9 Perfect Screen-Free Gifts for Little Grandkids on the Go

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    Our family is pretty big on the less-is-more mentality, hands-down and old is gold, so when we recommend new products, it’s because they’re Really something. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the little one in your life (and especially if you need something to ship quickly), we’ve got you covered. Check out our picks for the best screen-free gifts for toddlers, from a highchair to beach toys, a balance bike and even a universally approved kitchen gadget. Good gift!

    1. Hiccapop OmniBoost Folding Portable Camping Beach Granny Seat

    Buy now $39.92

    This last minute purchase for our family vacation to Jersey Beach is one of our favorite pieces of gear. The little one had just turned one and was doing very well eating in her high chair, which would not be available at our Airbnb.

    We used it for meals at the rental and also at the beach. Since coming home, it’s been perfect for breakfast at the farmers market, snacking on spring rolls at a festival (while sitting safely on top of a picnic table!) and even picnic-style dinners in the living room when you’re clearing the table it’s just not going to happen.

    It folds up super well in its carry case and pops right into the bottom of our stroller. The pouch also has a shoulder strap which makes it usable when the pram isn’t coming with us, as well as a zip pocket perfect for storing an extra bib.

    Every time we go out with our hiccups, we have parents and especially our grandparents ask for details. A grandfather at the farmer’s market took a picture to remember exactly what he wanted to get his grandson for Christmas.

    2. HAPIU Toddler Rain Suit Waterproof Muddy Buddy

    Buy now $34.99

    According to British comrade A. Wainwright, “There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.”

    What is a companion, you ask? Well, according to the Cambridge Dictionary, it’s “someone who engages in the activity of walking over hills and high ground, especially in the north-west of England”, which sounds totally delightful. And thanks to her HAPIU (Happygot it?) Muddy Buddy Waterproof, our little one is well on her way to becoming a mist and valley loving walker, even if we haven’t crossed the pond yet.

    This suit is easy to get in and out of, super cute and comes in sizes 12 Months to 5T, plus seven color options. She is currently wearing size 18 months in pink and we already have the next size up in yellow.

    The Muddy Buddy isn’t particularly warm on its own, but if layered properly, it’s the perfect outerwear for cooler days.

    Want a matching parent gift? Consider Wainwright Walk from coast to coastthe source of his “no bad weather” quote or Scandinavian mom Linda Åkeson McGurk There’s No Bad Weather: A Scandinavian Mom’s Secrets to Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids.

    3. Bubble Tree Original refillable bubble system in aluminum bottles

    Buy now $21.99

    You can never have too many bubbles, but you can certainly have too much plastic. We love the Bubble Tree refillable system, made in the USA. The bright colors of the aluminum bottles are super exciting, and whether you buy a four-pack or a six-pack, they come in a beautiful box that will make gift-wrapping a breeze. (Or, if you’re sending them directly, it’ll make unboxing feel that much more of a treat.)

    Caregivers and children will love having a bottle for the car, diaper bag, stroller, and even bath time.

    5. ForeverElla Silicone Beach Toys

    Buy now $28.99

    Beach toys are a must. But a set that can squeeze into your luggage without breaking, features adorable colors, and can it pop in the dishwasher? Perfection.

    Baby received this set for her first birthday and we had a great time both traveling and playing with it. The cotton carry bag is an extra nice touch and the spatula is super sturdy so kids and kids can dig away!

    6. Mini hand cart fan

    Buy now $18.99

    Our baby and her grandma love this mini stroller fan. Little has a forest green pram which has now been discontinued and before she was born I had to find a fan to match. We still use this fan (in the stroller, on our beach tent, and more), and it’s still going strong — so strong that after using it during a festival outing one busy night, Grandma decided she needed one for herself!

    7. Banana Loca Kitchen Gadget

    Buy now $28.99

    If you know a kid who loves bananas, this is the quirky kitchen gadget they’ll want to ‘play’ with again and again. I was skeptical at first, but now Little and I enjoy making bananas “stuffed” with pudding, peanut butter and jelly, yogurt — you name it — a few times a week. She is completely absorbed in the process and we look forward to getting her more involved in pinning, straightening and stuffing as she becomes more skilled (and less shaky!).

    Pro tip: Watch the video tutorial and follow the instructions carefully! There is a learning curve, and you may have some bananas that are blown. That’s just part of the fun!

    8. Fat Brain Toys Tuggle Cube

    Buy now $26.44

    If you hadn’t already picked up, I’m pretty anti-plastic. Of course, this is currently Little’s favorite toy, given to her by her aunt, who is a physician’s assistant.

    I couldn’t see its value right away, but as the weeks went by, it was a lifesaver during diaper changes (Who wants to sit still when they could run, roll, and climb? — Drag to the rescue!) and so much more fun to watch her master pop (easier) and pull (much harder!) Tugl bubbles. Auntie’s won the gift game as this easy to pack toy helped Little improve her fine motor skills and start learning her colors.

    Gift: This isn’t just for the tiny ones! Wherever we take it, older kids are also drawn to the Tugl cube!

    9. Wishlist: Banana Balance Bike

    Buy now $74.99

    We don’t have a balance bike yet, but several recommendations from parents and caregivers have landed this sweet, simple, and super affordable balance bike on our wish list. It has over 1,300 reviews earning it a 4.7 star rating, and we also appreciate the nerves of UK-based Banana Bike’s excellent customer service. Also a win: The fact that you can buy spare parts easily.

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