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Toddler toys: 47 best gifts for toddlers in 2021

Take the guessing out of gifting with this handy list.
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While celebrations are not all about the gifts, we've compiled a list of some of the coolest toys for toddlers that will keep your child’s attention long after the party is over.

From a JoJo Siwa karaoke machine to a dancing llama and a rescue Pomeranian who needs a fur-ever home, we're here to help find the perfect gift for every little one on your list.

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Active toys for toddlers

1. Discovery Kids Tunnel

Your children will love crawling and relaxing in their very own play tent. All three tunnel tubes are removable for easy storage.

2. Razor Wild Ones Jr. Scooter

This scooter by Razor has wide, slow-rolling wheels that will help your child to learn how to balance when riding.

3. Schwinn Roadster Tricycle

This bright red roadster has chrome handlebars, tassels and is the perfect first bike for your tyke.

4. Snoopy 6 Volt Ride On Toy

Snoopy from Peanuts is super cute and is here to become your child’s new best friend! This plush beagle can reach a maximum speed of 2.5 mph, a super safe speed to head off into hours of backyard fun!

5. Razor Junior Three Wheel Lil’ Kick Scooter

Your toddler doesn’t need to envy their older siblings' scooter anymore, now they get to have their own! This scooter has a stand-alone, three-wheel design which makes for a more stable ride, and the super slip resistant deck keeps children on their feet.

Stuffed animals & dolls for toddlers

1. Manhattan Toy Beau the Very Large Bunny

Kids will love to cuddle up with this pillow-like plush stuffed animal for comfort.

2. Les Deglingos Soft Toys in Tubes

Kids can collect a variety of soft huggable animals in tubes, from a blue hippo to a pink flamingo and a white llama. They're about 12 inches in length and are made of silky corded plush.

3. Baby Shark Puppet

Your toddler can now sing along with this fun interactive puppet, Baby Shark. Move the mouth of your baby shark faster or slower to change the speed of the song.

4. Fisher-Price Smooth Moves Sloth

Press the buttons, sing along to the alphabet song and practice counting with this adorable sloth.

5. Gund Line Friends Plush Bear

Standing tall at 14-inches is the cuddly "Brown" from the popular Line Friends Collection.

6. Rescue Runts 2 Plush Pet

Every furry pet deserves a home! These little pups need you to dry their tears, brush their fur and remove their bandages — then give them a new place to call home. There's a variety of pets from this pomeranian dog to a husky dog and a tabby cat.

7. Madame Alexander My First Baby

Your little one will love their very first baby doll dressed in a thick, snuggly pink sleeper. Also available in two other outfits.

8. The Child Plush Toy

Start your toddler early with his love for "Star Wars" with this 8-inch plush toy of The Child from "The Mandalorian."

9. Madame Alexander My Little Girl Polka Dot Pinafore

Here’s a beautiful toddler doll offered in three skin tones with style-able hair, ready for your toddler to love. The beautiful face has delicate features with sleep eyes, and her hair is styled in curly pigtails. Each doll wears a polka dot jersey knit jumper, striped tee, leggings and a headband, plus a comb and brush for hairstyling fun.

10. Madame Alexander Sweet Smiles Doll

This soft, cuddly and sweet doll teaches kids to love, nurture and imagine.

11. Gund Sesame Street Elmo The Doctor

Lets salute our heroes this year and encourage imaginative play and story telling with this soft and fun plush Elmo dressed like a doctor!

12. Gund Baby Animated Puddles the Puppy

This is a plush animated dog with movement and sound. Give Puddles a pat to feel him come alive in your arms with head and tail movements and soft yips that activate at the gentle touch of his super-soft plush. Tap his nose for an extra cute surprise!

13. Gund Kai Tie Dye

This adorable teddy bear is perfect for your toddler to love and carry around with them.

Unique toys for toddlers

1. Color the Ocean Color Magic Bath Book

Watch sea creatures come to life in the tub with this waterproof book.

2. Melissa & Doug Geometric Stacker

This set of 25 stackable wooden pieces is a great tool for kids ages 2 to 4 learning colors, counting and shapes.

3. Fisher-Price Little People Launch and Loop Raceway

Toddlers can speed and drift with this multi-track vehicle playset that lights up and makes sounds.

4. Fisher-Price Transforming Fire Truck

Race to the rescue with this cool fire truck that lights up and makes siren noises.

5. Smartmax My First Animal Train

This 22 piece STEM-focused magnetic toy lets your little ones build a moving train with three coaches, a conductor, a lion and elephant! The set is compatible with all other SmartMax magnetic sets and is a Toy of the Year Award finalist!

6. Carry and Go Track Table for Toy Cars, Trucks, and Trains

This portable two-sided racetrack is an Amazon bestseller and a 2019 National Parenting Award winner.

7. Kidzlane Color Matching Egg Set

These 12 interactive eggs will helps toddlers learn to count, sort and match.

8. Fisher-Price Build Around Town Starter Kit

Your toddler will spend hours creating endless combinations to design their very own towns with buildings and vehicles.

9. Pets Alive Boppi The Booty Shakin Llama

Boppi the Booty Shakin' Llama will have everyone laughing and dancing with its three awesome songs to groove to.

10. JoJo Siwa Bluetooth Karaoke Machine

Hot pink and ready to rock, the Jojo Siwa Bluetooth Karaoke Machine has a real working microphone your toddler will love. This machine is portable, lightweight and has rechargeable batteries with a built-in light show.

11. "Paw Patrol" Mighty Lookout Tower

Help the Paw Patrol crew save the day with this action-packed tower that stands at over 2 feet tall. It has a working elevator, zip line, vehicle launcher and a bay for six vehicles.

12. Hoot the Fine Motor Owl

Watch Hoot the Owl flap, squeak, twist and help your little one build their strength, coordination and fine motor skills.

13. Ravensburger Friends of a Feather

Help four little birds find their missing tail feathers and score points at the end of the game by adding up the feathers.

14. Ravensburger Magnetic Fishing Game

This magnetic fishing game helps your child to learn how to match numbers and colors.

15. Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table

Kids can get right into the splash zone with this fun maze-like waterfall playset.

16. Step2 Lifestyle Dream Kitchen

This realistic kids kitchen is one that junior chefs can't wait to play with! This play kitchen design looks just like a real one with the subway tile backsplash, faux granite Countertops, “stainless steel” appliances and white cabinets. The kitchen includes a framed window, molded-in sink with swivel faucet, microwave and oven with working keypads, play phone, clickable knobs and more!

17. Osmo Little Genius Starter Kit for iPad

This starter kit is designed to help kids ages 3- to 5-years-old build core learning skills in math and reading, and foster creativity. This kit features six different games which help kids develop their whole brain, stimulate their appetite for learning and connect learning with fun through hands-on play.

18. Smartmax My First Safari Animals Magnetic Discovery

This is a safe and fun introduction to magnets for your little toddler. This is an 18 piece set enabling kids to create six different animals. Creative kids will mix and match for some wild results!

19. Hape My First Blocks 80-Piece Set

Let your toddler’s imagination go wild and build anything you like with this brilliant 80-piece wooden block set. The blocks come in a storage box with a lid that works as a shape sorter. The blocks are made from solid wood and coated with wear-resistant paint. Create buildings, towers, arches, bridges - anything you kid can think of!

20. Hape Shape Sorter Xylophone

Your little one will love creating their own music with this multifunctional shape sorter Xylophone. It includes five wooden puzzle pieces, one baton and a xylophone/piano base. It’s a piano, xylophone and shape sorting game all rolled into one bright and engaging product.

21. Gotta Go Flamingo

Feed the Gotta Go Flamingo his special food and watch his neck wiggle and jiggle as he swallows. When he sings his signature, “Uh oh, gotta go!” song, quickly grab the included toilet to catch his squishy, neon poop. Perfect for repeat play — once you’re done, you can do-do it all over again.

22. Personalized Wooden Stool

Engrave that special little one’s name in this solid pine wooden stool. They can step up on the stool to help make cookies or brush their teeth!

23. BRIO World Smart Tech Sound Action Tunnel Circle Set

This interactive, battery-operated toy train can be programmed with motion, colorful lights, and record and play functions.

24. Brio Disney Mickey and Friends Wooden Toy Train Set

This adorable Disney train set has retro-designs that bring Mickey and his friends into the world of your toddler. Your child can simply press the chimney on the front of the engine and start Mickey’s railway adventures. The set is also completely compatible with all other Brio railway products.

25. Fisher-Price Little People 1-2-3 Babies Playdate Musical Playdate

From blending up tasty snacks in the blender, playing on the rocking horse and rocking the babies to sleep in the cradle, there’s so much for kids to do with this folding, take-along playset.

26. Fisher-Price Little People Launch & Loop Raceway

There are three speed tracks, including a loopy-loop, a double car launcher, crash zones, gas station and car wash! Lift the “trap door” for and watch your car plop!

27. Mega Bloks Pull-Along Puppy

Using blocks made perfectly for little hands, this building set is a fun way for any toddler to pass the time.

28. Step2 Up & Down Roller Coaster Rapid Ride & Hide Edition

Cruise along the track of this kids’ roller coaster toy, designed for fun rides and big thrills. This roller coaster easily comes apart for convenient and compact storage. There's even a version where kids ride a unicorn.

29.Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog

Help your toddler work on their fine motor skills with this silly hedgehog designed with multi-colored quills to help with color recognition and sorting.

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This gift guide was originally published on Dec. 4, 2017.