Nasiba: What’s on my Kids’ Wish List for Santa
Need a little gifting inspiration? The Tot Founder and mama of three, Nasiba Adilova, shares what’s on her children’s wish lists for Santa.
With Christmas just a few short weeks away, my kids have been reminding me non-stop what they’re asking for from Santa. I’ve also recently welcomed Baby #3 into our family and have admittedly been making my own list for Santa for her.
My eldest child, who has just turned five, is a very inquisitive child. He loves playing with toys that require assembly, memorizing the different flags of each country in the world and playing music. This year, he feels ready to learn how to play the guitar, so you’ll see a very cool mini version from Loog on his list. I love Loog because even though their instruments are for kids, they’re still professional musician quality and child-safe.
My second, who is almost three, continues to move at a million miles per hour. This year, he really wants to go on bike rides with his brother in the neighborhood, so he’s all about the First Go! Balance Bike from Banwood Bikes. Continuing to develop gross motor skills at this age is very important, so Santa will also be bringing him the Wobbel. (Scroll down to see this new genius product!)
My littlest who is nearly 8 months can’t technically tell me what she wants from Santa, but you best believe I have some ideas. At this age, we are focusing on hand-eye coordination and strengthening the muscles that will help her learn to walk. One of my favorite brand’s, Tender Leaf Toys, has some wonderful options that I just know she’ll love.
My Eldest’s Wish List (age five)
Both traditional and cozy, this adorable Petite Plume Mini-Gingham Pajama Set, comes in sizes for babies, toddlers and big kids. The 100% woven cotton fabric is incredibly soft, luxurious and free from flame retardants.
I love these Little People, Big Dreams books and I always give them as gifts. They are such a great way to introduce children to all interesting and inspiring people in the world. This year, I will be introducing my children to Stephen Hawking and Rosa Parks.
Playing a musical instrument helps children benefit in almost every level: it enhances their cognitive skills while fostering creative thinking and their ability to focus. With a Loog Guitar, kids are playing and having fun from the very beginning, acquiring skills that stay with them forever. I love that it’s made from sustainably sourced basswood and maple plywood and has perfect intonation, low string action and classical nylon strings. It makes a great guitar for beginners.
An excellent choice for kids with mechanical minds, the Curiosity Set from Modular Robotics encourages kids to develop their understanding of computer science using Tactile Coding. The set will intrigue, fascinate, and inspire builders for hours on end.
Gardening is a wonderful activity for kids as it grounds them in nature and teaches them responsibility, self-confidence, reasoning and discovery and a love of nature. There is nothing more satisfying for my kids than planting tiny seeds and watching them grow and flourish with love and care. This clever My First Garden kit comes with everything you need to plant, grow, and harvest fresh vegetables and herbs wherever you live.
The PlanToys Pinball game is a fantastic way for kids to use their logic and problem solving skills while having fun. I love that kids can make the game more challenging by simply adjusting the positions of windmills, wooden pegs and placing the rubber bands in various ways.
My Second’s Wish List (almost three)
Banwood Bikes First Go! Balance Bike + Helmet
The perfect introduction for your little one to the wonders of cycling, The First Go! Balance Bike gives them the freedom to play and explore their natural motor skills until they are ready for the transition to pedals. Pair with the Banwood Bikes Helmet for a comfortable and secure fit.
This cute little trucks are cleverly made using sawdust and safe, clean recycled plastic. The Educational 4-Pack truck set contains a full set of trucks that include a Fire Truck, Dump Truck, Cargo truck and Tipper Truck. Parts from one truck can be mixed and matched with parts from the other three trucks, to make these 3D puzzled trucks more fun and educational to play with!
Designed for all ages (even newborns!) Wobbel’s versatile board is intended to increase fitness through play. With sustainability being one of their core values, Wobbel boards are made of pressed FSC European beech wood and treated with water-based paints and varnishes. The board can be a bridge, a fort, a foundation for a rainbow tower, and countless other imaginative things!
Nightlights needed be boring! Made from 100% natural pinewood, this high-quality Robot night light is as beautiful as it is strong and durable!
Containing 200+ pieces, the Kid Made Modern My First Arts + Crafts Library is designed especially for the youngest crafters. Keeping in mind their small hands and developing fine motor skills, the components are large and easy to grasp, while staying true to the artist quality materials you expect from Kid Made Modern. I think my eldest son will probably want one too!
How cute is this water play set? And not a single piece of nasty plastic in sight! Kids will have hours of fun with this mini water world.
My Littlest’s Wish List (Nearly 8 months)
Kids learn so much through sensory and visual play. This sensory tray set includes 4 solid wood shapes that let you see through various windows. These shapes are presented on a shape sorter tray which encourages color and shape recognition through play.
Made of 100% organic pima cotton, this baby gift set includes a great selection of baby basics: 1 x long sleeve footed bodysuit, 1 x short sleeve lap shoulder bodysuit, 1 x leggings and a Loulou Lollipop Trinity Teether. My little girl will just live in these super comfy pieces.
I love that finally there is a non-plastic baby walker toy option on the market. This activity walker encourages both physical and cognitive development through the snail wire bead maze, floral cogs and gears and numeral twisting cubes. Your child will be entertained for hours as they explore around the house and prepare to take the first steps.
More than a shape sorter, the Noah’s Ark set can be wheeled around for extra fun. I also love that all of the pieces fit neatly inside the ark once it’s tie to pack away!
Christmas is Here is a touching tribute to an ancient text that reminds kids to focus on family and our fellow man – it’s a lovely message to be able to teach my kids.
Both my boys are obsessed with counting and sorting, so as stocking stuffer I’m giving them a beautiful set of Grapat Nins, Rings and Coins. The colorful set is made from sustainably sourced wood and encourages imaginative play, hand-eye coordination as well as counting and sorting skills.
Made from sustainable rubber wood, the PlanToys First Stacking Ring is great for encouraging hand-eye coordination. Little ones can stack and unstack as well as practice counting and learning the names of colors. My little girl is really on the move and will love trying to crawl after the wooden ball.
I’m so excited about The Tot’s Holiday pajamas. As with tradition, my little family will all wear our matching PJs on Christmas and I’m thrilled to be able to introduce our daughter to the tradition. The HART + LAND pajamas are made from the softest Peruvian pima cotton. They’re so soft you’ll want to wear them throughout the Holidays!