Essentials Guide for Babies and Toddlers

Essentials Guide for Babies and Toddlers

While shopping for kids is less stressful than shopping for adults, some presents will get you brownie points with mum and dad, and some will not! Toys never fail to impress, especially when it comes to babies and toddlers, but there are so many other gift ideas available that there’s no need to stick to toybox treats.

This our Kids Essentials Guide for Babies and Toddlers, you’ll find some fabulous kids gift ideas for nieces, nephews, godchildren, and grandchildren. With bedroom furnishings, cool backpacks, early learning games, and loads of cool stuff that both little ones and their parents will love - finding the perfect stocking filler, christening gift, or first birthday present has never been so easy!

The Best Soft Toys For Young Kids

When it comes to finding the perfect gift for baby showers, christenings, birthdays, and milestone occasions, you cannot go wrong with a soft toy for young kids. Made from child-safe materials and designed to act as a support blanket as babies make their way into the big wide world, teddy bears and plush toys often become lifelong friends, but you need to find the perfect one. We’ve researched the market to find the best eco-friendly soft toys for young kids – with something for every occasion.

Activity Panel Kezakos The Marmoset by Les Déglingos

Kezakos The Marmoset Baby Activity Panel

Designed to keep little ones entertained for hours, Kezakos The Marmoset Activity Panel includes everything they need to stimulate the senses such as a mirror, a squeaker, crinkly paper, and a selection of teething rings. You can attach this baby activity mobile to almost any rail or handle with its Velcro legs, and hang it over any cot, pram, pushchair, or car seat to keep your little ones entertained. A fabulous early learning toy for babies and toddlers, it is the perfect baby shower gift.

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So Natural Knitted Teether Ring by Nobodinoz

Knitted Teether Ring for Babies by Nobodinoz

The aptly named So Natural Knitted Teether Ring by Nobodinoz is the perfect baby shower gift for eco-conscious parents. Made from all-natural materials, it features a pure, untreated maple wood teething ring attached to a knitted organic cotton blankie. You can remove the comforter for washing in the machine, and keep the ring hygienically clean with a hint of antibacterial coconut oil. Available in three neutral colourways to complement every nursery, pushchair, and car seat, it’s a baby essential that mums and dads love.

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The Best Soft Toys For Young Kids

The benefits of early learning toys are well-documented and, if you want to gift something that will inspire imaginations, improve hand-eye coordination skills, and nurture creativity, you’ll find it right here. Made by eco-conscious brands and design to delight babies and toddlers of all ages, activity games and early learning toys make fabulous christening gifts, Christmas stocking fillers, and baby shower presents. They are the perfect choice for little boys and girls of all ages.

Dancing Alligator by Plan Toys

Rainbow coloured dancing pull along dancing Alligator toy by Plan Toys

Kids love this Dancing Alligator by Plan Toys, and with its eco-friendly construction and child-friendly features, it is the perfect first birthday gift for environment-conscious tots! Part of the pull-along collection, it includes a wooden alligator with wheels attached to a cord. As you pull it along, its head and tail pop up and down, making a fun click-clack sound. The beauty of this educational toy is that it improves coordination and motor skills while inspiring imaginations. It comes in two colourways to complement every nursery or child’s bedroom, and it is suitable for kids aged 12-months plus.

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Tin Spintop Scooters Ingela P. Arrhenius by Vilac

The Tin Spinning Top by Vilac is an early learning toy for kids that stimulates all the senses.

The Tin Spinning Top by Vilac is an early learning toy that stimulates all the senses. Inspired by the vintage spinning tops we all played with as children, it features a classic push-top design and colourful artwork by leading Swedish illustrator Ingela P. Arrhénius. An heirloom toy if ever we saw one, the Vilac Metal Spinning Top will make a beautiful addition to any nursery, playroom, or antique toy collection. The perfect baby shower gift? Yes, we think so too!

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The Coolest Bags For Young Kids

Perfect for nursery, school, sleepovers, and weekend missions, backpacks for kids are a great gift idea that they can use time and again. With plenty of pockets for their everyday essentials, room for a teddy or two, and just enough space for a packed lunch or road trip snacks, kids bags are a great gift for toddlers and younger children who are just starting to embrace their independence. We’ve selected a few to delight the little ladies and gents in your life. First birthday present shopping just got a whole lot easier!

Backpack Pomelos The Ostrich by Les Déglingos

Kids backpack for school and activities - Pomelos The Ostrich by Les Déglingos

With its cute ostrich-shaped teddy head, squishy arms and legs, and a spacious zipped compartment, Pomelos The Ostrich Backpack has it all. An essential for trendy toddlers and pre-schoolers, this adorable carry-all combines a practical school-satchel with a soft toy to provide an extra layer of comfort as your little ones head out on their own. Best of all, this kids backpack is machine washable; so parents love it as much as their kids! A popular birthday gift for children, this one guarantees to impress.

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Backpack Hippipos The Hippo by Les Déglingos

 Cute Backpack for Children Hippipos The Hippo by Les Déglingos

Banish nursery and schooltime tears with Hippipos The Hippo Children’s Backpack. A fun gift for babies, toddlers, and pre-schoolers, this gorgeous school satchel combines a plush hippopotamus teddy bear with an everyday backpack to create the ultimate companion for road trips, overnight stays, and daily adventures. Made from super-lightweight fabrics, Hippipos The Hippo Schoolbag is suitable for children aged 18 months and above. If you are looking for a special Christmas gift for your grandson or nephew, this could be it.

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Essential Toys For Creative Kids

Role-playing is essential for kids of every age and, if you are looking for the perfect gift for creative kids, those that encourage social interaction, imagination, and communication are a smart place to start. We’ve researched the market for the best creative toys from eco-friendly brands to make your next shopping spree that that little bit easier. Designed to make pretend-play a whole lot of fun, they are an everyday essential for babies, toddlers, and tweens.

My First Camera by Plan Toys

Wooden toy red camera for pretend play

A selfie essential for kids who like to strike a pose, My First Camera is an early-learning toy made from eco-friendly materials. It captures imaginations, promotes creativity, and encourages little ones to explore the world around them, one click at a time. Designed to appeal to children aged 18 months and older; this wooden camera toy promises to provide hours of fun with its clickable shutter button, adjustable kaleidoscope lens, and child-friendly design that makes it suitable for the smallest of hands. It’s the perfect gift for children for any occasion and a great stocking filler.

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Doctor Set by Plan Toys

Wooden Doctor Set by Plan Toys. A fun educational toy children who want to doctor.

Is there a doctor in the house? There will be with this Wooden Doctor Set by Plan Toys! A fun educational toy designed to boost confidence, support development, and encourage creative play, it includes everything your little ones could need to operate, all packaged in a red soft-cotton doctor’s case. The perfect gift for children who are afraid to visit the doctor, this Wooden Doctor’s Toy Set will make them familiar with the most common instruments used and make appointments less daunting. It is a creative toy for boys and girls, and it guarantees hours of fun.

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Reading Essentials For Young Kids

If there is one children’s gift that guarantees to impress mum, dad, and baby, it is a beautifully illustrated book or flashcards that they can read to their little ones at bedtimes. Reading to babies not only soothes them with the sound of your voice, but it can improve concentration, vocabulary, and language skills while developing empathy and imagination. Children’s books are affordable, enchanting, and available for kids of all ages, making them the perfect present for birthdays, Christmas, and special occasions.

Great Britain Animals by Black & White Project

The Brilliant Animals of Great Britain, with the British Book by Black and White Book Project. Beautifully illustrated with countryside critters and farmyard favourites.

Introduce your little ones to the Brilliant Animals of Great Britain, with the British Book by Black and White Book Project. Beautifully illustrated with countryside critters and farmyard favourites, it stimulates development and inspires a love of animals, nature, and the world. The perfect parenting tool for those who love to read to their children; this enchanting book is shaped for tiny hands and designed to take your children on a journey of their imaginations. If you are looking for a great gift for nieces, nephews, godchildren, and nursery buddies - this is it.

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African Animals Flash Cards by Black & White Book Project

Spectacular Animals of Africa Flash Cards by the Black and White Book Project

Get ready for an afternoon of family fun with the Spectacular Animals of Africa Flash Cards by the Black and White Book Project. These eco-friendly baby flashcards feature animal illustrations and interesting facts that will keep your little ones entertained for hours. An educational toy for babies, toddlers, and pre-schoolers, each set includes 12 illustrated cards with pictures of animals on one side and useful facts on the other. They stimulate development, teach children important information about the animals on our planet, and encourage them to read aloud.

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Finding the perfect gift for babies and toddlers is easy, and with our top picks, you’ll please the pickiest of parents with these gorgeous essentials for kids.