Christmas Gift Ideas from Pediatric Therapists

At this time of year, our therapists often hear requests for Christmas gift ideas from parents.  So the Foundations Therapy team has put together this fun list of Christmas gift ideas that span from infants to teens, with gifts that will help with speech therapyoccupational therapyphysical therapy and more. We hope this list of Christmas gift ideas can be a helpful resource for all of our families when they are preparing for the holiday season!

Christmas Gift Ideas for Infants and Toddlers

  • Melissa & Doug knob puzzles
  • Shape sorter
  • “Feel” books and blocks
  • Dump truck
  • Rainbow shaker
  • Non-breakable mirror
  • Musical instrument set
  • Pound & Play, Pound a Ball, & Pop-up toys
  • Mr. Potato Head
  • “Tummy Time Fun Under the Sea” pillow and mat


Board Games

  • Guess Who? and Guess Where?
  • Pickles to Penguins
  • The Cat in the Hat I Can Do That
  • HedBanz

Visual Motor & Perceptual Games

  • Battleship
  • Highlights magazine
  • ThinkFun games like Rush Hour and Cat Crimes

Christmas Gift Ideas for Creative Play

  • Farmhouse with animals and Uncle Jed
  • Dollhouse with furniture
  • Doll with different outfits (baby clothes with different fasteners are GREAT)
  • Kitchen and picnic set with foods and dishes
  • Sand play (try Kinetic Sand) with buckets and molds 
  • Art & magic sets
  • Cash register & shopping cart
  • Racetrack & cars
  • Melissa & Doug reusable stickers
  • Bristle blocks

Outdoor & Movement Fun

  • Moon shoes
  • Sit ‘n Spin, Dizzy Disc Jr., & Movin’ Sit Jr
  • Hoppity-Hop (also called Space Hopper)
  • Velcro mitt & ball
  • Trikes & scooters, such as scooter boards, balance bike, lowrider trike
  • Track & field kit (hurdles, foam discus, baton set, foam shot put & activity cards) found at Kaplan Exclusive
  • Active Play Gross Motor Cart and Skills Kit (hoops, balls, ribbons, speed ropes, bean bags, sidewalk chalk, juggling balls, & foam balls)
  • Fold & Go Trampoline
  • Check out Kaplan Exclusive for gross motor ideas


  • Choose Your Own Adventure books (Preschool through 8thgrade)
  • What Would Danny Do? – book series for social skills and behavior
  • What Should Darla Do?

Fine Motor

  • Bead art
  • Large tongs and kid chopsticks
  • Scented markers & Do-a-Dot markers 
  • Pop tubes
  • Sticker, connect-the-dots, and maze books
  • Manipulatives: Bunchems’, pop snaps, snap cubes, Legos & Duplo blocks

Christmas Gift Ideas for Fun around the Home

If you have any questions or other suggestions your child has loved, please comment and share with us.  We hope this list gave you a few Christmas gift ideas for YOUR kid!