Last week I published two holiday gift idea lists, and this is the final post to help you prepare for the holiday season. It’s a Holiday Gift Guide Roundup featuring items covering men (because, ladies, I know you’re doing all the work shopping for them!), women, and children. The lists include something for everyone on your list, and I hope this post will be exactly what you need!
Next year my children’s holiday list is not likely to include babies, so I’ll just soak up all that it is this last year. For this year, I have put together 29 Holiday Gift Ideas for Babies and Toddlers.
In case this is the first time you’ve visited my blog, we currently have a 1, 2, and 4-year-old so these are items appropriate for them.
By the way, these are in addition to the list I made last year – 57 Holiday Gift Ideas for Babies and Toddlers. And from that list, the numbers I’m still super hot on this year are (#1 – but we need to order this ASAP, since it didn’t happen last year, #3 – for friends, #32, and #35 x 3 – we have one and it’s gross now – all 3 kids love these).
I did not do a separate list for Adoption and Faith this year, but from that list #4, #11, #12, #14, #15, #21, #22, and #23.
And finally, you could grab any of these ideas if you are helping with the Foster Children Christmas project.
For today….29 Holiday Gift Ideas for Babies and Toddlers.
29 Holiday Gift Ideas for Babies and Toddlers
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- FREE idea! This one is 100% free, and I think everyone should do it for their children. Create an email address for them. On our 8th anniversary, I created an email address for Ryan. I told him I was doing it but said I wouldn’t give him the password to read the emails until our 9th anniversary. So, last week when we celebrated 9 years, I gave him the password. We both read through the emails and loved looking back on this past year. I am setting up a separate email for each of my children this holiday season. Ryan and I will both write to them, and when they are older, maybe 18 and graduating from high school, we will share the password with them to read everything.
- Kira Kids. Adorbs. Everything is made in the United States, and I swoon over all the things they have. We have the Taco Romper/PJ’s for Amiya, and she’s a trip in them!
- Beautycounter. Anything and everything, and the holiday season is the best time to dip your toes into all the awesome that is Beautycounter if you haven’t yet. If you’re not sure what you/they might want, grab a gift card (email me sarah at sarahkayhoffman.com and I’ll get one custom made for you). A few items on my Holiday hot list for the kids include….p.s. I have Beautycounter things on my health and wellness list coming this week, too, but I will say that if you are interested in the holiday sets, don’t wait. They are selling out quickly!
- Splish Splash Kids Set. The set comes with body wash, shampoo and conditioner, and the entire set packaged in a gift box. (It’s only November 8, and this original set already sold out. It’s back now, but who knows how long it will stay.)
- Better Baby Care Set. This set is estimated to ship on November 14th, and it’s another one I’m guessing could sell out, too. This set comes with a baby gentle all-over wash, baby soothing oil, and a baby daily protective balm. It comes packaged in a gift box.
- Baby Calming Diaper Rash Cream. The perfect stocking stuffer that every mama needs to carry in the diaper bag. It contains a non-nano zinc oxide to help reduce and prevent redness, a gentle formula, perfect for sensitive skin, is soy and nut-free, and is safe to use with cloth diapers.
- Protect All Over Sunscreen SPF 30. Another great stocking stuffer! It’s a lightweight, water-resistant sunscreen formulated with non-nano zinc oxide, with is an effective mineral sunblocker. It blends seamlessly into skin without leaving white streaks, protecting against both UVA and UVB rays. Aloe helps hydrate skin while antioxidant-rich blood orange extracts fight free radicals.
- Wooden Car Tracks. Isaiah (2 years) is into all the vehicle toys and making them go, go, go while making sounds. I love the Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Railway Set.
- Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway Thomas.
- Organic Manuka Honey Pops. Is it just mine, or do your kids love lollipops, too? You’ll notice that I don’t have a separate Stocking Stuffers list this year (like this one from last year), but these would be the perfect stocking stuffer for children (not babies). These lollipops are available in kid-friendly raspberry, orange, grape or a variety pack, and they contain +100% RDA Vitamin C for kids, without the use of any artificial colors or flavors.
- Cardboard Furniture. I started reading about how popular this was, and I couldn’t wrap my hands around it until I started researching more. Now that I understand, I’d love something for the kids. It’s eco-friendly and cute. Besides, how often have you bought something in a large cardboard box for the kids, only to have them more interested in the cardboard box than the item inside that box? This could be a DIY holiday gift and/or one you purchase.
- Handmade Dollhouse. I don’t actually have a specific one in mind, but this idea is for the girls and inspired by this. While growing up, we had a tiny playhouse like this at my Grandma Verna’s (nowhere near as fancy, but lovely nonetheless). That would be on our bucket list, but in the meantime, I’d love a larger handmade (inside the house) dollhouse.
- Earth Mama Organics Mini Deodorant 4-Pack. No, your babies and toddlers should not use this, but I put this on the babies and toddlers list because when I refer to Earth Mama, it’s almost always for the babies and toddlers. This time, though, it’s for YOU…..but small enough to put inside their diaper bag. Earth Mama’s mini deodorants are travel-savvy and squee-cute. Pop one in your purse, the diaper bag, your gym bag or stuff ‘em in stockings with a falala – they are just that good.
- Firetruck Pajamas. 4T for Isaiah.
- Garbage, Fire, Dump Truck set. Can you tell what Isaiah is currently into?
- Hurley Hippo Bath Toy Organizer.
- Kid’s Silk Pillowcase. Good Hair needs the best pillowcase possible. Samarah needs one immediately, and the other two will need them soon, too. (Side note: If any mamas out there have a recommendation on the best pillow/brand for this, let me know!)
- Microfiber Hair Towel. Our beautiful girls also need special hair towels.
- Tiny Crane Bath Toys. They have so many cute, fun, cozy, and safe bath toys.
- Bugs in Jar. Samarah and Isaiah would love this. It’s on the “Hot Toys List” this year.
- Princess Tiana. It’s Samarah’s favorite Disney princess, and I want to celebrate her love for Tiana. I love the Toddler Doll (you can also find this same doll in all the other Disney princesses), and the Disney Princess and Me Dress.
- Schylling Little Helper Broom Set. Why do kids love to clean so much? And will they still when they are teenagers?!
- LeapFrog Scoop and Learn Ice Cream Cart. My kids are always “making ice cream cones” with whatever they can find, and I love this learning set around the activity.
- Stacking Cups. A long time ago (still sometimes now) Isaiah’s teacher had him stack cups as high as he could. He stayed focused on it for a long time, and I loved watching him go, build, go. I’d love these for Maya.
- Baby Alive Sweet Tears Baby (the African American one + all others can be found here). Samarah has entered Motherhood, and she would absolutely love this. What little girl (or boy – Isaiah loves playing with them, too!) doesn’t?!
- Sensory Balls. Give us all the sensory toys.
- Wooden Learning Toys. I love toys like these for the kids. I’d choose wood over plastic any day of the week.
- Child’s Own. Take your child’s drawing of a person or thing, and watch it brought to life. This concept is super cool. I think my kids are still too young for it, but if yours are a little older, you must check it out.
- Peppa Pig. I’m not sure how much longer Samarah will stay on the Peppa train (I might outlast her!), but now Isaiah and Amiya love it, so we’ll be hanging out with Peppa and family for quite some time yet. I’d love Peppa’s Bedtime book, the Castle Playset, school bus, George’s New Dinosaur (book), and George’s Train Ride Construction Set (Isaiah would love this). Is it apparent yet that we’re Peppa Pig fans?!
- Paw Patrol Racers. And Paw Patrol is their other current favorite.
So there you have it…..my list of 29 Holiday Gift Ideas for Babies and Toddlers. What’s on your list?
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Today Ryan and I have been married 9 years.
It hardly seems real, given that before Ryan, I could barely see myself with someone for a year or two, much less 9 married (and like 11 or 12 in total).
You might think there’s nothing left to share, but the best part of our life together is that each year it seems the memories double and triple in size from the prior year.
This past year felt like a whole lot of family, so that’s what I want to share for 9 years on our 9-year anniversary today.
9 Years Ago
9 years ago today I could have never imagined our lives would look the way they do today.
These were not the plans we had for ourselves, but I married someone who has the same beliefs and outlook on life as I do. Things turn out best for those who make the best of how things turn out.
I will never forget one of our first “real” dates when we attended a wedding together. The flower girl was fair-skinned, with long blonde hair and blue eyes. Her name was Georgia. For years, we had this plan of a little baby girl that we would name Georgia.
That little girl embodies everything I think we both thought our lives would mirror. A little girl who looked like us, given a name we adored for all the reasons unique to us and our life stories.
Ryan and I spent several years together, just he and me, waiting on our Georgia Josephine. And during those years (dating + engagement + years 1-5 married), despite the emptiness filling our lives without a child, we had each other. I look back at them now and think of how blessed I feel to have gotten so many years alone with Ryan. We did everything together, mostly alone (we moved to California together just prior to getting engaged), and it formed a relationship, friendship, and marriage that became a foundation for everything the future would hold.
We never got our Georgia, but God’s plan trumped ours and, in fact, the most awesome part of that transition to the life we thought we’d build to the one that came true is that Ryan believed it was beautiful in its time (maybe even more so than I did). In fact, the post I linked to above, “When His Plan Trumps Yours,” Ryan titled. And even though Ecclesiastes 3:11 is my most favorite Bible verse today, it was Ryan who believed it and lived it long before me.
9 Years Today
I tried to find pictures for this post of just he and me. No luck. (This was, literally, the only one I found from last February when he took me to Napa for my birthday.)
If you want the truth, that initially left me extremely frustrated.
But then I grabbed Ryan’s anniversary card last night, and the whole theme is you’re a wonderful husband and father. I realized something in those moments of reading the card – as we celebrate 9 years today, we have everything I ever wanted in my ideal marriage……a beautiful he, me, and a family of we.
I am not perfect. Ryan is not perfect (close). Our kids are not perfect (close). Life is not perfect. And our marriage is not perfect.
But these days, people are giving up and giving up if things don’t seem 100% perfect. If happiness doesn’t fall like a shooting star, then there must be more to life and love.
Except there isn’t.
The grass is greener where we water it.
And right now, we have been watering our family life, after years of watering our relationship. And right now, despite all chaos, stress, and daily madness without barely 5 minutes in a row for just Ryan and I to sit and talk, this marriage and our life has been the absolute, 100% very best gift God ever gave to me.
This past Father’s Day, I made Ryan a video. I never shared it because, at the time, Amiya was not fully adopted, but now that she is I can.
The video is everything, and it embodies everything that Ryan is not only to the babies but to me as well.
In my best dreams, I did not imagine a husband or father for my children like the one I chose 9 years ago today.
Every year on our anniversary I write the words written in my wedding vows, from the movie Patch Adams.
Happy 9 years, Ryan! This next year will likely prove to be our biggest (and maybe most challenging) yet, but heading into the big 1-0, there is no one – absolutely no one – on this Earth I would rather do it with than you. Today, tomorrow, and forever, I’ll love you more than 10 buckets of Cold Stone.
p.s. As we head into year 10, we are planning our 10-year anniversary to Italy (this July) and I am confident that for my 10-year anniversary post for Ryan, I’ll have plenty of pictures just he and me.