The 8 Best Toddler Gifts to Buy for Grandchildren in 2018

Memorable presents your grandchild will play with for years to come

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Spoiling grandchildren is one of the great joys of being a grandparent. Being able to buy them things that will surprise and delight them for special occasions and just because is fun, but knowing exactly what those things should be isn’t always easy.

The toy aisles are vast, and knowing just what your grandchild might take too can be tough. So, we’ve narrowed it down a bit for you. From toys for active toddlers to those who are creative, there’s something on this list for everyone. Here, the best toddler gifts for grandchildren.

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    Best Sporty: Fisher-Price Grow-to-Pro Junior Basketball

    They shoot, they score. The littlest ballers will love this basketball set from Fisher-Price designed just for them. It adjusts to four separate height positions, to a maximum of 40 inches, so it will grow as they do. It also has a removable “sure score” rim that will bring in basket after basket to give their confidence a boost. Once they’ve got things down, you can take it off.

    It’s great for keeping kids active and letting them practice important hand-eye coordination skills, and it can be used indoors or outside. Customers say it’s a well-made basketball set that kids love.

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    Best Artistic: Aqua Magic Mat

    Budding Picassos will love this magic mat that lets them create amazing pictures with just water and the magic pens and brush, which are included. You just fill them with water, and the little artist is ready to go, as surprising colors pop up as they draw. Eight drawing molds are included as well to add to the fun. After 3 to 10 minutes, the images disappear, and they can start all over again. No mess, no running out of paper (and refrigerator space)!

    This one is large (34.5 x 22.5 inches), so there’s plenty of room to create, but it folds up flat, so it’s easy to store or take on the go.

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    Best Active: Radio Flyer Deluxe Steer and Stroll Trike

    A Radio Flyer is still a classic gift that will grow with your grandchildren. This cool trike lets the grandparents push their little one while your toddler will feel like they are doing all the work pushing the pedals and "steering". When your toddler gets confident enough to peddle themselves you can remove the parent handle and let them go (all in a supervised area of course!)! It also has a small storage area in the back to store snacks or let them tote their teddy bear along for the ride. 

    The seat on this can also be adjusted so you can ensure the right fit from the ages of 2 to 5 years. This trike has a maximum weight limit of 49 pounds which is right around when your grandchild will be ready to move onto bigger and better bikes. 

    Need some more help finding what you're looking for? Read through our best ride-on toys for toddlers article.

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    Best Keepsake: Gibby & Libby Keepsake Coloring Book

    Create and capture memories at the same time with this sweet Grandma and Me keepsake coloring book designed by artist and educator Erynn Rice. The 9" inch square hardbound book contains 28 pages with fill-in-the-blank verses that grandma or another adult can help toddlers complete. There are also places for kids to draw, color and capture everything they love about spending time with their grandma.

    It’s a great keepsake that grandparents and grandchildren will treasure and love looking back on this precious time spent together.

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    Best Tent: Playz 3pc Rocket Ship Astronaut Kids Play Tent

    Want to give your grandkids hours of fun? This multipurpose setup It comes with a space-themed play tent, a tunnel and a ball pit with a hoop (Note: balls are not included), all which can be connected for one big adventure or used separately. They all come in a convenient zippered carrying case that makes storage and taking it on the go easy.

    Designed for kids ages 3 months and up, it’s fun for kids of all ages (though smaller kids will need parental supervision). Customers give this set high marks all around, saying it’s fun, sturdy, and kids have hours of imaginative fun in it. Some note, however, that it takes a ton of balls to fill the ball pit, so you have to be prepared to buy a large quantity if you want to fill it up.

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    Best Musical: B. Drumroll Toy Drum Set

    Bring on the band! While pots and pans are fun too, this great toy drum set will really hit the right note with toddlers who love music. It comes with seven instruments including a whistle, shaker egg, tambourine, drumsticks and castanets.

    Whether several children play together, or one strikes up a one-man band, the music will flow. All the instruments can be stored in the drum to make clean up and taking the show on the road easy. Designed for ages 18 months to 3 years, it’s a great way to start building that love of music early.

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    Best for Outdoor Play: Step2 Splash N Scoop Bay

    For some good beachy fun without actually going to the beach, there’s this sand and water table from Step2. The plastic base is divided into two sections, one for sand and one for water. Each comes with a separate cover, which can be combined to create a waterfall. It also comes with accessories including a shovel/rake, cup, shark scoop, spinner, water tower and slide.

    From sand castles to boat races this set will keep kids outdoors for ​hour of splishing, splashing fun. Most customers give this set high marks all around. Some complain that the sand gets into the water too easily, but that’s to be expected whenever the two are near each other, and there’s a toddler involved.

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    Best Educational: Teach My Toddler Learning Kit

    For a gift that will start getting toddlers ready for school, this 68-piece set will be a hit with parents and kids alike. It comes with an array of books, posters, puzzles and flashcards. They’re all designed to teach kids ages 18 months to 3 year-olds skills such as the alphabet, shapes, colors, numbers and more. From hand-eye coordination to fine motor skills, spatial reasoning and more, the tools teach a ton while kids are just having fun.

    The set also comes with a teaching guide, and it’s recommended that parents (or grandparents!) spend 20 minutes a day working with these tools to give their child a headstart in school. Customers say kids love it, and the price, makes it a great value.