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48 toys that toddlers will be thrilled to unwrap — starting at $4

Take the guesswork 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 their done unwrapping them.

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 boy and girl on your list.

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Toy Insider's hot gifts for toddlers

LeapFrog Choppin’ Fun Learning Pot

With this adorable chef-themed toy, your little one can pretend to cut and prepare food while the pot explains the vegetable toys with words and songs. The best part is that the pieces can be stored inside of the pot, making for an easy post-play clean-up.

Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Ultimate Learning Bot

For those in the transitional age between baby and toddler, this 4-in-1 learning robot makes the best gift. Each section of the robot is a different toy, equipped with over 120 different songs, sounds and phrases.

Flybar 6-Volt Battery-Powered Bumper Car

You'll definitely be the talk of your mommy & me play group with this gift. This tiny bumper car is battery powered and has several safety features, including an adjustable seatbelt and only a 1 mph maximum speed. P.S. It's designed for kids ages 18 months to 4 years, so don't be tempted to try it out yourself.

Blue's Clues & You! Cook-Along Pretend Play Kitchen Set

The imaginative play possibilities are endless with this toddler-size play kitchen set. The child in your life will love whipping up some food with their pal Blue with the 20+ accessories the set comes with, in addition to a sink, stove, oven and refrigerator.

CoComelon Deluxe Interactive JJ Doll Plush

CoComelon has been all the rage, and if your child is a fan, this may be the perfect gift. JJ is interactive, he sings and can be fed a tasty dish of peas.

Unique toddler toys

Little Tikes Jump 'n Slide Bouncy House

If you want to transform your living room into a playground for the time being, invest in this bouncy house, which one Shop TODAY editor did over quarantine when there was nowhere else to play. "We bought this at the start of quarantine and had it in our very small living room. It moved outside to our equally small yard during the warmer months. [It's a] great form of entertainment that always surprises her when I bring it out," she said.

Battat Take Apart Airplane

"My daughter built and took apart this plane on repeat. It was cool watching her get more confident the more she did it," said one Shop TODAY editor about this airplane that includes 23 parts for building and taking apart. It also includes a toy drill and bits to assist with the building process.

VTech Get Ready For School Learning Desk

Whether your toddler is gearing up to head to preschool or you want to incorporate toys that help them learn while they play, this electronic desk from VTech checks those two boxes. This 5-in-1 desk includes a projector, art and chalk station and an interactive desk top with features that help them learn things like shapes and anatomy.

BusyPuzzle Name Puzzle with Pegs

This is a keepsake they'll surely hold on to. This Etsy's Pick puzzle can be personalized with the toddler's name and a mix of numbers and shapes.

Melissa & Doug Flip Fish

Parents everywhere love this textured flip fish plush toy from Melissa & Doug: It has over 4,600 five-star ratings on Amazon. One reviewer mentioned how much her toddler loved this toy, saying, "She loves to stare at all the colors and will spend 15-20 minutes at a time happily kicking away at the crinkly scales."

Manhattan Toy Musical Lili Llama

Let your child make some noise with this adorable musical llama named Lili. Lili comes with guiro-inspired notches, a xylophone, two side saddles that act like drums and wooden mallets for banging.

Bombas Toddler Sesame Street Fuzzy Calf Sock

Keep their tiny toes warm all winter long with this Sesame Street-inspired sock set from Bombas. Bombas promises to donate a pair of socks for every sock purchased, and for this particular set, they're sending out this collection to organizations that support those facing family homelessness.

Color the Ocean Color Magic Bath Book

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

Fisher-Price Little People Launch and Loop Raceway

Toddlers can speed and drift with this multitrack vehicle play set that lights up and makes sounds.

Simplay3 Carry-and-Go Track Table

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

Kidzlane Color Matching Egg Set

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

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.

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.

Learning Resources 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.

Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table

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

Step2 Lifestyle Dream Kitchen

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

Osmo Little Genius Starter Kit for iPad

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

Smartmax My First Safari Animals Magnetic Discovery

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

Hape My First Blocks 80-Piece Set

Let your toddler’s imagination go wild with this brilliant 80-piece wooden block set. The blocks come in a storage box with a lid that works as a shape sorter and are made from solid wood coated with wear-resistant paint.

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.

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

From blending up tasty snacks to 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 play set.

Learning Resources Spike the Fine Motor Hedgehog

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

Active toddler toys

Sakar Self-Balancing Toddler Scooter

If your toddler is itching to try big kid activities, start them off with this self-balancing scooter. You'll be able to relax knowing its three-wheel design and safe-role wheels will keep them upright. Plus, it comes in so many fun designs, from unicorns to a fire truck.

Schwinn Roadster Tricycle

This retro-style bright red roadster has chrome handlebars and tassels and has a low center of gravity, making climbing on and off easy and safe.

Snoopy 6-Volt Ride-On Toy

Made of super-soft plush material, this famous beagle reaches a maximum speed of 2.5 mph. The foot pedal is easy to operate and control, and it comes with its own doghouse play crate.

Razor Junior Three-Wheel Lil’ Kick Scooter

With this scooter, your toddler doesn’t need to envy their older siblings' ride anymore. This scooter has a stand-alone, three-wheel design, which makes for a more stable ride, and its slip-resistant deck keeps children on their feet.

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.

Stuffed animals & dolls for toddlers

Jellycat Tumbletuft Duck

Jellycat has a wide range of stuffed animals, from bunnies and kittens to farm animals and dragons, and they're all said to be made from a super soft material. You can gift your toddler a stuffed plush that will match their tastes.

Gund Sesame Street Elmo the Doctor

Let's salute our hometown heroes and encourage imaginative play and storytelling with this plush Dr. Elmo.

Triaction Toys 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 white llama. They're about 12 inches in length and are made of silky corded plush.

WowWee Baby Shark Puppet

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

Fisher-Price Smooth Moves Sloth

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

Gund Line Friends Plush Bear

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

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 to a husky and tabby cat.

"Star Wars" 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."

Madame Alexander My Little Girl Polka Dot Pinafore

This toddler doll is offered in three skin tones. The face has delicate features with sleep eyes, and her hair comes 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.

Gund Baby Animated Puddles the Puppy

This is a plush animated dog with movement and sound. A soft pat makes Puddles come alive in your arms with head and tail movements and soft yips. A "nose tap" provides an extra cute surprise!

Book gifts for toddlers

"I Don't Care" by Julie Fogliano

In this children's book appropriately titled after the most common phrase used by toddlers, two children learn how to remain friends despite their differences, helping readers understand that our differences help to make us all unique.

Black & White Board Book

In this accordion-style board book, babies and toddlers will be introduced to objects such as buttons, a banana, chairs, a cat and many more. With over 8,000 5-star ratings, reviewers say they love this book because it's "useful for tummy time," and it encourages babies to engage with it, thanks to its high contrast.

Pancakes! Interactive Cooking Book

With flaps to move and tabs to pull, toddlers can organize, prepare and "make" pancakes with this interactive cookbook. It features step-by-step instructions, which lead your toddler through the process, and it also comes in cookie, taco and pizza versions.

Pantone Box of Color Board Books

Explore the fun world of color with these board books, which point out items in each color. "They are very well made, and the cardboard is much thicker than other board books, so it's been difficult for her to wreck them," one reviewer said, adding "They are the perfect size for her little hands."

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Gift a classic with this board book by Eric Carle that introduces young readers to the days of the week and counting. You can pair it with a very hungry caterpillar stuffed animal for more fun.

Opposites with Frank Lloyd Wright

Said to be "colorful and engaging," you can introduce the world of Frank Lloyd Wright to your child with this board book. "I think it's the cutest - great quality, perfect for baby," one reviewer said.

​​Don’t forget to check out Shop TODAY’s other gift guides to find the perfect present for every kid on your list including babies, 1-year-olds, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds, 5-year-olds, 6-year-olds, 7-year-olds, 8-year-olds, 9-year-olds and 10-year-olds.