Birthday Gifts: Our Top Picks for Ages 1-5
It can be tricky finding the right birthday present for children under the age of five (5). There is so much to choose from, and it’s sometimes hard to justify spending a lot of money on a toy they’ll grow out of quickly. We’ve made a list of our favorite choices sure to be a hit for under $25.
At this age, we like gender neutral toys that will last a couple of years.
- Leap Frog Fridge Farm Magnetic Animal Set ($15.99) – great for entertainment while dinner gets made
- Melissa and Doug’s Playful Puppy Dog Pull Toy ($19.99) – this toy works for active crawling and toddling
- Fisher Price Corn Popper Push Toy ($15.99) – a classic!
As kids get older, their interests will be your guide, but here are some basic options if you don’t know what they’re into.
- Girl: American Plastic Toys 15- Piece Deluxe Shopping Cart with Food ($19.99) – perfect for pretending to be mommy, and teaching basic counting skills
- Boy: Matchbox Cars ($ 1.99 – $3.99 each) or LEGO Thomas & Friends Percy at the Sheds ($19.99) – cars, trucks & trains are all the rage at this age
- Gender Neutral: Board Books – Dog: by Matthew Van Fleet ($13.25) – pull-tabs & flaps make for interactive fun
- Girl: Plan Toys Wooden Tea Set ($23.75) – role playing with endless possibilities
- Boy: The Land of Nod, Little Helper Tool Set ($12.95) –your little one can help around the house with his own honey-do list
- Gender Neutral: Sequence Board Game for Kids ($12.99) – a game the whole family can play together
- Girl: The Land of Nod, Make Your Own Jewelry Kit ($24.95) – hundreds of beads for creativity and letter identification
- Boy: Playmobil Knight’s Dungeon ($19.99) – these interactive and durable sets have long been a favorite
- Gender Neutral: Books – Don’t Let The Pigeon Stay up Late: by Mo Willems ($14.99) and Harold and The Purple Crayon: by Crockett Johnson ($6.99) – great stories and illustrations to pique early interest in reading
- Girl: Creativity for Kids, Sock Puppet Kit ($17.99) – craft kits foster imagination
- Boy: LEGO City: Cement Mixer ($17.99) – this is just the beginning for creating an entire busy City
- Gender Neutral: I Spy Memory Game ($18.99) – kids enjoy the book series, and the game takes it to a whole new level
We like to keep an eye out for sales on our favorite books, puzzles, board games, art/craft supplies and kits, and electronic games so we can stock up for the rush of birthday parties when kids are in school.
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