Are grandparents and family members asking for suggestions for Christmas presents for your toddler already? Are you stumped for ideas that are outside of the clothes, dolls and trucks box?

Consider looking a bit more closely at your little one’s emerging personality to help guide you this Christmas. Clearly, a toddler’s personality is still forming, but with some careful observation, you may see some characteristics that stand out and will point you towards a gift perfectly suited to your child’s temperament.

Dr. Gary Smalley describes traditional personality types as animals: each temperament has strengths and weaknesses and we often have secondary or overlapping temperaments.

See if you can spot your child’s personality and then find a gift this Christmas that they will cherish.

The Ideal Toys for Your Animal

Lions tend to be adventurous, competitive, determined, strong-willed, extraverted and born leaders.

Toys for your Lion:
KidKraft Pirate Sandboat 
Your little adventurer will love to sail the open ocean in this pirate sand boat.
Kent 10” Balance Bike 
A determined toddler is sure to be zipping around on this tiny balance bike.
Fisher Price Dance & Move BeatBo 
Keep your little one moving to get all that toddler energy out.
Melissa & Doug Monster Bowling 
Engage your little one in some healthy competition and see how determined she is to win.

Otters are playful, sociable, talkative, lively, imaginative, creative, extraverted, dramatic, spontaneous, and entertainers. They like to be the center of attention, can be easily distracted and often make a grand entrance.

Toys for your Otter:
Step 2 Art Easel Desk 
Perfect for your budding Picasso and even has space for a friend for social creativity.
KidKraft Let’s Play Dress Up 
Keep all the dress up clothes organized and in their place for quick clothes changes and easy clean up.
Melissa & Doug Fire Chief Costume Set 
For the future fire fighter to practice saving the day.
KidKraft Sing Along Mic & Amp 
Outgoing toddlers are sure to love expressing their expanding vocabulary for hours of entertainment.

Golden Retrievers are easy going, happy go lucky, laid back introverts. They are thoughtful, controlled, adaptable, observers that enjoy peace and quiet.

Toys for your Golden Retriever:
The Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit 
A sweet addition to the classic Tale of Peter Rabbit, sure to be well loved by your easy going child.
Melissa & Doug Pattern Blocks 
The perfect educational toy for little introverts that enjoys peace and quiet.
KidKraft Farm Train Set 
Your thoughtful little one will enjoy hours of play with the adorable train set.

Beavers tend to be detailed, orderly, systematic, organized and want everything done properly. They can be extreme introverts that are reserved and prefer quiet time with one friend rather than a large group gathering.

Toys for your Beaver:
Pacific Play Tent 
A quiet nook for your child to retreat to when he needs a little peace and quiet.
Melissa & Doug Alphabet Sound Puzzle 
An educational puzzle for detailed oriented little ones.
Anatex Magnetic Train Maze 
A perfect fine motor activity for a methodical little introvert.

Help Grandma and Grandpa find the perfect gift this Christmas and get to know their grandchildren a bit better in the process.

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Annie Wiesman

Annie Wiesman is the co-author of “Education Begins at Birth: A Parent’s Guide to Preparing Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers for Kindergarten.” She is a former kindergarten teacher turned stay-at-home mom who enjoys traveling, hiking in the mountains, and creating memories together with her husband and little girl.

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