I’m gearing up for holiday shopping and with Black Friday just hours away, I thought it’d be helpful to put together a gift guide for young kids (since that’s what I know). These will be Health Coach approved, meaning they are tested for lead, they don’t contain harmful chemicals or ingredients, they inspire open-ended play, and they encourage kids to move their bodies!
I love wooden toys for kids for several reasons: they don’t come with batteries, they have a nicer design aesthetic and feel nice in your hand, and they typically encourage open-ended play. One of my favorite brands for toys is Melissa and Doug because I admire their mission – to ignite imagination and a sense of wonder in all children so they can discover themselves. Many of their toys are on sale up to 35% off on Amazon for Black Friday! Check them out on these lists as they’re great for any age!
GIFTS FOR PRESCHOOLERS
1 Melissa and Doug wood food and crates – Perfect to add to a kitchen set. You can even involve them in meal planning! ;)
2 Kleen Kanteen – No need to worry about BPA’s (or whatever they use instead of BPA’s) with this stainless steel travel cup. No leaks, sturdy and has an interchangeable lid for a sippy spout.
3 Melissa and Doug Magnetic Human Body Anatomy Play Set – The earlier your little one can learn their correct body parts the easier it is to communicate when they aren’t feeling well or where an ouchie is. It’s also fascinating to learn how we’re wonderfully made!
4 Pottery Barn Kids Apron – Kids love to help out AND play dress up. Win-win.
5 Wooden Toy Tool Bench (38pc) by Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia – I love the traditional look of this set and it’s guaranteed to keep kids busy for a while.
6 Melissa and Doug Play House Dusting Set – Great for teaching responsibility of cleaning up messes. Or to outsource your housework!
Hallmark Recordable Storybook – Record Nana’s voice so it can be heard at bedtime.
Little Blue Truck – One of our favorites.
8 Himalayan salt lamp – Makes for a soft warm glow at night and helps combat air pollution, including smoke, dander, pollen and odors.
9 Y Glide Scooter – A fun alternative to a bike
10 Microphone with stand – Channel their inner rock star!
11 Mini trampoline – Did you know jumping is great for the lymphatic system? It also helps get out energy on super cold or rainy days when you’re trapped indoors.
12 Memberships – Annual or monthly memberships and experience gifts are great alternatives to a tangible item that can clutter up a room (or be quickly forgotten about). Give the gift of a family membership or season pass to a local zoo, water park, theme park, or museum.
1 Reusable snack bag – Ditch the plastic zip lock bags and opt for a reusable one instead. Cheaper and great for the planet.
2 Justin’s Nut Butter Peanut Butter, Pack of 10 – Avoid a hangry mood with a quick burst of portable protein.
3 Shark’s Tooth Silicone Sensory necklace – We have one for my 4yo and it’s helped him deal with anxiety without sticking his germy fingers in his mouth and chewing off his nails.
4 Character Band-Aids – I usually notice the tears stop falling when I pull out the fun band-aids to cover a boo boo.
GIFTS FOR INFANTS & TODDLERS
1 Wood and Silicone personalized teether – Every baby needs a teether (for many, many months…) and this one offers both hard and squishy surfaces. Plus the personalization is a nice touch.
2 Beautycounter Better Care Baby Set – Pamper your baby with high-quality bath wash, balm and body oil without any fragrance, petroleum, mineral oils or other harmful ingredients. Also comes with a cute stuffed raccoon!
3 Melissa and Doug Nesting and Stacking Blocks – A classic gift for endless entertainment, plus later learning around colors, numbers, and animals.
4 Zutano Gripper Fleece Booties – THE BEST booties and so much better than socks that get ripped off, chewed on and abandoned in the parking lot. This version comes with grippy dots on the sole for early walkers. They’re also on sale!
5 Baltic Amber Necklace – Lots of people swear by these to alleviate teething pain. We have one for my youngest and I’m not sure if it helps, but for $15 I’m willing to try.
6 Drool bibs – So cute and functional. Lots of different designs for boys and girls.
7 Modern rocking horse – I love this design. Would be timeless and make a great heirloom gift.
8 PlanToys Sort & Count Cups Baby Toy – Open-ended play for sorting, dumping, stacking, counting and colors!
9 Taggy Buddy Soft Book – Babies love tags.
10 Munchkin Traveling Flash Cards – Great for on-the-go learning.
11 KidKraft Noah’s Ark Shape Sorter – I’m getting this for Graham. It’s a cute way to learn shapes but also the bible story of Noah and the Ark.
1 Wee Critter Puffs – A fun texture and sensory tool. Remember Koosh balls anyone?!
2 Story Time Finger Puppets – Keep them occupied with fun stories using these adorable little finger puppets.
3 Safety 1st Octopus Teether – This is one of Graham’s favorites. Babies can chew on the hat or tentacles.
4 Playskool Weebles 2pk – Weebles are fun to push around and fit easily in small hands.
I hope these are helpful to you! Make sure you look for Ebates discounts too on many of these items (install the Chrome extension to automatically be notified). Happy shopping!