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No matter the age, finding a good gift for a toddler girl means finding something engaging—and maybe even educational. Luckily, there are tons of options out there, from books to playsets and beyond, that'll satisfy all different interests.
Not sure where to start? Be sure to consider each pick's recommended age, educational value, stability, and durability. From there, you can narrow down picks until you find the perfect fit.
Here, the best gifts for toddler girls.
Magna Tiles Clear Colors 100 Piece Set
This colorful building set includes 100 magnetic tiles that snap together to create 3D masterpieces, like houses, bridges, or animals. The durable tiles provide hours of entertainment. Besides being fun, these tiles help children develop math, science, spatial, and tactile skills.
"Kids and grown-ups alike will enjoy letting their imaginations run wild with the Magna-Tiles Clear Colors 100-Piece Set. The simple-to-use STEM toy teaches kids about everything from geometry and counting to engineering and magnetism and beyond."—Danielle Directo-Meston, Product Tester
Pacific Play Tents Find Me Multi Color Tunnel
Older toddlers (and their tired parents) will love this fun and colorful play tent. There’s no setup required—simply let it out of the carrying case and untie two strings—and it folds easily back into place when not in use. But what parents will love the most is their child practicing gross motor skills and discovering what it means to go from point A to point B.
Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book
This bestselling board book has been considered a must-have since it was first published in 1982. In addition to colorful artwork and an engaging storyline, this book features interactive elements—liftable flaps and touch and feel elements—to capture the attention of even the youngest readers.
VTech KidiBeats Kids Drum Set
This small, but mighty drum set can easily be placed on the floor or table. Kids can bang away on one of the three drum pads or cymbal. There are nine melodies they can play along to and the learning modes include numbers and letters.
Toomies Bath Foam Cone Factory Toy
This imaginative bath toy anchors to your shower’s wall for hours of entertainment. Just fill it with bath bubbles, add water, and pull on the handle to create pretend ice cream cones with the included flat-bottomed cones that sit steadily on the sides of the bath. The cherry on top? The set also comes with pretend sprinkles.
Melissa & Doug Top and Bake Wooden Pizza Counter Play Food Set
A pizza play set will definitely get your little one's attention, but of course this toy has some educational value as well. The set comes with more than 30 pieces including a pizza cutter, toppings, delivery box, and money. This will inspire kids to get imaginative with adding toppings and counting.
Fat Brain Toys Shape Factory
This block set teaches kids about colors and shapes in a fun way. They have to match the 10 blocks to the appropriately shaped peg. The blocks are the perfect size for smaller hands to grasp with ease.
LEGO DUPLO My First Number Train
This isn't a truck that's meant for racing and crashing, but it does teach kids their ABCs. Each lettered-brick can be stacked on the truck to spell out the alphabet or words. The set also includes a few other figures, like a boy, girl, and a cute teddy bear.
Micro Kickboard Micro Mini Original Kick Scooter
Kids love zipping around on this scooter and parents love that it’s a safe option for young children. The scooter is sleek, but has three wheels and a wide, low deck to help unstable toddlers develop better balance.
Melissa & Doug Water Wow! Reusable Color with Water Activity Pad
There’s no need to worry about kids getting crayon on the walls or furniture with this coloring set. The three-book set (farm, ocean, and safari scenes) includes a refillable water pen that reveals brilliant color with a single swipe across the page. What’s even better? When the “ink” dries, the colors disappear, so kids can delight in creating a new masterpiece over and over again.
Blockaroo Magnetic Foam Builders
These aren't your typical building blocks, but they might even be better. They come in fun shapes, are made of foam, and they're magnetic. Also, they're easy to rotate 360 degrees so kids can create the design of their dreams.
BabyPuzzle Personalized Name Puzzle With Pegs
This handmade gift is so much more than a simple toy—it helps teach kids about their identity and the alphabet, plus it doubles as gorgeous decor for the nursery or playroom. You can even customize it with fun extra puzzle pieces that represent your toddler's favorite things.
Pottery Barn Kids Wooden Food Set
Your little sous chef will love prepping dinner along with you thanks to this wooden kitchen set. The fruits and veggies in this kit velcro together, and your toddler can "cut" them into pieces with the wooden chef's knife. The set comes with a wooden knife and cutting board, two loaves of bread, and assorted fruits and veggies, including an avocado, watermelon, and carrot.
Hape All-in-One Wooden Kid's Art Easel
This large, sturdy easel is the perfect gift for a mini Matisse. It has plenty of drawing surfaces—a chalkboard, a magnetic white board, and an included roll of paper—plus built-in storage with ample room for chalk, washable crayons, markers, paints, and other art materials.
Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table Playset
This interactive water table has a number of different features and two tiers to provide hours of outdoor entertainment. Beginners will love to splash in the basin, while older toddlers will be captivated by the customizable waterfall. As an added bonus, the oblong shape of the table means there’s plenty of room to share the table with a sibling or a friend.
Little Tikes Cozy Coupe
This classic ride-on toy (it’s been a bestseller since 1979!) is ideal for both indoor and outdoor play, making it an extremely versatile gift for the tot in your life. The handle on the back allows parents to push beginners, but toddlers will be taking the car for a solo spin in no time—it has durable tires and 360-degree front wheels that are easy for little ones to maneuver.
Little Tikes 2-in-1 Snug N Secure Swing
You don’t need to fill your yard with a jungle gym to create a fun backyard for the youngsters. This compact plastic swing is easy to hang from a tree or porch and is perfectly safe for toddlers ages nine months to four years and up to 50 pounds. The t-bar and adjustable straps are secure but can also be moved out of the way for older toddlers who don't need them.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
This isn’t your average bedtime story, it's so much better. It features 100 stories about as many extraordinary women throughout history, so she’ll know exactly what it means to be a strong, fearless female. Each story is also accompanied by an amazing illustration by one of 60 female artists from all over the world.
Fisher-Price Little People Big Helpers Home
This interactive dollhouse lights up and plays songs about helping out around the house to teach kids about teamwork, helping others, and imaginative play. It makes a great first dollhouse because the furniture is all built in, which greatly reduces the risk of lost pieces. It can also be closed and latched for secure storage and easy transport.
AMOSTING Button Art Color Matching Mosaic Pegboard
This activity set comes with ten different pattern cards, a peg board, and 46 vibrantly colored pegs to help kids finesse their fine motor skills and learn to create beautiful artwork. All they have to do is match the color of the peg to the color on the pattern card.
Melissa & Doug Jenna 12" Doll
This makes a great gift for doting, hands-on toddlers fascinated by baby dolls and pretend play. At just 12 inches, this soft doll is easy for little hands to grasp and has realistic features that delight, like eyes that open and close when rocked to sleep and a mouth that can suck her thumb or a pacifier.
Peggy van Neer and Erik van Loo Princess Duvet and Pillowcase Set
Help make the transition from crib to big girl bed a lot more exciting and a little easier with this enchanting bedding set. She’ll feel like a real princess as she drifts off to dreamland resting her head on a pillow with a printed crown and snuggled in a duvet that features a glittering dress print.
What to Look For in Toddler Girls
When buying gifts for children, age-appropriateness should be one of the biggest considerations. Though it may seem innocent enough to buy a toy suited for a 5-year-old for a 3-year-old toddler, products manufactured for older kids often have small pieces that can pose a choking hazard, says Kristin Morency Goldman, senior advisor of strategic communications for The Toy Association.
Toddlers are always learning, even during play time. Though certain toys do have overtly educational components like numbers and letters, other more traditional toys like block sets, dollhouses, and toy ovens can also teach young children important cognitive, social, and motor skills, says Dr. Natasha Burgert, a pediatrician in South Overland Park, Kansas.
Stability and Durability
As any parent knows, toddlers are notoriously rough with their toys. It pays to look for toys that can withstand heavy use and the inevitable bumps and bruises that happen as your toddler improves their coordination. Look for thick, durable plastics or solid wood toys for the greatest longevity.