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Gift Guide: Sharing Adult Hobbies with Babies & Toddlers
Updated on
December 22, 2023

Gift Guide: Sharing Adult Hobbies with Babies & Toddlers

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Gift Guide: Sharing Adult Hobbies with Babies & Toddlers.
Gift Guide: Sharing Adult Hobbies with Babies & Toddlers

Babies and toddlers are experts at observing adults so that they can learn new skills. And in addition to being willing little helpers—with household chores & around the kitchen—they’d make a great buddy, too. All they need is a little encouragement and the right introductory gear. So we've rounded up our favorite toys for tiny enthusiasts, which are more practical than make-believe—and oh so fun!

Gifts for Babies & Toddlers

Toys and gear to teach little ones about adult hobbies.

woom 
Original

Biking: A toddler-sized ride that looks just like an adult's & is on our list of the best balance bikes.
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Wonder & Wise 
Good Wood Mini Golf Game

Golf: Putting practice with mini golf obstacles that are so fun, parents will want to play, too.
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Munchkin 
Fishin' Magnetic Baby and Toddler Bath Toy

Fishing: A magnetic toy to help the littlest anglers practice casting during tub time.
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Roshambo Baby 
Polarized Baby Shades with Strap and Case

Adventuring: Polarized eyewear that's lightweight, shatter resistant—and can float.
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Dock & Bay 
Kids Poncho Towels

Swimming: A towel that doubles as a cover for changing out of wet suits and swim diapers.
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ArtCreativity 
Bubble Lawn Mower

Lawn Maintenance: A pushable bubble machine that encourages little walkers with entertaining fun.
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Insect Lore 
Butterfly Pavilion

Pollinator Protection: A pavilion & live caterpillars, to teach budding butterfly conservationists about metamorphosis.
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Terra Kids 
Children's Binoculars

Bird Watching: Complete with a neck strap and carrying case, these itty bitty binoculars also have 4x magnification.
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Lily & River 
Little Climber

Rock Climbing: A petite gym with a reversible climbing wall & slide, crafted from sustainable bamboo.
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Little Tikes 
Sports T-ball Set

Softball: Get a leg up on your little league coaching skills with this tee-ball set for little batters.
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Nancy Nikko 
Bookplate with Dragon Illustration

Reading: Sticky bookplates help early readers keep track of their books while sharing them with friends.
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Burton 
Riglet Kids Snowboard

Snowboarding: For balance training at home: they stand, you pull—in your own backyard or living room.
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Quicksilver 
Toddler's 1.5mm Back-Zip Springsuit

Surfing: Why a tiny springsuit? Even before they can catch a wave, they'll want to join you near the shore.
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Crate & Kids 
Wooden Kids Art Easel

Art: 1 wooden easel that supports 3 types of masterpieces: on paper, with chalk and on a whiteboard.
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Uncle Milton 
Moon In My Room

Astronomy: A night light that emulates the waxing & waning phases of the moon.
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PlanToys 
Lacing Board Toy

Sewing: This classic wood-and-shoelace combo lets little artisans practice needlework skills.
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Loog  
Mini Acoustic Kids Guitar for Beginners

Guitar: This 3-string version is made from real wood & comes with chord flashcards plus video lessons.
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KiwiCo 
Window Garden Book Set

Gardening: A real windowsill growing kit plus a colorful book about how plants bloom.
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Wonder & Wise 
Little Builder Workbench

Building: This mini workbench comes with a pretend hammer, wrench, pliers, hand saw & other tools, so you can work on your home projects "together."
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Baghera 
The Riders Ride-On Car

Racing: A 1950s-inspired model designed for speed (and collectors), featuring high-grade rubber tires.
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Gaiam 
Kids Yoga Mat

Yoga: A mini mat so they can practice downward dog & butterfly poses with grippy support underfoot.
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Puro Sound Labs 
Volume Limited Kids’ Bluetooth Headphones

Music: Headphones with safety in mind: they maintain a comfortable volume & don't have any cords.
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Crate & Kids 
Indoor Kids Bowling Set

Bowling: If knocking down pins is up their alley, this could be the game for them.
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Skip Hop 
Farmstand Let The Beet Drop DJ Set Baby Musical Toy

DJ: Unleash the mini mix master in a little one with this fruit and veggie-themed turntable set.
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Gifts for Adults

Practical gear for the big kids sharing their favorite activities with little ones.

Road Runner Bags 
California Burrito Handlebar Bag

Biking: A highly rated handlebar bag for cyclists—particularly handy with a kid (& their stuff) in tow.
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Stitch 
Birdie Bag

Diaper Bag: A cooler (designed for the golf course) that doubles as a diaper (or travel) bag.
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Hedley & Bennett 
Star Wars Chewbacca Crossback & Kids Apron Bundle

Cooking: Matching aprons for home cooks & their tiny sous chefs = as adorable as they are practical.
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Polaroid 
Sport Action Camera 720p 12.1mp

Photography: A sporty camera that's durable, lightweight & compact enough to share with little hands, too.
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Hill House Home 
Women's Addie Dress

Fashion: Mommy-and-me outfits for stylish families at the beach, at brunch—or just out and about.
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Singstation 
Portable Karaoke Machine

Karaoke: For passionate vocalists who want to entertain—and then pass the mic to—the next generation.
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Alainna Wurfel

Senior Newsletter Editor

Alainna Wurfel is Babylist’s Senior Newsletter Editor, a role that combines her enthusiasm for discovering new parenting tips and great baby gear with her love for writing. When she’s not curating emails and creating content to support them, Alainna enjoys gardening, sewing and cooking. In past lives, she was an editor at The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Texas Monthly Magazine; and a marketing director at the design company Schumacher. She lives in Virginia with her husband and their two children.

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