Christmas Toy Guide
Here come’s Santa Claus! It’s Christmas morning and your spoiled rotten children are opening present after present… and they’re all toys… and they all make noise… thanks Grandma.
Isn’t that always the way? The toys people get us as children make noise and drive our parents crazy and instead of ending the trend, they continue the cycle.
Can’t they get your constantly growing kid some clothes? Some books? No, of course not.
I’ve made a list of 16 toys that you can suggest to Santa’s helpers…that have no batteries and no noise!
These gifts will be best suited for a one year old to three year old boy OR girl.
Best of all?! I kept them all between $5-$30!
Disclosure: Prices are constantly changing, but when I looked, these were the prices!
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Swirl Ramp Ball Drop ($22)
Stack and spin these colorful ramps and your baby will be amused for a few minutes at least. You can watch their brain tick seeing how the balls spin and drop while you enjoy some quiet time.
Quiet Book ($14)
It’s all in the title! Quiet! Buttons, buckles, shapes, colors, ties, zippers, clocks, etc. This book is chock full of things to keep baby’s hands busy!
Plush Athletic Ball Set ($17)
If Dad is hoping for an aspiring athlete, this is a great start! You don’t have to worry about any broken vases or windows with these plush toys. Bonus? It comes with a bag so we can start working on those “clean up” skills asap!
Stacking & Counting Cups ($12)
A good old fashioned set of cups with numbers and animals on top of it. Baby can play Godzilla and knock over the towers you build until they’re old enough to create their own masterpieces. My baby’s favorite thing to do with hers is banging them together. Not always the most quiet… but it’s better than having Yankee Doodle stuck in you head!
Fisher Price’s Baby’s First Block Set ($10)
Time to get those motor skills going! Yet another toy with built in storage and a handle for on-the-go play!
Pop Up Ball Pit ($11)
And…Ball Pit Balls ($30)
This ball pit folds up flat and the balls come with their own zippered mesh bag! This can keep baby busy for a quite a while. Mine just got in her first ball pit and started organizing the balls…a girl after my own heart. This is fun for parties and play dates as well as rainy days or a boring afternoon. You can do a disinfectant wash in a bathtub and kill the germs on all the balls before returning them to their mesh home.
Wood & Wire Bead Maze ($15)
Travel back in time to your childhood in the waiting room at the doctor’s office. My favorite thing about these is that there are not a million pieces to step on!
Set of 4 Bath Books ($24)
If your child is anything like mine, as soon as she learned how to stand, that’s all she wanted to do in the bath…even though she adores bath time. She needs all the distraction she can get. These water proof books are a great!
Nuby Octopus Hoopla Bath Toy ($7)
More bath time distractions! But who’s to say you have to use bath toys only in the bath? A little ring toss never hurt anyone!
Rock n’ Stack Toy ($9)
I am all about blocks, rings, links, lincoln logs, and cups. The simple toys of yesteryear that require no batteries or assembly are my favorite and I’d much rather see my child playing with this stuff and using her imagination than staring at a light up noise machine.
Wooden Cheese Lacing Game ($12)
Montessori approved! A simple wooden block that can be laced and untangled. A puzzle with NO PIECES to pick up!
Infant to Toddler Swing ($30)
If you don’t have a swing set, but you maybe have a big tree, grab an attachment kit and strap it to a tree. Your little one will be secure in this seat and you can enjoy the giggles as they swing back and forth.
Little Tikes First Slide ($29)
In the playroom or the backyard, a slide can keep a kid busy for at least 30 minutes…how? You got me… but you can get something done as they race around time after time climbing and sliding. Let them get all that energy out!
Number Match Puzzle ($20)
A nice old fashioned wooden puzzle! It’s never too early to work on counting and putting things in their proper place!
Pretend Food Grocery Set ($17)
I remember spending hours velcro-ing and cutting the fruit and vegetables over and over and never getting tired of it. They come with their own basket to play grocery and… store all the pieces in! Are you picking up on a trend? Your little one can associate each toy with it’s home and can start helping with clean up!
Wooden Alphabet Block Pull Cart ($12)
Your little one wants a puppy? They can walk this pull cart instead! Get to work on their alphabet and number recognition or color sorting. They can stack and knock them down. AND they can put them away!
There you have it! A quick guide to a quiet Christmas! You can save the noise for New Year’s!
When the noisy toys start dying, don’t replace the batteries! Save money, expand their imaginations, and save yourself from Yankee Doodle on a loop in your noggin.
Happy Holidays and Happy Santa-ing!