Gifts For Grandkids – Tot Guide

Are you a grandparent looking for a Christmas, Hanukkah, Birthday or Just-Because gift for your grandkids? In this gift guide, we go over the chemicals to avoid in kids products as well our best gift ideas for babies, toddlers and big kids!

A child playing with the PlanToys Motor Mechanic Toy

One of the strongest and 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 unable-to-be-defined-creation could do so many things.

At the time I just thought I was having fun. Looking back I now realize his little play-based learning sessions resulted in me honing my hand-eye coordination, expanding my vocabulary, building my confidence and solidifying a relationship.

If you’re a grandparent looking for toys that are going to spark imaginative play, tighten 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 newbie 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

 

$60

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Cuddoll Personalized Look-A-Like Doll

 

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!

 

Cuddoll Personalized Look a Like Doll

 

Cuddoll Personalized Look-A-Like Doll

 

$129

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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!

 

Lily & River Birch Climber White Rockwall

 

Lily & River Birch Climber

 

Ranging from $350 to $533.95

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Lovevery Play Gym

Lovevery Play Gym

 

$140

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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 Poppie Toys Poppie Rocking Horse, Asweets 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.

 

Poppie Toys Rocking Horse

Poppie Toys Rocking Horse

 

$159

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Asweets Baby Activity Walker

Asweets Baby Activity Walker

 

$89

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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

 

$120

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Baghera Speedster Fireman

 

Baghera Speedster – Fireman

 

$175

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Scoot & Ride Highway Hick 1 Kiwi

 

Scoot & Ride Highway Kick 1

 

$120

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 Olive Branch Playmat

Toki Mats Olive Branch Play Mat with Organic Insert

 

$195 – $305

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Toki Mats Avocado Playmat

Toki Mats Avocado Play Mat with Organic Insert – Mega

 

$275

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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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Available in more colors and sizes

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Toy Gift Sets for 0 – 2 Years

 

Mushie Stacking Cups

 

To make gifting even easier, we put our heads together to create The Tot Stocking Stuffer Gift Sets.

The sets below are specifically designed for 0 to 2 year olds and include toys like wooden musical instruments, stacking rings, rainbows and cups, books, bath toys and push & pull toys.

 

Stocking Stuffers Infant Unisex $200

 

The Tot Stocking Stuffer Gift Set 0 – 2 Years

 

$200

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Stocking Stuffers Infant Boy $100

 

The Tot Stocking Stuffer Gift Set 0 – 2 Years

 

$100

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Stocking Stuffers Infant Girl $100

 

The Tot Stocking Stuffer Gift Set 0 – 2 Years

 

$100

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Stocking Stuffers Infant Unisex $50

 

The Tot Stocking Stuffer Gift Set 0 – 2 Years

 

$50

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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 the definition of 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 Kick 3 - Rose

 

Scoot & Ride Highway Kick 3

 

$99

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

 

$149

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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.

 

Small Foot Premium Nordic Workbench

 

Small Foot Nordic Premium Workbench

 

$109.99

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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 Shaving Set

 

Janod Toys Shaving Set

 

$30.99

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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 allow 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 gets played with by generation after generation.

 

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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Trains & Automobiles

 

Guidecraft Big Dump Truck

 

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!

Guidecraft Foundation Set C

 

Guidecraft Foundation Train Set C

 

$349.95

Available in more sizes

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Tender Leaf Toys Wild Pines Train Set

 

Tender Leaf Toys Wild Pines Train Set

 

$99.99

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PlanToys Motor Mechanic

 

PlanToys Motor Mechanic

 

$300

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Guidecraft Big Dump Truck

 

Guidecraft Big Dump Truck

 

$99.95

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Dolls + Dollhouses

 

Two little girls wearing kimonos and playing on the floor with a Maquette Kids dollhouse

 

Dolls and dollhouses are provide children with the opportunity to hone fine motor skills, create storylines, develop characters and ultimately discover their sense of self.

Fun to play with independently or with friends, they’re also great for conflict resolution.

 

Alimrose Penelope Princess Blush

 

Alimrose Penelope Princess

 

$60

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EcoBaby Dolls Baby Brooke

EcoBaby Dolls – Brooke

 

$69.99

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Poppie Toys Crib - Floral

Poppie Toys Rattan Doll Crib

 

$98

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Poppie Toys High Chair

 

Poppie Toys Rattan Doll High Chair

 

$95

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Make Me Iconic Doll Accessories

 

Make Me Iconic Doll Accessories Kit

 

$79.99

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Maquette Kids Clock Gable Dollhouse

 

Maquette Kids Clock Gable Dollhouse

 

$180

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Tender Leaf Cotton Tail Cottage

 

Tender Leaf Toys Cottontail Cottage

 

$150

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Tender Leaf Foxtail Villa

 

Tender Leaf Toys Foxtail Villa

 

$235

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Tender Leaf Toys Fantail Hall

 

Tender Leaf Toys Fantail Hall

 

$399.99

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Toy Gift Sets for 3 to 5 year olds

 

Land of Dough Over the Rainbow Luxe Cup

 

Curated with kids age 3 to 5 in mind, these stocking stuffer gift sets included things like non-toxic play dough, stickers, plush toys, musical toys, stacking rainbows, sidewalk chalk, toy cars and more!

 

 

Stocking Stuffers Toddler Girl $200

 

The Tot Stocking Stuffer Gift Set 3 – 5 Years

 

$200

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Stocking Stuffer Toddler Boy $200

 

The Tot Stocking Stuffer Gift Set 3 – 5 Years

 

$200

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Stocking Stuffers Toddler Boy $100

 

The Tot Stocking Stuffer Gift Set 3 – 5 Years

 

$100

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Stocking Stuffer Toddler Girl $100

 

The Tot Stocking Stuffer Gift Set 3 – 5 Years

 

$100

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Stocking Stuffer Toddler Girl $50

 

The Tot Stocking Stuffer Gift Set 3 – 5 Years

 

$50

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Stocking Stuffers Toddler Boy $50

 

The Tot Stocking Stuffer Gift Set

 

$50

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