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23 Toddler-Approved Gifts That Will Actually Keep Kids Entertained For Awhile

Your child will experience the joy of a new and exciting toy...and you will experience the joy of relaxing while they play.

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What a year! The holidays are finally here! And while we’re doing our best to make sure the products we feature will arrive in time, shipping times are especially tricky this year, so we suggest shopping as early as you can.

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1. A very charming toy kitchen, the MVP of imaginative play, that will actually give you some kitchen design envy.

A little girl plays with the toy kitchen

2. A vet's costume that'll help your favorite animal-lover get a very early jump on their budding career.

The dress up vet costume

3. An outdoor lawnmower toy, because nothing is cuter than a toddler on a mission to mimic the world around them.

The toy lawnmower

4. A Play-Doh starter set, that can lead to hours and hours of creativity and even comes in a handy little case to help with easy cleanup. And that unmistakeable smell? So nostalgic for you!

The set

5. A set of Magna-Tiles that's really a two-fer because it combines this awesome building toy with some seriously beloved characters from Sesame Street.

6. An indoor trampoline for those days when your kiddos are just bouncing off the walls.

A young child bounces on a trampoline

7. A tunnel and ball pit to (temporarily!) turn your home into a play zone, perfect for those snowy and rainy days when you're stuck inside.

A tunnel and ball bit in reviewer's living room

8. An adorable — yet fully functional — digital camera so you can give your cameraphone a break from your kids.

Two kids taking a selfie with the play camera

9. A pogo stick, which seems *a lot* safer than the ones we used to play with growing up, TBH.

A child's pogo stick with a foam base

10. A Melissa & Doug toy coffee maker set, so you can watch your baby barista brew and sip their pretend java as you steal a minute to enjoy the real deal (while it's actually still hot!).

the coffee set

11. A Kinetic Sand kit to add some wonder to the wintery days when you'd all rather be at the beach.

Two boys play with a a truck in a kinetic sand set

12. A jungle play tent that will take your kiddo's imagination on an adventure. Just add some stuffed animals and you've got a safari party!

The pop up tent

13. A travel-friendly number and letters toy, which turns ABCs and 123s into a fun memory game. Plus, there are no small pieces AND it doesn't make noise!

14. A butterfly grow kit (that comes with a voucher for the caterpillars), so your little one can sit and watch the VERY hungry caterpillars and check in on their progress as they turn into butterflies.

15. A kid-friendly karaoke machine that will inspire many a concert, may also want to use from time to time.

A young girl sings into a handheld microphone and karaoke set

16. A monthly subscription to Little Passports activity boxes, which will expand your little one's world — even when they're just hanging out in the playroom.

Child playing with a STEM day kit

17. A nature detective set that can help your small scientist spark their curiosity and inspire them to get outside and explore the great outdoors.

A young child uses a magnifying girl from the set to examine a butterfly

18. A tried-and-true train set, perfect for starting a collection that can grow with your cutie conductor.

19. A bubble-popping sensory toy, the fun fidget toy to help keep little hands out of trouble. It's also great for teaching them how to share, because you'll be the one asking for a turn.

Two kids pushing the silicone buttons

20. A Stomp Rocket set that will launch hours of out-of-this-world fun in the backyard.

Kids playing with the rocket set

21. A Radio Flyer starter scooter, perfect for on-the-go little ones who are always ready to *roll*.

22. A simple but fun magnetic maze game, which not only helps develop fine motor skills but also holds a toddler's attention long enough for you to actually get something done around the house.

23. A pretty cute watch, which definitely won't help them learn time management (have you ever tried to get a toddler to put on their shoes!?), but it can help them develop the skill of learning how to tell time.

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