19 of the Best Melissa & Doug Gifts for Kids #giftguide #MelissaandDoug #giftideas #Christmas #woodentoys #Christmasgiftideas

The Melissa & Doug company began in the garage of Doug’s parents’ home and continues to grow thanks to the company's dedication to creating quality, safe, educational and fun toys for children.  These low-tech toys are timeless, they encourage pretend play, and help child development with open-ended play.  Most of their toys are made from durable wood and made to last even with the roughest of play. Here I’ve rounded up the best Melissa and Doug toys that you and your child will love!


These 19 Best Melissa and Doug Toys will inspire imagination and ignite hours of creative play with kids ages 3 and up.  Click through the titles to buy wherever you are in the world, unless a note says otherwise.

Car Carrier Truck & Cars

For kids who are 3 and older, the Melissa & Doug Car Carrier is a big hit.  The toy truck has a ramp that can raise and lower which enables it to tow vehicles as a single or double ramp truck.  The truck and the cars have wheels that make them capable of rolling on any surface, and they are compatible with standard wooden train sets.  Buy in the UK


Find more wooden train set gifts in our Gift Guide for Kids Who Loves Trains


Deluxe Pounding Bench

This bestselling toy is suitable for kids 2-6 years old. It includes the bench and the pegs for pounding with the included mallet. Kids can learn coordination as well as different colours with this toy.  Children delight in striking a peg with the mallet and watching one on the opposite side pop up. Once kids have seen this cause-and-effect in action, they will enjoy predicting which peg will pop up next.


Deluxe Magnetic Dress-Up Set

This set features two wooden dolls, Abby and Emma. Each doll does come with a stand.There are 56 clothing items that as your child rearranges the combinations can provide multiple outfits and hours of fun play.  Buy in the UK


Magnetic Wooden Alphabet

If you want to help your child learn the alphabet, a great way to do that is with the Melissa & Doug Magnetic Wooden Alphabet set that features 52 letters.  You get both the upper as well as the lower set for the alphabet. These letters are just the right size for small hands and can make learning words and reading fun. It’s a great set for kids ages 2 and up.


Kids Pull-Back Vehicle Set

A great gift for younger kids, this Pull-Back Vehicle Set is a set of soft vehicles that are perfect for kids 9 months to 3 years. Four vehicles come with the set: a police car, a school bus, a fire truck and a car.  Because they’re soft, they’re light enough for babies to lift and easy for any child to pull back, let go of and watch zip across the floor. The toys can help your child understand cause and effect, shapes, sizes and different colours.


Examine & Treat Pet Vet Play Set

Give young animal lovers everything they need to examine and treat pretend pets. The 24-piece collection for aspiring veterinarians three and older comes with an adorable plush dog and cat and accessories galore.  Tatiana has this and LOVES it!




The Original Pretend Play Cleaning Set

This six-piece play set gives kids all the housekeeping tools they need to keep it clean! Natural-wood handles add durability and a classic look.  Also a top pick in our Montessori gift guide.



Scoop & Serve Ice Cream Counter

Adorable 28-piece wooden ice cream play set allows children 3 and up to scoop different flavors of ice cream and interact with their friends in a playful social environment.



Monster Bowling Game

Amazingly creative monster bowling game for kids adds color, texture, and a whole lot of eyes to a familiar game! It includes six furry, textured pins and one beastly ball in a zippered carrying case.



See & Spell Learning Toy

The see-and-spell learning toy develops sight-reading vocabulary, spelling, and fine-motor skills. It’s an easy and exciting toy that multiple children can play with at once, helping develop important social skills.  Buy in the UK



Wooden Fresh Mart Grocery Store

Kids size grocery store with realistic features including a beeping “scanner,” hand-crank conveyor belt, bagging area, card-swiping machine, keypad/calculator, and cash drawer. There is ample shelving on both sides for display and storage.  Buy in the UK



Wooden Play Food

Perfect to go with the Wooden Fresh Mart Grocery Store, kids will love pretend play with these wooden food pieces that come in 4 wooden crates.



Building Blocks Set

This classic wood block set includes 100 solid-wood blocks painted bright red, blue, yellow, and green. A set of wooden blocks provides an opportunity for a child to pass the hours constructing towers, castles, towns, and more!



Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck Magnetic Dress-Up Wooden Doll

Dress up Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck with over 45 magnetic pieces including dresses, tiaras and more!



Magnetic Car Loader Wooden Toy Set

This big red rig has a magnetic arm that can reach every car on its trailer!



Latches Barn Toy

Unhook the latches and locks to open the six brass-hinged barn doors, decorated on the interior with pictures of farm animals, and see who is hiding inside! This set comes with a cow, pig, goat, and horse.



Mine to Love Twins Luke & Lucy Dolls

It's twice the fun with twin 15 inch dolls Luke and Lucy! They have adorable coordinating removable rompers and caps, eyes that open and close, and they can suck their thumbs or the included pacifiers.


Animal Wooden Stamp Set

Create colorful scenes filled with adorable and exciting animal adventures with this 38-piece deluxe wooden animal stamp set



Wooden Standing Art Easel

This double-sided, adjustable-height, kid-sized art easel includes a dry-erase board, a chalkboard, a locking paper-roll holder, a child-safe paper cutter, four easy-grip clips, and a plastic tray to attach to each side of the deluxe standing easel.  Buy in the UK



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