Nasiba: What’s on my Kids’ Wish List for Santa

Need a little gift-giving inspiration? The Tot Founder and mama of three, Nasiba Adilova, shares what’s on her children’s wish lists for Santa. From an indoor balance beam to small world story scenes, you’ll find ideas for toddlers and big kids!

A little boy playing in a Domestic Objects indoor playhouse

With Christmas just around the corner, my kids have been reminding me non-stop what they’re asking for from Santa.

While they’re mostly focused on all the fun they’re going to have when choosing a toy, I tend to focus on how it’s going to help them developmentally and what it’s made of.

As an advocate of play-based learning, I like to give my kids toys that are going to enable them to reach important milestones, gain coordination, hone fine motor skills, expand their vocabulary, build their confidence and provide a sensory experience. I also like to choose toys that are made with materials that are non-toxic.

At The Tot, we never use or recommend anything that contains any of the chemicals that we avoid. When it comes to toys, we always steer clear of the below list of chemicals because of their known short and longterm negative health effects.

  • BPA + BPS
  • PVC
  • Harmful Phthalates
  • Formaldehyde
  • Lead & other heavy metals

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

 

Thankfully, the brands we love are making toys that tick all of our boxes: fun, educational and most importantly: non-toxic!

Keep reading to see my kids’ wish lists for Santa and find gift ideas for an eighteen-month-old, four-year-old and six-year-old.

 

My six-year-old’s wish list for Santa

My eldest child who has just turned six is a very inquisitive child. He loves playing with toys that require assembly, riding bikes with friends and playing music.

Here’s his list:

  • An outdoor stand up swing
  • Hollow building blocks
  • Mud kitchen
  • Pedal bike
  • Magnetic building set
  • Bamboo eco-bricks
  • Painting kit
  • Acoustic guitar

Scroll down to see our product picks for each!

 

Swurfer Stand Up Surfing Swing

 

Swurfer Stand Up Surfing Swing FW19

 

The Swurfer Stand Up Surfing Swing is such a good invention! Designed to make kids feel like they’re surfing a cloud, it’s the perfect toy to encourage outdoor gross motor play.

 

Swurfer Stand Up Surfing Swing FW19

 

Swurfer Stand Up Surfing Swing

 

$129.99

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Guidecraft Outdoor Hollow Blocks

 

Guidecraft Outdoor Hollow Blocks

 

How epic is this hollow block set from Guidecraft?  Made from FSC-certified eucalyptus wood, it includes 25 pieces that allow kids to create structures that can be used in imaginative play or simply unveiled to proud family members!

 

Guidecraft Outdoor Hollow Blocks

 

Guidecraft Outdoor Hollow Blocks

 

$999.95

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The Monarch Studio Outdoor/Indoor Double Sink Mud Kitchen

 

The Monarch Studio Outdoor/Indoor Double Sink Mud Kitchen

 

To be completely honest, all of my kids want this outdoor/indoor mud kitchen from The Monarch Studio! As lovers of nature play and experiments, I can tell my kids are anxious to have their own space to independently explore and engage in a sensory experience.

 

The Monarch Studio Outdoor/Indoor Double Sink Mud Kitchen

 

The Monarch Studio Outdoor/Indoor Double Sink Mud Kitchen

 

$520

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Banwood Bikes Classic Pedal Bike

 

Banwood Bikes Classic Pedal Green

 

Nothing brings my son more joy than looping our neighborhood on a bike. I always recommend the Banwood Bikes Classic Pedal Bike because 1. it’s insanely cute and 2. it comes with removable training wheels, a kick stand and bell.

 

Banwood Bikes Classic Pedal Bike Green

 

Banwood Bikes Classic Pedal Bike

 

$349

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Banwood Bikes Classic Helmet Stripes

Banwood Bikes Classic Helmet – Stripes

 

$59

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Clixo – Super Rainbow

 

Clixo Super Rainbow

 

Clixo’s magnetic building sets are so cool because they allow kids to make pretty much whatever they want. It doesn’t matter if they want to build a helicopter or a hat, they’ll have everything they need to make their vision come to life.

 

 

Clixo Super Rainbow

 

Clixo Super Rainbow Set – 57 Pieces

 

$89.99

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Once Kids Eco Bricks

Once Kids Eco Bricks 145 Piece

I am so excited that there is finally an eco-friendly alternative to LEGO. While the Once Kids Eco Bricks bamboo set is compatible with conventional LEGO, it takes the activity further by allowing kids to color or paint their own designs!

Once Kids Eco Bricks 250

 

Once Kids Bamboo Eco Bricks – 250 Pieces

 

$110

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Kid Made Modern Painting Essentials

 

When it comes to non-toxic craft supplies, I always look to Kid Made Modern! Their engaging sets always provide hours of creative fun for my kiddos!

 

Kid Made Modern Painting Essentials

 

Kid Made Modern Painting Essentials

 

$29.99

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Loog Guitars Acoustic Guitar

 

Loog Guitars Flash Cards

 

I love Loog because even though their instruments are for kids, they’re still professional musician quality and child-safe AND come with amazing instructional cards.

 

Loog Yellow Acoustic Guitar

 

Loog Guitars Acoustic Guitar

 

$129

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My almost four-year-old’s wish list for Santa

My second, who is almost four, continues to move at a million miles per hour. This year, he is all about creating obstacle courses so he’s VERY into the  balance beams and boards from Lily & River. Continuing to develop gross motor skills at this age is very important, so Santa will also be bringing him things that allow him to think critically while gaining coordination.

Here’s his list:

  • Balance beam
  • Balance board
  • Indoor stepping game
  • Small world story scenes
  • Play kitchen
  • Personalized look-a-like doll
  • Non-toxic scented play dough
  • The Crayons’ Christmas book
  • Stocking stuffer gift set

Scroll down to see my product picks for each!

 

Lily & River Little Gymnast + Little Surfer + Little Steps

 

Lily & River Little Gymnast

 

While my son has requested pretty much everything from Lily & River, I know my daughter is going to join in on the fun too!

Made from sustainably sourced wood and non-toxic finishes, their balance beam, balance board and stepping game get kids moving and grooving! Great for encouraging balancing and coordination, they’re a must-have for indoor active play.

 

Lily & River Little Gymnast

Lily & River Little Gymnast

 

$129.95

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Lily & River Little Surfer

 

Lily & River Little Surfer

 

$129.95

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Lily & River Little Steps

 

Lily & River Little Steps

 

$99.95

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Let Them Play Story Scenes

 

Let Them Play Story Scene Rainbow

 

I love small world play with the Let Them Play Story Scenes because they allow kids to imagine their own story and adventure. Particularly great for expanding vocabularies and fueling imaginations, these sets are all made with sustainably sourced wood and hand-dyed using food-grade dyes.

 

 

Let Them Play Story Scene Bundle

 

Let Them Play Story Scene Bundle

 

$150

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Let Them Play Outdoor Bundle

 

Let Them Play Story Scene Outdoor Bundle

 

$115

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Let Them Play Mushroom Set

 

Let Them Play Story Scene Mushroom Set

 

$79.50

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Let Them Play Natural Tree People

 

Let Them Play Tree People – Natural

 

$24.50

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Janod Toys Cooker Reverso

 

The Janod Toys Cooker Reverso is pretty much play kitchen GOALS! I love watching my kids play with kitchen and food toys because they help them develop important life skills, expand their vocabulary and start forming healthy eating habits.

 

Janod Cooker Reverso

 

Janod Toys Cooker Reverso

 

$230.99

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Cuddoll Personalized Look-A-Like Doll

 

Ever since my son first saw these dolls from Cuddoll, he’s been brainstorming what he’s going to wear and which pose he’s going to strike! While I know he’ll love pretending he has a twin, I love that I’ll have precious toy to remind me of his spunky personality at this age.

 

 

Cuddoll Personalized Look a Like Doll

 

Cuddoll Personalized Look-A-Like Doll

 

$129

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Dough Parlour Collector Set

 

The Dough Parlour Collector Set

When it comes to sensory play, you can’t beat Dough Parlour’s non-toxic scented dough sets! Made in small batches in Canada, each pot has an invigorating scent such as green apple, chocolate and mango.

Dough play is particularly great because it helps strengthen the muscles needed to develop correct pencil grip and button a jacket, while also providing a calming experience.

Dough Parlour Collectors Set

 

Dough Parlour Collector Set

 

$80

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Tiny Bee Gift Co. The Crayons’ Christmas Book

 

My kids are obsessed with The Day The Crayons Quit so The Crayons’ Christmas is a no brainer! Kids love the silly personalities of each crayon, while parents will enjoy the nostalgia they’ll feel remembering what it was like to color as a kid.

 

Tiny Bee The Crayon Christmas Book

 

Tiny Bee Gift Co. The Crayons’ Christmas book

 

$30

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The Tot Stocking Stuffer Gift Set 3 – 5 Years

 

When it comes to stocking stuffers, The Tot’s gift sets have been curated by moms who know exactly what kids want!

This adorable set, which is designed for 3 to 5 year old includes:

  • Tube – Neon Mix Construction Toy
  • Tic Tac Toe game
  • Monster Tattoos
  • Bacon & Eggs Play Dough
  • Noah the Dog
  • Geometric Fishing Set
  • Rainmaker
  • GT-10 Wooden Car
  • Crayon Sticks

 

Stocking Stuffer Toddler Boy $200

 

The Tot Stocking Stuffer Gift Set 3 – 5 Years

 

$200

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My eighteen-month-old’s wish list for Santa

My littlest, who is nearly 18 months, loves role play. That’s why things like toy shopping carts, food, playhouses, and dolls have made her list! With that being said, she loves going fast too, so she also wants a scooter!

Here’s her list:

  • Indoor playhouse
  • Dollhouse
  • Shopping cart + play food
  • Scooter
  • Doll crib, stroller + baby doll
  • S is for Santa book
  • Wooden blocks
  • Small part play set
  • Stocking stuffer gift set

Scroll down to see my product picks for each!

 

Domestic Objects Playhouse

 

Domestic Objects Playhouse Pink

 

Simple and sweet, the Domestic Objects indoor playhouse allows kids to play make-believe all day long! From house to shops to office space, it can set the scene for pretty much anything.

 

 

Domestic Objects Playhouse Grey

 

Domestic Objects Playhouse

 

$299

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Milton & Goose Hudson Dollhouse

 

Milton & Goose Hudson Dollhouse

 

Made in the USA from sustainable Baltic birch plywood and solid North American maple, the Milton & Goose Hudson Dollhouse is such a great toy for encouraging kids to role play, expand their vocabularies, strengthen fine motor skills and work through emotions.

 

Milton & Goose Hudson Dollhouse

 

Milton & Goose Hudson Dollhouse

 

$349

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Poppie Toys Rattan Shopper + Milton & Goose Veggies Play Food Set

 

The Poppie Toys Rattan Shopper and Raduga Grez vegetable set

 

Playing shops just got a whole lot cuter thanks to this adorable rattan shopping cart by Poppie Toys! Wonderful for expanding vocabularies, learning how to count and walking confidently, it pairs wonderfully with the Milton & Goose Veggies Play Food Set.

 

Poppie Toys Shopping Cart

 

Poppie Toys Rattan Shopper

 

$149

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Milton and Goose Veggie Set

 

Milton & Goose Veggies Play Food Set

 

$58

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Scoot & Ride Highway Kick 1

 

Scoot & Ride Highway Hick 1 Kiwi

 

While my daughter wants to scoot, she also likes the option of catching a ride, which is why she wants the Scoot & Ride Highway Kick 1. Suitable for use from 12 months to 5 years, I know it’s something she’ll love using for a long time!

Scoot & Ride Highway Hick 1 Peach

 

Scoot & Ride Highway Kick 1

 

$120

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Scoot & Ride Helmet - Rose

 

Scoot & Ride Helmet

 

$49.99

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Poppie Toys Rattan Doll Crib + Olli Ella Dream Dinkum Doll

 

From pretend feeding to pretend bathing to pretend rocking to sleep, doll play is a wonderful way to encourage empathy and teach children about the needs of people big and small!

I love the Poppie Toys Rattan Doll Crib and Olli Ella Dream Dinkum Doll because they’re made with non-toxic materials and appeal to both boys and girls.

 

Poppie Toys Crib - Floral

 

Poppie Toys Rattan Doll Crib

 

$98

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Olli Ella Dream Dinkum Doll Cricket

Olli Ella Dream Dinkum Doll – Cricket

 

$68

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Ellie & Becks Clara Cart - Natural

 

Ellie & Becks Clara Rattan Doll Cart

 

$169

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Tiny Bee Gift Co. S is for Santa Book

 

Reading holiday books is an important family tradition of mine, however, it’s hard to keep an 18-month-old’s attention for The Night Before Christmas! Luckily, my daughter has been captivated by board books lately and has requested a Christmas story like S is for Santa!

 

The Tot Stocking Stuffer Gift Set - Infant Unisex $50

 

Tiny Bee Gift Co. S is for Santa Book

 

$25

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Lily & River Little Stackables

 

Lily & River Little Stackables

 

Fun to stack and great for teaching shapes and colors, the Lily & River Little Stackables Set can also be used for tracing!

 

Lily & River Little Stackables

 

Lily & River Little Stackables

 

$49.95

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The Tot Stocking Stuffer Gift Set 0 – 2 Years

 

The toys in The Tot’s Stocking Stuffer gift set for 0 – 2 year olds are great as stuffers, but can also be gifted individually so that your Christmas is sorted in one click! Since my daughter loves things that she can push, pull, stack, shake, press and cuddle, this option is a must and includes:

  • Pull-Go Ship
  • Friendly Faces on the Farm soft book
  • Keys
  • Double Maraca
  • Plush elephant
  • First Stacking Ring
  • My First Phone
  • Stacking rainbow
  • Flo the Floatie
  • Baby Car

 

Stocking Stuffers Infant Unisex $200

 

The Tot Stocking Stuffer 0 – 2 Years

 

$200

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