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It’s that time of year again folks to open your wallets and be Santa’s Little Helper! That’s right Christmas is right around the corner and those adorable little tikes have been cooped up in the house for 9 grueling months, so you know they’re expecting Santa to come through with the goodness this year. So I’m going to try to help you not disappoint that little tornado in footy pajamas while not breaking the bank. Below you’ll find some of my favorite toys of the season, all saucer-eyed approved by the man himself, Rigel. Included on this list are a few black-owned toy makers and shops that I think y’all should definitely check out this holiday season and beyond.
Kid Connection Musical Cart (Walmart, $19.00) Let your kid get the holiday party started by gifting them this musical cart. Complete with play microphone for them to yell that Christmas afternoon tantrum into.
Fix & Ride Car Toddler Ride-On Toy by Kid Trax (Walmart, $59.00) I lit up like a Christmas tree when I saw this little electric car. If y’all follow me on Instagram then you may have seen Rigel working on his little car. Not only can your tike ride around in this car but they can also work on the engine. Get it for the little mechanic in your life.
Peppa Pig’s Deluxe House Playset (Amazon, $34.99) This is a great first play house for your little one as they start doing imaginative play. I also found this other play set which is equally fun and great if you have a little one that you want to help see a little bit of themselves in the toys they play with. Little People Big Helpers Home Playset with Tessa and Chris (Walmart, $39.00) As always make sure you’re aware of where your toddler is developmentally and supervise if they’re playing with smaller toy pieces.
Darlyng & Co. Affirmation Wall Stickers (Darlyng & Co., $19.99) it’s never too early to start positive affirmations with your little ones. Likewise, it’s never too early to show them the beautiful diversity of humanity. I found this website a couple of weeks ago and I absolutely love it. It’s a black-owned baby and kid brand that not only carries these Wall Stickers but also amazing items for caring for your little ones. I highly encourage you all to check out what they have to offer.
Fisher-Price My Home Office (Amazon, $24.99) Some of you Mamas have been out here bossbabing it while your little one steals your mouse for the 15th time. (Please tell me I am not the only one fighting with her child for the keyboard?!) So why not give your tike their own laptop and headset so they can pretend do their 3rd Zoom meeting of the day just like Mommy.
WisToyz Dinosaur Bubble Machine (Amazon, $24.99) Let’s talk tantrums. They’re here, they’re bad, and we need a plan to deal with them. And the greatest weapon we have is BUBBLES! There is no shame in my game at this point. We are getting this moving, twirling, bubble spitting dinosaur, and I intend to use it.
Little Tikes Super Chef Kitchen (Amazon, $89.99) I’ve been thinking about getting Rigel a kitchen, mostly because I’m hoping he’ll stop tackling me while I’m trying to grill up his dinner. But I don’t want to spend $200 on something he may not like and some of the lower-end kitchens are a bit on the short side (if he can see over it, he can climb it). So I’m liking this one and think it’s a great value for the money.
Nobie Vivid Kitchen Playset (Amazon, $28.99) I also came across this little kitchen playset which I think would be so great for families that want to give their kid that kitchen play without the kitchen size. So if you’re drowning in children’s toys but still want to get your kid a fake stove this may be it!
Melissa & Doug Tool Box (Amazon, $10.87) Here’s a simple tool kit for the little tinkerer in your life. Comes with a wooden hammer, screws, and wrench. You can also buy additional building pieces so your little one can build to their heart’s content.
African American Doll by ZbyOzi (Etsy, $84.99) If you want to get your little ones doll collection started why not consider a beautiful doll by ZByOzi. With stunning details your little one can have a doll that reminds them of themselves or shows them the beauty in all shades.
VTech KidiBeats Drum Set (Amazon, $17.99) Do you want to reclaim your wooden spoons? Are you tired of your favorite pot being an instrument? Then you need to get your toddler this little drum set. Let them bang away while you work on lunch before returning to your next Zoom meeting.
Little Likes Kids Memory Game (Amazon, $15.99) This game made by a black-owned toymaker really got me in the feels when I saw it. My Mom used to buy me memory games when I was little. She started out when I was about 2. I’m not sure if I can credit those games for my photographic memory but I’m sure they didn’t hurt. Remember it’s okay to challenge your little ones even if right now they may seem a bit young for it.
Melissa & Doug Peg Puzzles (Amazon, $17.99) Get those fine motor skills going with these peg puzzles. Who says Santa can’t bring a little education to your precocious tike.
VTech Touch & Learn Activity Desk (Amazon, $57.99) Think of this as your kid’s new command center. With so much to do including drawing, calling, tapping, and learning this may just be the toy that gets you those extra 5 minutes you need to send out that last e-mail.
Yvolution Y Velo Flippa 4-in-1 Toddler Trike to Balance Bike (Amazon, $84.99) Anyone else get anxiety thinking about things that you’re going to have to teach your child how to do? No, just me? This 4-in-1 trike seems like a good way to introduce bicycles to a toddler and it’ll be sure to grow with them until they’re ready for the real deal. A lot of people swear that a balance bike is a superior way to teach a little one how to ride a bike. Since we have no idea what we’re doing we’re going to give this a shot and hope for the best.
So there you have it some of the toys that I’m pumped about this year. You can also find other gift ideas by checking out my Toys for Every Kind of One-Year-Old post.
Let me know in the comments about any toys you’re excited about getting your toddler. Also if you get any of the toys on this list, come back and let me know how your little one liked it.
Remember we’re in this holiday season together! Help your fellow Mamas out and don’t let the pressure get to you.
Your happy elf,