There are only 8 sleeps until Christmas, and I’m just now getting this gift guide posted! I’ve clearly got it all together over here, so you should certainly listen to me, ha! We did deck the halls last week and make snowman hot chocolates, so at least there is that. Check out our simple, kid friendly Chrsitmas tree and decorations here.
As for Christmas gifts for preschoolers, I love things that can live outside, encourage creativity, serve multiple purposes and books. I love books. I’m all about buying toys that will be loved for a long time. But, this is a tricky feat to accomplish with tiny humans and short attention spans. From my almost 3 years of “research”, I’ve noticed that Maxwell really loves whatever we have. For example, an electric leaf blower (#9 on this list) seems a little weird but it is one of Maxwell’s very favorite things. Best of all, it doubles as actually getting a real life chore checked of the ol’ to do list.
19 Useful Gifts for Preschoolers:
1. Extra large dump truck: Grandpa got Maxwell this giant dump truck for his 2nd birthday, and it has been a winner ever since! Sometimes he actually rides in the dump truck, but most of the time it is used as a way to bring toys to and from one place to another. It is also storage for all of the small cars in our house.
2.Lost My Name Books: These books are wrapped up under out tree this year! Books are always a winner and these are the cutest, most imaginary books ever. I love that they don’t have any gender stereotype nonsense either.
3.Table and chairs: Fingers crossed Santa brings this for Max and Mila for Christmas. (Wink, wink.) I know a toddler sized table and chairs will get a lot of good use and we have a perfect spot.
4. Wagon: I love outside toys! And I think this will be really fun for both kids. Max loves to pull things and Mila likes to sit and ride! So, I’m pretty sure this will be a winner for neighborhood walks and park trips!
5. DUPLO bricks: Maxwell got his first set of DUPLO bricks for his first birthday, and still loves to build “tall, tall towers”! You can see a recent post I wrote about teaching toddlers with DUPLO bricks.
6. Scooter: This is one of Maxwell’s most loved toys. It’s also how we bribe him when necessary, ha! “If you eat your dinner, we can go on a scooter ride.” “If you take a good nap, we can go on a scooter ride when you wake up.” In fact, his 2nd birthday was at a parking garage so that he could ride his scooter! He’s been riding and loving it since he was about 20 months.
7. Outside chalkboard: This one is super easy to make. Here is the step by step for making an outdoor chalkboard. All you need is a piece of ply wood cut down to size and chalkboard paint! Give it a few good coats of paint and screw it on your fence. Voila! And while we’re on the subject a sandbox is a great gift too. We turned a tire into a sandbox! It’s perfect for one toddler, but if you have more than kiddo, I’d suggest making a bigger one.
8. 4 in one Puzzles: Melissa and Doug makes these 4 in 1 wooden puzzles in a a few styles. Max, of course, loves the machines. Whatever your kiddo is into, there is likely a 4 in 1 puzzles for him or her! Animals, princesses, and dinos are a super cute! Bonus: parents will love that the puzzles store themselves in a neat little wooden box! We also love this giant United States floor puzzle.
9. Electric Leaf Blower: If you have leaves in your yard, this is such an awesome gift idea. It’s light enough for Max to hold and he loves to do “work”.
10. Count My Chicken Board Game: I love board games so I am super excited to introduce Maxwell to the wonderful world of games! Fair to note, that this one is wrapped under the tree so we have not actually played it, but it looks like the perfect board game for a toddler.
11. Croc Rain Boots: Max loves these things and I love that he can put them on and take them off all by himself. The built in handles are key. Given a choice, he picks his “work boots” every time!
12. Tegu blocks: Max plays with these magnetic blocks at the Thinkery! This is a great grandparent gift or something that you can start with a small package and add more blocks as you see fit.
13. Picnic table: Again, I love things that live outside. The kid picnic table we have in our backyard was a trash to treasure situation. Max loves it and asks to have picnics outside regularly. This is the one we have, but this one is super cute!
16. Memberships to fun places: This one will obviously be different for every city, but here in Austin we love The Thinkery, Zoo, Lady Bird Wildflower Center, and we just discovered this really fun trampoline place!
17. A tree: I love idea of getting Max and Mila a fruit tree that we can plant and nurture and (fingers crossed) one day get some fruit!
18. A juicer: This is the perfect gift to go along with the tree or maybe just a bag of oranges. But, seriously we have one and Max loves to juice oranges and lemons and drink the juice he made. Of course, he can’t do it all by himself, but honestly this is a fun one for me too.
19. C.R.A.F.T. (book version): I’m a little biased, but it’s a good one!
Any other non toy gifts that are amazing? I’d love to hear!
Psst… I’ve also got a best gifts for a one year old if you’re looking for younger kiddos too!