The 50 Safest Christmas Gift Ideas for Toddlers

by Caitlin McCormack | Last Updated Dec. 1st, 2015

Christmas is an exciting time for toddlers and their parents alike. It’s usually the first time the little ones are old enough to have some understanding of what’s happening on the big day, and they can get really into the spirit.

There are also more options for gifts for them now that they are getting a little bit bigger and are out of the newborn and baby stage.

Toddlers are also learning and developing so much between the ages of 2-5 that it’s a delight watching them explore new concepts through play.

As with any toy, supervise your child and check for small parts or other potential hazards before letting them play on their own.

In no particular order, here are 50 of the best Christmas gift ideas for toddlers based on average customer reviews and ratings.

1. Fire Kids Edition, Blue Kid-Proof Case

Now your little one can have their very own tablet full of age- and developmentally-appropriate games and apps to keep them engaged and entertained for hours. It comes complete with 1 year of Amazon FreeTime unlimited and a kid-proof case.

Key features:

  • 2 year guarantee
  • Onboard microSD slot
  • Built-in parental controls

Cost: *Est $99.99

2. Minions (Blu-ray + DVD + DIGITAL HD)

Learn the backstory of everyone’s favorite villain servants in this funny and lively movie that both kids and grownups alike will enjoy.

Key features:

  • Choose from multiple formats
  • Includes French, Spanish subtitles
  • Includes 3 mini movies

Cost: *Est. $22.99

Help everyone’s favorite pups save the day in Adventure Bay with this trailer that serves as the ultimate rescue vehicle. It holds up to three Paw Patrol vehicles inside, or displays six when open.

Key features:

  • Includes Ryder and his ATV
  • Working elevator
  • Batteries included

Cost: *Est. $48.72

4. Frozen Karaoke CD

Your little one will never have to let the magic of their favorite Frozen songs go thanks to this karaoke CD that allows them to sing the popular tunes anytime they want.

Key features:

  • Also available as MP3
  • Includes 8 instrumental and 8 vocal tracks
  • Suitable for all ages

Cost: *Est. $7.99

5. Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition

This special box set comes complete with one of Santa’s blue-eyed boy scout elves to help your little ones behave until the jolly old man makes his way down the chimney, as well as a beautifully illustrated storybook.

Key features:

  • Available in varying skin tones and eye colors
  • Accessories available (sold separately)
  • A fun family tradition for years to come

Cost: *Est. $29.95

6. Fisher-Price Baby Bright Beats Dance and Move BeatBo

This cute little toy features a fun “dancing” action to help your little one get their hips shaking and head bobbing along to the beat. It features three modes that grow with your child through the baby and toddler years.

Key features:

  • Optional frustration-free packaging
  • Includes songs, learning content, and more
  • Batteries included

Cost: *Est. $32.99

7. Frozen Sing-A-Long Elsa Doll

Your little princess can sing along to her favorite tunes with this sing-along Elsa doll that includes a real working microphone! It’s smart enough to know where you left off in the song and when placed in front of Elsa, she’ll pick up where your little one left off.

Key features:

  • Elsa’s necklace and dress light up
  • Elsa says more than 15 phrases
  • Batteries included

Cost: *Est. $29.88

8. Mega Bloks First Builders Big Building Bag

This building block set features 80 pieces to help your child stretch their creative mind and build nearly anything their heart desires. Blocks are contained in a zippered bag with a convenient carrying handle on top.

Key features:

  • PVC- and BPA-free bag
  • Award-winning toy
  • Available in choice of colors

Cost: *Est. $17.87

9. VTech KidiBeats Kids Drum Set

This little drum set is a bestseller for the under 5 crowd and comes complete with three drum pads, a cymbal and two sticks for hours of musical fun. It also teaches little ones about numbers, letters and more.

Key features:

  • Choose from 4 different play modes
  • Unique LED lighting
  • Batteries included

Cost: *Est. $19.99

10. Fisher-Price Nickelodeon Blaze and the Monster Machines Monster Dome Playset

Your little wannabe racer will enjoy this Monster Machines Monster Dome playset that comes complete with track pieces that can be customized in different layouts, along with two monster trucks to battle it out on the track.

Key features:

  • Launchers included
  • Exposes children to basic STEM concepts
  • Easy to assemble

Cost: *Est. $19.83

11. Barbie Pop-Up Camper Vehicle

Perfect for the Barbie-lover in your life, this camper van makes a great addition to her fleet and allows you to convert the vehicle into all sorts of rooms for glamorous outdoor camping adventures.

Key features:

  • Barbie sold separately
  • Requires 3 AAA batteries (not included)
  • Includes roasting sticks with marshmallows, popcorn in bowl and more

Cost: *Est. $65.99

Give your little ones a head start on learning the value of a dollar with this toy cash register that teaches them how to count and manage money while having fun.

Key features:

  • Built-in change dispenser
  • Comes with coins and ‘credit cards’
  • Durable construction

Cost: *Est. $12.79

13. Mega Bloks First Builders Block Scooping Wagon Building Set

Let your little builder’s imagination run wild with this fun building block set that comes complete with 20 blocks plus a wagon that will pick them up as it’s pushed over them.

Key features:

  • Available in choice of colors
  • Encourages creative play
  • Fold-out, easy-grip handle

Cost: *Est. $24

14. Ohio Art Classic Etch A Sketch Magic Screen

Give your little ones this classic toy (or get it for yourself as a reminder of your own childhood) with the classic Etch a Sketch. The only limit to what you can create is your imagination.

Key features:

  • No batteries required
  • Easily portable
  • Hours of mess-free fun

Cost: *Est. $14.96

15. 100 Singalong Songs for Kids Box Set

Your little ones will enjoy hours of sing-along fun with this boxed set of classic children’s tunes including The Wheels on the Bus and Baa, Baa, Black Sheep.

Key features:

  • Available in multiple formats
  • Includes 3 discs
  • Money-back guarantee

Cost: *Est. $7.89

Everyone’s favorite fire pup will be there on the double to help save the day in his fire truck that turns into a puphouse. It even has a real working ladder and wheels, plus sound effects and phrases right from the TV show.

Key features:

  • Includes 1 vehicle, 1 toy Marshall
  • Other pups available
  • Large, easy-to-grip size

Cost: *Est. $19.76

17. FurReal Friends StarLily, My Magical Unicorn

This lifelike toy responds to your child’s touch and interaction with a horn that lights up and wings that flutter. She loves having her hair braided and comes with a treat you can feed her as well as instructions for use.

Key features:

  • Optional frustration-free packaging
  • Over 100 sound and motion combos
  • Optional app available

Cost: *Est. $95.99

18. Fisher-Price Bright Beats Smart Touch Play Space

This play space features an interactive touch-sensitive light bar that responds to your little one’s touch with various lights and sounds. There are three different ways to play so it grows with your child from infancy through toddlerhood.

Key features:

  • Teaches colors, letters, numbers, and more
  • Features lights, colors, and songs
  • Batteries not included

Cost: *Est. $49.97

This classic wooden toy is made from high quality, durable materials to provide your little one with endless hours of banging and hammering fun. Non-removable pegs mean there’s no small pieces to get lost or stuck anywhere.

Key features:

  • Mallet included
  • Helps develop motor skills, color identification
  • Made in the USA

Cost: *Est. $14.23

20. Munchkin Float and Play Bubbles Bath Toy

This set of bath toys is ideal for stimulating your little one’s sense of sight, hearing, and touch and easily floats in the water for hours of bathtime fun. The textured rings move freely around the bubbles and make them easier for little hands to grip.

Key features:

  • Each set includes two characters and two whirly toys
  • Engages the senses
  • Watertight design prevent mould and mildew

Cost: *Est. $10.29

21. VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate RC Speedway

The Go! Go! Smart Wheels sets are a great opportunity for little ones to use their imagination building tracks and moving vehicles of all sorts around. This set is 4.5 feet long and boasts four different action zones, a mechanical elevator and RC SmartPoint racer.

Key features:

  • Expand with other sets for endless fun
  • Car includes batteries
  • Encourages creative play

Cost: *Est. $39.99

The Lil’ Kick is a great way to start off younger riders thanks to its three-wheeled design, which provides added stability to those still working on those balancing skills. A low deck and wide board provide added stability and make for easy scooting.

Key features:

  • Durable welded steel frame construction
  • Large wheels for a smoother ride
  • Suitable for ages 3 and up

Cost: *Est. $24.99

23. Fisher-Price Imaginext Ultra T-Rex

This terrifying-looking dino allows your little one to build the creature and interact with him taking steps, standing tall, and more.

Key features:

  • Optional frustration-free packaging
  • Realistic sound effects
  • Batteries included

Cost: *Est. $79

24. Lincoln Logs 100th Anniversary Tin Building Set

The original Lincoln Logs get a special 100th anniversary tin in this set that makes for convenient storage and easy portability. It comes with 110 all wood pieces to give your little builder hours of creative and imaginative fun.

Key features:

  • Made in the USA
  • Suitable for ages 3 and up
  • Three building ideas

Cost: *Est. $44.99

25. LeapFrog LeapTV Educational Gaming System

Your little one will get a kick out of playing one of these active and fun games and you’ll feel good knowing that they’re learning something at the same time. It teaches addition, subtraction, shapes, patterns, number recognition and more, all while getting your little one moving.

Key features:

  • Recommended for children aged 3-8
  • Works on any TV
  • Educator approved

Cost: *Est. $59.95

26. Matchbox Treasure Tracker Metal Detector Truck

Your little outdoor adventurer will love digging for hidden treasures with this truck that features a real, working metal detector. The mesh scoop on the front helps dig up those buried treasures and easily sifts through dirt or sand.

Key features:

  • Suitable for use indoors or outdoors
  • Strong, durable design
  • Batteries included

Cost: *Est. $25.86

Let your little one practice their housekeeping skills with their very own mop, broom and duster set. It even includes a convenient, compact storage stand to hold all the tools when playtime is over.

Key features:

  • Durable wood construction
  • Specially sized for little hands
  • Made of natural, durable materials

Cost: *Est. $25.49

The perfect gift before the holiday season gets under way (or for their next Christmas) this wooden advent calendar offers an eco-friendly and reusable way for little ones to get in on the holiday spirit. The magnetic, reusable ornaments are a nice alternative for those with food allergies or sensitivities.

Key features:

  • Includes a special holiday poem
  • Attached box holds the ornaments
  • Made of durable, safe materials

Cost: *Est. $18.50

29. Avengers: XPV Marvel-RC Hulk Smash Toy Vehicle

Your superhero-loving tot will get a kick out of this remote-controlled car that features an integrated Hulk design. You can smash, spin, flip, and pop a wheelie all from the controller.

Key features:

  • Features 10 Hulk phrases and sounds
  • Suitable for children aged 4 and up
  • Batteries included

Cost: *Est. $48.99

30. Singing Machine SML-283P CDG Karaoke Player

This karaoke machine is perfect for the budding American Idol in your life and is easily portable thanks to the carry handle on top and battery power source (adapter included.) Built-in speakers and disco light effects help set the mood for every party.

Key features:

  • Choose from two colors
  • Includes two microphone jacks
  • Balance, echo, and auto voice controls

Cost: *Est. $45.99

31. Playskool Heroes Star Wars Galactic Heroes Millennium Falcon and Figures

Wow the Star Wars fan (young or old!) in your life with this set that features popular figures from the movies and the Millennium Falcon as a convenient play area and carry case.

Key features:

  • C3PO sold separately
  • Slide out handle for flight play
  • Push-activated blaster cannon

Cost: *Est. $33.11

32. Fisher-Price Harley-Davidson Motorcycles Tough Trike

Available in a choice of different models to suit nearly any little one learning to ride, this Harley-inspired trike features large foot pedals, rugged tires and a wide, stable wheelbase to help keep your child balanced while learning to ride.

Key features:

  • Comfort ride seat
  • Under-seat storage compartment
  • Quick and easy to assemble

Cost: *Est. $27.88

33. Miles From Tomorrowland Stellosphere

Based off the popular TV show, this toy is really three ships in one. The Stellosphere transforms into a playset with Zip Ship and Mini StarJetter for hours of imaginative play. It even boasts phrases, lights, and sounds from the show.

Key features:

  • Includes poseable Miles figure
  • Batteries included
  • Add-on figures and ships sold separately

Cost: *Est. $39.99

This real working cash register is solar-powered and boasts an easy to read LCD display with large buttons that are easy for little fingers to use. It comes with a storage tray to hold the included 30 play bills, 40 plastic coins and one pretend credit card.

Key features:

  • Optional frustration-free packaging
  • Suitable for children aged 3-8
  • Award-winning toy

Cost: *Est. $34.99

Put a little giddy up in your Barbie-lover’s step with this doll and horse set that she can really ride. Barbie comes complete with the perfect horse-riding outfit, including a helmet for safety, of course.

Key features:

  • Barbie gets herself up with the push of a button
  • Includes saddle and reins
  • Brush for horse’s tail included

Cost: *Est. $38.88

Mission Chase is ready for any job, big or small with over 130 installed phrases to help your little one feel like an Adventure Bay superstar. Help him complete 24 different missions for hours of fun and imaginative play.

Key features:

  • Optional frustration-free packaging
  • Launching net and flashlight included
  • Batteries included

Cost: *Est. $47.54

37. Fisher-Price Imaginext DC Super Friends Transforming Batcave

This large action toy expands with the turn of ‘power pads’ along the way in order to open and unlock all sorts of rooms and play areas. Your little superhero will have loads of fun keeping Gotham safe from the bad guys.

Key features:

  • Batman and Joker figures included
  • Armour and projectile launcher included
  • Batteries included

Cost: *Est. $49.44

This deluxe easel features a sturdy wooden frame with chalkboard, dry-erase board, locking paper-roll holder, child-safe paper cutter, 4 easy-clip grips, and 2 large plastic trays to give your child endless options for creating beautiful art. Perfect for painting, coloring and more.

Key features:

  • Easy to assemble
  • Optional frustration-free packaging
  • Sturdy and high quality materials

Cost: *Est. $59.98

Cooking is an invaluable skill to have and this set lets your child try their hand in the kitchen with items that are sized just right for little chefs. It comes complete with a colander, pot with lid, two pans, two wooden utensils, and a storage rack.

Key features:

  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Looped, riveted handles are extra sturdy
  • Hand polished stainless steel and wood

Cost: *Est. $24.98

40. Munchkin Bath Toy, School of Fish

Your little one will love bath time with this fun little toy that also doubles as a water scooper for pouring and rinsing off soap. It comes complete with three squirting fish students dressed and ready for class.

Key features:

  • Encourages imaginative play
  • Easy to grasp
  • BPA-free

Cost: *Est. $6.99

This electronic pug looks and acts just like a real dog and will even jump and bark when you pet its head or wave to it. He’s sure to provide your little one with hours of endless play and companionship.

Key features:

  • Optional frustration-free packaging
  • Instructions included
  • Batteries included

Cost: *Est. $29.99

This soft and cuddly cute little friend can help your child learn all about their body parts, letters, colors, counting, and more. It features over 50 phrases and sing-along songs to captivate and teach little learners.

Key features:

  • Optional frustration-free packaging
  • Three levels of play grow with your child
  • Batteries included

Cost: *Est. $13.86

43. The Land Before Time [Blu-ray]

Give the gift of this classic film updated to either Blu-ray or DVD as a special film the whole family can enjoy watching together.

Key features:

  • Multiple formats available
  • Rated G for all ages
  • Subtitles in multiple languages

Cost: *Est. $12.92

44. LEGO DUPLO My First Creative Building Box

This LEGO Duplo set comes with 70 pieces that are just the right size for little builders learning how to create. It comes with a buildable car and accessories including a parasol, suitcase, chairs, and flowers.

Key features:

  • Suitable for children 18 months and older
  • Encourages imaginative play
  • Two child figures included

Cost: *Est. $24.99

45. VTech Write and Learn Creative Center

Great for little learners, this activity center lets them flex their newfound skills and creative muscles while they write, stamp, and more on the erasable magnetic board. Animated demonstrations help children develop writing skills.

Key features:

  • Great for travel
  • Stylus included
  • Batteries included

Cost: *Est. $24.88

This set lets your little one play dentist with all the tools a regular dentist would use – including an electric drill. They can even make braces! This high quality toy has been made with safe materials that have been tested for quality and durability.

Key features:

  • Includes three Play-Doh colors
  • Play base comes with a head and mouth
  • Recommended for children aged 3 and up

Cost: *Est. $14.96

47. Singable Songs for the Very Young: Great with a Peanut-Butter Sandwich

Everyone’s favorite child troubadour, this is one of Raffi’s best-selling and best-loved albums, featuring hits such as Down By the Bay, Must Be Santa, and Peanut Butter Sandwich. Kids of all ages will enjoy singing along to the catchy tunes.

Key features:

  • Available in a choice of formats
  • Calming for adults and children alike
  • Makes a great stocking stuffer

Cost: *Est. $10.29

48. Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. My First Microscope

Let your budding little scientist see a magnified hidden world with ease with this toy microscope. With two extra-large eye-pieces and focusing knob even little fingers can work, they’re sure to enjoy examining everything around them.

Key features:

  • LED light for better visibility
  • Up to 8x magnification
  • Batteries not included

Cost: *Est. $16.29

The perfect puzzle set for toddlers, this bundle contains three puzzle boards that can help little ones to learn their numbers, letters, and colors.

Key features:

  • Hand crafted
  • Helps develop fine motor skills
  • Recommended for children aged 2 and older

Cost: *Est. $19.99

These reusable books offer an excellent way for little artists to ‘paint’ without any mess and are great for use during travel or at home. This set includes books of three different themes to capture and grow your child’s imagination.

Key features:

  • Erases when dry
  • Chunky water pen included
  • Helps develop fine motor skills

Cost: *Est. $14.71

 
 
   
 
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