Best Toddler and Preschool Toy Gift Ideas

It’s officially Christmas time and we are checking our lists twice.  I am looking for those good, tried and true gifts.  My emotional side wants the “wow factor” on Christmas morning while my practical side doesn’t want a ton of toys collecting dust by New Years Day!  I am sharing our favorite kid’s toys.
These are our favorites and worth the investment, most are quite affordable, and are played with all the time around here and stand the test of time!
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A tricycle is a perfect first bike for toddlers and preschoolers.  This classic radio flyer will stand the test of time.  We have had this tricycle for 10 years and it’s still going strong.  Find this one here.

Play Kitchen

A perfect place for kids to cook up a storm and let their imagination run wild.  Big siblings will enjoy playing with it too!   Shop the kitchen here.

Ice Cream Shop Set

After making dinner in the kitchen, kids can serve up some ice cream with this ice cream shop set.  (Find the ice cream set here)  Melissa and Doug toys are some of our favorite imaginative playsets.  Shop more finds by Melissa and Doug here.

Wooden Train Set & Motorized Train

Build a train track and get those trains moving.  Then, grab a motorized train and push the button and watch it go around the track you built.  Get the train set here and the battery-operated train here.

Doll Stroller with Basket & Small Doll

The basket is critical for little people to place all their treasures in while strolling around.  This stroller is perfect for toddlers because it isn’t too tall and comparable to an umbrella stroller size but WITH the basket.  Grab this 12-inch doll, it’s the perfect size for toddlers and preschoolers to handle realistically.

Grocery Cart

Perfect for early walkers who need a little assistance walking to preschoolers who want to tote around their beloved treasures.  This realistic grocery cart is not only cute but super well-made and fun too.  Get your grocery cart here.

Magna-Tiles Sets

I will save our set for our grandkids.  They are so versatile and truly are a toy so many different ages love to play with.  I was apprehensive due to the price but they truly are one of the most played with toys by all of our kids.  Find magna-tile sets here.

picasso tile race track gift idea for toddlers

We recently added this picasso tile race car track that’s also a fan favorite and a great addition to any picasso tile set you might have.

Purse & Wallet Playsets

This is a fan favorite among all our kids because of the fake phone, credit card and keys!  Perfect for a little person wanting to just like a grown-up!  Get your purse playset here.

Get your wallet set here.  The smart watch and phone are a fan favorite with everyone.

Play Vanity

Do you have a little one who loves to pretend to do their hair and make-up?  This play vanity is perfect for them.  It comes with pretend hair and make-up accessories.  Get the vanity here.

First Scooter

Give a little more stability to your toddler or preschooler with a 3 wheel scooter.  They will be speeding off down the sidewalk in no time.  Get the scooter here.


Puzzles are perfect at helping with fine and gross motor skills plus this set introduces colors, numbers, and letters.  Get the set here.


Duplos are just one of those classic toys that are fun to build together.  This starter set makes a perfect gift.

toy vacuum

Play Vacuum

All of my kids have loved pretending to vacuum if only that could handle the real one ;).  This little vacuum looks like the real deal and is perfect to pretend to clean around the house.  Get yours here.

6 Volt Ride-on Toy

My kids LOVE anything motorized that mimics driving a real car.  From power wheels to a motorized scooter.  This little police moped is perfect for a toddler and perfect for driving around the basement until spring!

There you go…

What are some of your favorite classic toddler and preschool toys?  Please, share in the comments.  I hope these ideas help you with your shopping for that sweet little one on your list.  These toys are sure to spark their imagination and provide hours of independent play!

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Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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