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    31 Presents For When You Have No Idea What To Get A Toddler For Their Birthday

    From talking robots and singing Frozen sisters to three-chord guitars and superfast scooters, make this a birthday for your child to remember (even if they can't yet).

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    1. A talking and singing LeapFrog Yum-2-3 Toaster for learning all about numbers, colors, and the most important meal of the day!

    Teal and orange plastic toaster toy with a face along with a plate of toy food and utensils

    Requires two AAA batteries.

    Promising review: "Adorable! My 18-month-old loves this little toy! He loves making the toast up and pretending to eat the food. Great quality toy and well made. Very cute." β€”Beth

    Get it from Target for $14.99.

    2. An "itsy pack" of Clixo building toys that combines origami, magnets, and building blocks for a completely new and unique way for kids to create and play.


    When I first discovered Clixo I thought, "Wow, that's something I haven't seen before. I bet these will be different than other building toys." Not only are they different, but they're super fun and satisfying to play with (that click the magnetic parts makes just sounds and feels so good). Maybe when I'm done "testing" them out, I'll actually let my son take a shot at playing with them.

    Get it from Clixo for $29.99 (available in three colors).

    3. A super-spacious Evenflo Pivot Xplore all-terrain stroller wagon to push or pull one to two children on-road or off. Plus there's plenty of pockets and a basket for storage and the dual UPF 50+ canopies mean you can spend even more time outdoors.


    Promising review: "After much research on double strollers best suited for an infant and a toddler I came across the concept of a stroller wagon hybrid. I was sold and nearly ready to bite the bullet on the twice-as-expensive competitor and am so happy I found the Evenflo Pivot Xplore! We've owned it for almost a week and my husband, toddler, and I are all pretty geeked about it! First impressions: it's everything you could want in a 'swagon.' It's durable, comfortable, easy to maneuver, and easy to fold. To top it all off it comes with all the bells and whistles like sun canopies, snack tray, drink holders, and a storage basket included!" β€”Kelsey

    Get it from Amazon for $299.49+ (available in three colors).

    4. A set of Sesame Street Cookie Monster's Shapes Magnatiles with multiple configurations including an oven (full of cookies, of course) and a birthday cake (also made of cookies).


    Boy, do we love us some Magnatiles around our home! The more thematic sets like these from Sesame Street (there's also an Elmo and a Big Bird) are a great introduction to the line for children under the age of three. This Cookie Monster set in particular has some larger pieces, which makes it even easier for little hands to handle and build. "M" is for Magnatile and they are indeed good enough for me (us).

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

    5. A three-chord Loog Mini acoustic guitar so you can start teaching your little punk kid the entire Ramones catalog. Comes with flashcards with chord diagrams and full access to the Loog Guitar app. Hey! Ho! Let's go!

    Child model playing a red, three-string guitar with note codes scattered about

    Promising review: "My daughter and I learning how to play the guitar together. Even if we don't become rock stars the quality time we are spending together is all the justification I needed to make the purchase. The strings are perfect for her little fingers." β€”JSpriggins

    Get it from Amazon for $79 (available in five colors).

    6. A "Silly Poopy's Hide & Seek" game (from the makers of What Do You Meme?) that actually involves hiding a fake plastic poo that talks and gives clues to its whereabouts.

    John Mihaly / BuzzFeed / Via

    You know when your brain tells you, "This might be a bad idea!" but your gut tells you "Nah, this is going to be hilarious! Maybe." Luckily, my gut was right this time. Silly Poopy is beyond silly and not poopy at all. It is indeed a poop-ton fun for the whole family thanks to its infectious song that sounds like it was taken straight from a 1970s game show. Best of all, my kid loves it and hopefully, this is the only poop he tries to hide around the house.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    7. A personalized superhero cape to get your kids into cosplay while encouraging them to create their own characters and stories. Plus, who doesn't lool great in a cape?

    Capes and More / Etsy

    Capes and More is an Etsy shop founded in 2014 that makes original superhero capes for kids and adults.

    Promising review: "We love this cape! I got this for my 15-month-old because she loves taking my dish towels and trying to put them on as capes. The cape is a little big for her yet lengthwise, but she still loves it! :) and it came so fast!" β€”Katelyn Maxson

    Get it from Capes and More on Etsy for $16+.

    8. A Tok Tok voice-changer robot that repeats and even records whatever your kid might say in three different voices. As a bonus for parents, this might remind you of that He-Man character Man-E-Faces from Master of the Universe.

    A blue plastic robot with three different face options

    Promising review: "We've had this for around six months now and my daughter still loves it. It's one of the few toys we have that we've had for that length of time that she still wants to play with." β€”CK

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in three colors).

    9. A 360-degree-rotating 3-in-1 LED globe, constellation map, and night light to illuminate your child about not only the world they live in but the stars in the heavens above. And if that gets way too scary (or deep) that night-light will sure come in handy too.

    A reviewer's split image photo of the globe in world map form and lit up in constellation mode

    Promising review: "This is a wonderful globe. I bought this for my nephew and this is a fun way to give him the basics. He enjoys learning countries and he loves the night-light. The constellations are pretty cool in the dark. The size is perfect and the quality is amazing. The countries and regions are clear and they are easy to read. The base is strong and stable. It doesn't tip when spinning. The guidebook has more detailed information about the constellations and it's location. This globe definitely captured my nephew's attention and he is learning with interest. Overall, this is a perfect globe and can't go wrong with it." β€”Lucky10z

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    10. A personalized "Animal Fun" memory game that teams the toddlers in your life with some of their favorite two-, four-, and eight-legged friends.

    Nine square white cards with blue stars on the back and animal and personalized images on the front

    Promising review: "I brought this for my 18-month-old grandson. I used pictures of himself and other family members. The quality is amazing! I highly recommend this product to make for small children. My grandson loves to look for the matches of the faces he recognizes." β€”Nana Kiki

    Get it from Shutterfly for $12.50.

    11. A "Learn-A-Lot Avocados" game, because one's love of guacamole's main ingredient should start at an early age. Plus this toy really helps with the old color identification and matching skills.

    Child model playing with green plastic avocado

    Did you know avocados are also called alligator pears and that "botanically" they are classified as a berry? Well, now you do.

    Get it from Target for $14.99.

    12. A built-to-last, no lead, no plastic, nontoxic, 14-piece magnetic wooden block set for kids to create all manner of creatures and objects that will serve as a soft introduction to all types of modern art.


    Promising review: "The wood is excellent quality and very nice and smooth. Magnets are strong enough but not too strong. I actually like that the magnets are not on every single side because it teaches the kids to use their brains and troubleshoot. I do wish they were a little more affordable so we could get a large set, but understand why. The quality is definitely there. Thank you for providing a fun, toxic-free toy!" β€”Dorothea Gerber

    Get it from Amazon for $26.10+ (available in four different sets).

    13. An Anna or an Elsa Frozen 2 musical adventure singing doll that belts out "Some Things Never Change" and "Show Yourself," respectively. At least you can give the TV a rest (but not your ears).


    Promising reviews: "Daughter absolutely loves it! It's a beautiful doll, a lovely dress, and a nice singing clip from the film. Worth the wait for all those (like us) who had been holding out for this version of Elsa." β€”arzneitrank

    "I was very upset when I first purchased this because it had just a short song sample. I tested it in the box before giving it to my niece for her birthday and was furious when there was only a five-second song sample...turns out there is a switch on the back for demo mode." β€”JF

    Get Anna for $24.99 and Elsa for $24.88 from Amazon.

    14. A 100% nylon "Blue Number Circles" area rug for a little background learning to go with all that playing (which you know won't just be contained to the rug).

    A circular blue rug with a colorful alphabet around the edge and numbers in the center
    Rugs USA

    Promising review: "A great educational tool for teaching children and at a very affordable price plus fast delivery. The colors are bright, it does not shed, and the non-slip backing keeps it secure on hard surfaces. Love it!" β€”Elle

    Get it from Rugs USA for $60.40+ (available in three sizes).

    15. A three-wheeled micro scooter with an adjustable handlebar to grow with your toddler as they improve their balance and motor skills while whizzing by at seemingly breakneck speeds.

    A child model riding a three-wheel scooter outdoors while wearing a helmet

    Also includes a two-year manufacturer's warranty.

    Promising review: "Best scooter ever! It’s an easy assembly. It’s a smooth ride and the perfect size for a 2-year-old. Spend more money and go with the deluxe model especially if your child is only 2. I brought this to the park today and two more of my mommy friends went home and bought their kids these today too! They come in the most beautiful colors. Kids are not really taught how to use these, they seem to just get on them and go! It was amazing to see my 2-year-old-take off like a champ!" β€”TexSpaceman12

    Get it from Amazon for $89.99 (available in 11 colors).

    16. A construction vehicles playset that includes a gantry crane, a pickup truck, a tow truck, a logging truck, a magnetic crane vehicle, and forklift as well as a bunch of road signs, barricades, barriers, and safety cones. The only question is how much time can this keep the kid occupied for?

    Multiple plastic yellow construction vehicle toys and accessories

    Promising review: "This set is AWESOME! Our 3-and-a-half-year-old is all about construction, and these had different vehicles than the standard sets. They hold up really well to tough play! It's easy to snap any parts together and place the stickers at the beginning, then he mastered the rest on his own. It has really kept his attention." β€”Jelyca

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    17. A pair of "Fly-noculars" (that's a plane + binoculars) so kids can explore the great outdoors up close (but, you know, from far away). And if it gets too hot out, the Fly-noculars turn into a personal fan. Bonus: personalize the plane with different sets of included stickers.

    iPlay iLearn Toys

    Promising review: "Firstly, there's so much to this toy, I've never seen anything like it! It has these cute binoculars to look through to explore your surroundings. Then it's also a super cute toy airplane (Amelia Earhart is my daughter's favorite) and its propellers double as a handheld fan! My daughter, who is 2, absolutely loves this thing and has been carrying it around with her everywhere (the included lanyard is a nice touch)." β€”dolaiye

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in two colors).

    18. A ready-to-hang, canvas-wrap, piece of artwork featuring a Tiger that's more burnt orange than "burning bright." When poet William Blake once rhetorically asked, "What immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry?" he certainly wasn't expecting the answer to be Novogratz, because they will indeed frame this for you as well.

    A wall hanging of the back of a tiger in black stripes on an orange canvas
    Novogratz / Wayfair

    Get it from the Novogratz collection at Wayfair for $29.32+ (available in three formats and four sizes).

    19. An Educational Insights "Design & Drill Bolt Buddies" rocket, because there's no better way to get kids into STEM than by building a spaceship for an astronaut and his puppy pal and using the eco-friendly packaging as a play set.


    Promising review: "My 3-year-old son had an old toy drill that recently stopped working and he asked me for a new one. This little set caught my eye, so I bought it and he loves it! I love that they put a little window on the side of the drill to show the gears inside spinning. Nice touch to show curious minds how these things work internally. Fits little hands perfectly and he’s been assembling and disassembling this rocket at least a couple of times a day since we got it! The little astronaut characters are cute and can lock into spots inside the rocket (like Lego pieces). Another nice touch is that the box that the set comes in doubles as a space backdrop to play with or display on a bookshelf or table." β€”CK

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    20. A 15-piece "Future Veterinarian Puzzle" constructed from sturdy cardboard to "inspire and affirm children using a creative format" so they too can see themselves in their puzzles.

    A puzzle with an illustrated image of a vet giving a dog a check-up
    Puzzle Huddle

    Puzzle Huddle is a Black-owned business that makes puzzles with a focus on diversity (often lacking in most commercially produced puzzles). Images that "mirror children's skin color, hair texture, and features can provide profound affirmation for a child's positive self-image."

    Get it from Puzzle Huddle for $11.95.

    21. A 30-piece "Farmers Market" color sorting set for expanding vocabulary, especially when it comes to produce. And no, the fruits and veggies aren't organic but kids can certainly pretend that they are.

    Child model playing with yellow plastic bins filled with color-coded fruit

    Promising review: "We received this as a gift for my 1-year-old daughter. She is now almost 3 and still plays with it. We have gifted this to multiple children as it has been such a hit in our family. My daughter started by being able to identify the different fruits and vegetables and then she started learning the colors. It's a fun educational toy that can be used in so many different ways." β€”DL692

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

    22. A 12-pack of durable and sustainable all-natural pure beeswax crayons that are nearly unbreakable and even come with a money-back guarantee. You better bee-lieve it!

    An open box of large, multi-colored crayons with some spread in a circle on a table

    Promising review: "So I bought these worried about my 2-year-old potentially eating a crayon and having that toxic kind of stuff in her system. But, I really should have been more worried about my dogs eating crayons which so far they've snagged one and a half of these babies with no health problems for them after, so I'd say that's a major win. What's also fantastic about these crayons is that they are the perfect size for little hands. My daughter just loves to color with them and they color as smooth as Crayola and they're not all plastic and waxy like the crayons you get at the dollar store. So I'd definitely recommend these to anyone with a toddler, just watch for sneaky dogs. They'll gobble them up." β€”Cassandra S.

    Get it from Amazon for $22.95.

    23. A 17-piece "1-2-3 Build It! Rocket-Train-Helicopter set" for building three different vehicles from easy-to-handle parts for little hands. STEM learning starts early!

    Split image of child model playing with a plastic toy train that also turns into a helicopter and a rocketship

    Promising review: "Really great product! I only wish I had found it sooner. I gave this to my son for his third birthday and he could have really used it for at least six months prior. It is easy enough to put together and take apart, but still holds together tightly and presents some decent physical challenges to help with perseverance. My son took right to this, putting things together first in imaginative ways and then also wants to follow the instructions, which is great. It's good quality and the pieces seem quite sturdy. We've had it about a week and it seems like it will stand up to long-term use without a problem. Very happy with this toy! β€”K. D.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.48.

    24. A 22-piece shaking, tapping, beating, and blowing wooden instrument set to serve as your toddler's very own beat-lab, just as long as they don't actually beat anyone with their new musical toys.

    A colorful array of wooden instruments

    Promising review: "I saw these and immediately thought: I cannot wait to buy this for my nephew and friend's kid because it's going to absolutely drive the parents insane. Unspoken rule of parenthood right? You buy other kids the stuff you know will make a ton of noise. I was not let down. It was delivered to my sister today and shortly after arrival I received the long-anticipated text, 'Did you send these devil tools?' Yes, sister, yes I did. I will most definitely be ordering another set for my friend's kid in a couple of weeks!" β€”Amanda Wiley

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99.

    25. A wooden personalized workbench with a 21-piece accessory set including tools, screws, nuts, nails, and more all completely safe for creative and construction (or maybe even a little destructive) playtime.

    A wooden blue and green toy workbench with various tools
    Raven Skull Magic / Etsy

    Raven Skull Magic is an Etsy shop founded in 2016 and based in London that specializes in beautiful personalized gifts for children.

    Promising review: "Really happy with the product, think it is a beautiful design for a boy or girl. My 2-year-old daughter absolutely loves it and hasn't stopped playing with it since it arrived. The product arrived earlier than expected which I was really happy with." β€”kaylavix1

    Get it from Raven Skull Magic on Etsy for $68.

    26. A 10-pack of Play-Doh that there was no way in hell that you'd ever be able to avoid buying. Fortunately, it's all nontoxic, nonirritating, nonallergenic and the packaging is recyclable. But, yeah, it still smells like Play-Doh.

    Ten different color containers of Play-Doh stacked in a pyramid

    Promising review: "Colorful, nontoxic Play-Doh has been great for my son who has many allergies including skin allergies. He has had no problem with these. This keeps him occupied for quite some time, often when I am cooking or cleaning. I played with this as a child myself and have fond memories of it." β€”Brandy P.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99

    27. And a Play-Doh "Kitchen Creations Candy Delight" playset, because you can't have all that Play-Doh and not have the proper instruments to turn it into different types of sweet clay-based confections.

    Child model playing with purple, blue, and silver Play-Doh set

    Get it from Amazon for $24.97.

    28. A 36-piece wooden pattern blocks animals jigsaw puzzle with patterns for creating animals, vehicles and whatever else your child's rampant imagination can come up with while "developing spatial awareness, color and shape recognition, hand-eye coordination, and problem-solving."


    Promising review: "My children (ages 2 and 4) love this activity! It keeps them busy at the kitchen table while I make lunch. I enjoy seeing the creative solutions to the problems they set up for themselves. ('I am going to make a dog!') The blocks are a nice size for little hands, the colors are bright, and there are no rough edges. The cards have interesting design problems to solve. One side of the card shows the block pieces needed to create the design and the other side shows the completed design. The product comes in a nice cardboard box with two tins inside, one for the blocks and one for the cards." β€”B.S.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    29. A four-wheeled, Hape "Scoot Around Ride-On" wood bike with rubber wheels that'll take it easy on your floors as your toddler develops motor skills as well as strength and balance (because wood ain't light).

    Model child riding a wooden scooter bike with lime green accents on wheels, handle, and base

    Promising review: "This is the perfect scooter for a 1- to 3-year-old. When my son was learning to stand/walk, he'd use this as a walker by grabbing the handles and pushing it around. Sometimes he'd push from the back and scoot on his knees. He learned how to get on and off by himself after a year old. Now he can scoot. Pretty soon (When his legs grow a little longer) he'll get the idea and can really go!" β€”Muffin

    Get it from Amazon for $53.39.

    30. A light-up "Pick Up and Count" vacuum with bouncing balls, so you can teach your toddler to pick up after themself while making it seem like "fun."

    A child model playing with a green plastic vacuum with mult-colored discs

    Requires 4 AA batteries.

    Promising review: "Daughter loves Leapfrog toys and this is no exception. She's younger than the recommended age, so I'm holding on to the smaller parts (dustbin and colored disks) and she uses the vacuum to play/pretend vacuum. She loves the buttons, the lights, and sounds. I find all of it annoying haha, but it's effective and engaging, so that's what matters." β€”Jillibeanrenee

    Get it from Target for $25.49.

    31. A solar-powered Pretend and Play calculator cash register that makes a "cha-ching" noise every time it opens and will introduce concepts of math and finance to your kids as well as soon-to-be-outdated-in-their-lifetime concepts of cash and coins.

    A plastic, primary-colored cash register that's open with play cash and change

    Promising review: " I bought this for my daughter when she was 2. Now 3, she still plays with it daily. She loves punching the numbers in, but her favorite part is the open button that ejects the spring-loaded drawer. She loves the paper money and the pretend credit card. I can see her and my son playing with this toy for at least ten more years. It is very durable. She has dropped it many times and it hasn't skipped a beat. The plastic is high-quality. I would definitely buy this product again." β€”Ecinoderm4u

    Get it from Amazon for $33.47 (available in two colors).

    Check it out! Don't be a dingus and show up with a lame gift (or no gift at all). Little kids are actually pretty easy to shop for!

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