Christmas with kids becomes truly magical once they’re old enough to understand what the season is all about and can anticipate the magic that is Santa leaving a little something under the Christmas tree. Here are my top 10 gift ideas for older toddlers and preschoolers.
[ 1 ] Ball track . Build up the fun with this HABA ball track – perfect for budding constructors. The colourful connecting blocks come with pivots that easily lock into place.
[ 2 ] Convertible bike . The Wishbone 3-in-1 bike starts with three wheels, helping even the youngest of riders to learn to push themselves around. It then converts to two-wheels for a pedal-less bike to help toddlers learn the fine art of balancing. Then raise the seat and flip the frame to transform the Wishbone bike into one of the largest balance bikes on the market, suitable up to 5 years.
[ 3 ] Watch . Your little one might not be able to tell time just yet, but they still want to be just like mom + dad. Get them their very own classy kids watch from Royal + Bright. It’s built to last and will grow with them through childhood. Includes minute numbers for easier time telling.
[ 4 ] Magnet toy . Let your child’s imagination run wild with the Janod magnetic rocket, which is both a puzzle and a toy. The magnetic touch makes sure that when the Rocket is assembled, it stays together.
[ 3 ] Craft Supplies . To get those creative juices flowing, craft supplies are always a good idea. Even better? A monthly subscription to hands-on fun via Kiwi Crate. You get a different box delivered to your door each month with loads of high-quality materials for 2-3 creative activities. And it costs just $17-20 per month (depending on length of subscription).
[ 6 ] Luggage . If you travel lots, get your mini me a suitcase of their own. This Skip Hop wheeled suitcase is both adorable (they have so many cute characters to choose from!) and practical – sturdy wheels for not-so-gentle littles and a removable parent strap when mom or dad inevitably has to take over.
[ 7 ] Teepee . Unleash your child’s imagination and encourage creative play with a beautiful teepee like this one from the Land of Nod.
[ 8 ] Sleep Trainer . Now that they’re old enough to understand that nighttime is for sleeping, give the gift of extended sleep (to yourself). The Claessens’ Kids moon sleep trainer helps kids to understand when they are allowed to get up in the morning. The bunny sleeps at night and wakes up at whatever time you’ve set it for. The nightlight also switches from blue to yellow to help your child understand the difference between night and day.
[ 9 ] Play kitchen . This is the age when they want nothing more than to be like you. The IKEA play kitchen lets them cook up a storm while you’re doing the same. Pimp it up to match your grown-up version and get major Pinterest bonus points. (You can find our updated play kitchen here.)
[ 10 ] Bath toy . Who doesn’t love a good bath. Make tub time even more fun with the Yookidoo flow n fill bath toy.
DIY simple + natural gift wrapping
Brown paper packages tied up with string… these are a few of my favourite things! (You can find another gift wrap tutorial using neutral colours with pops of greenery here.)
What you’ll need:
- Kraft postal wrapping paper
- Striped twine (similar)
- Silver jingle bells
- Kraft gift tags
- Have yourself a merry little christmas stamp
- Santa stamp (similar)
- Thick black thread
- Black ink pad
How to get the look:
Again, very self explanatory but I feel like I can’t call it a tutorial without a little something written. Wrap your gifts in postal paper, tie your twine around the middle of your package several times (or go with a traditional bow), attach a jingle bell, and slip a single branch of evergreen greenery underneath (if there’s space). For the gift tags, simply stamp your christmas stamps onto your gift tags and attach them to your twine with your thick black string or slip them underneath for smaller packages.