Know a dino-lovin’ kid? Even if you don’t know the difference between a brontosaurus and a brachiosaurus, you can still give your toddler friend an awesome dinosaur-themed gift they likely don’t already own. Take advantage of our handy dinosaur gift guide to find the perfect dinosaur gifts for kids, ranging from dino toys and decor to dino-rific clothing. You might even find something you want for yourself!
Best Dinosaur Toys for Toddlers
Make playtime a little more fun with these dinosaur toys for toddlers that are sure to please, whether you’re buying a gift for your child, niece, nephew, grandchild, godchild or really anyone.
What will they think of next? These dinosaur cars are highly rated on Amazon, and while you may not get the appeal of combining a prehistoric creature with a pimped out ride, the toddler in your life is sure to love the combo. From tyrannosaurus rex to velociraptors, favorite dinos are outfitted with wheels, flashy mufflers and all the rest.
For another fun option without the aggressive growls and flashy auto accessories, try these dinosaur figures that come with four different dinosaurs, all with friendly smiles and no sharp teeth.
These particular toys are especially good for younger toddlers who need simpler toys, as well as toys made with materials that are safe for chewing.
Another friendly dinosaur, this T-Rex is suitable for dino lovers ages two and up. The educational toy makes a lot of noise and moves on its own, as your child places tile-like “scales” along the dinosaur’s back, indicating different characters, music genres and emotions.
Based on the scales that your child chooses, the dinosaur will respond differently, with words and phrases, songs and movements.
Take playtime on the go with this play mat and dinosaur set that easily packs away into a handy carrying case. The imagination-centric playset features nine dinosaur figures and five trees, perfect for creating all kinds of scenarios. The kit is intended for kids three and up.
Typically, stuffed animals are a dime a dozen, but this adorably knitted orange plush dinosaur from Anthropologie really makes us smile. Soft and cuddly, it’s a great addition to any toddler’s room, even if they aren’t crazy over dinosaurs.
This is another adorable stuffed dinosaur; it stands seven inches tall and is sturdy enough to stand on four legs, all on its own. The fluffy turquoise fur and soft spikes just add to the cuteness of this plush stegosaurus.
If your child loves dinosaurs and you also can’t keep them out of the Play-Doh, this toy will be a perfect gift. The Play-Doh set comes with a toy dinosaur that makes noises and “eats” the Play-Doh… and then he poops the Play-Doh out.
Dinosaur? Check. Trains? Check. This toy combines two childhood favorites into one. The minimalist dinosaur acts as a crane, picking up and loading its eggs onto the waiting train.
Dinosaur Books for Toddlers
Even if your toddler can’t exactly read on their own, they’ll still love looking at the photos and illustrations in these dinosaur-themed books, and many of them make great books to read together as a family.
Intended for preschooler children ages four and up, this colorful book is filled with facts and illustrations. Big type is palatable as your child learns to read, and extra activities and parent tips allow your child to take the experience beyond the book.
This Dr. Seuss-style book is a newer, educational book in the Dr. Seuss brand’s library, but still a good pick for any toddler who already likes both dinosaurs and Cat in the Hat. The Cat in the Hat introduces your toddler to a range of dinosaurs, focusing on pronunciation and fun facts.
This sound book comes with 12 plastic dinosaur figurines, but the book itself is cool all on its own. It features a panel of buttons to the side of the pages, and each button emits a dinosaur sound.
As you and your child read the book, they can press the buttons as they correspond to the story, learning about the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.
This book is definitely one your family will cherish for the long haul. Even if your child can’t appreciate all the text now, they’ll love the colorful and creative pop-ups on just about every page. With its beautiful illustrations, you could spend hours looking at this work of art, perfect for a future paleontologist.
Dinosaur Clothes for Toddlers
Gift a new piece of clothing that your favorite toddler won’t want to stop wearing.
These adorable rain boots feature a slip-resistant red sole, red handles up top (for easy pulling on and off, no help from mom or dad needed) and a flashy pattern of fun dinosaurs, dino eggs, prehistoric ferns and dinosaur fossils.
If your child has a particular favorite dinosaur, the same brand also offers rain boots that feature patterns with one type of dino only, as well as patterns featuring dino bones and pink and purple designs, if the red and blue variant isn’t of interest.
There’s no need for it to be Halloween for your favorite toddler to enjoy dressing up. This triceratops costume is affordable, high-quality and comes in two sizes, one for smaller children (down to 2T) and one for bigger kids. The headpiece is pretty impressive, but it can be removed if your child doesn’t care for the extra weight.
It really does not get any cuter than this t-shirt. Simple and green, the front just says, “Ask me about my T-Rex.” Then, when someone does indeed ask about your toddler’s T-Rex, they can flip up the bottom of the shirt over their head to reveal a growling T-Rex.
Just note that you might want to save this gift for when you’re fine with the toddler partially taking off their clothes.
Dinosaur Decor for Toddlers
While you may not be able to deck your favorite toddlers’ room out in dinosaur-themed fun from wall to wall, you can add a little bit of dino fun with some of these dinosaur decor items.
This bean bag chair is adorable, sure, but it’s also pretty functional. In addition to being a bean bag chair, it’s also a place to hide all of your child’s soft toys, like stuffed animals. At three feet long, it’s large enough to contain more than 50 different stuffed animals at once.
Place a series of dinosaur footprints across your child’s bedroom or playroom walls. This set of 28 wall decals peels and sticks to any smooth surface and then removes easily as needed. The dinosaur tracks come in blue, gray and navy blue.
A reader favorite, this personalized dino blanket from Etsy is a step beyond a traditional child blankie and is equal parts adorable, sentimental and cool. This 30” x 40” blanket is soft and cozy, perfect for cuddles in bed or on the couch.
Choose from a white, black, grey, pink, blue or orange background for a gift that any dino fan is sure to love.
If your child has moved up to a big kid bed, consider this twin-sized duvet and pillow set. It features a T-Rex on a white background, with its body taking up the duvet and its head taking up the pillow set — putting your child in a perfect position to let out their own mighty T-Rex roar.
Dinosaur Accessories for Toddlers (and Adults)
Okay, let’s be real. Sometimes you just want what the kids have — and that’s okay. These dinosaur accessories are a good fit for both adults and kids.
Who doesn’t want a dinosaur at the dinner table? These cute taco holders come in T-Rex and triceratops versions and feature a handy spot to store two tacos. Dinnertime has never been this fun before. Plus, this gift is pretty budget-friendly, too, at only $15.
This nightlight is seriously cool, and you may just want to steal it for yourself. The small lamp projects a 3-D patterned dinosaur in your choice of 16 colors. Swap out the three different acrylic plates to project different dinosaurs — your choice of a T-Rex, stegosaurus or triceratops.
Need a new lunch box? This dinosaur-themed version is super-cute, with vintage-style illustrations of various dinosaurs, birds, palm trees and smoking volcanoes set against a light gray backdrop. The cutest feature, though? The dinosaur head and tail stick out on either side.
If you do like the idea of a dino night light, but you’re not terribly keen on the 3-D variant above, why not go with something a little cuter and less anatomically correct? This collection of stegosaurus, T-Rex and triceratops night lights features rotund, blobby dinosaurs that glow bright pink, yellow or green.
If getting your child to brush their hair is a hassle, this dinosaur skull-shaped brush and comb combo might make things easier. Fun, gentle, collapsible and easy to throw in a bag or suitcase, it’s a hit with kids of all ages.
Dinosaur Toddler Toys to Splurge on
If you really want to go all out with your dinosaur-themed gift, consider one of these more extravagant options.
The entire neighborhood will love this eye-catching sprinkler for kids. Place it outside, inflate it and enjoy having your very own dino on the lawn. Kids can run underneath him while playing, and the spray is gentle enough that some users even report placing younger children under it in a kiddy pool.
The PVC sprinkler does require some extra gear, though. You’ll need a pump to inflate him to his full 82 inches and a water hose to connect him to your outdoor water source.
Of course, you could always just buy them an actual piece of a dinosaur from a real fossil dig. This spinosaurus tooth is only $60 and comes in a keepsake box.
According to Mini Museum, the “specimen is a complete crown and parietal root of a real, fossilized Spinosaurus tooth from the Kem Kem fossil beds of Morocco.“
Yeah, it’s not a toy, but it is a really great gift.
For a personalized gift, go with this Crate & Barrel chair cover that features a dino-green hue and dinosaur spines along the back. You can get it embroidered with your toddler’s name on the front.
If a dino-themed bedroom is your goal, complete the look with this personalized neon sign.
Not only are neon signs always fun, but it also acts as a night light.
Personalization includes picking your font style and choosing from the 18 colors available.
And for the safety-minded parent, you can rest easy knowing that Custom Neon’s signs are shatter-resistant, energy-efficient and cool to the touch so you don’t have to worry about your child burning themselves while you aren’t looking.
Why go with a rocking horse when you can have a dinosaur rocker? This plush rocker is a great choice for younger toddlers, with its sturdy base and handle.
This imaginative play toy for kids 3-years-old and up features eight dinosaurs, a dinosaur nest and eggs, a waterfall, trees and more. Your child will enjoy building a dinosaur world of their own creation, moving and rebuilding scenery anew during every playtime.
Picking the Right Gift for Your Dinosaur-Lovin’ Toddler
Picking a gift for a toddler doesn’t need to be a complex or stress-inducing decision. As long as you choose something geared around one of their favorite topics or interests, you’re pretty much good to go — and for the dino-lovin’ kid in your life, you can’t go wrong with one of our top picks for 30 best gift ideas for dinosaur lovers.
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30 Best Dinosaur Toys:
- Dinobros Dinosaur Cars
- 3 Bees & Me Dinosaur Toys
- VTech Mix and Match-a-Saurus
- Temi Dinosaur Activity Play Set
- Derrick the Dinosaur Stuffed Animal
- Little Jurassics Chomp Dinosaur
- Dino CrewCrunchin’ Dinosaur Toy by Play-Doh
- Rail Dino Crane by Bigjigs Toys
- National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs
- Oh Say Can You Say Di-No-Saur?
- Lil Gen Dinosaur Sound Book
- Encyclopedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs: The Definitive Pop-Up
- Lonecone Dinosaur Print Rain Boots
- Rubie’s Silly Safari Triceratops Costume
- Ask Me About My T-Rex T-Shirt
- Dinosaur Stuffums Animal Storage and Bean Bag Chair
- RoomMates Dino Feet Peel and Stick Wall Decals
- Personalized Dino Blanket
- Dinosaur Duvet and Pillow Set
- Dinosaur Taco Holders
- Zokea 3D Dinosaur Night Light
- Dinosaur Lunch Box
- Step Stegosaurus Dino Night Light
- Genuine Fred Bonehead Folding Brush & Comb
- Inflatable Dino Sprinkler
- An Actual Dinosaur Tooth
- Large Dino Nod Chair Cover
- Personalized Dino LED Neon Sign
- Wonder & Wise Dinosaur Rocker
- Bigjigs Toys Dinosaur Island
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Holly Riddle is a travel, food and lifestyle writer, and a full-time freelance content creator after several years on editorial staffs for a multitude of publications ranging in topic and audience demographic. She currently acts as the editor at large for Global Traveler magazine and is a regular contributor at Trazee Travel, WhereverFamily, TravelMag, CruiseHive and more. Ghostwritten work for travel clients has appeared on Forbes, Bloomberg, Inc. and other top publications. She also manages blogs for tour providers, hotels and tourism boards.view post