The Best Gifts for Toddlers

2019 Gift Guide for Toddlers

I asked you on Stories what the best cold weather pieces you can’t live without for toddlers were and I received a ton of great feedback. This is our first fall/winter with a busy toddler, so I want to be fully equipped to play outside and run around in the cold and rain. All your feedback items make for great gifts, so I figured I’d do a 2-in-1 post and share my favorite holiday gifts for toddlers, which include your cold-weather favorites. As a mom of an almost 2 year old, I can say, the best gifts to receive are the ones you ACTUALLY USE and NEED. And since the kids are still young, you can get away with gifting necessities rather than toys. My other rule of thumb with gift giving, buy things that people wouldn’t normally spend money on. For example, Ugg boots tend to be a splurge for parents, but you know their kids will wear them and get a ton of use out of them (if they live in cold weather climate). Same goes for something like a The North Face or Patagonia jacket. They’re absolute essentials as we head into winter, but not everyone will splurge on one. In my opinion, these make the best gifts!

Best holiday gifts for toddlers

holiday gift guide for toddlers

I’m detailing my top 9 gifts to give a toddler this holiday season. We own 7 of the 9 gift ideas and I’m sharing my honest thoughts below.

The North Face Puffer Jacket 18-24M – We needed a weather-proof jacket and this one seemed perfect. I was initially attracted to the color and the fact that it’s reversible, but found that it also had great reviews. When it arrived, it looked big. Harper has some room to grow in it, but I’m almost thinking of exchanging it for a smaller size. I want her to be able to wear it now… If you have this jacket or any from North Face, let me know if it shrinks in the wash. Great quality and it seems super warm. A lot of times the warm coats are heavy and thick, I like that this one is still on the lightweight side.

Patagonia Beanie – We don’t have this beanie, but I do know beanies are a must-have in the fall/winter (another highly suggested item by you).  This one looks cozy and comes in a bunch of different colors.

Ugg Boots 4/5 – Ugg boots were the number 1 response I received when I polled you on Stories. And I couldn’t agree more. Warm boots make such a big difference when it comes to warmth. These are super cozy and the 4/5 size fits well. These are a little bulky, but that’s expected with Ugg boots. Harper has already been running around the house in these.

1901 Slippers 5 (run small, size up) – These are such a great holiday gift. I didn’t realize they made slippers like this for tiny feet. They’re SO cute on Harper. We got the size 5 (Harper is between and 4 and 5) and these run small. I have to exchange them for a 6, so I would size up 1 or 2 sizes.

Hunter Rain Boots 5 – Another cold weather must-have you suggested. These have been on my wishlist for a while. I finally pulled the trigger and they’re ADORABLE. Size 5 (smallest size) is still a little big, but I know Harper will grow into them nicely. I think they could even work with a thick sock. They’re lightweight, simple, and chic. I have 3 pairs of Hunter boots myself, so I’m a big fan. If you have a toddler in your life that happens to live in cold weather climate, these make a great gift.

Nike Sneakers 5 (run small , size up) – We got these a month or so ago when Harper started soccer. She wears these way more than I thought she would. They seem super comfortable on her feet and they’re easy to get on and off. Nike toddler sneakers do run small, so size up. These are a great versatile sneaker that would make a great gift.

The North Face Puffer One Piece – Depending on where the toddler in your life lives, this would make a great gift. This is a prime example of a something parents may not want to splurge on, but would love to receive has a gift. We’re headed to the snow this December and Harper needs something similar. I haven’t bought one for her yet, but it’s definitely on my list (hint, hint if any of my family members are reading this lol). A winter essential for sure if you live in the PNW.

Micro Mini Scooter – This isn’t our exact Micro Mini scooter, but I can’t say enough good things about this brand and this scooter. We get asked about ours every time we ride it. It’s a great investment as the scooter grows with the child. Couldn’t recommend these more.

Holiday PJ’s – Holiday pj’s make a great gift! I got them for Mike and myself as well. These fitted pj’s tend to run small, so I would size up. Harper is on the smaller size, so we took her normal size.

For more great gift ideas for toddlers, check out Nordstrom.com. They just rolled out their Holiday Gifts section on their website and made it super easy to shop. You can shop by category and price, including a lot of options under $100 and $50. Nordstrom is also sharing their Cyber Deals early this year. Prices drop on certain items on November 27th, so be sure to plan ahead. Get a sneak peak at what will get marked down here. I’ll be sharing your favorite items on sale on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, stay tuned!


Special thank you to Nordstrom for partnering on this post.