The Best Christmas Gifts for Your 18 Month Old

Bee won’t be quite 18 months on Christmas. She’ll actually turn 17 months on Christmas day!

She’ll basically be a year and a half old! It’s crazy how the time has flown by.

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Although it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet, I’ve already begun planning for Christmas. It’s the Christmas gifts I’m most concerned about. I want to make sure I have Bee’s gifts purchased before I start worrying about anyone else.

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My Amazon shopping cart is full of gifts for Bee. I’m just waiting until it gets closer to Christmas so I can cash out all the money I’ve been collecting through my rebate apps, Swagbucks & Dealspotr. I have almost $120 sitting in my Ibotta app!

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So, without further ado, I give you my list of the best gifts you can buy for your 18-month-old this Christmas!
(Please note that I am not buying all of these for my daughter!)


Little Tikes Activity Garden Playset

This toy definitely isn’t the cheapest on my list, but I LOVE it. There are so many activities and so many things for a kid to do!
It may be a little pricey compared to most of these toys, but it looks like it’s worth every penny.
If we can afford it, this is definitely going to be the gift Santa brings Bee this year.


Ball Tent & Tunnels

We gave Bee a ball tent & tunnel set just like this for her birthday. She hated it.
Finally, last week, she started warming up to it.
She really likes it now and I find her hiding out in it all the time. It’s like her own little fort. I’m sure your 18 month old would really enjoy this!


Little Tikes Cozy Coupe

For a lot of us, I’m sure this brings back memories! I didn’t have one as a kid, but my little sister did.
Every kid loves these things!


VTech Sit-To-Stand Ultimate Alphabet Train

Bee was given this toy for her 1st birthday in July and it was a huge hit! She still loves it!
She’s finally big enough to ride it and that’s usually what she does. Bouncing up and down on it, rollin’ through the house.
It plays over 100 songs, sounds and phrases (so I don’t have to listen to the same song over and over again), there are 10 different activities, and it comes with 13 double sided alphabet blocks to help teach your kid his letters. I think you’re definitely getting a good toy for your money!


Little Tikes Basketball Set

I did have one of these growing up and it seems like that basketball hoop lasted forever!
If memory serves, it was still around for my little sister (9 years my junior) to play with it.
Treat it right and it’ll last for years! Plus it’s made to grow with your kids. The bigger they get, the higher you can raise it



VTech Magic Star Learning Table

This toy is definitely cool. There are 6 different activities on the table and you can set it to English or Spanish.
I don’t know about your 18 month old, but mine would definitely enjoy this toy!


Little Tikes Rocking Horse

Bee absolutely loves bouncing and rocking any chance she gets. This simple rocking horse would seriously make her day.
There’s not much to say about this toy other than that! Oh, and you can find the pink version here.



Fisher-Price Roll-a-Rounds Swirlin Surprise

I think this is pretty neat. Your kid loads the balls into the machine, pulls a lever, the balls swirl down the toy all while lights are flashing and music is playing.
It looks like a great way for a toddler to learn about cause and effect.


Fisher-Price Song and Story Learning Chair

How cute is this?!
Bee would love it. She’s always wanting to sit in chairs by herself! Not only does this supply her with the chair to sit in, but there are also TOYS built into the chair, too! Oh, and it plays about 50 different songs, tunes, and phrases.
You can also tell the chair your child’s age and it will change the chairs activities accordingly.
Pretty nifty!


Little Tikes Go & Grow Rollin’ Giraffe Ride-on

I like this toy for the same reason I like the rocking horse. Bee LOVES bouncing and rocking. Plus she already gets a kick out of rolling through the house on her alphabet train.
I’m sure this will be a hit for those reasons alone!


Little Tikes First Slide

I don’t think much explanation is needed here.
Kids love slides.
I wouldn’t let Bee slide down this by herself yet, she just isn’t coordinated enough to do it safely! But I’m sure she’d have a lot of fun with my help.


VTech Sort & Discover Activity Cube

With over 75 songs, melodies and phrases and 5 sides of fun, this toy looks like a winner.
All of the various activities help kids learn colors, numbers, and animals while also helping them hone in on their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.


VTech Smart Shots Sports Center

Does your little one enjoy throwing or kicking stuff these days? Bee LOVES trying to throw stuff.
That’s why I think this toy would be a great fit. It comes with a basketball and a soccer ball so your kid can practice dunking and kicking goals! It also comes with over 50 songs, phrases and sounds.


Boley Learning Workbench

Hubby has been spending a lot of time out in our shop working on various woodworking projects lately.
Bee and I go out there with him as much as possible. She recently started saying “shop” and it’s pretty adorable.
She likes to stand at the back door saying “shop… Daddy!”, even when Daddy is at work.
I bet she’d get a kick out of having a workbench just like her dad’s!


Fisher-Price Go Baby Go Poppity-Pop Musical Dino

This is a toy we bought for Bee last Christmas.
It terrified her!
She started to really enjoy playing with it a few months ago. I enjoy playing with it, too (and that’s important!). Definitely a toy for a 1 1/2 year old.


VTech Pop & Count Vacuum

A fun twist on an old favorite.
I know we all remember our version of this toy, but look how cool it’s gotten over the last couple decades!
Buttons & over 35 songs… batteries are definitely required!



Melissa & Doug’s Let’s Play House Set

I just ordered this the other day! It’s on it’s way! Bee is going to love it. Every time I clean the house, she tries to steal my tools and help me. Now she’ll have her very own tools to use!


VTech KidiBeats Kids Drum Set

My husband pretty much made me include this toy.
I’m in no way, at all, musically inclined. Hubby, on the other hand, is. It seems like, given enough time, he can teach himself to play any instrument! I have no idea how he does it.
He’s really hoping Bee has the same love for music that he does and wants her surrounded by instruments!
I wouldn’t mind it so much if Hubby didn’t insist on playing with these instruments ALL THE TIME.
Anyway, Bee is getting this drum set for Christmas. I’m sure she (and her father) will love it.


Playskool Play Sit ‘n Spin

I can’t remember for sure if I had one of these growing up, but I remember my little sister having one.

I also remember thinking it was one of the coolest toys ever!
I love spinning!!
I was super disappointed when I outgrew it.
Bee seriously needs this!


3 Bees & Me Magnet Boat

This looks like a good bath toy!
These colorful, numbered boats are magnetic and seem like they would be a lot of fun to play with.
These guys would be great Christmas gifts!


LeapFrog My Pal

Bee has the “Violet” version of this toy. We got it for her for Christmas last year. It wasn’t until about a month ago that she really started to like it. Now Violet is one of her favorite toys!
As a parent, I like that it teaches her new songs and words. Violet helped her perfect her “hi” and taught her how to say “oogly boogly”, which most days is one of the more common things she says. And thanks to Violet, Old McDonald is Bee’s favorite song right now.
You can connect Violet and Scout to your computer and change the things they say, too. You can pick your child’s favorite food, color and animal and the toy will use that information when talking to your kid. You can also tell it your child’s name and the toy will sing it in a song.
Sadly, Bee’s name isn’t an option (hint: “Bee” is just a nickname), so instead of singing a song with her name in it, Violet spells out Bee’s name in a song.
I highly recommend this talking stuffed animal!


VTech Touch & Teach Elephant Book

This toy includes over 150 songs, melodies, sounds and phrases.
So much noise for such a small toy!
There are 16 different interactive book pages and 8 animal & number buttons.
This is definitely an educational toy and seems to be a really good value for the money.


Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Boppin Activity Bugs

I had a toy just like this when I was little.
In a very simple way, it teaches your child cause & effect.
I know it’s an older toy, but why try to fix something that isn’t broke?



VTech Spin & Learn Animal Puzzle

This toy seems fun! It plays music and there’s an exciting quiz game that helps kids learn animals and colors.
This is definitely on our list of possible toys to get Bee.


LeapFrog My Talking LapPup

I think it would be fun to get this for Bee. I think it’s really neat that it matches the talking stuffed animal she already has.
The write up says that, like her My Pal, you can connect the LapPup to your computer and customize it. It’s small and compact. I’m thinking it would make for a good toy for car rides.


Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Piggy Bank

I really like these Fischer-Price toys with Smart Stage technology. The games change based on your child’s age!
This toy introduces your child to counting, colors, Spanish & more through silly sounds, music & phrases.


Fisher-Price Classic Xylophone

They call it the “Classic Xylophone” for a reason. I bet you remember playing with this exact toy as a kid!
An oldie, but a goody. The xylophone, although simple and without batteries, is one of Bee’s favorites.
She plays with it all the time.
Personally, I don’t care for it much. Not because of Bee, but because it’s one of Hubby’s favorite toys right now, too! He’ll go looking for it just to play with it.


LeapFrog AlphaPup

Does your toddler like to drag his toys around with him? If so, then this toy is for you!
AlphaPup teaches your child the alphabet and the sounds each letter makes all while being pulled through the house.


Fisher-Price Chatter Telephone

Sometimes you just can’t beat the classics! I had one of these phones growing up and Bee will, too!
Yes, it’s a simple toy. But it’s a tried and true toy that’s been introducing children to numbers for decades!


Rub A Dub Hoops for the Tub

I’m sure any bathtub game would be a hit with your toddler, but I really like this one!
Suction cups hold the hoop to the side of your bathtub and your child can try to dunk hoops with the colorful balls. Sounds like fun to me!


Nuby Octopus Hoopla Bathtub Fun Toy

This is another gift Bee received for her 1st birthday and right now it’s her absolute favorite bath toy! She spends a large part of her bath time struggling to get the rings on the octopus. It’s pretty cute to watch.
I bet it would be a big hit with your little one, too!


My First Puzzle Sets 4-In-A-Box Puzzles

It’s cheap, it’s simple, and it’ll work for a wide range of ages.
There are 4 puzzles. A 2-piece, 4-piece, 6-piece and 8-piece.
I plan on getting this for Bee. You’re never too young for puzzles and this set looks like a good value.


Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Phone

I’m not sure about your kid, but mine turns everything into a phone. I don’t even talk on the phone that often, but somehow it’s something she’s picked up on and rolled with.
A small phone like this one would fit well in a stocking and Bee would definitely love it.

Munchkin WaterPede Bath Toy

I’m sure any bath toy would be a hit, but I like this one. Bright colors, moving parts… definitely stocking stuffer material.

Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Musical Toy

Bee received this last Christmas and loved it from day one. It might have been her favorite gift for the first week! She still plays with it now, carries it around and dances to the music. I’m sure you’re 18 month old will love it, too!

Munchkin Bath Crayons

I’m torn on these. Part of me wants Santa to put these in Bee’s stocking. Another part of me is worried it will teach her how to write on walls… something she’s yet to learn.

Munchkin Wind Up Swimming Penguin Toy

A fun and inexpensive bath toy. Sure to be a hit!

Bubble Bath

Bee has never experienced a bubble bath! And I plan to continue keeping this experience from her until Christmas when she finds a bottle of bubble bath in her stocking.

Mittens, Hats, Socks

Bee found some socks in her stocking last year, but I think this year she may be finding some cute mittens and a hat so she stays nice and warm when we go play out in the snow!


I remember when I was a little kid I loved my slippers! It’s an easy to find, small gift that isn’t too expensive. Perfect for a stocking!

Small Plush Stuffed Animal

Bee received a “My 1st Christmas” stuffed animal in her stocking last year. Stuffed animals aren’t expensive and they are a great way to fill stocking space! I’m already on the search for a yellow Lab stuffed animal to put in her stocking this year.

Christmas Candy

I know a lot of parents will frown upon this, but growing up I ALWAYS got some candy in my stocking. I plan to continue that tradition with Bee.
If candy isn’t your thing, maybe buy some fruit snack or something instead!

What toys are favorites with your 18-month-old? What Christmas gifts do you plan to get your toddler this year? Let me know!

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5 thoughts on “The Best Christmas Gifts for Your 18 Month Old

  • November 11 at 2:00 am

    Great ideas! My daughter will be almost 20 months by Christmas this year and I think she’d enjoy many of the toys on your list. We plan to get her a play kitchen this Christmas because she always seems to be drawn to them at other people’s homes. (And if someone asks for a gift idea for her, we can suggest accessories – play food, pots/pans, dishes, etc). I’m looking forward to seeing her open it Christmas morning.

  • December 2 at 5:52 pm

    I love the tunnel idea, and the xylophone is a huge hit for my 17-month-old AND 3-year-old. One of our favorite activities is to play “marching band”—it’s loud but fun!

    This age is starting to get into arts and crafts, too, so I like buying play dough, non-toxic washable paints, stickers, etc. Also books!

  • December 9 at 12:32 pm

    My son is currently 18 months old and you are SPOT ON with all of these things. His favorite toy right now is the ball pit and even though it drives me nuts with balls everywhere, it is hours of fun for him!

    • December 9 at 1:07 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Christine!

      My daughter just recently decided her ball pit tent thing needs to be all over the house! She has a large bedroom, so I keep it set up in there, but some days it ends up in the living room, my bedroom, or the kitchen. She tried putting it into the bathroom yesterday!

  • December 13 at 8:31 am

    My daughter just turned 2 years old so we have a lot of the toys on the list. Our favorites include the Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Smart Stages chair (it is sturdy enough for kids to stand on), LeapFrog My Pal Violet (I love the lullaby feature, especially that it lasts 15 minutes), Fisher-Price Piggy Bank (love the cute phrase when you push its nose), and the LeapFrog Alpha Pup (my daughter takes this toy with her on our daily walks, it holds up well, just wish the pull rope was a bit longer, we had to attach an extra clip so my daughter could stand up straight when pulling the pup). These are all great toys that make good gifts. Very accurate list.


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