Welcome to the third in our series of Christmas Gift Guides. If you missed our 0-1 and 1-2 guides do check them out. 2-3 year olds are making the transition from baby to child, and this toddler age is great fun. You start seeing the child process and learn more about the world around them and take play to the next level, by imitating, imagining and pretending. Here are some toys to inspire, educate and bring joy…
Ferm Living Dolls House, £125, V&A. This minimalist modern wooden dolls’ house is sure to delight.
Ingela P Arrhenius Domino Matching Game, £12, The Kid Who. Beautifully illustrated set featuring Ingela’s retro, cool designs.
PlayShapes, £79.95, Miller Goodman. 74 wooden geometric shapes which you can arrange or stack to make hundreds of 3D creations.
Vilac My First Drum Set, £48.00, Little Citizens Boutique. Colourful wooden drum kit plays as good as it looks.
Cuadernino Stamp Sets, £16, Kickcan & Conkers. Simple, striking and educational – everything we love. Comes with stamps, a pad and a drawstring bag.
Lucky Boy Sunday Little Pepe doll, £38, Molly-Meg. Quirky, fun and brimming with personality, Little Pepe is made from 100% baby alpaca.
Teepee, £78, Hedgehog. Children this age love a den – love this traditional-looking Indian teepee.
Wild Acre cardigan, £43, Tootsa Macginty. Lambswool chunky knit cardie, featuring rabbits, pine trees and snowflakes, that both girls and boys will love
Bright Brilliant Yellow ride-on, £39.95, Didicars. Unique self-propelled ride-on, ideal for use indoors or outdoors.
Djeco Geoform, £29.99, Bright Minds. The wooden case contains 42 magnetic pieces and 24 idea cards to get you started on your own designs.
Handprint Toys Creata Car, £29.99, Nubie. Contains a cardboard car, a pot of paint, a brush, rivets, stickers and the option to personalise the numberplate.
Mrs Bunny, £40, Sally Nencini. A carry-everywhere companion, made from 100% softest lambswool with felt eyes and a hand embroidered face.
Chalk Board Mat, £10.50, Big Birds Boutique. Roughly the size of an iPad, this rolls up neatly and has a convenient pouch to keep sticks of chalk and a board rubber so they don’t mess up your bag.
Hape Twist and Turnables, £17.95, Nest. Beautifully painted, tactile shapes screw together – great for motor skills.
Rabbit Mask, £12.54, EW Mccall. These bunnies are made from a variety of textiles including leather, pleather, vinyl, and cotton fabric.
Flat Out Frankie Little Roar Head, €22, Shak Shuka. Put the head together, decorate it, pop it on top of a broom et voila! Would also look great mounted on a wall.
Pearl Mason Designs London Souvenir Finger Puppets, £8, Rain Starts Play. Four capital characters to create tales with – brilliant for songs, storytelling, and, of course, puppet shows.
Santoys Caravanette, £49.93, Amazon. It works neatly as a push along toy but also opens up to reveal a cool caravan playset, complete with plenty of accessories and two figures.
B Toys Critter Veterinary Clinic, £35, Little Citizens Boutique. This six room veterinary clinic brings a kitty and a doggy, six colour coded keys and lots of doctor tools.
IQ Plus Fun Blocks, £30, Educational Toys. A percussion instrument played by gently tapping the blocks, creating a clicking sound to encourage learning about rhythm and coordination.