Holy crap. Christmas is in 55 days. That means there is only 54 shopping days left!
But don’t despair, Chum-Lee and I have been putting in the hard yards for you. Hours upon hours of toy and goodie research has been conducted and I think I have come up with a pretty darn amazing list of the bestest and the coolest toys and tidbits for the super crazy and active 2 year old.
T wants all of these. Or rather, I should say, I want them all for T, but I am pretty sure he would tell you he wants them too, if he could. Some of the items I am about to show you are on my ultimate wish list, but some of them T is actually going to receive, so shhhhh don’t tell him, we don’t want to ruin the surprise on Christmas morning!
When I started thinking about Christmas gifts for the babies, a few things came to mind. They had to be good quality and made to last. I am not interested in something they will play with for 5 mins and then leave in the back yard to rot. I want toys that will stand the test of time with both babies. The toys need to be something they can play with actively – no screens to stare at. I want them to use their imaginations and be creative.
Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Ship
I thought I would show this one first because T already has it. I did originally get it for him for a Christmas present but we had some really hot days here and D had gone away for a boys weekend. What was I to do? I couldn’t manage taking both babies in the pool by myself, and the little dude was hot and suffering in the heat!
Needless to say, T got an early Christmas present. His reaction when I brought the box in was gold. ‘WOW!!!!! WOW! WOW! WOWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!’ he shouted. It’s great, he hangs out by the pirate ship all the time. It has a little motor so running water gets sucked up and comes out the top of the crows nest. He can press the button himself and it turns itself off after a minute so there is no danger of it being left running and eating your battery life.
Cleaning and refilling it is super easy and T thinks that is the best part because he gets to help with the HOSE! Chum-Lee likes it too, as there is always a fresh source of water. Why do cats never want to drink from their actual water bowl? Chum-Lee would rather drink from the toilet. Lots of other things like the pirate ship too, like blankies, loaves of bread and hats.
OK, it’s not the cheapest water table out there, but it is strong and made to last. Mother-in-law gave a little cheapo one to T for Christmas last year and it didn’t even last half a season. I figure this will last the babies many summers to come, I also scored it in one of the big toy sales so got a bargain. Money well spent.
T plays with a loaf of bread in the pirate ship. Because that’s where bread goes apparently.
Little Tikes Easy Store Picnic Table
A kids table and chairs was always going to be on my Christmas list. My parents gave K a table and chairs for Christmas when he was nearly T’s age and it was a great present. K loved having his own special table that was just his size. He used it for art and craft, eating, teddy bear tea parties and as a makeshift cubby house. It was study and lasted us many years.
My prerequisites for a table were that it had to be strong, versatile and tidy. The Little Tikes table ticks those boxes. The Little Tikes stuff is tough. Even cyclone T can’t destroy them. This table can be folded and stored flat, which makes it very handy for packing in the van to take to a picnic at the park. What really sold me on this one is the tidy factor. There are cup/paint holders and a little trough to hold pens in the middle. There is also a lip around the edge of the table so your crayons won’t roll off. It’s all made of sturdy plastic so it’s easy to clean AND as it is all in one piece T can’t hurl chairs all over the yard.
Imaginarium City Central Train Table
THIS! He is going to freaking love this! I really desperately wanted to get T this train table for two reasons. One because I think it is awesome and trains are cool, and two because K will love it as well and he’ll love to play trains with T.
Sadly, this train table is pretty exxy, even when it is on special, so I had resigned myself to the fact we simply can’t be spending that kind of cash. My second option was to get a cheapy table from Kmart that was half the size. Luckily for us and for T, Mother-in-law kindly offered to buy this as a combined birthday/Christmas gift for T Bear. I wish we were in the financial position to give this gift ourselves but we are certainly grateful that she can. Beggars can’t be choosers!
I love this table way more than the Thomas Tank Engine tables because it has DRAWERS to pack away all the crap! ANYTHING that helps me maintain some sort of order in this chaos is greatly appreciated. Also, love that it is nice stained wood and classy. I hate the Thomas ones as they have all the landscape stuff painted all around the table, which will look shabby in time when the pain start to chip. The wooden table can fit in with out decor.
You probably realise that I prefer good quality study toys that are going to last our babies a long time. These are our big ticket items and a lot of time has gone into researching which will be best suited to us and our family. I can even get some ‘pink’ trains for H.
I’ve been on the fence about a little sand pit for a while. I’m not too keen on more mess being walked into the house, nor am I keen on cat poo in the sand, but after seeing just how much T LOVES playing with sand at our playgroup, I have decided that I can work with these two challenges.
I like this Crab Sandbox a little more than the basic clam shell ones for the simple fact that it has a little seat for this old mumma to sit on, but the clam shell sandpit would also be fine if you had younger knees than mine. The sandpit needed to have a cover to keep the cat crap out and this one does. I just need to keep a dustpan brush at the back door to brush down the babies before they come back inside. Kmart also does a little wooden box with a cover that would work.
T is just a bit too young for the massive bucket of LEGO we have in the cupboard and the little pieces are not safe for H. Duplo is awesome. You can build cute animals and people. It is really easy to put together and pull apart. T really loves building things with blocks and gravitates towards the Duplo whenever he has the opportunity to play with some. I love the fact that this is a unisex toy, and as with the train table, pirate ship and sandpit, it is a toy that both my little babies and big doodles will get joy out of for years to come before the graduate to the little LEGO.
Fisher-Price Doodle Pro Classic Doodler
This a magna doodle. You know, what you played with as a kid? Yep, they have been around for years and are still excellent. I chose this one as the pen string is attached in the middle of the board so it is good for both left and right handed little artists. It looks like T is going to be a lefty. This is just a really handy toy to have. It is cheap, easy to transport around and apart from the few little stamps there are no pieces to be left all over your lounge room. Creativity at its best.
A Very Busy Sticker Book (The World of Eric Carle)
T loves The Very Hungry Caterpillar and he loves stickers. Most kids do! I just stumbled upon this book and grabbed it on a whim but I think it is a winner. A good cheapie.
Personalised Peppa Pig Book
T, like a lot of kids his age (and their mums) love that cheeky little pig, Peppa. T is Peppa Pig obsessed. He has a Peppa figurine that he tucks into the top of his nappy so she can cruise around with him. He loves her. I found that you can have your own personalised Peppa book printed so your child is actually a character in the story. You get to design what he/she will look like and can even have a personal message to your child printed inside the cover.
I remember when I was a girl, my mum had a personalised book for me printed. I think it was about fairies? Anyway, what I do remember was I was so amazed that I was actually in a book! I mean, this book was about ME, it was the coolest thing ever for a book lover.
T has a couple of Peppa books already which he reads over and over, and I think he will get a real kick out of being the star in one. I haven’t gone ahead and ordered one yet as they are quite pricey, especially once you add shipping on top of that. I am wondering if this might be a better present next year, but it is pretty rad, which is why I am including it in the list.
George Pig Beanie
Now, T does love Peppa Pig, and there are some pretty cool Peppa toys out there but I am not about to shell out the big bucks on something fancy if he is not going to play with it. This is a safe bet. It’s not expensive and can be the test to see if your little one is a true Peppa fan. If he loves it to death and plays with it, then perhaps go out and buy your kid the playhouse or rocket ship of whatever, but sometimes it is a good idea to test the waters first. You could end up saving yourself a wad of cash. Oh, and H will be getting a Peppa beanie so they can play together.
T’s other obsession is Play School. The kid can’t get enough and I like Play School too. I have a secret mummy crush on Teo. I can’t get over the fact that they are still singing the same songs that they did when I was a little girl, and I remember them all! I would love to get ALL the Play School friends but I’ll just stick with Humpty for T and Jemima for H, for now. Then we can have our own Play School type fun at home.
Ok, that is 10 of my best (For now. I reserve the right to add a million toys to my wish list). Do you have any super amazing toys or present ideas that I can add to my list?
We should all thank Chum-Lee for his help in researching these toys. He was very good at sitting in front of my computer screen and knocking things off my desk when I disagreed with his input.