(click numbers above to get detail on the corresponding gift idea)
More and more often I’m finding myself receiving birthday party invites for the youngest members of my friends’ growing families. Unlike baby showers, however, there is typically no helpful baby registry to guide my judgment on selecting the perfect toddler birthday gift.
Lucky for you, I’ve been doing my homework and surveying parents on their favorite toddler birthday gifts. The result is a top 12 list of gift ideas for toddlers based on usefulness, timelessness and value.
Turns out that while gifting toys is a nice gesture, duplication is a potential issue and even with gift receipts it can be a pain to return multiple gifts once the guests have gone and the confetti has settled. Instead parents gave high marks to practical gifts like savings bonds and gift cards that allow parents to purchase the items they really need, or even to enjoy an adults-only date night to maintain their sanity (happy parents = happy baby!). Diaper and wipe gift bundles from The Honest Company are a functional and fashionable choice, since parents can choose from dozens of stylish diaper patterns and colorful designs. Books also ranked highly on my parent surveys, so I’ve selected a couple of options that look equally lovely displayed on a coffee table or in the nursery.
Did I miss something? Please feel free to leave me a comment with even more suggestions!
A note about Tot Squad…
I think my personal favorite on the list would be #10: Tot Squad Baby Gear Services. Their innovative business model provides parents with professional car seat and stroller sanitization using non-toxic, natural cleaning agents. And according to a recent study on the TODAY show, the average car seat has twice as many germs and bacteria as a toilet!
That’s why I think a gift certificate for a “Lotta Love” cleaning service will be a welcome toddler gift that is sure to please all types of parents (especially the germaphobes!).
Tot Squad was founded here in Los Angeles by Jennifer Beall, a boss lady who wanted to improve the work/life balance of busy parents. Tot Squad currently serves southern California and New York City with more franchises on the way.
From now until May 9th, 2015 all TLABL readers will receive an exclusive 10% discount on their purchase of Tot Squad services and/or gift certificate. Bonus: gift cards/certificates never expire!
The promo code is good for a one-time use per family.
Simply input BOSSLADY10 during check out!