Take it from me, kids’ stuff can be noisy, cheesy, and it can take over your life. If you’re getting something for your own kid (or someone else’s), my advice is go for things that are well-designed, that will stand the test of time (meaning they’re classic and durable), are fun to look at, and would make you (or your picky sister-in-law) not unhappy to see strewn around a well-appointed home.
In honor of my guy’s 2nd birthday today (happy birthday, Waylon!), I’ve compiled a list of some of my/his favorite things. Things that are fun, colorful, and he goes back to all the time. Get any toddler on your list any of these things and s/he (and her/his parents) will be super psyched.