It's never too early to start preparing for Christmas (yes I did just mention the 'C' word!), at least when you have children that is. I find it's always better to be organised with Christmas gift shopping, especially when it comes to the little ones that's why I'm bringing you this guide on some fantastic toys and gifts that are available with just one click of your mouse! I've already seen some fellow blogging mums stating that they've gotten more or less all of their children's Christmas presents sorted already with Christmas in July sales and events which have been happening a lot this month and I've already got some things stashed away for Tyler Lee already, I just can't resist and actually get excited about the prospect of gift buying for him. I also find it easier to buy things bit by bit instead of splurging out in December so hopefully this gift guide will be helpful to parents of toddlers like me who wish to pick up a few gifts at this point in the year. This toddler gift guide is gender neutral too so is perfect for toddler boys and girls alike.
1. Pippin the Push Along Pup. This is such a lovely toy for little ones and can be given to children 6+ months. My boy has this lovely toy from Lamaze and the moment he saw Pippin he fell in love with him. Pippin can be pushed along the floor, has four wheels which scoot him along as well as a material body with the fabulous crinkly bits that Lamaze is known for. Pippin's body also acts as a bag and holds a bone, which has a squeaker and a ball in it. Pippin offers sounds, movement, different textures to touch, the fun of taking things in and out of the bag (which every baby loves!) and is an all round winner of a toy. This is one I highly recommend from personal experience. Pippin the Push Along Pup is £16.99 and is available from all good Lamaze stockists.
2. Moccis. If you're a fashion loving parent like myself and love treating your little one to a slice of something stylish then Moccis is the perfect gift. These super soft, super cute designed moccasins are simply gorgeous and are loved by the likes of Victoria Beckham and Rita Ora. My boy has the Stoney River Moccis and they are so comfy for him. I also love these Pengy Brr Moccis for winter, what with it being a Christmas gift guide and all! There are so many gorgeous designs to choose from so there's something to suit any child's personality. Baby Moccis are £34.97.
3. Fisher-Price Little People City Skyways Playset. This is the perfect gift for little ones who like to use their imaginations whilst playing, creating scenarios of their own with the characters and cars provided. It's also a great gift if you already have some of the Fisher Price Little People sets already and would like to add on to your child's collection. This toy stands over three feet tall and is great for little people who like racing cars, they simply send one of the cars down the ramp at the top and then wait for the surprise finish, with three spots for the car to zoom out of the outcome is different every time creating suspense and surprise for your little one at playtime!
4. My 1st Years Personalised Wooden Xylophone. This is a must have gift for any little budding musician in your life! This xylophone is so colourful and eye-catching and can be personalised with your child's name. It's made from pine wood and come with two wooden drumsticks making it such a fun toy to play with for lots of musical fun. I also think the fact that this toy is wooden and what with it being so colourful makes it a lovely decorative piece for a baby's nursery too. Like all of My 1st Years gifts this gorgeous xylophone comes presented in the stunning My 1st Years tiffany blue boxes adorned with a bow so there's no need for wrapping paper on this gift. The Personalised Wooden Xylophone is £15.
This felt nativity house is the perfect gift for Christmas and such a lovely playset to have when telling your children the nativity story. This gift is handmade in Nepal and is adorned with stunning embellishments such as sequins on the rooftop and comes with five characters for children to play with and reinact the story of the nativity. This really is a special gift and one which will be treasured for Christmases to come. My boy has this and I can see it becoming a bit of a family heirloom in years to come, it's simply stunning and made to absolute perfection. The fair trade aspect is also a big plus, especially for a Christmas gift - it is the season of giving after all. The En Gry and Sif Felt Nativity House is £ 54.99.
6. Fisher Price Classics Toys. I love the nostalgia of the Fisher Price Classics Toys range and I'm sure the little one in your life will too. My boy has the Classics Changeable Picture Disk Camera (the perfect gift for the child of a photographer or blogger!) which has a distinctively retro look to it, a wrist strap and four changeable picture disks. It has a shutter button that, when pressed, moves the picture disks along the next image. This is the perfect toy for a child who wants to be just like mammy or daddy behind the camera. The Classics Changeable Picture Disk Camera is £19.99.
7. Another toy from the Classics range which I highly recommend and which is one of Tyler Lee's absolute favourites is the Change-a-Tune Piano. This super sweet, little piano plays three tunes, you simple turn the tune selector and the song plays as little ones press the keys. This toy features beautiful, classic illustrations and words to the three nursery rhymes it plays. It's such a gorgeous looking toy and I love the old-fashioned feel it has. The Change-a-Tune Piano has been a big hit here and is sure to be a winner with any music loving child, RRP £22.99.
8. Peter Rabbit Peg Puzzle. Peg puzzles give toddlers so much enjoyment and I especially like this Peter Rabbit themed one. It is decorated beautifully in the classic Beatrix Potter illustrations, is wooden, durable and will give little one lots of fun as they try to figure out which pieces go where. This is such a great little gift for Christmas, a perfect stocking filler perhaps? The Peter Rabbit Peg Puzzle is £9.99.
9. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Wooden Shape Sorter Clock. This is a great toy for fans of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book. This shape sorter clock features twelve wooden number pieces which can be slotted in and out to complete the clock. Decorated in the vibrant colours featured in The Very Hungry Caterpillar book this toy offers little ones hours of shape sorting fun as well as teaching them numbers. This clock also features movable hands which are perfect for teaching time when the child is older. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Wooden Shape Sorter Clock is £24.99.
10. WOW Wonderland and WOW Town Advent Calenders. It wouldn't be Christmas without an advent calender and these offerings from WOW Toys are amazing for little ones. These advent calenders feature beautifully illustrated, fold-out scenes which include a surprise toy which matches to the numbers on the calender. Toys include Santa, his reindeer, a build your own snowman plus many more surprises! These advent calenders are £19.99 and will be available from WOW Toys from August.
11. 'Pebble' Fair Trade Knitted Angel Rattle. This adorable little angel rattle is the perfect stocking filler for little ones this Christmas time.The crochet knit on the rattle is beautifully done and the rattle inside will keep little hands entertained. This sweet little rattle would be a lovely guardian angel symbol for your special little one, a lovely gift to receive, especially at Christmas time. The fair trade aspect of this rattle is a real winner too, RRP £11.99.
12. Janod My Own Toy Workbench. This wooden workbench is definitely on the bigger end of the gift ideas spectrum but isn't it gorgeous! This is the perfect workbench toy for boys and girls who love all things DIY! The bench features a magnetic system for keeping toys in place, 22 chunky wooden tool pieces, a chalk board and a clock. This is the perfect role playing toy and will keep little handymen and women entertained for hours on end. The Janod My Own Toy Workbench is £89.99.
13. Fair Trade Natural Wood London Bus. I love wooden toys and think they make wonderful toys as well as being quite decorative for playrooms and nurseries and this London Bus toy is no exception. This bus comes complete with 15 passengers and a bus driver, as well as a removable roof. This is a gorgeous gift for little ones who love movable toys and cars. This wooden London bus is high on my Christmas wish list for my boy, I just think wooden toys are the best, RRP £39.99.
This gorgeous rocking horse is another toy on the bigger end of the gift giving spectrum. I think a rocking horse is such a classic toy for any toddler and the red colour of this one is perfect for a Christmas gift. This rocking horse features a suede mane and tail, a sturdy wooden frame and detachable foot rests. This rocking horse is suitable from 9 months and would be a stunning gift for any child this Christmas. The Doodle and Crumb Infant Rocker by Little Bird Told Me is £75.99.
This is just a small selection of the great toys and gifts which are available for toddlers this Christmas. I shall do another gift guide post for more toddler gifts closer to December to show some new releases on the market. All of the above mentioned toys and gifts are of fantastic quality and would make amazing gifts for toddlers this coming Christmas.