Santa’s Picks for a Busy Toddler

Ho, ho, ho!

That’s the phrase we’ve been working on with Evvie. So far the most we’ve gotten from her is “huh-huh,” but she’s working on it. I bet by Christmas Eve she’ll be shouting “Ho, Ho, Ho” like it’s nobody’s business.

Evvie was 3-months old last Christmas so while it was really fun for us to open her toys and goodies, I know she certainly had zero inkling as to what was happening. This year, as an active and curious toddler, I’m excited to see her face on Christmas morning when she sees what Santa has brought her.

When trying to figure out what to gift her, I was running into roadblocks. This girl has lots of great educational toys — I wasn’t sure what I could pick for  her that would help her continue to learn, experience and grow. I reached out to family and friends who had little ones and they gave us great ideas. I’d love to share what these are with you to help YOU avoid any roadblocks.

PREFACE: Almost everything (okay, not almost, but actually EVERYTHING) is from Target. Why? Because it’s close, it’s convenient, and their holiday deals on top of our Perks are hard to beat!


This is the mantra that I tried to stick to when planning out Evvie’s Christmas purchases. It would be easy to run up and down aisles at Target or Toys ‘r Us and grab fun gizmos and gadgets, but would that help keep us on track with our budget? Probably not. 


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Little Tikes First Slide

Evvie LOVES the slides at the park. She huffs and puffs up the stairs just for the two seconds of fun as she whizzes down the slide. We had to pick up one to keep around the house so she can still enjoy active time even when it’s too cold to go to the park.

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B. Piano Mat

My Mom was so excited by this idea that she had to tell us about it early. 🙂 Evvie really enjoys music and dancing, so this piano will be a hit for keeping us occupied while cooped up inside. Plus I’m sure C.D. and I will enjoy a little piano time, too.


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Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Art Easel

I’m not sure of the exact easel she’s getting, but Evvie’s Nanie is picking up an easel for her to demonstrate her artistic side with. Evvie took to Crayons and loves “doodling” and sticker time. An art easel will give her an opportunity to put her mind to work.

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My First Crayola Double Doodle 

Also getting in art where we can, I picked up this Double Doodle to keep Evvie entertained while we’re out and about. This piece has a gel back for “painting” and a white board side for Crayons. The great thing about this? The Crayons are erasable, so Ev can draw, and draw, and draw!


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Mini Moto Jacket for Girls by Genuine Kids (Target)

Y’all already know I’m that Mom. I love dressing Evvie like a darling, tiny person. I also realize that in a very short near future she’ll refuse anything I personally pick out for her, so I’m taking advantage while I can. This little moto jacket is warm enough for cooler months and fashionable enough to wear out.

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Soft Sweater for Girls by Cat & Jack (Target)

This shirt was so incredibly soft and only $7. YES, SEVEN… DOLLARS! The Cat & Jack sweater-tees are hard to beat!


Shaker Stitch Cardigan by Cat & Jack (Target)

Evvie likes to be outdoors, even when it’s cold. She will beg to go outside, even in 30-degree weather. This sweater was hardy enough for the days when it’s in the 50s and cute enough to wear over a dress or leggings.


We picked up a variety of books for Evvie because the only time she’s sitting down is to read. She loves pointing to features in the books, such as characters or flaps, and trying to repeat what you say.

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