Christmas Gift Guide for an 18 Month Old

Last Christmas, Baby Bee was just 5 months old and I didn’t really have a clue what to get her as gifts.  I mean, there are only so many rattles a girl can own! In the end we decided to ask friends and family to buy her things she would need in the coming year.  Sleeping bags, clothes and musical toys to keep her entertained in the car.

This year, however, Bee is 17 months, and the world has opened up to me.  Bee is so much more capable and I’m beginning to understand her interests and developing skills.

So, here are the toys and gifts topping Bee’s Christmas Wishlist this year:

hape railway gift

Hape Musical Rainbow Railway

A railway set is an obvious choice for a child approaching 2 years old.

There are many on the market but we favour the range by Hape.  Luckily they all use a standardised track, so should we end up with different brands it doesn’t really matter.

Hape’s railway includes cause and effect sections that either produce an effect or require an action to make work. This set has xylophone, tambourine and jigsaw sections. I think it adds a lovely extra element to the toy.

Bee is so tuned in to sounds, and Daddy is a musician, so this should go down a treat.

rainbow friends gift

Rainbow Friends and Cups

I’ve wanted these for Bee for a while now.  She loves little people and is currently obsessed with Happyland figures.

These look so tactile and perfect for a little person who loves putting objects into containers.  And they are a lovely introduction to colour matching.

orchard game gift

Orchard Toys Farmyard Heads and Tails

Another toy focused on matching.

It can be played initially as a pairing activity for a single player, matching the head and tail parts of the farmyard themed cards.  Then, for more advanced play,  it can be played in a group as a memory game.

Bee loves exploring things that belong together and this first game is intended to foster those links and connections.

It should grow with her, and eventually introduce the idea of taking turns and playing with others.
playsilks gift


A beautiful open-ended toy for children from birth onwards.  Light, semi-transparent and floaty, they can be used for sensory play, peekaboo, imaginative play and so much more.

Bee has always loved pulling things over her face, and these should be so much nicer for her than walking around with a blanket or tea towel draped over her head.


crochet crown gift

Crochet Crown

Bee can be quite contrary with hats.  Usually if I want her to wear one outside to keep warm she’s forever pulling it off.  But at playgroup it’s a different matter.  She’ll search one out in the dressing up box and wear it all session.

This pattern reminds me of the crown Max wears in Where The Wild Things Are.  I like to try and handmake a few gifts each Christmas so this crochet crown will be Bee’s.

frugi dungarees gift

Frugi Dylan Dungarees

We love Frugi clothes.  Being a cloth bum baby it’s often difficult to find clothes that fit over Bee’s reusable nappies.  Frugi clothes are designed with cloth bums in mind, so have a little extra room in the bottom department.

They’re also adorable.

In their online shop, I like how you can search and browse all the clothes and don’t necessarily have to trawl through by gender (a real bugbare of mine – clothes are clothes).

These unisex, rainbow dungarees are my favourite at the moment.

melton slippers gift

Melton Slippers

Bee’s first shoes with soft leather Meltons. Their slippers are great because the toggle means they’ll stay on wriggly feet and the grippy soles provide a bit of stability for new walkers, especially on wooden and tiled floors.

These red ones have a real festive feel.  Doesn’t everyone get slippers for Christmas?


Planting A Rainbow Gift

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

We first read this book at our Nature playgroup.  It’s perfect for springtime and introducing young children to flowers and gardening.  It names all the different species of flowers it features and uses a beautiful palette of bold rainbow colours.

Summer Book Gift


Winter, Spring and Summer by Gerda Muller


A very kind friend bought the Autumn book of this series for Bee when she was poorly last month. We’ve been won over.

They have no words but are beautifully illustrated with detailed scenes, featuring traditional seasonal activities.  They provide the perfect springboard for talking about the seasons in a creative and imaginative way.


This Little Cat Book Gift

This Little Cat and Choo Choo by Petr Horáček

We love Pete Horáček.  We often have at least one of his books in our book basket.  He uses bright pictures and a simple text to engage young readers and the clever use of shaped pages and cut aways make them a joy for little hands.  From his collection for toddlers these two seemed very apt.

We’re big cat lovers in our family (erm…Mama Cat) and what better a book than Choo Choo to go with a brand new railway set.



  1. catherine
    November 15, 2016 / 1:19 pm

    I’m sure you could whip up another crown in no time with your crochet skills.

  2. November 15, 2016 / 10:47 pm

    oh i am loving those rainbow friends and cups how adorable and that crown is such a cool idea! great Ideas i have a 12 month old nephew who would love the look of that colourful trains! #GiftGuideLinky

    • catherine
      November 16, 2016 / 8:22 pm

      You’d be the coolest aunt.

  3. November 16, 2016 / 11:53 am

    Some great ideas, I love the seasonal books and the rainbow cups, they will definitely be on our list for my 18 month old little girl!

    • catherine
      November 16, 2016 / 8:21 pm

      Thank you.
      May your little girl get all her mama wishes for her.

  4. November 18, 2016 / 1:45 pm

    Great ideas 🙂 I live wooden toys so they’re top of our list this year for both my 19 month old and 5 month old as well as plenty of books! #BigPinkLink

    • catherine
      November 20, 2016 / 7:46 am

      We’re all about the wooden toys too. Although the odd shiny plastic one does get through from friends and family.

  5. November 20, 2016 / 12:14 am

    I am loving all the bright colours in this gift guide, I think my favourite is the little train set. Thank you for sharing with #bigpinklink x

    • catherine
      November 20, 2016 / 7:45 am

      Thank you. The train set is my favourite too.

  6. November 21, 2016 / 9:25 pm

    I love the train set, it’s so colourful and wooden toys always look so nice. Thanks for linking up to the #giftguidelinky!

  7. Amanda
    November 26, 2016 / 12:17 pm

    Ooh love these ideas, I think choo choo is going top of the list, can’t get through a day without multiple requests to go and see the doo doos 😍

    • catherine
      November 29, 2016 / 1:30 pm

      Too cute. A must really love trains. X

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