I grew up with a younger sister and we were both stereotypical girls- lovers of all things American Girl and Barbie. Now I’m a mom to twin toddler boys and this year will be the first year they will do more with Christmas gifts besides drool on the wrapping paper. If like me, you’re not a fan of toy guns or trucks, here’s a list of great gift options for toddler boys. And they are all under $60, because as much as I love her, I am not Oprah (dear Oprah, if you are reading this, please don’t smite me).
My sons are just about to turn two and one of them is obsessed with stuffed animals. It’s both adorable and heartening to watch your little guy treat a toy gently. I will admit that when I was pregnant, I foolishly thought stuffed friends = dolls = girl toys, and apparently so did my baby shower guests because we have a paltry amount of furry pals in this house. Santa can fix that.
2. Play Kitchen
There is zero wrong with a toolkit for little boys, as playing with a screwdriver is great for fine motor skills. But if you’re in the market for a “pretend” toy, the play kitchen is where it’s at. They provide years of play and work great for close in age siblings or play dates. Plus, practice here will get your little guy that much closer to learning how to make Mommy breakfast in bed. Score.
What is a Christmas without Legos under the tree? Sure, they promise excruciating pain when you step on one with bare feet, but they help fuel imagination, motor skills and that blissful state of being known as quiet independent play. It’s a Christmas miracle in a box.