Toddlers are the best when it comes to presents: they are easily pleased, often get lots of play out of the wrapping and empty cardboard boxes and are truly excited by littlest things. Here are our picks of the season:
1. Chubby Fingers Play – Ooodoodle Crayons
We love this new design and they are perfect for teeny tiny fingers to grab and color! My toddler’s favorite part is that you can also color the box it comes in so it’s a treat all in itself. Mama loves that they are non-toxic, beeswax and locally made by a mama herself.
Order online from their Facebook page or catch them at one of the many Christmas markets!
2. Djeco – My Vanity Case
This is for older toddlers that have stopped mouthing pieces as there are a few tiny pieces in here like hair clips but this is a beautiful wooden play set for the little girl that likes dressing up or pretending to put on make up like mommy! My daughter has allergies so this is great in-between where she can still explore but not have to worry that it will hurt her skin. So adorable and comes in a sweet carry case.
Available at Janie&Joe BV or Carousel. Remember the Happy Go KL discount code at Janie&Joe: mention Happy Go KL to receive a 20% discount on any purchase until December 24, 2017.
3. Melissa + Doug – Wooden Puzzles
I highly recommend these: they have a large variety of themes depending on your little one’s interest, some even have sounds, come in a travel case, or have lock and keys. As a mama, I love that they are so well made and well thought out they last through hours and hours of play and can be passed on for years while still remaining relevant!
Available at Janie + Joe, Mothercare or Ben’s Independent Grocers. Remember the Happy Go KL discount code at Janie&Joe: mention Happy Go KL to receive a 20% discount on any purchase until December 24, 2017.
4. Hape – Gourmet Kitchen/Market Stand/Tool Bench
This is a love gift. There are smaller sets and accessories that you can also get to accompany it but if you’re looking for one big awesome gift (we only do one big gift at Christmas for our little one and she got this last year), I highly recommend the kitchen set! It comes complete with the cutest little salt and pepper shaker, pots, pans, lids, spatula and is the perfect starter kit. My daughter got this when she was almost one and it is still one of her most loved toys. She also loves the additional cash machine that you can get to compliment it – and they also have a market stand, or tool bench! Or if you are not into pink, there is always the Ikea Duktig kitchen.
Available at Robinson’s The Gardens or Carousel Publika
5. RadioFlyer – 4-in-1 Stroll ‘N Trike
An iconic staple of every childhood, we love this one from RadioFlyer as it grows with them from 9m-5years old. It is sturdy, comes with seat belt straps, a little place to put a water bottle or bubbles, and the steering bar is really easy to maneuver around corners. We also love that it comes with a shade – my daughter asks at least once a day to go on it!
Available at Carousel Publika or GBS Showroom
6. Petit Collage – Magnetic Dress Up Box
This is geared towards older toddlers but it is magical! My daughter spends hours quietly playing this and such a lifesaver when we are somewhere like church where I need her to stay still and busy for a while. Well made and beautifully designed. Comes in a variety of themes and she loves that it comes in it’s own box!
Available at Kinokuniya KLCC or Times Pavilion
7. Smiggle – Mini Scented Gel Pen Pack
Blow your little one’s mind with the ultimate art set with everything they love – real pens so they feel like a “big kid”, neon, sparkles, glitter, a cap to take on and off a billion times, scented to amuse them endlessly and folds up into a cute little carrying case! Hours of fun at the table if you have a little craft lover!
Available at all Smiggle stores
8. Bilibo + Oogi + Moluk + Plui
Also in BV and recently opened in 1u, Jareburbs is a store that carries a huge variety of Bilibo, Oogi, Plui and Moluk. They are open-ended toys made of rubber or plastic, brightly colored and encourage so much creativity and play. You can use them in the tub, plane, train, restaurant, playroom, stroller, etc! We love it because you can just get one, a set, or build your collection over time and it is entertaining for a variety of ages too.
(I don’t recommend the little buttons for toddlers that are still mouthing but the bigger pieces are super fun!)
9. Set of local books from Oyez! Books
We recently purchased this box of local Malay books from Oyez! geared towards toddlers and it’s been such a fun activity for my daughter and helper to read together. I also highly recommend any of the other Oyez! titles like We Love Trees, Atuk’s Amazing Sarong, My Mother’s Kitchen, etc. as they are all beautifully illustrated, local and relevant, and very culturally appropriate and identifiable to a little one growing up in Malaysia. More about local kids’ books.
Available at Silverfish BV or at the Oyez! bookstore
10. Teething jewelry from Cuddles & Chews
For the little girl that desperately wants to wear jewelry but is still a little too young, this is the perfect solution! It’s colorful, customizable, really adorable and appealing to little ones but gives mama peace of mind: the beads are food-grade safe, non-toxic, bpa-free, chemical-free made from silicone so it’s nice and soft. Most importantly, it has safety clasps that keeps them from choking if they accidentally get caught on something. Mama’s and Ella Grace’s favorite part is that it comes in matching mama and teeny tiny sets so it tickles her endlessly when we wear it together! Perfect for a mother-daughter duo!
Ps. Consider also matching bow clips and necklaces from Sereni & Shentel if you have a little girl that loves dressing up too!
KacauMama Racheal Kwacz is a Child and Family Development Specialist, mama tribe advocate and writer. Creator of the ‘RACHEAL Method’, she combines her 20+ years experience working with children in the USA and in Asia with the foundations of ‘Respectful Parenting’, leading parents and teachers to raise kind, confident, compassionate, resilient little ones. She is a mum to a joyful, curious, and fiercely independent, toddler foodie who is her poster-child for the ‘RACHEAL Method’.