Dear Reader,

Are you as excited for Christmas as I am? I LOVE the holiday season. I love being with family and friends. I love the food. I love the music and singing and hot-chocolate drinking. I even love all the Christmas lights and blow up decorations.

One aspect of Christmas I don’t love, however, is shopping. With three kids under the age of 5, I’m not big on browsing hoping I’ll stumble on the right thing. I want to get everyone personalized gifts that they will love, but sadly, this is something I struggle with when it comes to some of my shopping list. However, if you have a toddler or preschooler in your life and you don’t know what to get them, I think I may be able to help you with that.

My family owns or has owned a massive (read: embarrassing) number of toys in the 5 years we’ve had kids. If the toddler or preschooler in question is your own child, you probably already know exactly what they want. My almost 5 year old son for instance really wants this Batcave his cousin has. However, if you’re struggling with what to buy this small person in your life the way I’m struggling with many of the grown-ups in mine, I have a few suggestions. None of these recommendations are sponsored in any way. These are just toys my kids really like.

Also, if you’re more interested in buying the child in your life a good book, I’ve spent a considerable amount of effort determining the most well-loved, highly recommended books for kids up through middle school. I personally will be buying this pop-up version of Dear Zoo for my toddler and The Paper Bag Princess for my preschooler, both of which I know they love after multiple library checkouts.

Whatever you decide to buy for the kids in your life, I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.


P.S. If you like my suggestions and decide to purchase any of these items through, please follow my links to Amazon. If you do this, I will get a small commission at no extra cost to you and you will have my sincere appreciation for your support. :)