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Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Toddlers 2013

Christmas is a magical time for toddlers. They are truly at an age to enjoy toys, and are excited to see what Santa will bring. They are learning to use their imaginations through play, and anything is possible. Toddlers enjoy toys that encourage physical coordination, thinking skills and fantasy play. Santa is sure to find some great ideas on this list of favorites.

Little Tikes 3 in 1 Trike Red

A great first bike for kids ages nine months to three years, the Little Tikes 3 in 1 Trike can be pushed by a parent before little legs are strong enough to work the pedals. As muscles develop, parents can simply help guide the trike using the detachable handle. Finally, as kids are able to power the bike alone, the handle can be completely removed for solitary rides. The adjustable seat makes it easy to touch the pedals, and the safety harness keeps toddlers safe. This bike even comes with a canopy to keep little ones out of the direct sun. A storage bin on the back gives room for stuffed animals and dolls to ride along, or if he prefers to haul rocks and dirt, the dumping features comes in handy.

Leapfrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket

This Sharing Picnic Basket from Leapfrog is a great “let’s pretend” toy that incorporates learning about shapes, colors and manners into the game. The picnic basket lid opens with music and sound effects. Various pieces can be stacked, sorted, emptied and filled. Host a pretend picnic with friends and work on collaborative play and food manners. The 14-piece set comes with plates, cups, forks, basket, picnic blanket and six plastic food pieces. Take this set to the park for a picnic, or just spread out on the living room floor for interactive fun.

Ultimate Boys Costume Role Play Dressup Hat & Accessory Trunk

Toddlers love role play and these costumes provide the props to make them believe they are the real thing. Though the company markets the set as a “Boys” trunk, it’s certainly appropriate for little girls, as well. Dressups include costumes for a cowboy, army guy, safari explorer, pirate, fireman and more — eight in all. Other pieces include sheriff’s badge, binoculars, compass and magic wand. The trunk is sturdy and features a handle for easy storage. The manufacturer notes that costumes and accessories may vary.

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Step 2 Neat & Tidy Cottage

Playing house is a favorite game for toddler girls and boys. This sturdy Step 2 cottage can be used outside on the patio or lawn, or indoors in the toy room or family area. Tough heavy-duty plastic lasts year after year. Inside, they’ll find two seats, a table, sink and stove for food preparation play. There’s an interactive telephone and a working doorbell. A mail slot allows for popular post office play. The shutters and door open and close. The floor of the cottage has drainage holes to make dirt and water removal easy.
Kids will spend hours of imagination-filled play in this little cottage.

Thomas and Friends: My Red Railway Book Box
by Rev. W. Awdry and Tommy Stubbs

Thomas the Tank has been a toddler favorite for years, and this Rev. W. Awdry boxed set with carrying handle is no exception. Thomas and his friends’ adventures are highlighted in these four board books. Titles include, “Go, Train, Go!,” “Stop, Train, Stop!,” “A Crack in the Track,” and “Blue Train, Green Train.”

Alex Tub Tunes Water Flutes
by Alex Toys

Water play and musical instruments — two toddler favorites are combined in this tub tunes water flute bath toy. This set of five flutes comes with a spongy holder for organization. Fill each flute with different amounts of water for different musical notes (the notes are marked on the side of the flute to let you know how much water to put in). The set comes with musical song sheets that are waterproof for bath time symphonies. A good toy for child/parent interaction; don’t leave your toddler alone in the tub with this or any other toy.

Disney Princess 4-DVD Gift Set: Princess Stories Volumes 1 & 2

Every little girl wants to be a princess, and Disney delivers the magic of make believe with this entertaining Princess DVD set. Four movies are included in the cardboard slide-in case. She’ll sing along to Disney songs from the princess movies with “Sing Along Songs Once Upon A Dream.” Stories about the princesses fill up “Princess Stories Volumes 1 & 2” and “Princess Party Volume 1” has plenty of singing and party fun. Princesses featured include Ariel of “Little Mermaid,” Jasmine from “Aladdin,” Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and Belle from “Beauty and the Beast.”