Gifts For Grandkids: 50+ Tot-Tested Favorites

Are you a grandparent looking for a holiday gift for your grandkids? In this gift guide, we review our best gift ideas for babies, toddlers and big kids!

A child playing with the PlanToys Motor Mechanic Toy

One of the earliest memories I have is when my grandfather gave me a play tool set when I was four. He was always tinkering in his workshop and I remember being desperate to emulate him. As I got older, he eventually gave me real tools and would let me nail pieces of wood together. Once my project was complete, he’d look in awe as I proudly explained how my creation could do so many things.

At the time I just thought I was having fun. Looking back I now realize my grandfather’s play-based learning sessions helped hone my hand-eye coordination, expanded my vocabulary, built confidence and solidified our relationship.

If you’re a grandparent looking for toys that are going to spark imaginative play, strengthen your bond with your grandkids and help them develop physically and emotionally, you’ve come to the right place!

In this gift guide, we’ll go over:

  • Chemicals to avoid in kids’ toys
  • Gift ideas for grandbabies
  • Gift ideas for grandkids

Scroll down to learn more!

 

Materials & chemicals to avoid in toys

At The Tot, we never use or recommend anything that hasn’t passed The Tot Test. This means we’ve looked deep into third-party testing, examined ingredients lists and asked in depth questions about a product’s composition to ensure it’s free of the chemicals we avoid. 

When it comes to kids’ toys, we like to steer clear of the below chemicals because they are all known to cause both short and longterm health problems.

  • Bisphenols BPA + BPS
  • Formaldehyde
  • PVC
  • Lead & other heavy metals
  • VOCs
  • Pesticides

Click here to read the full list of chemicals we avoid and why.

 

Gift ideas for grandbabies

 

Plush Cuddle Buddy

 

Cuddle + Kind Penelope The Flamingo with Baby

 

If you’re shopping for a newborn or someone who loves toting around a special friend, you can’t go wrong with a plush toy.

Fun to cuddle or use in a game of imaginative play, we love the below options from Louelle, Cuddoll and Cuddle + Kind.

Louelle Gold Spot Bunny

 

Louelle Bunny – Gold Spot

 

$49

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Cuddoll Louis The Lion

 

Cuddoll – Louis the Lion

 

$62

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Cuddle + Kind Penelope The Flamingo

 

Cuddle & Kind Penelope the Flamingo

 

$86

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Dolls

 

Cuddoll Personalized Look a Like Doll

 

Want a plush cuddle toy that will really bring all the feelings? Exclusively available at The Tot, Cuddoll will make a doll to match your favorite mini! While the adorable Alimrose Matilda doll and matching sleeping bag will provide plenty of opportunities for imaginative play, and make for a comforting companion.

 

Cuddoll Personalized Look a Like Doll

 

Cuddoll Personalized Look-A-Like Doll

 

$129

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Alimrose Matilda Asleep Awake Doll Sleeping Bag Set Rose Garden

Alimrose Matilda + Sleeping Bag Set

 

$44

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Activity Gym 

 

Lily & River Birch Climber White Ladder

 

Play and climbing gyms are one of the best ways for babies to reach important developmental milestones like reaching, batting, grasping, shaking and, of course, climbing!

The Lily & River Birch Wood Pikler-style Climber is designed to be used from 6 months to 5 years, making it a gift option that will be used for years!

The Lovevery Play Gym is suitable from birth and complete with 12 months of activities. Once your grandbaby gets older, it transitions into a play tent!

The Wiwiurka Climbing Furniture Combo features a Pikler-style triangle and a smaller climbing arch and will provide many opportunities for climbing, sliding and balancing.

 

Lily & River Birch Climber White Rockwall

 

Lily & River Birch Climber

 

Ranging from $369.95 to $578.95

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Lovevery Play Gym

Lovevery Play Gym

 

$140

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Wiwiurka Climbing Furniture Combo

Wiwiurka Climbing Furniture Combo

 

$750

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Rockers, Walkers & Ride Ons

 

A boy pushing the Bajo Baby Walker

 

The benefits of rockers, walkers and ride ons are numerous, which is why we highly recommend gifts like the Wishbone Penguin 3-in-1 Bike, Wonder & Wise Baby Activity Walker, Bajo Baby Walker, Tender Leaf Toys Running Rabbit Ride-On and the Baghera Speedster Fireman.

All designed to help strengthen leg and core muscles, they encourage the development of gross motor skills, critical thinking and of course, imaginative play.

 

Wishbone Penguin 3-in-1 Bike

Wishbone Penguin 3-in-1 Bike

 

$269.99

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Asweets Baby Activity Walker

Wonder & Wise Activity Walker

 

$99

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Bajo Baby Walker

 

Bajo Baby Walker

 

$175

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Tender Leaf Running Rabbit Ride On

 

Tender Leaf Toys Running Rabbit Ride On

 

$129.99

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Baghera Speedster Plane

 

Baghera Speedster – Plane

 

$210

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Scoot & Ride Highway Hick 1 Kiwi

 

Scoot & Ride Highway Kick 1

 

$125

Available in more colors

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Toki Play Mats

 

Toki Mats provide a large, cushioned space for babies to love tummy time and safely perform milestone exercises like rolling, sitting and standing. The covers are available in natural cotton or in waterproof versions made of bamboo jersey.

 

Toki Mats Arches Playmat White

Toki Mats Arches Play Mat with Classic Insert

 

$165 – $275

Available in two sizes

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Toki Mats Rainbow Stamp Playmat Rust

Toki Mats Rainbow Stamp Play Mat with Classic Insert – Mega

 

$275

Available in another size

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Balu Organics

 

Balu Organics Large Ball Pit - Pink

 

Recommended for babies and kids 7 months and up, Balu Organics indoor ball pits can first be used as a soft place for tummy time, a safe place to master sitting up and then of course, as a ball pit well into toddler years!

 

Balu Organics Large Ball Pit Grey

 

Balu Organics Large Premium Ball Pit – Grey

 

$289

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Swurfer Kiwi Baby Swing

 

Swurfer Kiwi Baby Swing Pink FW19

 

Swurfer Kiwi Baby Swing

 

$99.99

Available in more colors

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Gift ideas for grandkids

 

Active Play Toys

 

Scoot & Ride Highway Kick 3 - Rose

 

We all know that once kids can walk confidently, they’re on-the-move!

As lovers of active play, we suggest gifting things like a balance bike, pedal bike, scooter, swing or balance board.

tokyobike Paddle - Peacock

 

Tokyobike Paddle Balance Bike

 

$190

Available in more colors

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Tokyobike Little Tokyobike Ivory

Little Tokyobike

 

$315

Available in more colors

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Scoot & Ride Highway Hick 1 Lemon

 

Scoot & Ride Highway Kick 1

$125

Available in more colors

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Swurfer Stand Up Surfing Swing FW19

 

Swurfer Stand Up Surfing Swing

 

$129.99

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Wobbel Original Board

Wobbel – The Original

 

$159

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Banwood Bikes First Go! Balance Bike Cream

Banwood Bikes First Go! Balance Bike

 

$189

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Micro Kickboard Mini 3-in-1 Deluxe

Micro Kickboard Mini 3-in-1- Deluxe

 

$119.99

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Role Play Toys

 

Make Me Iconic Doctor Kit

 

Wooden toys like tool sets, doctor kits and personal care items are a must-have for imaginative play. They’re also a great way to encourage dialogue between you and your grandchildren.

 

Tender Leaf Tool Bench

 

Tender Leaf Toys Tool Bench

 

$149.99

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Make Me Iconic Doctor Kit

 

Make Me Iconic Doctor Kit

 

$64.99

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Make Me Iconic Beauty Kit

 

Make Me Iconic Beauty Kit

 

$69.99

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Janod Cleaning Set

 

Janod Toys Cleaning Set

 

$38.99

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Play Kitchen & Food Toys

 

A kid playing with a Milton & Goose play kitchen

 

The Milton & Goose Play Kitchen and play food sets inspires kids to expand their vocabularies, gain important life skills and develop healthy eating habits.

Made in the USA from wood and non-toxic paint, they are the type of heirloom gift that lasts from one generation to the next.

 

Milton & Goose Play Kitchen and Hood

 

Milton & Goose Essential Play Kitchen w/ Hood – White

 

$798

Available in more colors and configurations

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Milton & Goose Wooden Play Fridge in White

 

Milton & Goose Fridge – White

 

$449

Available in more colors

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Milton and Goose Dairy Set

 

Milton & Goose Dairy Play Food Set

 

$48

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Milton and Goose Veggie Set

 

Milton & Goose Veggies Play Food Set

 

$58

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Milton & Goose Pantry Set

Milton & Goose Pantry Play Food Set

 

$48

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Trains & Automobiles

 

Tender Leaf Toys Mountain View Train Set

 

Shopping for someone who loves assembling sets or diagnosing an engine issue? Toys like the intricate Guidecraft Train Set and PlanToys Motor Mechanic are the perfect challenge!

 

Tender Leaf Toys Mountain View Train Set

 

$299.99

Available in more sizes

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Guidecraft Foundation Set C

 

Guidecraft Foundation Train Set

 

$129

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PlanToys Motor Mechanic

 

PlanToys Motor Mechanic

 

$300

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Luke's Toys Educational Truck 4 Pack

 

Luke’s Toy Factory Educational Truck 4-Pack

 

$69.95

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Guidecraft Big Tow Truck

Guidecraft Big Tow Truck

 

$99.95

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PlanToys Ramp Racer

PlanToys Ramp Racer

 

$60

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Dolls & Dollhouses

 

Tiny Harlow Sunrise Bassinet

 

Dolls and dollhouses provide children with the opportunity to practice fine motor skills, create storylines, develop characters and expand their imaginations.

 

Alimrose Penelope Princess Blush

 

Alimrose Penelope Princess

 

$60

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EcoBaby Dolls Baby Brooke

EcoBaby Dolls – Brooke

 

$79.99

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Tiny Harlow Standard Bassinet

Tiny Harlow Standard Bassinet

 

$149

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Wonder & Wise by Asweets Dreamy Doll High Chair

 

Wonder & Wise Dreamy Doll High Chair

 

$79

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Poppie Toys Day Bed Baby Blue

 

Poppie Toys Rattan Doll Daybed

 

$109

Available in more colors

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Ellie & Becks Co. Aria Doll Rattan Changing Table

 

Ellie & Becks Aria Doll Rattan Changing Table

 

$219

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Olli Ella Strolley Wheeled Basket in Natural

 

Olli Ella Strolley

 

$149.90

Available in more colors

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Grove Dollhouse Furniture

 

Grove Wooden Dollhouse Furniture

 

$79.99

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Tender Leaf Toys Fantail Hall

 

Tender Leaf Toys Fantail Hall

 

$409.99

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Playroom Additions

 

Babyletto Presto Acrylic Bookcase

 

Whether it’s in the playroom (or bedroom or living room!) these stylish and fun furniture options will transform any space into a magical place made for play time.

 

 

Babyletto Bookcase

 

Babyletto Tally Storage Book Shelf

 

$249

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Babyletto Presto Acrylic Bookcase Cart

 

$349

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Lily & River Little Creator Table

 

$299.95

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Ellie & Becks Co. Rainbow Rattan Kids Chair

 

Ellie & Becks Rainbow Rattan Kids Chair

 

$219

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Nico & Yeye Kitty Kids Chair Set of 2 - Maple White

 

Nico & Yeye Kitty Kids Chair Set of 2 – Maple

 

$259

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Franklin + Emily Chair Ash Champagne

 

Franklin & Emily Chair – Ash

 

$450

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Available in more colors

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