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The toys pile up. They sing, they dance, they spin in circles and flash lights and frankly at the end of a long work day they can drive me bonkers. Which is why this year I'm trying to take a nontraditional approach to some of my gift giving, at least for my toddler. My little guy has a budding imagination so it takes next-to-nothing to entertain him and most of the time he's only interested in doing things that are off limits or doing things with my husband and me.
I thought about it and I can't be the only mother out there on the prowl for great gift ideas, so this is my gift to you. A list of some of my favorite untraditional toddler gifts.
It doesn't matter what season it is, the outdoors offers an amazing beauty that just can't be overlooked no matter what your age. Adding a bird feeder to your outdoor space, even if it's limited, only enhances that beauty and it ensures that your toddler will look forward to spending time outside or, at least, they will enjoy their view from the window.
A Way to Relax.
If you have a toddler I can almost guarantee that you could use an extra 15 minutes of quiet time or a minute to actually sit down. I can't ensure that a comfy kids chair, like this one from the Land of Nod, will give you that time but coupled with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse or Frozen, your odds are much better. The reason I like this particular chair over others is because it's less expensive, comes from a great brand and personalization is FREE!
Discover the Inner Artist.
Toddlers learn more coordination and enhance their motor skills everyday and art projects and other creative activities allow them to hone those developing skills while also providing an outlet to develop their imagination. I really like the Step2 Flip and Doodle Desk with Stool Easel because it has plenty of space to hold art supplies and it can withstand the torment of a toddler.
Think Summer Time.
We may be in the mists of winter, but that doesn't mean you can't think ahead to sweet, sweet summertime. Why not prepare your little ones with water toys and accessories like this Swimline Galleon Raider Inflatable or a water table? Not only will this impressive float and/or water table be a showstopper under the tree, they're sure to be instant favorites.
Memberships and Experiences.
This is hands down the #1 gift on my children's wish list this year (because I put it there) but also because I know how much they'll love and use it. Memberships to the zoo, a children's museum, tickets to the circus, movie tickets, passes to the theater, a natural history museum or art museum membership are all great ideas to get you started. Every time the kids use these passes they can think of you and it truly is the gift that keeps on giving all year long.
Create an Adventure or Fantasy.
I love having a theme for a party so why not have one for Christmas too? One fun idea is to create a new world for your toddler; think camping trip or little princess tea party. Set up a wonderland world for your toddler - a tent, with a canteen, all the ingredients for S'mores and some camping jammies. For the Princess tea party you could get a tea set, doilies, and fancy napkins, a baby doll to have tea with, a tea stand and macaroons.
Play Dress Up.
Just because Halloween is over doesn't mean that your kids wouldn't love to dress up year-round. Costumes, capes and crowns are always fun alternatives to the blinking toys that sing and dance and they can pair nicely with a book.
What's on your toddlers wish list this year? Do you have any other great non-traditional gift ideas?