Exactly three more weeks until Christmas! I’m beyond excited. There’s nothing quite like watching your kids excitedly open their gifts come Christmas morning whilst you’re enjoying a hot cup of coffee and eating cookies for breakfast. I usually leave my Christmas shopping for the last minute and then scramble to get everything ordered in time. This year, however, I’m vowing to be more on top of things and I’ve already put together my shopping lists for everyone in my family. If you’ve got kids roughly the same age as mine (2-4), here are my top 10 gift recommendations. Some of these my kids have and absolutely love, others are on my shopping list for this year (and I know they’re going to huge hits).
[ 1 ] Puzzles . Both of my kids are obsessed with puzzles and it’s one of the few activities where they’ll actually sit still for longer periods of time. These Petit Collage floor puzzles are my favourite for toddlers. For preschoolers, I love the Ravensburger 60 piece puzzles – a German classic plus there are so many to choose from!
[ 2 ] Book subscription box . I’ve been obsessed with Lillypost since we first discovered them over a year ago. It’s the gift that keeps on giving! Get your kids a multi-month subscription and watch their eyes light up every month when the mailman delivers a box full of individually wrapped books. (More on Lillypost below, including a discount code!)
[ 3 ] Pretend play . This is the age when kids are really into pretend play and doing what mom + dad are doing. This Melissa & Doug cleaning set is perfect for kids who love to help with cleaning.
[ 4 ] Ride-on toy . I love these Wheely Bugs for their modern looks, my kids love them for their fun.
[ 5 ] Interactive gaming system . We’re pro screen time at our house, as long as the length of time is within reason and there’s an element of learning to whatever they’re watching / playing. I love the Osmo Genius Kit as it very cleverly bridges the gap between the physical and digital worlds, taking gameplay beyond the screen.
[ 6 ] Ball Pit . This is definitely the biggest hit at our house whenever we host a playdate. We got our ball pit from Misioo Handmade but their site is unfortunately only in Polish. If you don’t speak Polish (or don’t want to use Google Translate), there are a ton of great options on Etsy as well (like the various ball pits from Milky Bubble Kids).
[ 7 ] Dollhouse . Preschoolers love pretend play and a dollhouse lets them recreate their day-to-day life on their terms. I love the Hape wooden dollhouse, as it’s modern and sleek enough for parents whilst still being fun and colourful for kids.
[ 8 ] Balance board . This Kinderfeets Kinderboard is the latest obsession at our house. It can be used in so many different ways and helps kids develop a sense of balance, stimulate their vestibular system, and gain a deeper awareness of their body.
[ 9 ] Playmobil . Both of my kids are obsessed with Playmobil right now and our collection is continually growing! This year I’ve got this school bus and the green recycling truck on the list (Nicky is obsessed with any and all vehicles).
[ 10 ] Crafting supplies . Another great activity when you need a little peace and quiet. This Melissa & Doug Scissor Skills activity pad is a ton of fun for kids who love cutting with scissors (which is basically all kids).
Let’s talk a little more about Lillypost. If you’ve been following along for a little while, you know that I’m a huge fan of their book boxes (and that reading is really important at our house). We received our very first Lillypost box over a year ago now and it’s still one of my all-time favourite gift ideas for young kids. Lillypost is both in Canada and in the US and they have several boxes for toddlers, preschoolers, or a mixed household (aka if you’ve got both a toddler and preschooler and want to just order one box). It really is such a clever way to foster a love of reading as kids love getting mail that is just for them. Plus the individually wrapped books make for tons of unwrapping fun. You can read more about Lillypost here and here as well as check out all my tips on how to raise little bookworms. And if you want to order a box, you can use code HAPPYGREYLUCKY for 10% off any 3, 6, or 12 month subscription!