Finding the perfect gift for a little loved one should be fun, but it can also be frustrating, especially if you live far away.
In many cases, we put more pressure on ourselves to give the perfect gift since we don’t get to see them as often. We’re looking for things that are unique, meaningful, and fun, but are often left having to scramble to find something other than a gift card. After all, this isn’t necessarily your expertise. You might not have a child of your own - you’re not up on the latest toy trends.
That’s why we’ve hand picked a list of our favourite gifts to give your distant little loved one. It wasn’t easy, but we narrowed it down to our top 10 favourite items for:
Top 10 Gifts for Newborns (0-12 months)
Sophie the Giraffe
This is one of the most popular toys in the world for newborns. It’s a teether, known for stimulating all of a child’s 5 senses from 3 months onward. This toy is a must for any newborn. It’s adorable, functional, and children absolutely love it. Buy Sophie the Giraffe
Lamaze Clip & Go, Freddie the Firefly
This cute little firefly keeps your little one engaged and entertained for hours. Freddie has a soft velour body with lots of bright colors, patterns and textures to stimulate all the senses. His layered wings include a peek-a-boo mirror for interactive play and multiple textures, shapes and crinkles that encourage babies to explore.
Fisher-Price Kick 'n Play Piano Gym
Baby kicks, music plays, and that’s just the beginning with the Kick & Play Piano Gym. Movable toys on the overhead gym encourage your baby to bat and grasp, while the adjustable keyboard lets your little one play with their feet of sit and serenade you with their hands. Buy the Kick’n Play Piano Gym
Jellycat Soft Books, Pet Tails
This soft and squishy fabric book is bursting with color, texture and movement, not to mention lots of furry animal tails. This book is full of interactive play opportunities as you and your little one explore each new page.
Personalized Nursery Name Sign
Adorn your favourite little one’s nursery with this adorable personalized sign. Hand crafted out of wood, these signs come in many different designs and make the perfect gift. Buy a Personalized Nursery Name Sign
Zutano Unisex-Baby Newborn Cozie Fleece Booties
These are the cutest, coziest booties for keeping a babies feet warm in cold weather. They’re lined with solid cotton interlock, making them super warm and have a unique, adjustable two-snap design so they won’t fall off like most baby boots. Buy Cozie Fleece Booties
Adorable Baby Clothing Sets
Babies go through so much clothing in the run of a day, so you simply can’t go wrong with a cute outfit. Retailers like Carter’s offer a huge selection of clothing sets, from animal themed onesies to stylish 3-piece outfits. Also keep in mind that the easier it is to mix and match the pieces, the more mileage they’ll get out of it. Buy an Adorable Baby Clothing Set
Babies love MubbaNubs! This pacifier-and-plush combination is like no other - easy to grasp, nearly impossible to lose, and instantly comforting. Buy a WubbaNub Pacifier
Cloud b Sleep Sheep - On The Go White Noise Machine
This fluffy travel companion is the perfect gift for parents and babies that are always on the go. It features four different nature sounds to calm kids and promote peaceful sleep, especially in a new atmosphere. Sleep Sheep is the perfect companion for your favourite little one - delivering moments of peace and tranquility for the whole family!
Look, Look! Black and White Board Book
This sturdy board book, full of high-contrast black-and-white art is perfect for the eyes of young babies. Striking and stylish, Look Look! is the ideal first board book for babies just beginning to look and learn.
Top 10 Gifts for Toddlers (1-3 years)
VTech Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker
With a barnyard of friends to cheer baby on, your little one will love learning to walk using the Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker. Start by removing the play panel for floor play, then graduate to the fun-to-maneuver walker. With so many fun features packed into one walker, your little one will learn shapes, colours, animals, music and more!
Millside Industries Convertible Wagon/Sleigh
This classic wooden wagon is the ultimate transportation toy for your favourite little one. It’s ability to switch from wheels to snow blades makes it perfect for year round use. From fun in the sun, to a winter wonderland, the Millside Convertible Wagon/Sleigh is sure to become their favourite way to get around.
Melissa & Doug - Playful Puppy Pull Toy
Pull toys are a cute, class gift for little walkers. Just pull the string and this pup will follow along while wagging its tail. With its perpetual smile and wobbly gait, the Playful Puppy Pull Toy is the perfect companion to be pulled along with an early walker.
Mega Bloks 80 pc Big Building Bag (Classic)
Building blocks are an amazing gift that provides hours of learning and fun. The award-winning First Builders Big Building Bag by Mega Bloks encourages hands-on exploration as children imagine and create. Mega Bloks are big and easy for little fingers to assemble and when playtime is over, they can simply zip the blocks up in their eco-friendly bag.
Oball Shaker (Rattle)
Babies love being able to shake, rattle and teethe all at once. This textured rattle is clear so baby can see the colorful beads that create fun sounds to entertain and delight.It’s sure to become one of their favourite toys.
Nuby Bath Time Toss (Octopus Floating Bath Toy), Purple
We couldn’t make this list and not include our favourite bath time toy! This cute and engaging bath toy from Nuby includes one adorable floating octopus and colorful rings that your child can toss around the tentacles. Bath time just kicked it up a notch!
Bumbo Floor Seat
The award winning Bumbo Floor Seat is the cadillac of baby seats, allowing them to maintain a sitting position on the floor, where you can play with, read to, and feed them. If your little one doesn’t already have a Bumbo, the is certainly a gift that they (and their parents) will appreciate.
Cloud B Twilight Turtle Constellation Nightlight
Twilight Turtle is the first plush constellation nightlight ever created, helping make bedtime fun for children of all ages. It transforms any room into a starry night sky to help comfort children to sleep. This interactive and educational toy includes eight actual constellations (such as The Big Dipper) embedded in the star pattern. You can also sit with your little one and identify the major constellations using the wonderfully illustrated Twilight Turtle Star Guide.
You can never go wrong with a classic children’s book and one of our favourites has to be Goodnight Moon. One of the most beloved books of all time, Goodnight Moon is a must for every bookshelf and a time-honored gift for little loved ones.
My First Big Book of Coloring
Kids will love MY FIRST BIG BOOK OF COLORING, a jumbo book that's packed with almost 200 pages of fun! The appealing artwork--with its heavy, chunky black lines--are eye-catching and child-friendly. This book is sure to keep little ones busy for hours!
Top 10 Gifts for Preschoolers (3-5 years)
Rolimate Educational Wooden Cube Jigsaw Puzzles
This beautifully illustrated puzzle features 6 different combinations, inspiring creativity and fun among little learners. The 9 wooden cubes are also great for stacking, building and counting! Inspire their natural curiosity, drive them to ask questions and create wonderful opportunities for communication and interaction.
TeePee Play Tent
Turn rainy afternoons into make believe camping trips, worldly adventures, and lasting memories with a TeePee Play Tent. These beautifully handmade teepees are not only amazing gifts that provide hours of creativity and fun, but also add a perfect decorative accent to their room.
Play-Doh Fun Tub
Pop the lid off of your imagination with this mega tub of Play-Doh and tools! Get ready for hours of open-ended creativity, with a classic toy that holds a special place in all of our hearts. With lots of tools and 5 bright colors, this set has everything you need to create almost anything you can imagine.
Radio Flyer Classic Glide & Go Balance Bike
Boost your little one’s confidence by giving him/her a more fun and effective way to learn to ride a bike! This pedal-free beginner bike allows them to focus on balance, preparing him/her for a two-wheeler in no time.
We all have fond memories of building forts, and children today are no different. Crazy Forts makes play so easy and so much fun. Simply connect the balls and sticks and cover the frame with bedsheets to create structures where imaginations can flourish.
Candy Land The World of Sweets Game
Board games are incredible gift ideas because they give kids the opportunity to learn, strategize, be creative, and have fun. Candy Land is a one-of-a-kind classic, with fun illustrations and gingerbread man movers that kids love. Players draw colourful cards to guide their mover along the rainbow path to locations like Peppermint Forest, Lollipop Palace, and Licorice Lagoon.
Boogie Board Kids - Scribble N' Play Learning and Creative Doodle
Fuel your little one’s imagination and creativity with this amazing device. The Scribble n’ Play is just what it sounds like – a a digital tablet designed for drawing and goofing around. What makes it unique, is that it has a color screen and instead of a single stylus, it includes four stylus tools that have different tip shapes, sizes, nubs and knobs that create a variety of lines and textures. Perfect for doodling and hours of creative fun.
Makedo Cardboard Construction Toolkit
We’ve all grown up knowing that cardboard boxes can provide hours of fun. Well, Makedo has made it even easier to turn boring household clutter into amazing creations. This cardboard construction toolkit includes a “Safe-saw” for cutting cardboard, 28 reusable plastic "Scrus" for fastening cardboard pieces together, and a “Scru-Driver” to install the fasteners. With these simple tools and a little imagination, kids can create creatures, vehicles, armor, and other small constructions from the corrugated cardboard that tends to pile up around the house.
Milton The Mealtime Companion
Is your little pumpkin unwilling to taste a bite of squash? Milton can help promote positive eating habits as well as reduce the stress of having a picky eater at the table. Children offer him a bite of food, and he always accepts it with a wide open smile. He's made from flexible, food-grade silicone, so kids can even have fun making him chew. And if Milton likes it, well, broccoli just doesn't seem so scary any more. He also comes with instructions in the form of an adorable storybook.
Eat Sleep Doodle Doodle World Map Tablecloth
The world map tablecloth makes for the best – and most educational - fun at mealtimes or parties! 100% cotton, it comes with a set of 10 wash-out markers for endless creativity. The tablecloth can be colored in while the kids discover all about the places and icons they are coloring – it’s perfect for keeping kids busy and happy at the table during family or celebration meals, and a great way of finding out where distant relatives live. Afterwards just pop the tablecloth on a warm machine wash and the ink comes out completely, ready for the next grand tour!