If you're looking for gift ideas for babies, 1 year-olds and 2 year-olds, you're in the right place! We dug through 2019's hottest new books and toys, as well as some old favorites, so you won't have to.
Below are our favorite toys and books that encourage girls to grow up to be strong and successful. For the littlest girls in our lives, we focused on gifts that help them build basic skills, without reinforcing gender stereotypes.
This Little Trailblazer: A Girl Power Primer
This book is both smart and adorable. It features ten women leaders, with an illustration and brief summary of what made them remarkable. Trailblazers include Rosa Parks, Florence Nightingale, and Coco Chanel. Even girls too young to understand the impact these women had will enjoy the colors and illustrations.
Pound & Tap Bench with Slide Out Xylophone
This toy encourages audio recognition and musical development for little girls. They can watch the balls roll over the xylophone, pound or tap on it with a hammer.
ABC for Me: ABC What Can She Be?: Girls can be anything they want to be, from A to Z
This board book takes an innovative approach to teaching girls ABCs. The book presents girls with “different colors, sizes, shapes, and abilities in both traditional and nontraditional occupations.” The 26 careers represented include engineer, writer, neurosurgeon, software engineer, and pilot.
Ladybug Girl Board Books (Book Set)
This set of Ladybug Girl board books introduces little girls to Lulu—AKA Ladybug Girl. Ladybug Girl is a great role model for little ones, as she plays games, goes on adventures, and explores her feelings with her family and her dog Bingo.
LEGO DUPLO Large Playground Brick Box (71 Pieces)
This classic Lego set encourages girls to apply their imagination and creativity to building and construction (early STEM skills). This set of building blocks includes girl and boy figures, a treehouse with slide, a swing area with a windmill and a bouncy car ride. For age 18mo and up. If the girl in your life is passionate about pink, check out the Lego Duplo Cafe set (for age 2 and up).
I Can Dance (Book)
This delightful little book is both creative and fun. The reader brings the dancers to life by putting her fingers in the holes in the book. I Can Dance shows girls that they can do ballet, breakdance and more.
Wooden Geometric Stacker
This colorful stacking toy helps girls build early shape, color and size differentiation skills. This is a high-quality wooden toy.