Kids birthday present ideas

Not sure what to buy your kids for their birthday or for a friend's birthday party they're going along to? Our age-specific gift guide will give you lots of birthday present ideas on toys and activities suitable for babies, toddlers and pre-school kids.
Have a look at these kids birthday present ideas for your kids next birthday or for a friend's birthday party they're going along to.

Our age-specific gift guide will give you lots of birthday present ideas on toys and activities suitable for babies from birth to 12 months, 18 months to 24 months, toddlers 2 - 3 years old and pre-schoolers from 3 - 5 years old.

Some present ideas are suitable for more than one age group.

Kids birthday present ideas - Gifts for babies, toddlers & preschoolers


Present ideas for babies birth to 12 months

  • Activity centres/play gyms
  • Bath toys/bath books
  • Child-safe mirror
  • Mobiles
  • Music - CDs, DVDs, toys with songs and rhymes
  • Nest and stacking toys, cars, trains
  • Picture books
  • Pop up toys
  • Push along baby walker
  • Rattles and sound makers; wrist and foot rattles
  • Stacking rings
  • Things to feel and grasp; textured soft toys
  • Toys such as cups to empty and fill
  • Toys to bang and drum

Present ideas for babies 18 to 24 months

  • Activity boards and pop-up toys with dials, knobs and buttons to manipulate
  • Balls of all sizes
  • Black board and pavement chalk
  • Blocks/stacking toys
  • Board books
  • Bubbles
  • Building blocks and building systems (such as Lego)
  • Cars, trucks, aeroplanes
  • Child size table, chairs and other furniture
  • Climbing toys
  • Crayons
  • Doll furniture, doll buggies and doll clothing
  • Dress up clothes (hats, briefcase, handbag)
  • Gardening tools made for toddlers, rakes and lawnmowers
  • Music to dance or move to
  • Musical instruments made for toddlers like drums, shakers, tambourines and xylophones
  • Non breakable mirrors
  • Peg people (especially in vehicles or houses)
  • Play dough or homemade clay
  • Play household items like, shopping carts and telephones
  • Poster paints with paintbrushes and sponges
  • Pull toys
  • Push toys, pram or wooden trolley with blocks
  • Puzzle mat
  • Ride-on toys
  • Sandpit and sandpit toys
  • Shape sorters
  • Simple wooden jigsaw puzzles (preferably with knobs)
  • Stuffed animals and dolls
  • Swings and slides
  • Toys and containers for filling and emptying
  • Water play toys that float or squirt or can be used for pouring, filling and emptying

Present ideas for toddlers 2 to 3 years old

  • A work bench or tool belt, turning and screwing toys
  • Alphabet blocks, simple number and letter games, abacus, letter and number mat
  • Arts and crafts materials, clay, finger and poster paints, paint brushes and sponges
  • Beads or cotton spools to thread
  • Bean bags and balls
  • Black board and chalk
  • Books with more words and longer stories
  • Building bricks/building systems such as Lego
  • Character figures or soft toys
  • Climbing/gross motor development toys, such as an indoor or outdoor jungle gym, hang tough rings, ladder, slide, tunnel, toddler balance beam or bouncing ball
  • Dolls that can be bathed, fed and changed
  • Hammer toys
  • Hand and finger puppets, bought or handmade
  • Kitchen equipment (pretend ones or appropriately safe real ones)
  • Magnetic sketcher
  • More complex cars, trucks, trains and aeroplanes
  • More elaborate dress-up items and costumes, handbags, umbrellas, aprons, fireman's or policeman's hat, doctor's bag, dancer's tutu etc
  • Musical toys/instruments, drums, xylophones, tambourines, music boxes etc
  • Pegboards with pegs of varying shapes and sizes
  • Play household items like, tea sets, pots, pans, shopping carts and telephones
  • Preschool computer/laptpo
  • Sandpit and sandpit toys
  • Shape sorters with a wider range of shapes
  • Simple wooden or magnetic jigsaw puzzles
  • Skittles
  • Toddler CD/DVD player
  • Toddler kitchen, stove, fridge, sink, washing machine, fake food, brooms and mops
  • Toy typewriters cash registers, shopping trolleys
  • Toys for water play that float squirt or can be used for pouring, filling and emptying
  • Tricycle/balance bike

Present ideas for preschoolers 3 to 5 years old

  • Balance bike or scooter
  • Child CD/DVD/karaoke player
  • Climbing or playground equipment
  • More elaborate sandpit toys, construction toys, diggers, rollers etc
  • Pre-school alphabet, reading and maths books
  • Pull along wagon
  • Trampoline
  • Work bench, tools, tool belt

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Source: This article was written by Little Party Animals.

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