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Such a weird topic, isn’t it? However, it will be Christmas soon and we have one of these toddlers so naturally, we just had to write about the top Christmas gifts for train-loving toddlers that aren’t just toys just in case there are other parents out there who are in our exact same position.
Side Note: If you are looking for toy trains, then head on over to our The Best Toy Trains To Give Your Toddler This Christmas.
Another Side Note: Some of the presents here are big items and I strongly recommend you buy them in advance (think, September or October) to make sure there are no mistakes that will make you ask for a replacement or a refund.
Don’t worry, ladies and gents, there’s hope!
Just because your child is obsessed with trains doesn’t mean you now have to buy train sets every time you celebrate Christmas – or a birthday, even. Although I suppose, you could if you really wanted to.
You don’t even have to go hunting for them in specialised shops as these are all (at the time of writing) available on Amazon.
In our case, we already have 3 train sets so yeah…we’re going for something a little bit different this year.
Want to pick our brains?
Here’s what our train-loving toddler really went a bit crazy for (and which made us the totally cool parents 😉 ).
Train storybooks for toddlers
First up on our list of the top Christmas gifts for train-loving toddlers are train storybooks.
I’m a book lover myself and take every chance I could get to nurture my son’s appreciation of the written word.
Enter train storybooks for toddlers.
There are loads on Amazon so I’m only going to give you the top 8 here and you can choose which one you like.
That said, our son is a huge fan of Thomas and Friends and has got a few magnet books that somehow didn’t make it to Amazon’s top list (definitely a favourite in our house though, so you could check them out if you wanted to).
Train furniture for toddlers
If you’re transitioning from a crib in your room to a toddler’s bed in your child’s own room and he absolutely loves trains, consider setting up a train theme that will absolutely make him want to to stay in his own room.
The list above contains everything you need to showcase your child’s passion.
Obviously, the bed will be the main masterpiece so you could start with that. For some reason, we’ve only managed to find beds with Thomas The Tank Engine on it as opposed to the more generic kind of trains.
It’s okay in our book because our little boy loves him anyway (he’s my favourite, mam!).
But if you don’t, you can certainly make your own.
Alternatively, you can just use the same bed and get train-themed bedsheets – a lot cheaper than buying a new bed frame and takes less time (and effort!) than making your own.
What’s a toddler’s train-themed room without a sofa?
Your child will need to rest his weary feet after a day spent working (play is his work, after all) and what’s more inviting to a train-loving toddler than a sofa with Thomas The Tank on it?
Nothing at all!
And the best thing about this is that it’s actually a sofa bed so your toddler will probably marvel at that too.
See if you can get this for less than $48 in the run-up to Christmas. Or you can order it now and tuck it away somewhere your child will not find it so you’ve got his present ready for him.
If you’re already drowning in your child’s trains because he’s already got a million of them, you can instead choose to give him a train rack for Christmas – that way, he’ll never have to spend so much time rummaging in his toy chest for the exact piece he wants.
He can just look up and select from what’s on display.
This would encourage him to tidy up since his toys aren’t really going away – he can still see them.
Or, if you don’t share your child’s passion and you can’t bear the thought of putting soooo many trains up on the wall for all the world to see, then another alternative is to get one of these foldable storage cubes (train-themed. obviously!) and stick his toys in there.
Out of mind, out of sight, as they say.
If you can get your child to toss his trains in there at the end of the day, you’ll never have to think of it again. And he might just do it if you make it fun: “Can you toss the trains in the train? Ready, set, go! Yay! You win!”
Play always works!
This train writing desk is one of our favourites ever so I don’t understand why it’s only got 20 reviews. Oh wait, I never write a review (okay, never mind, question answered).
It’s quite small so perfect for tucking into a corner of your child’s room and could also encourage your child to do quieter activities, instead of running around the house, screaming his head off like a banshee.
He could sit there and paint loops on paper or even play with one of the magnet books mentioned earlier.
Who could resist sitting on the bench?
And guess what?
It’s even got storage so another win for you!
Just remember to assemble this before Christmas so you can make sure that you have all the parts and they’re working properly.
Trust me, there’s nothing worse than getting your child all excited about his present only to then burst his bubble by telling him that actually, Santa forgot to deliver one of the panels and you, therefore, can’t use it until after Christmas (if you do Santa, that is).
PS. This item goes on sale once in a while. So, if you find it advertised for less than $150, grab that deal!
We love this personalised step-stool slash chair, don’t you?
It’s made of rubberwood so none of that flimsy and plasticky MDF.
It also comes fully assembled so a lot less work for you.
Finally, your child will see his name spelled out in bold letters, which helps with both reading and her sense of ownership and responsibility.
You can’t go wrong with this pretty but functional train furniture.
Finally, you can go all out and get this fancy storage bench.
Looks cool, doesn’t it?
Your child will absolutely love it, no doubt about that.
Just remember to order this waaay in advance (like this month would be good) because you want t inspect the item and make sure it didn’t get damaged in transit. According to some of the reviews, that’s certainly possible because of the way it’s packaged.
What I do in these cases is send a message to the seller before placing an order and requesting additional padding.
It doesn’t always work (so no guarantees there) but sometimes it does and that’s certainly better than having to ask for a replacement because the first one didn’t arrive in the condition it was supposed to.
Also, for big items like this (that has mixed reviews regarding the packaging but the item itself is great and which I really truly want), I order waaaay in advance, inspect upon delivery and assemble to make sure it fits together well. Then I wrap it before storing it.
See train writing desk above for the reason why. 😉
Train clothes for toddlers
If you don’t want to go all out on furniture or give train toys, then you can settle for some pretty fun train clothes for toddlers.
Just be warned, clothes are a bit anticlimactic for young children.
They get all excited at the prospect of a surprise and they always think that it’s going to be fun.
Clothes don’t quite cut it in the fun department so you might want to add some light up shoes along with the clothes (now, those cut it quite well).
Train dining set for toddlers
Something that doesn’t include Thomas The Tank Engine.
Don’t get me wrong, I love him too but it can get pretty annoying if he’s the only choice you have available.
Anyway, if you get this product, your train-loving toddler might be more excited about mealtimes. A major plus if said toddler also happens to be a picky eater.
Train toothbrush set for toddlers
Finally, you could get your toddler this toothbrush set, which includes a toothbrush, a rinsing cup and a 3D toothbrush cap.
Often, a little bit of imagination goes a long way with kids and if you’re having trouble convincing your child that oral hygiene is important, try recruiting help from their favourite character.
Alternatively, you could go the modern way and get your toddler an electric toothbrush instead.
Train-themed and better for the teeth.
And there you have it: the top Christmas gifts for your train-loving toddlers that aren’t just toys.
Which one is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below!