Here are some gift suggestions for your toddlers at Christmas. I hope some of our readers will find them helpful and, perhaps, save Moms and Dads some time shopping. (All the TCR Contributing Editors will be adding their lists of gift recommendations over the next two weeks.)

1. Beautiful board books.

Board books are nice for young toddlers who still chew and like to rip things apart but beautiful (in illustration and language) ones are often difficult to find. Here are a few suggestions:

Hello, Bugs! (Black and White Sparklers) by Smriti Prasadam.

Haiku Baby by Betsy E. Snyder.

Book Sleep by Il Sung Na.

Little Fur Family Board Book by Margaret Wise Brown and Garth Williams.

Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit: A Book of Changing Seasons by Il Sung Na.

My Golden Book of Saints by Thomas Donaghy.

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2. Wooden Nativity sets & Noah’s Arks.

This is link a great source of gift set ideas.

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3. Green Toys trucks, cars, and planes.

These are simple and leave lots of room for the imagination. They come in fun, yet subtle colors, and are made of recycled and non-toxic materials. Take a look at this list for some good ideas.

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4. This wooden rainbow toy.

This is probably mine (and my husband’s) favorite toy. It’s beautiful. It stimulates creativity in all sorts of ways — you can make rainbows or tunnels or houses or boats or little works of art. When our toddler first received it as a gift, my husband and I fought over this toy for a good two weeks.

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5. Play-Doh.

This gift will make your parents and grandparents feel good, too! They will remember getting Play-Doh as children.

6. Simple wooden blocks.

Here’s a set of alphabet blocks, made in the USA.

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7. Balls of all types— bouncy balls, tennis balls, kickballs, etc.

These are bright, cheerful, and easy to hold: Edushape See-Me Sensory Balls.

8. These teethable rosaries: Keep in mind they still require supervision because of the strangulation risk.

Here’s a good link to consider.

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9. Wooden peg puzzles.

Once the child has mastered the puzzle, the pieces are still fun to use as imaginative characters.

Take a look, for example, at the Hape – Farm Animals Peg Puzzle.

10. Drums, maracas, and other simple musical instruments.

Here’s a 12-pack of mini-maracas whose noise would be minimal.

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11. Crayons & washable markers.

Chances are the toddler already has some, but is always losing them or throwing them down the air vent.

12. Simple stuffed creatures that aren’t visually overwhelming.

Jellycat has some nice ones.

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If you have any gift recommendations please leave them in the comments section.  We would be grateful!

EDITOR’S NOTE: Maybe I am just an old Fuddy-duddy, but where is the SLINKY!