to come. I love this sweet ornament designed by Etsy seller khuongdecor, that contains tiny trinkets with details of your baby’s birth including their birthday, time of birth, weight, length, and state of birth.
Encourage curiosity and exploration with this kid-friendly tape measure, perfect for measuring objects around the house and comparing sizes. A tape measure is my son’s favorite toy, but I much prefer this kid-friendly version that doesn’t have sharp, metal edges on the tape!
Ensure a cozy and comfortable night’s sleep for your toddler with this soft and warm sleeping bag, ideal for sleepovers, camping trips, or lounging in the living room with a good book.
8. Twinkly, Twinkly Nativity
by Sam Taplin
Bring the nativity story to life with this beautifully illustrated book that features twinkling lights and a heartwarming retelling of the Christmas story.
Foster creativity and fine motor skills with these easy-to-grip crayons designed for little hands, perfect for budding artists.
Let your little one take their favorite doll for a stroll with this sturdy and adorable doll stroller, complete with a sunshade and storage space.
Delight your child with a handmade crochet doll, crafted with love and care from Eslim Design on Etsy, perfect for cuddling and imaginative play.
Encourage physical activity and motor skill development with this climbing triangle that can be easily folded and stored when not in use. Made by Eco Activity Tools on Etsy.
Capture and cherish precious memories of your baby’s first year with a personalized photo book that can be customized with your favorite photos and milestones. Created by PinholePressUS on Etsy.
Introduce your little one to the magic of a snowy day with this classic picture book, featuring beautiful illustrations and a heartwarming story by Ezra Jack Keats.
Create a comfy and inviting reading nook for your child with this soft and cozy sherpa chair, perfect for storytime and relaxation.
Let your child get out some energy and use their imagination with these soft and safe foam blocks, perfect for building and stacking without the worry of bumps and bruises.
17. I Can Be Kind
by Kathryn Jewitt
Teach your child the importance of kindness and empathy with this beautifully illustrated book that explores different ways to be kind to others. Create conversation with questions to share, a mindful activity, and a wheel to play with.
Share the story of the nativity with your little one through hands-on play with this interactive playset nativity scene, complete with figures and a stable. The star on the front lights up and you get to enjoy a sweet Christmas song, as well.
Introduce your child to the joys of board games with this cooperative game that encourages teamwork and sharing as players work together to harvest the fruit from the orchard.
Encourage active play and imaginative adventures with this colorful play tunnel, perfect for crawling, hiding, and exploring. I can’t tell you how much use we’ve gotten out of our tunnel in the last couple of years! Such a small investment for a large amount of fun.
As you embark on your holiday shopping, I hope this gift guide for babies and toddlers helps you find the perfect gifts for the babies and toddlers in your life. Wishing you and your family a happy holiday season filled with joy, laughter, and sweet memories that will last a lifetime.
Be sure to check out our Holiday Gift Guides from previous seasons: Gift Guides