A Montessori-inspired holiday gift guide—for newborns to 6-year-olds

With so many toys out there, it can be hard to find intentional gifts for our children that are both fun and meaningful. Using a Montessori approach to your holiday shopping this year doesn't mean your choices need to be academic. There are plenty of Montessori-friendly toys that are beautiful and engaging, but also appeal to children's developmental needs.

Montessori toys are usually made from natural materials, non-electronic and foster independent play, creativity and concentration. Montessori materials are simple and somewhat minimalist in general, and this is especially true for infants and young toddlers. The world is so stimulating for these little ones already, that simple toys made of natural materials spark the child's curiosity without being overwhelming.

Here are some great options for the littlest ones on your list this year!

Black and white image cards

montessori kids gifts

As young babies can't yet see color, simple black and white images are the most striking to them. This set is great because the images can be used individually, or strung together into a book.

Age: 0-18 months

$15.99

Montessori mobiles

montessori kids gifts

While many mobiles are designed primarily to make the nursery look adorable, the traditional set of Montessori mobiles was developed specifically to provide the ideal level of visual stimulation at each stage for your growing baby.

Age: 0-18 months

$79.99

Activity gym

lovevery play gym

Many activity gyms can be overstimulating, but this one features wood and more muted colors and designs. It also converts into a little tent when baby is older and on the move.

Age: 0-18 months

$140

Wooden toy set

wooden toys for kids

These classic Montessori baby toys each isolate one concept that baby is working on, such as cause and effect (shaking a rattle), and in and out (placing a peg in a cup).

Age: 0-18 months

$26.19

Puzzle ball

montessori toy for kids

Puzzle balls are easy for babies to grasp and they don't roll too far. This encourages babies who are trying to learn to crawl, as the ball rolls just out of reach and they exert all their effort to scoot toward it.

Age: 0-18 months

$21.50

Object permanence box

montessori wooden toys

As your baby drops the ball into the hole, watches it disappear, and then finds it again, he learns that things do not necessarily disappear when he can't see them anymore.

Age: 0-18 months

$22.99

Global Babies book

montessori kids books

It is never too early to start reading to your baby and books that feature real images of people, nature and everyday items are a great place to start.

Age: 0-18 months

$5.99

Finger paints

crayola fingerpaint

As soon as your baby is sitting up independently, he can begin to enjoy finger painting, which is a wonderful sensory experience as well as an early introduction to creative art.

Age: 0-18 months

$16.83

Wooden shape puzzle

wooden toys for kids

This is a great first puzzle as it is made of beautiful wood and has only five pieces.

Age: 0-18 months

$23.71

Pop up toy

kids wooden toys

This toy is so simple, yet so entertaining for babies and young toddlers, who love practicing taking things out and putting them back in.

Age: 1-3 years old

$12.14

Watering can

kids watering can

A quality child-sized watering can is one of the earliest ways small children can help with yard work.

Age: 1-3 years old

$11.78

Mop and broom set

kids chore set

Toddlers love to help with whatever household chores you are doing. A mop and broom just their size allows them to clean alongside you.

Age: 1-3 years old

$23.99

Learning tower

kids learning tower

This enables your child to work with you at the kitchen counter. This particular model lets him climb in and out of the tower independently.

Age: 1-3 years old

$199.99

Pizza making set

kids pizza cooking set

Toddlerhood is the perfect time to introduce early kitchen skills, and what more fun way than making pizza together?

Age: 1-3 years old

$27.99

Hands Can book

kids books

This book features beautiful photos of children exploring, communicating, and showing kindness with their hands.

Age: 1-3 years old

$7.79

Wooden blocks

kids wooden blocks

Open-ended toys like wooden blocks encourage creativity and long stretches of concentration.

Age: 1-3 years old

$10.39

Musical instruments

kids musical intruments

Exploring rhythm and music together is a great activity for those cold winter months when outdoor play may be more limited.

Age: 1-3 years old

$29.99

Rainbow stacker

childrens rainbow stacker

This stacker looks beautiful on the shelf and also offers a challenge and introduces the concept of rainbow order.

Age: 1-3years old

$13.99

Easel

kids easel

An easel is ideal for early art work like finger painting and painting with large brushes.

Age: 1-3 years old

$69.99

Felt weather board

kids weather chart

As growing toddlers become increasingly aware of and interested in the wider world around them, the weather becomes a fascinating topic.

Age: 1-3 years old

$20.95

Primary lacing beads

kids counting beads

There are so many fun ways for your 3-year-old to play with these colorful beads and necklaces. They encourage fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and open-ended play.

Age: 3-6 years old

$12.49

Hammer toy

kids hammer toy

This early hammering work is great for hand-eye coordination and introducing a real life skill. This one provides a greater challenge.

Age: 3-6 years old

$22.98

Pattern blocks or pattern play

kids pattern blocks

Exploring patterns is highly engaging and great for pre-math skills.

Age: 3-6 years old

$17.59

Parts of the body layered puzzles

kids learning puzzle

These challenging puzzles depict the human body in layers, from a skeleton all the way to a fully dressed child.

Age: 3-6 years old

$39.99

Memory game

kids memory game

Memory game is a wonderful gift that grows with your child, as younger children enjoy simply examining and matching the pictures and older children love the actual game.

Age: 3-6 years old

$18.75

Young carpenter's set

kids carpenters set

Once a child can be safe and in control, giving him real tools builds his confidence and allows him to participate in purposeful work.

Age: 3-6 years old

$11.89

Bingo

kids butterfly bingo book

Simple games like bingo allow young children to practice playing a game with friends, including how to win and lose graciously.

Age: 3-6 years old

$14.93

Fun with magnets set

fun with magnets set

Toys that support scientific exploration encourage your child to be his own teacher and keep his curiosity alive.

Age: 3-6 years old

$17.63

Yoga pretzels with yoga mat

kids yoga mat

Yoga helps children learn self-regulation, calming breathing techniques and control of their bodies. Bonus: Add these yoga cards!

Age: 3-6 years old

$14.28

Japanese brush painting set

Japanese brush painting set

Calming activities like Japanese brush painting help children in Montessori classrooms learn to be peaceful and can do the same in your home.

Age: 5 years old+

$34.95

Origami set

kids origami kit

Origami encourages development of spacial skills and a different way of thinking and children love seeing all of the things they can create with just paper.

Age: 3-6 years old

$13.46


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It's time to go shopping for your little ones mama. Not long ago we shared the super sale on Hunter boots for us moms, and now the super colorful and water proof boots are on sale for kids! Perfect timing as Spring is approaching and there will be a lot of puddle jumping in our futures.

The sale is up to 50% off in select styles, but in all the colors of the rainbow! We don't know how long the sale will last so act fast because some sizes are already on low stock!


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The original grab handle boot in light blue

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Originally $55, the original Classic Gloss boot is 40% off right now.

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Chelsea boot in yellow 

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Originally $75, the Chelsea boot is 40% off right now.

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The original grab handle boot in pink

Original Kids First Classic Grab Handle

Originally $55, the original Grab Handle boot is 40% off right now.

$33

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Originally $55, the original Classic Gloss boot is 40% off right now.

$33

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Originally $75, the camo boot is 50% off right now.

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We've rounded up our favorite diaper bags that don't actually look like diaper bags, but instead like the cute, super stylish bags you might have carried before the days of finding crushed up puffs at the bottom of your purse.

These bags prove you can get the job done, mama—and look darn good while doing it.

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Freshly Picked City Pack

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Skip Hop Travel Bag

Skip Hop Travel Bag

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$178

Mommore Diaper Backpack

Mommore Diaper Backpack

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$34.99

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JJ Cole Cognac Diaper Bag

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$99.99

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$69.95

Presidio Vegan Leather Diaper Tote

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$99

Ticent Tote

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$30.99

Fawn Design Original

Stylish and versatile, this bag can be worn as a cross body or as a backpack. It's roomy without being bulky, and has a total of 10 pockets for awesome storage.

$159.99

Skip Hop Greenwich Backpack

No one would ever know this bag is packed full of baby's items. 😉

$69.99

Rosie Pope Highbury Hill

Highbury Hill Diaper Backpack

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$159.99

Babymel Robyn

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We love everything about this effortlessly stylish faux leather backpack. It's easy to wipe down, converts to a cross body bag, and even comes with a changing pad and drawstring bottle holder.

$90

Petunia Pickle Bottom Pathway

Petunia Pickle Bottom Diaper Tote

This two-tone canvas bag could not be prettier. We love that it easily stands upright when set down, and that it's super functional as a diaper bag yet super stylish as an everyday purse.

$159

Skip Hop Duo

Skip Hop Duo Diaper Bag

The timeless stripes on this 11-pocket bag means it will never go out of style, and the durable cotton canvas means it will stand up to years of use.

$70

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A good kid's winter coat needs to do a few basic things really well: be incredibly warm, water-resistant, easy to clean and a classic style so it can look good bundled over any other clothing they're wearing. For this reason, I usually avoid coats with heavy branding or patterns so that any winter outfit I put my son in "goes" with his jacket.

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