Whether it's your little one's daycare bestie or your besties' litte one, you want to give something small but great that will be useful and fun. While the "under $30 but awesome" category for adults can be tricky (unless they drink wine), for babies and toddlers, there's a lot on offer. Here, we've pulled together some of our favourite little gifts that little ones (and their parents) will appreciate.
Man, kids love ice creams, but they are often packed with sugar and preservatives that parents might not be so hot on. A great solution is making your own. Kids love creating their own icy mix, from fruit purees to frozen yoghurt or juice, you can get really experimental. The reusable sticks and long-lasting materials make them great for the environment, plus, you skip all the packaging that comes with the store-bought options. Recipient parents will also love that they can use the moulds to make frozen cocktail pops.
For the kid mesmerised by transport (so many of them are), Moover Mini Cars come in a heap of different services: taxi, ambulance, fire truck and police van. They're also made from sustainably sourced ply and vanished th non-toxic lacquer.
A great first puzzle that offers more open-ended play than traditional flat puzzles. The chunky puzzle blocks allow toddlers to build a 3D friend while challenging their motor and cognitive skills.
You can't go wrong with a book. A library always has room to grow and the more stories kids here, the better. This is likely a nostalgic one for mum and dad too (they read it on Playschool in the early '90s), and depicts Australian summer on the coast so beautifully and peacefully, making it perfect for bedtime.
For your baby pal about to hit teething (and their parents), Oli & Carol make teethers that are nice on sore gums, provide different textures and are made with natural materials and paint. And finally, there's nothing more comical than a 2021 baby chewing on a kale leaf.
These handmade pocket-sized friends are perfect for doll houses, as comfort toys (to take with them when they go to daycare or somewhere else without mum or dad) or as BFF friendship dolls. Each dolls outfit comes off and on, which is great for learning about clothes and and further open-ended play.
Fabric covered snaps that comfortably hold back hair while being gentle on little heads. An inexpensive and sweet gift for friends who want to be matching.