While it can be tempting to buy endless soft and cuddly toys and knick-knacks to place under the tree, Christmas is a wonderful time to indulge your child’s imagination and playtime while supporting them in their learning and development. With our selection of toys designed to boost creativity, independence and encourage imaginative play, Santa will be very popular in your household on 25 December…

10. Animal Crayons

Shaped to represent a bunny, owl and dog, these chunky Animal Crayons from the Little Baby Company encourage kids to have fun and be creative with their play. Throw in a matching animals colouring book for the perfect stocking filler for toddlers.

9. Play-Doh

An oldie but a goodie, Play-Doh has been a children’s staple for more than 50 years. Team the 8-Pack Plus Colour Set with a set of craft tools to keep toddlers entertained for hours. Great for those long lazy Christmas lunches when mum and dad really need a break.

8. Talking Woody Figure

Every toddler has a favourite film, TV and book character, and Toy Story’s Woody is always a winner. This Talking Woody character figure speaks 19 of his most popular catchphrases and comes with a removable hat for fun play. Suitable for toddlers aged three and above.

7. ABC Baby Walker

If you want to make the walking milestone as easy as 123, this bright and chirpy Baby Walker is the ideal gift. A lovely traditional present, the walker is made from wood with rubber wheels for a strong, stable support on those all-important first steps. When their little feet grow weary, have a sit-down and play together with the 24 alphabet and number bricks ideal for mental stimulation, learning and development.

6. Beautiful Bedding

Healthy sleep should be a priority for all children, and creating a nursery that is calm, relaxing and fun will aid a smooth process. This gorgeous Space Dream Duvet Set from Mothercare ticks all the boxes, with bright colours, a gorgeous design and soft, durable fabrics. The perfect gift to welcome your child into their grown-up bed.

5. Fancy Dress

Toddlers love a good game of dress-up, and it’s also a super easy way to keep them entertained. This Snow White costume from the Disney Store is a classic for little girls with the red satin cape bringing an extra touch of Christmas magic. For your own little superhero in the making, try the Captain America outfit on for size. The fabric mask is a real winner. Don’t forget to check that any costumes are fire-retardant before purchase, to ensure they are safe for children to wear.

4. Bag It Up

It’s always good to take every opportunity to encourage your child’s growing sense of independence. Stronger independence and confidence will increase your child’s chance of success in mastering major milestones such as potty training. This gorgeous Zoo Let Backpack comes with a Monkey or Owl design and strong hardware for guaranteed safety and stability. There’s a drinks pocket, too, as well as removable reins for when you need to keep kids on a short lead!

3. Musical Madness

As a classic gift for many years, the Let’s Rock Musical Elmo never gets old. He sings six different songs through his microphone and keeps the party going with the inbuilt tambourine and drum set. Kids can even choose their own instrument to play and sing along with Elmo’s band. A very special and memorable gift ideal for those aged 18 months and over.

2. The Talia Family Seat

Everyone knows that gifts for toddlers often double up as gifts for parents, too. The Family Seat is one of those products that everyone needs. While potty training is not always an easy topic to broach, dressing up a potty training seat as a Christmas gift is a great way to get things started on a positive note. The seat comes complete with a set of colourful and customisable potty training tools to keep kids interested, while the Soft Close function ensures a safe process. 

Did you know that Family Seat customers enjoy 15% off all products until 18 December? Click here to find out more.

1. Child-Sized Adult Tools!

Whether it’s a Tool Set, a wooden Hoover, a real Kitchen Set, or even a Doctor Playset and Medical Carrycase, kids love playing grown-up. These are timeless gifts that will encourage your child’s imagination through role play. Chunky parts are ideal for little hands and fingers, and give you the time to prepare the Christmas dinner without interruption.