Gifts for Boys – Baby, Toddler & Big Kid

Searching for gift ideas for boys? Looking for non-toxic and sustainable options? Are educational elements a must? We’ve got you! From wooden role play sets that encourage hours of imaginative play to a stand up outdoor swing that makes kids feel like they’re surfing the clouds, our guide has something for everyone!

Two boys playing with the Make Me Iconic breakfast tray and Raduga Grez wooden vegetable play set

At The Tot, we’ve collectively raised a lot of little boys! All wildly wonderful, curious, sensitive and energetic, we’ve loved finding toys and gifts that spark their creativity, keep them engaged, encourage them to problem solve and walk away feeling confident and proud.

With that being said, some of our sons have gravitated to musical play while others prefer to craft. Some want nothing more than to be outside, while others much prefer a long game of make-believe. That’s why we’re including all types of toys in this guide!

Ready to find the perfect gift for that special little boy in your life? Let’s get started!

In this guide, we’ll go over:

  • Chemicals to avoid in kids toys
  • Birthday and holiday gift ideas for little boys
  • Our product picks for birthday and holiday gifts for little boys

Scroll down to learn more!

 

Chemicals to avoid in kids 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.

 

Birthday and holiday gift ideas for little boys

Whether you’re shopping for a birthday, Hanukkah or Christmas gift for a little boy, you can consider things like:

  • Indoor/Outdoor Double Sink Mud Kitchen
  • Small world play scenes
  • Wooden tool set
  • Non-toxic play dough
  • Arts & Crafts supplies
  • Magnetic building set
  • Wooden surgeon’s play kit
  • Bike
  • Balance board
  • Outdoor swing
  • Scooter
  • Play kitchen & food toys
  • Wooden train set
  • Toy trucks
  • Wooden mechanic set
  • Large building blocks
  • Imaginary play stand
  • Acoustic guitar
  • DIY Pinball game
  • Book
  • Wooden puzzle
  • Gardening kit
  • Dollhouse
  • Doll
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Play & learn set
  • Stocking stuffer gift sets
  • Organic cotton PJ sets
  • Personalized jean jacket

Keep reading  to see the product picks we’ve pulled for each of these gift ideas and shop below.

 

 

The Tot product picks for birthday and holiday gifts for little boys

All Tot Tested and approved, here are our tried and trusted winners for little boys!

 

The Monarch Studio Outdoor/Indoor Double Sink Mud Kitchen

 

 

Handmade in the USA from hand-sanded solid pine wood and finished with a non-toxic weatherproof sealer, the indoor/outdoor mud kitchen from The Monarch Studio can be used for imaginative play, sensory play, science experiments, and more!

Suitable for use from 12 months, it’s something your kids and their friends will love using for years, not months.

 

The Monarch Studio Outdoor/Indoor Double Sink Mud Kitchen

 

The Monarch Studio Outdoor/Indoor Double Sink Mud Kitchen

 

$520

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Let Them Play Story Scene Outdoors Bundle + Play Board + Tree People

 

Let Them Play Story Scene Playboard

 

The interchangeable story scenes from Let Them Play allow children to hone their hand-eye coordination while creating their own wild adventure!

Wonderful for helping expand vocabularies and encouraging story-telling, these sets are hand painted using food-grade dyes.

 

 

Let Them Play Outdoor Bundle

 

Let Them Play Story Scene – Outdoors Bundle

 

$115

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Let Them Play Play Board Bundle

 

Let Them Play – Story Scene Play Board Bundle

 

$49.50

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Let Them Play Rainbow Tree People

 

Let Them Play Tree People – Rainbow

 

$29.50

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Small Foot Premium Nordic Toolbox  + Small Foot Nordic Compact Workbench

 

Small Foot Compact Workbench Feature

 

When it comes to raising a Little-Fix-It, you’ll want to arm them with these playful wooden tool sets from Small Foot!

Made from FSC-certified, sustainably farmed wood and finished with solvent-free, water-based paint, they’re the type of toy even your grand children will love.

 

Small Foot Premium Nordic Toolbox

 

Small Foot Premium Nordic Toolbox

 

$54.99

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Small Foot Compact Nordic Workbench

Small Foot Compact Nordic Workbench

 

$65.99

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Dough Parlour Non-Toxic Scented Play Dough

 

The Dough Parlour Collector Set

If you’re looking for a gift that will facilitate sensory and creative play, play dough, especially when scented and colored with non-toxic dyes, is a fan favorite!

We love Dough Parlour because they make their dough in small batches in Canada! Oh! And because they have adorable personalized double sided name mats! See below!

 

Dough Parlour Collectors Set

 

Dough Parlour Collector Set

 

$80

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Dough Parlour Custom Name

 

Dough Parlour Double Sided Personalized Name Mat – Sail Boat

 

$40

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Kid Made Modern Arts & Crafts Library

 

The Kid Made Modern Arts & Crafts Library has everything a kid needs to make a wondrous creation! From pipe cleaner crowns to googly eyed monsters, it’s a craft cupboard must-have!

Kid Made Modern Arts and Crafts Library

Kid Made Modern Arts & Crafts Library

 

$39.99

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Clixo Super Rainbow Building Set

Clixo Super Rainbow

Clixo’s magnetic building sets are awesome because kids get to hone their fine motor skills while making anything from a dog to a hat to an airplane!

Made from recyclable and durable synthetic paper and designed with strong embedded magnets for maximums safety, they’re fun to play with solo or with friends.

 

Clixo Super Rainbow

 

Clixo Super Rainbow – 57 Pieces

 

$89.99

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Make Me Iconic Surgeon/Pharmacist Kit

 

When it comes to role play kits, Make Me Iconic are one of our favorite makers!

We particularly love their Surgeon/Pharmacist kit because it’s made of high quality wood and non-toxic paints and gives kids a closer look into the world of Medicine.

 

Make Me Iconic Surgeon/Pharmacist Kit

 

Make Me Iconic Surgeon/Pharmacist Kit

 

$64.99

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Little Tokyobike Balance Bike or Pedal Bike

 

Tokyobike lifestyle image

 

Active play is incredibly important for a child’s physical and cognitive development, which is why you can’t go wrong with a bike!

Available as a balance bike or pedal bike and designed in loads of different colors, Little Tokyobike is wear modern meets retro in the best way possible.

tokyobike Paddle - Blue Jade

 

Tokyobike Paddle Balance Bike

 

$190

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Tokyobike Little Tokyobike Mustard

 

Little Tokyobike Pedal Bike

 

$315

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Wobbel Balance Board

 

best balance board the wobbel

 

Say ‘hello’ to your child’s new best friend, the Wobbel. The Wobble board can be a bridge, a fort, a slide, a step stool, a ramp, a foundation for a rainbow tower, and countless other imaginative things!

Available in raw wood or with a backing, this versatile toy can be used on hard and soft floors and builds strength, balance as well as creativity.

Wobbel Original Board

 

Wobbel – The Original

 

$149

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Wobble Baby Mouse Gray

 

Wobbel – The Original w/ Grey Felt

 

$189

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Swurfer Stand Up Surfing Swing

 

Swurfer Stand Up Surfing Swing FW19

 

The Swurfer Stand Up Surfing Swing is exactly what it sounds like! Kids can build up momentum (and a sweat) while surfing the clouds!

 

Swurfer Stand Up Surfing Swing FW19

 

Swurfer Stand Up Surfing Swing

 

$129.99

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Scoot & Ride Highway Kick 3

 

Scoot & Ride Highway Kick 3 - Steel

 

Another active play favorite of ours is the Scoot & Ride Highway Kick 3! Designed for 3 – 6 year olds, it has an adjustable handlebar that even folds flat, making it great for storage and travel.

 

 

Scoot & Ride Highway Kick 3 - Steel

 

Scoot & Ride Highway Kick 3

 

$99

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Scoot & Ride Helmet - Steel

 

Scoot & Ride Helmet

 

$49.99

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Raduga Grez Play Food + Poppie Toys Shopper

 

The Poppie Toys Rattan Shopper and Raduga Grez vegetable set

 

Playing shops? The Poppie Toys Shopper and Raduga Grez Food Set are a must! Great for helping hone hand-eye coordination and expand vocabularies, these toys are also a good for teaching life skills and healthy eating habits.

 

 

Raduga Grez Wooden Vegetable play food set

 

Raduga Grez Wooden Food Set – Vol 2

 

$65

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Poppie Toys Shopping Cart

 

Poppie Toys Rattan Shopping Cart

 

$149

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Milton & Goose Essential Play Kitchen + Hape Chef’s Cooking Set

 

Made in the USA from Baltic birch and solid North American maple, the Milton and Goose Essential Play Kitchen is 1. insanely cute 2. very fun and 3. educational!

From expanding vocabularies to teaching math skills, it’s also a fun way to practice manners!

 

Milton & Goose Essential Play Kitchen White

Milton & Goose Essential Play Kitchen

 

$649

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Milton & Goose Dairy Play Food Set

 

$48

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Hape Chefs Cooking set

 

Hape Chef’s Cooking Set

 

$24.99

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Guidecraft Foundation Train Set C

 

Guidecraft Foundation Set A

 

When it comes to wooden train sets, the Foundation Train Set C from Guidecraft gives kids the opportunity to problem solve, thinking critically and build their confidence!

Made from smooth sanded beech wood and rubberwood, this 155 piece set is definitely an heirloom gift!

Guidecraft Foundation Set C

 

Guidecraft Foundation Train Set C

 

$349.95

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Luke’s Toy Factory Educational Truck – 4 Pack

 

Made in the USA from 30% sawdust and 70% safe, certified, clean plastic, these transportation trucks from Luke’s Toy Factory are fun inside, in the water and even in the sandbox!

 

Luke's Toys Educational Truck 4 Pack

Luke’s Toy Factory Educational Truck – 4 Pack

 

$69.95

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PlanToys Motor Mechanic

 

PlanToys Motor Mechanic

 

With the PlanToys Motor Mechanic, kids can pretend they’re changing their car’s oil, checkin it’s temperature or even jumping the battery!

Complete with tools, nuts and other gadgets, it’s particularly great for strengthening fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

 

PlanToys Motor Mechanic

PlanToys Motor Mechanic

 

$300

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Guidecraft Wooden Notch Blocks

 

Guidecraft Notch Blocks

 

Guidecraft’s Notch Blocks take block play to the next level! Literally!

Wonderful for encouraging open ended play, they allow kids to build whatever they can dream both inside and out.

Guidecraft Notch Blocks

 

Guidecraft Wooden Notch Blocks

 

$449.95

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Asweets 3-in-1 Playstand

 

Asweets 3-in-1 Playstand

 

The Asweets 3-in-1 Playstand can be a Drive Thru Burger Shop, Drive-Up ATM and Corner Lemonade Stand, making it just what kids need for hours of imaginative play!

 

Asweets 3-in-1 Playstand

Asweets 3-in-1 Playstand

 

$179

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Loog Guitars Mini Acoustic Guitar

 

Loog Guitars Flash Cards

 

Made of sustainably sourced basswood and maple plywood, the 3 string Loog Mini Guitar is the perfect starter option! It comes with kid (and adult-friendly) flash cards that will have your home be rocking out in no time.

 

Loog Guitars Mini Guitar in Green

 

Loog Guitars Mini Guitar

 

$79

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PlanToys Pinball

 

PlanToys Mini Pinball Game

 

With the PlanToys Pinball game, kids get to create their own fun while honing their fine motor skills, which will help them develop correct pencil grip and gain the coordination to button buttons, turn screws and more!

 

PlanToys Mini Pinball Game

 

PlanToys Pinball

 

$100

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The Crayons’ Christmas Book

 

In The Crayons’ Christmas by bestselling duo Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers, readers get to see how crayons and their families celebrate the holidays. This book includes real, folded letters from the Crayons that you can pull from their envelopes and read, games, punch-out ornaments, poster and pop-up tree.

 

Tiny Bee The Crayons Christmas

 

$30

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Q Toys Wooden Solar System Puzzle

 

Q Toys Solar System Puzzle

 

The Q Toys wooden Solar System puzzle is a fun way to teach kids about the solar system. It can also be used as a background for their own imaginative play!

 

Q Toys Solar System Puzzle

 

Q Toys Wooden Solar System Puzzle

 

$69.99

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Gardenuity My First Garden Set

 

Exclusive to The Tot, the new My First Garden by Gardenuity introduces the joys of growing to little ones. My First Garden comes with the tools needed to plant, grow, and harvest fresh vegetables and herbs, and it’s customizable based on where you’re growing. The kit includes fully rooted starter plants that are shipped from Gardenuity’s farm partner right to you. This set can provide fun for the whole family.

Gardenuity My First Garden Set

 

$98

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Hape All Seasons House

This wooden home playhouse offers endless fun for little ones. The home features six rooms, moveable stairs, a reversible winter/summer -themed, and a solar-paneled roof for them to explore. The set includes master bedroom furniture, bathroom pieces, media room furniture and kitchen appliances.

 

Hape All Seasons House

Hape All Seasons House

 

$199.99

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Olli Ella Dream Dinkum Doll – Cricket

 

Looking for an eco-friendly doll? Cricket is for you! The body is made from 100% cotton, while the shoes are made from biodegradable plastic.

 

Olli Ella Dream Dinkum Doll Cricket

 

Olli Ella Dream Dinkum Doll

 

$79

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Twee Sidewalk Chalk

 

Non-toxic and super cool, Twee’s unique sidewalk chalk sets are just the thing kids need to create a driveway masterpiece or map out a challenging hop scotch path!

TWEE Boxed Planets Chalk

 

Twee Mason’s Planets Sidewalk Chalk

$39

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Twee Dragon Egg and Scales Sidewalk Chalk

 

Twee Dragon Egg & Scales Sidewalk Chalk

$22

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The Tot Play & Learn Set

 

Created by an Early Learning Educator, The Tot Play & Learn Sets are designed with a child’s development in mind. Featuring a booklet packed full of teacher-recommended activities and six toys designed to help kids reach important milestones, there are nine age-based sets to choose from.

 

The Tot Play & Learn Set 4- 5 years

 

The Tot Play & Learn Set 4 – 5 Years

 

$150

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The Tot Play & Learn Set 5 - 6 years

THE TOT PLAY & LEARN SET 5 – 6 YEARS

 

$100

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THE TOT STOCKING STUFFER GIFT SETS

 

If you’re looking for stocking stuffers, you’re going to want to know about our stocking stuffer gift sets! Designed with age, interests and price points in mind, there are loads to choose from!

 

Stocking Stuffers Toddler Boy $50

THE TOT STOCKING STUFFER GIFT SET 3 – 5 YEARS

 

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Stocking Stuffers Toddler Boy $100

THE TOT STOCKING STUFFER GIFT SET 3 – 5 YEARS

 

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Stocking Stuffer Toddler Boy $200

 

THE TOT STOCKING STUFFER GIFT SET 3 – 5 YEARS

 

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HART + LAND Organic Pima Cotton PJ Sets

 

A boy wearing HART + LAND Vintage Christmas PJs

 

Exclusively available at The Tot and made from organic pima cotton that’s free of chemicals like pesticides, formaldehydes and flame retardants, HART + LAND’s family matching PJ sets feature adorable original prints and are BUTTERY SOFT.

 

 

HART + LAND toddler/big kid organic pima cotton PJ set - painted stripes

 

HART + LAND Toddler/Big Kid Organic Pima Cotton PJ Set – Painted Stripes

 

$50

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Hart + Land PJ Set Hannukah

 

HART + LAND Toddler/Big Kid Organic Pima Cotton PJ Set – Hanukkah

 

$50

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HART + LAND Kids Traditional Christmas Print PIma Cotton PJ Set

 

HART + LAND Toddler/Big Kid Organic Pima Cotton PJ Set – Vintage Christmas

 

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LEVI’S PERSONALIZED DENIM JACKET

 

Levi's Jacket on kid

 

A look that will never go out of style is now customizable. Exclusively available at The Tot, Levi’s is making personalized denim jackets that will literally have your tot’s name on it.

Levi's Personalized Denim Jacket w/ Dark colored alphabet 

LEVI’S PERSONALIZED DENIM JACKET

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