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Buyers Guide to Children's Gifts Under £20

On the lookout for the very best affordable gifts for that special little someone? Then look no further than our handy guide to choosing the perfect present for under £20.

Toy’s needn't cost the earth. Quite literally. These plastic free treats for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and beyond are budget friendly, eco conscious and guaranteed to spread joy through the magic of play.

Babies 12 months+

Buying for babies can be a tricky business. These savvy saviours will awaken the senses and prove that you’re never too young to learn. 

 

Who doesn’t love a good book? This classic counting book is a wonderful sensory toy for little ones to love.  Cute and colourful, it’s designed to encourage an interest in learning from an early age. Beautifully crafted from sustainable rubberwood, the cheerful illustrations feature scenes from nature and will stimulate babies senses as they journey through the book, counting from 0-10.  Bound together with hand sewn fabric leaves, this gift is super sturdy and made to withstand rough play too. 

 

 

Tiny teethers will go gaga for these colourful teething beads, decorated in sweet primary shades. A parenting essentia, they are just the ticket for soothing pesky sore gums and keeping little ones entertained.  Strung together with a strong elastic cord and certified safe for mouthing thanks to the natural materials and chemical free water based stain, this is a great first toy to encourage sensory based play. 

 

 

We’ve got a real soft spot for this tree top stacker. This simple puzzle will delight with it’s captivating tree shaped design, complete with nesting chick perched at the very top. Bright, colourful and highly durable, this little treasure is bound to tickle their senses and foster curiosity, keeping them occupied for hours on end. What’s not to love? 

Toddlers 

The toddler years are definitely an adventure. Expand their skill set with on budget finds that are destined to become firm favourites rather than a flash in the plan. 

 

 

Miniature vehicles are an instant hit with toddlers and will be sure to spark squeals of excitement.  These loveable toys make the ultimate stocking filler or birthday party gift. Take a peek at our full range of eco wooden cars. Our sets include everything from emergency vehicles, sports cars and retro inspired rides. There’s something for everyone. 

 

 

And how about these whizzy pull back racers?  Simply rev them up, let them go and watch them whizz by! Hours of fun awaits. A great toy for developing fine motor skills and encouraging social play. 

 

If it’s educational toys you're after then look no further than these adorable stacking sets. Not only do they bring all the fun, they even come in a handy cotton drawstring bag, which makes them perfectly portable too. Comprising chunky wooden animals shaped play pieces, little hands will delight in stacking them up high and watching them tumble. They also make a great toy for teaching inquisitive minds about the different animals. Choose between our Africa, ocean and Andes themes. 

 

 

 

Another win for little animal lovers, check out Noah’s Balancing Ark. You’ll be hard pushed to find a better value gift for the price. This high quality toy is hand painted in lovely bright hues using non toxic dyes and crafted from solid wood for hours of inspired play. Featuring ten animals, plus an ark, it's a wonderful storytelling piece and an excellent tool for practicing dexterity, coordination and cognitive development. 

 

 

For budding chefs, you can’t beat this delicious looking wooden toy pizza. Serve up a slice of fun with this tasty gender neutral gift, complete with removable toppings and pizza cutter.  Imaginative play never looked so good. For extra points, it comes in a sweet pizza box style packaging that can be incorporated into realistic play adventures. 

 

Another excellent choice for little foodie lovers is our extensive collection of food crates,  brimming with goodies for day after day immersive adventures. Choose from veggies, fruit, baked goods, meat and fish themed play pieces, a fun way for mini master chefs to learn all about the different food groups. All housed in handy storage crates, they are the perfect addition to any child’s pretend play universe and made to complement our stunning play kitchens, market stall and shop. 

Pre-schooler's and Beyond

The preschool years are a vital time to nurture young imaginations and encourage independent play. These top picks are ready to inspire a new generation of learners. 

 

Hollywood is calling with this amazing vintage inspired film camera. This stunning traditional toy is perfect for helping with language based skills and social development. Lovingly made, with an appealing aesthetic and durable finish, it’s a premium piece at an affordable price. With lovely hand finished details and gold accents, this truly magical gift will stand the test of time. 

 

 

And just how adorable is this cute card machine? Mini shoppers will go crazy for this award winning favourite. Inspire role play adventures for a snip with this interactive toy that teaches those all important numeracy skills, complete with a wooden receipt and payment card too. 

 

We’ve totally fallen for this retro style Sophie’s Wooden Car, in the prettiest pastel pink hues and packed full of fun features,  it’s ready and raring for adventure.  Designed by our team of talented toy makers, this vintage inspired car is scaled to fit our collection of doll figurines or other standard characters of approx. 10 cm. With an opening boot and coordinating luggage, the open road beckons with this charming toy that can accommodate up to four miniature riders. We can’t think of a better toy to initiate learning and inspire good old fashioned fun. 

We hope you enjoyed this read and feel inspired to give a sustainable gift that nurtures long lasting day after day play all without breaking the bank. For more gift inspo check out our guide to the best packable toys for trips away. 

For even more ideas, you can shop our full range of gorgeous timeless wooden treasures online. If you need further inspiration, why not get in touch with us and we’ll happily help you on your quest. Don’t forget to follow along on Instagram too at @Letoyvantoys.

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