It’s the *best* feeling … watching them tear through the wrapping paper … their happy little squeals and wonderstruck faces. Years later, you look back and remember those moments even if you can’t remember the gifts themselves.
But my favorite gifts are the ones that create memories. The ones that inspire them, make them laugh, or teach them something brand new. (Bonus points if they don’t make noise + keep them busy for more than 5 minutes!)
Now that Luna is 2.5 years old, I’m focusing on imaginative and creative play. This list includes a few things we already own - and love! - and a few that are on this year’s list:
Create a cozy reading nook or a fun place to hide with a canvas teepee. We strung ours with a strand of white lights!
We skipped the tricycle and went straight for a balance bike - it’s just like a regular bike but without the wheels! They’re lightweight and adjustable - perfect for toddlers!
Luna has wooden food, little pots and pans, and even a shopping cart!
We get a lot of compliments on ours - it’s super subtle and coordinates with our living room!
Pretend Play Clothes
XX her imagination
Imaginative play is even better with a doctor’s coat, astronaut’s suit, or a chef’s hat! I’m planning to hang the clothes on wall hooks with hats, boots, and other accessories below in bins. (<— Stay tuned for pictures!)
Stick with the basics like washable markers, glue sticks, and colored paper OR get creative with fun stickers and stencils!
Even the simplest magic tricks make Luna laugh - so this bag of tricks in on our list this year!
It’s a monthly subscription for early explorers! Each box contains age-appropriate toys, stickers, and other fun things to help your toddler learn about new world themes like music, dinosaurs, and oceans. This one actually came highly recommended by a nanny friend!
A Fun Experience
A month of gymnastics classes, a pass to a kid’s museum, or a hand-made ticket for a day with the grandparents. You can even pair a gift with the experience … like a little leotard to wear to gymnastics class!