Tired of finding the same twenty things when searching for gifts for a toddler or their parents? We were, too. So we searched for the best unique, high-quality items from small, independent businesses.
You won’t find these 10 inspiring gifts at your local big box store.
Each is a unique, thoughtfully crafted item from a small business we love. And we know you’ll find something on this list that you’ll love, too.
See your child's eyes light up as their favorite drawing comes to life. With Budsies, all you need to do is submit a photo of you or your child’s drawing (because hey, you’re a great storyteller and artist, too!) and Budsies will turn it into a 16” or 30” stuffed animal.
We love that this company gives back, partnering with hospitals and non-profits across the country for their Budsies Pals program which gives free Budsies to sick children. These make for truly unique, one-of-a-kind gifts.
Heads up, though—this is one of those items that needs a little bit of time to create, as it is custom-created. Get your orders in early for the holidays!Get It
If you are looking for high quality toys that will last longer than this generation, look no further than Le Toy Van.
Their products are made by talented craftsmen from durable, sustainable wood and their details and chic designs will make any playroom pop-- completely Gleam approved!
This playful kitchen is complete with a microwave, an oven with knobs that turn, and a clock with moveable hands for hands on learning. It also comes with a wooden spoon, whisk, and salt and pepper shakers to make your favorite pretend meal!Get It
Loog was created by a grad student who made it his mission to put music into the hands of all people. This three-string mini guitar is perfect for tiny hands curious about making tunes not yet big enough for a full six-string.
Made from sustainable wood, these guitars are not only great looking but they sound awesome, too! Available in six colors, the Mini Loog includes flashcards and an app that has everything you need to learn how to play guitar.
They even offer FREE live lessons via Zoom-- how rock n roll is that? Music is the gift that keeps on giving. Not only does it inspire children to create, it helps with cognitive skills and their ability to focus, as well. We know budding artists will love this guitar-instructor and parent-approved gift!Get It
These aren’t just books. And they’re not just cute, incredibly soft stuffies. Bring books to life with Alpaca and Yeti, two protagonists aiming to help children find comfort and safety in their own feelings.
Founded by a family therapist and a school teacher, Slumberkins helps kids work through their big feelings and provides an open dialogue for parents and their children.
The messages are thoughtful and the coordinating stuffed animals create a tangible way for kids to relate. But trust us when we say, you’ll end up wanting to buy them all!Get It
What are boxer shorts doing on a gift ideas list, you ask? Because they are incredibly comfortable, come in fun patterns, and they are 100% user approved.
Gleam's founder couldn’t get her daughter to wear anything on her bottom until MyPipers arrived. Now she wears them regularly.
The company’s founder is committed to providing organic cotton clothing as well as sustainable shipping—that doubles as an artist’s canvas! Use them as playshorts, under shorts, or pajamas.Get It
Studies have shown that kids’ literacy and language development is engaged more when reading a story they can see themselves in. Isn’t science cool?
Wonderbly does an amazing job of putting your child in the forefront with many personalizations including their name, gender, and skin tone.
These make excellent gifts, as they are truly personalized for your mini recipient. The story follows a child who has lost their name encouraging them to go on a wondrous adventure through a magical land, collecting their own unique letters. We’ve personally given these as gifts to the delight of the recipients!Get It
Does your child struggle with bathtime? The days of battling your bedtime routine will be over after you introduce your toddler to Pippa, Lumi, or one of their three other luminous friends.
These glowing play figures light up when they hit the water, changing the bathtime experience entirely. Children can create stories with them or simply watch them lounge on a rubber ducky.
We find that dunking them in and out of the water is always fun, too! Buy one or all five.Get It
There are kids’ shirts and then there are Ambitious Kids shirts...what’s the difference, you ask?
Aside from being screen-printed by hand using only non-toxic and environmentally friendly water based inks, these shirts are silly fun! Who doesn’t have a “Master Negotiator” or “Predictably Irrational” child in their lives? The mastermind behind the brand is Kyle, dad to a toddler, who wanted to make shirts that matched the big energy and personality of kids, but that also spoke to parents' own coming of age.
Our users not only love the messages and graphics, but the incredible softness of the shirts, as well.Get It
Have you ever looked at a company’s products and immediately thought, “Holy smokes, that is some quality work!” If you haven’t, then feast your eyes on Wishbone, where sustainability meets innovative design.
They are committed to earth-friendly materials and giving back, like the time they raised money to pay for swimming lessons for children in their community. Their craftsmanship is highlighted in all of their products, including the Mini Flip Deluxe, which turns from walker and rocker, to rider and spinner with ease.
Made from sustainable poplar, this product grows with your child, from 9 months-3 years. Who doesn’t love a gift that lasts years and years? Choose from 8 different colors or combine them for a completely customized gift.Get It
WAYB is here to make your life as a traveling parent SO much easier! Their Pico car seat weighs in at only eight pounds and folds easily in seconds, making switching car seats from car to plane or car to car a breeze!
We love that WAYB is committed to using sustainable materials and reducing their carbon footprint. Helping the planet, saving you time, and offering the most innovative parent necessity—we’re in!
The Pico is sure to be the easiest thing you pack for your next vacation.Get It