This week, I’ve compiled a gift guide for toddlers and preschoolers with some of the most unique, creative, and beautifully designed toys, all of which are just oozing French charm! I deliberately left out books which were covered in last week’s guide to Paris Children’s Books.
- Bisous Dodo Game ($13.99, Amazon Prime) This isn’t the first time Bisous Dodo has made its way onto the blog. I really love this adorable bedtime game, and so does my two-year-old daughter. It’s a great way to change up your little one’s bedtime routine with a calm and cuddly family activity.
- À Bientôt Sweatshirt ($24, Young One Apparel) Available in sizes 2t through 8, this sweatshirt is so cute for boys and girls. There’s also the gender neutral “c’est magnifique” tee that was featured in last week’s baby gift guide. It’s available in 6 months through 8 years and would make an awesome matching gift for siblings.
- Moulin Roty Memory Game ($15, Bonjour Petit) These beautifully illustrated memory cards are written in both French and English, making it the perfect gift for a child learning French. They’re made out of thick, sturdy cardboard that makes them toddler-resistant, but not toddler-proof. Is anything toddler-proof really?
- Happy to See You Poupée: La Petite Parisienne ($330, Smallable) This handmade limited-edition doll is so gorgeous. If you’re looking to spoil a little girl rotten this year, you can purchase one of the 30 models complete with its own mini baguette and croissant on Smallable, an online concept store full of delightfully designed treasures for kids, most of which are designed in Europe.
- Giant Paris Coloring Roll ($28, Smallable) This giant coloring paper is such a cool way to decorate a kids’ room. Have them color on the wall or on the floor, alone or with friends. It’d make a great group activity for a party. It could also be used as a tablecloth or cut into wrapping paper. The possibilities are endless!
- Kiko+ Machi Paris Magnetic Wooden Game ($47, Smallable) This eco-friendly birchwood toy made with non-toxic paint is one of my favorites. It was featured in one of my first posts on Hudson & Seine, but it was so hard to find back then. I was so excited when I stumbled upon it this year on Smallable. It has a chalkboard tray that kids can draw roads or tracks on, plus 4 wooden tracks, 2 metro wagons, 2 metro signs, an Eiffel Tower, and an Arc de Triomphe. It comes in a fabric bag to keep all the pieces together.
- Petit Biscuit Pillow ($50, Smallable) This adorable pillow is made in France and is the perfect (French) accent in any cool kid’s room. The mom in me is excited that it is machine washable—as anything going near a preschooler should be!
- Les Jouets Libres Skipping Rope ($24, Smallable) Delivered in an organic cotton bag, this skipping rope is made in France of wood from the protected forests of the Jura and colored with non-toxic ink. It’s a classic toy that will never go out of style and will be used for years.
- Paris Wall Stickers ($13, Smallable) These Paris wall stickers are removable and reusable, so they’re perfect for letting les petits decorate their walls—and redecorate to their hearts’ content. The price is super reasonable for the amount of playtime kids will get in. You can also use these on coffee mugs or on other items around the house, so they’d be a great gift to share (read: steal when your toddler isn’t looking).
- Ikonic Toys TGV Train ($32, Smallable) If you’ve ever ridden the TGV (train à grande vitesse) around France or Europe, you’ll understand my excitement about this wooden train. This is such a fun, special toy. This one is in our letter to Père Noël this year for sure.
- Vilac Metal Ride-On Car ($115, Amazon Prime) How gorgeous is this ride-on car? It’d make an awesome gift for toddlers ages 1-3, or even younger to decorate a baby’s nursery. I love neutral colored toys that can be handed down from sibling to sibling regardless of gender. This is a toy that everyone will be asking about when they visit your home.
- Corolle Mon Premier Calin Sky Baby Doll ($28, Amazon Prime) Corolle is famous for their beautiful baby dolls. I love that the line of “mon premier” dolls have soft bodies and are the perfect size for toddlers to handle. They also have really nicely designed faces that are proportional and somewhat realistic. My favorite part about Corolle is that they have boy babies and multicultural babies.
Here are some other gift guides you’ll want to check out:
- Holiday Gift Guide: French Baby Gifts
- Holiday Gift Guide: Paris Children’s Books
- The Top 10 French-Themed Kids’ Books
- Best NYC Kids’ Books from Real NYC Moms
- Five French Finds: The Holiday Spirit Edition
Bonnes fêtes de fin d’année! Happy holidays!