Looking for a special little something for someone special? We've hand-selected our favourite under £20 treats for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.
If you're buying for a newborn or baby, it can be tricky territory, knowing there’s probably piles of unused products stacked up in their nurseries already. Fear not, however, as we have scouted out some beautiful on-budget items that are sure to be loved and adored.
A Soft Toy
Soft toys are the ideal first gifts, as babies learn to grasp for the first time. The Best Years Diplodocus, made from organic cotton, is possibly the cutest dinosaur going and what’s more, the soothing rattle inside is great for keeping babies calm - roarsome.
A Teething Accessory
Teething sucks, but it’s inevitable, so a teether is a useful gift to be considered. We love that brands are designing teething toys which really appeal to babies while looking cool too: Matchstick Monkey Animal Teethers are design classics that make brilliant baby gifts.
A Sensory Toy
Sensory play can be introduced at home from day dot and there are loads of affordable toys to help awaken babies senses, which happen to be great gift ideas as well. Wee Gallery has lovely monochrome Art Cards, Soft Cloth Books and Crinkle Toys, all for £20 or under, that will really tickle their little senses.
Toddlers accumulate a lot of stuff in their short lives. Have you ever seen a toddler's toy box?! 😲 So for any token gifts you do buy, you’ll want to make sure they aren’t going to end up unused and forgotten in the bottom of it.
A Little Vehicle
When it comes to little gifts, vehicles are a sure winner and we love the whacky Carrot Car by Janod. This sweet wooden toy is ideal for developing kids motor skills and imagination, as they roll them around on the floor. Sealing the deal as the best veggie car going, the carrot tops and rabbit's ears are made of tactile felt. It's a great little gift for any car crazy tot.
A Bath Toy
Next up, bath toys. Tots generally love water so simple squirters will also be a welcome and well-used small gift. If you want to push the boat out ('scuse the bath pun), our bestselling Boon Pipes & Tubes & Cogs makes an ideal gift for 12 months plus. At £30, it's more of an investment, but will be played with for literally years.
Preschoolers are pros at playing and will have developed an epic imagination by this stage too. So consider little gifts that will expand their skill set as they reach school age.
A Pretend Play Prop
Inquisitive little minds are getting to grips with role playing so for pre-schoolers who enjoy spending hours behind their kitchens or market stalls, Le Toy Van is brilliant for wonderfully-crafted items - fruit and veg crates, ice creams, pots & pans, birthday cakes - all with masses of imaginary play potential.
A Non-Toy Gift
Looking for a gift that goes beyond toys? Pre-schoolers are generally pros at feeding themselves, so why not treat them to their own fun placemat like these cool options by OYOY. It’s amazing how some new tabletop products can really make time at the table more appealing. Alternatively, a sweet little nightlight makes a great token gift. We have a range of LED lamps and nightlights - from dinos to bunny rabbits - that would make for a lovely small treat.
We've a range of titles that are perfect for entertaining and engaging inquisitive preschoolers. Great titles to gift and collect are the Little People Big Dreams series by Bookspeed. Themed around some really aspirational characters, like Amelia Earhart and Marie Curie, they're great for showing influential youngsters that ordinary people can do amazing things while inspiring them to dream big too.
We've put together other gift guides to help you nail that perfect present, whether that's for a newborn in Hello Baby, a Big Gift for a special day, an earth-friendly Go Green item or something special for a Mini Creative or Adventurer.
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