If you need some good gifts for toddlers for a holiday, birthday, big brother/big sister, potty training incentive, etc., then you have landed in the right spot. Here are my favorite toddler gifts that will also build early literacy skills.
Good Gifts for Toddlers
Full Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.
Books for Toddlers to Give as Presents
Alphabet Street by Jonathan Emmett is ABC book, lift-the-flap book, and play scene all in one. Hours of learning fun with this one.
Art From Nature ABC’s book and 26 leaf collaged alphabet prints created by Vermont artist, Chris Gluck. I wish I had these when I was decorating my kids’ rooms when they were little. I love the natural feel and the artistic talent that goes into creating these. Great for nurseries or the classroom.
Create your own with photographs and this soft book, Manhattan Toy Camp Acorn Soft Photo Book Baby Toy, which is perfect for the youngest toddlers. Plus, you can change the pictures to create a whole new book. Toddlers will love to see themselves in a book.
And, bathtime is even more fun with a book that can go in the water. What better title to take with you than The Pigeon Needs a Bath Book! This used to be one of my favorite places to read to my kids when they were young.
A subscription is a fun way to keep the giving going all year long. You can try a magazine subscription geared towards toddlers or a book subscription box.
You might remember the Highlights magazine from your childhood. For the little ones, they also have Hello which is for the 0-2 age range.
And, one of my favorite book subscription boxes for toddlers is Elephant Books. With an Elephant Books subscription, you can choose between a baby/toddler 3 board book option or a 2 book picture book option for kids ages 2-6. The books are new or recently published not on the bestseller list. No movie tie-in titles! How to Order—>Click Here to Order Elephant Books
If the toddler in your life has a particular interest such as cars and trucks or dinosaurs, I have lots of specific themed book lists for you too.—>See the Toddler Book Lists Here
Toddler Toys that Make Great Gifts
Both of my kids learned their alphabet while playing over and over with an alphabet puzzle. They are a great way to work on letter identification and visual discrimination. Try this 10ft long Melissa & Doug Alphabet Express Jumbo Jigsaw Floor Puzzle.
Keep the ABC fun going with the Snap-n-Learn Alphabet Alligators from Learning Resources. The will also strengthen hand muscles which is important for learning to write.
Games for Toddlers that Build Literacy Skills
It’s tough to find games for toddlers. Roll & Playby Think Fun is appropriate for little ones as young as 18 months! Roll the cube. Pick a corresponding color card and perform the action depicted. Actions range from making animal sounds to finding objects based on a color. A great way to work on following directions, basic skills, and processing skills.
Other Toddler Gift Ideas
What toddler wouldn’t look adorable in an Out of Print Literary and Book-Themed Baby and Infant Bodysuit? Pure adorableness.
How many times have you sung “Baby Shark” with a toddler this year? Well, how about a baby shark plush doll?
Every reader needs a comfy chair. And a Clifford the Big Red Dog chair just begs for reading to take place.
Gifts for Toddler Families and Caregivers
Give every toddler in your life an extra boost with these items aimed at families and caregivers to instill a love of reading at an early age.
A super quick read but very powerful message to read from the start is what you get in Mem Fox’s book, Reading Magic.
Keep the reading aloud enthusiasm going with the 8th edition of the Jim Trelease Read Aloud Handbook. It comes with lots of book suggestions.
For more gift guides check out these posts.