Gift Guide for Toddler Boys

‘Tis the season for gift guides! If you find yourself in my position this year — preparing for a baby while simultaneously decking the house and getting ready for holiday guests — you haven’t yet finished your Christmas shopping. Thank goodness for Amazon Prime! I love looking to other mommas for gift ideas, and I hope you will find our guide just as helpful.

First up: a few items from Sam’s wish list


(1) Lego Duplo Creative Cars: We already have the construction site and farm sets, which we love.

(2) Steam Train, Dream Train: I assume this will be as big of a hit as Goodnight, Construction Site.

(3) Melissa and Doug Shopping Cart: We’re adding to Sam’s kitchen corner this year, since he currently loves to “cook” for us. I just hope I don’t regret getting this cart that he will likely try to race around the living room.

(4) Brio Boxcar Train: Also adding trains and accessories to his hand-me-down Brio train table.

(5) Hape Hamburgers and Hot Dogs: More food items for pretend play.

(6) Hape Mighty Mixer: As much as Sam loves to help me bake, I know he will find a mini version of my stand mixer to be “wow, super cool.”

(7) Battat Take Apart Plane: Comes with a power drill! Sam will go nuts over this.

(8) Crocodile Creek Vehicles Floor Puzzle: Ready for some more difficult puzzles. And this one comes highly recommended by Oh! Apostrophe.

Next up: Tried and true favorites in our house.


(1) Green Toys Recycling Truck: Sam loves to fill this with matchbox cars and drive it around the house. The other vehicles in the series: the Dump Truck and the Fire Truck are just as much fun.

(2) Do a Dot Markers: We’re currently really into arts and crafts, and these paint markers are great for practicing the lines of letters and numbers.

(3) Melissa and Doug Puzzles: You really can’t go wrong with Melissa and Doug puzzles, in my opinion. We have a few stacks, but this set is a favorite.

(4) Melissa and Doug Corner Kitchen: Santa brought this for Sam last year, and he plays with it even more now than he did then. Can’t wait to add to his kitchen collection this year!

(5) Play-Doh Barnyard Pals: Nini brought this for Sam during her recent visit, and he is obsessed. It will keep him occupied for a good 30 minutes at a time.

(6) B. Parum Pum Pum Drum: We have had this drum set forever, and it’s still a favorite. We’ve added quite a few instruments from Kindermusik class, and we love to play “marching band.”

(7) B. Dr. Doctor: Another great find from the B. series. Sam especially likes to check the baby’s heart in momma’s belly.

(8) Melissa and Doug Reusable Sticker Pads: There’s a big variety of these available, just make sure to get the “reusable” version. It’s a favorite!

(9) Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go: Sam has become very, very good at finding the goldbug on each page. I never tire of hearing him say “goldbug, where are you?” and “there he is!”

(10) Lift-the-Tab: Trucks: This was a birthday gift from Sam’s little buddy, and it became a fast favorite. Sam has even memorized the names of the drivers of all the trucks!

And, finally, past gift guides:

Favorite Toys at Ten Months
For the One-Year-Old (part 1)
For the One-Year-Old (part 2)

Links are to Amazon Affiliate, but everything here was purchased or will be purchased by us.

One thought on “Gift Guide for Toddler Boys

  1. Andrew has the pa rum pum drum and loves it! and he’s getting steam train, dream train too. 🙂

    we have a grocery basket, but we opted for the little tikes one because I was worried about the M&D one scratching up the paint on my walls. I’m glad I did that because he loves to push it around the house and bang into the walls and whatever else. LOL

    We thought about getting Andrew a kitchen, but we don’t have the space for it, so we got him an outdoor toy instead that I’m sure he’ll love since he gawked at one the last time we went camping. haha!

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