Holidays

Train Gifts: Thomas the Tank Engine, Chuggington and More

by Melanie Monroe Rosen


Train Gifts: Thomas the Tank Engine, Chuggington and More

Holiday gift ideas for kids who love trains, including games, books, clothes, and products from Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends, Chuggington, and more. Plus, get even more great gift ideas!

Hape Fantasia Block Train
Get 'em started early! Blocks meet trains in this vibrant maple toy-set, which is non-toxic and child safe. For ages 2 and up.

Hape Fantastia Block Train, $29.90, available at amazon.com

Thomas & Friends Take-n-Play The Great Quarry Climb
Little fanatics know the best part of playing with trains is zooming down hills. Owen the Traction Engine is there to pull Thomas back up. 

Thomas & Friends Take-n-Play The Great Quarry Climb, $29.99, available at amazon.com

Pacific Play Tents Train Tunnel
Choo-choo time gets more active—and even goes outdoors—with this engine tent tunnel. Collapse it flat to store it away or take it with you. 

Pacific Play Tents Train Tunnel, $50.96, available at amazon.com

LeapFrog Touch Magic Counting Train
Kids love learning if it's combined with their passion. Sneak in mastery of numbers and new words with this train-themed learning game, which—bonus!—lets kids build their own Old MacDonald cast of animals.

LeapFrog Touch Magic Counting Train, $13.99, available at amazon.com

Book: Shark vs. Train 
It’s the ultimate contest: a shark and a train battle each other in a series of imaginative and funny situations. The two face off on the high-dive, sword fight on a tightrope, and play a round of the Extreme Zombie-Squirrel Motocross videogame. (Note: without any thumbs, neither is very good at it). Ages 4 to 8.

Shark vs. Train, $9.99, available at amazon.com

Basic Train Set
Want a starter train set for less than the price of an Amtrak ticket? Check out this 20-piece LILLABO train set from Ikea. It includes 10 feet of track—and easily expands with other LILLABO components, like a bridge and tunnel set ($9.99), 10-pack of additional tracks ($6.99), or 3-piece train set ($3.99). Bonus: because it’s a standard size, it can be used with non-IKEA trains as well. Not for children under 3.

Basic Train Set, $14.99, available only in Ikea retail stores

Chuggington VTech Play Laptop
For the train-loving technophile in your family, this Chuggington play laptop from VTech offers 40 learning activities that teach letters, words, numbers, shapes, matching, and more. Kids can choose from five different modes, including “adventure”, which lets kids play as one of their favorite Chuggington characters. Ages 3 to 6 years. 

Chuggington VTech Laptop, $32.99, available at amazon.com

Engineer Cap
For the kid who not only wants to ride the rails, but work on them, this engineer cap is the perfect accessory. Available in one size with an adjustable back.

Engineer Cap, $7.95, available at transitmuseumstore.com

The Polar Express
One of our fave holiday books of all time, The Polar Express tells the story of a young boy’s sleepless Christmas Eve, his ensuing train ride to the North Pole, and a very important lesson about the spirit of Christmas. A modern Christmas classic.

The Polar Express, $11, available at amazon.com

Thomas & the Musical Candy Cane Car
This Thomas & Friends wooden railway two-pack includes a jolly Thomas sporting a Santa hat, and a musical boxcar decorated with candy canes that plays “Jingle Bells” when opened.

Thomas & the Musical Candy Cane Car, $20, available at amazon.com

My Subway Ride
Whisking readers on a journey through the New York City subway system, My Subway Ride is a rhythmic read perfect for bedtime. Through its pages, kids can zip through four boroughs and hit major city landmarks in less time than it would take to decipher a subway map.

My Subway Ride, $12.47, available at amazon.com

Thomas & Friends Holiday Favorites
Your littlest train fanatic will be delighted by this 3-DVD gift set of holiday-themed DVDs featuring Thomas and his engine friends. Includes Thomas & Friends: Merry Winter Wish, Thomas & Friends: Ultimate Christmas, and Thomas & Friends: Holiday Express.

Thomas & Friends: Holiday Favorites, $17.99, available at amazon.com

Chuggington Traintastic Cargo Game
If your family game night could use something new, try adding this Chuggington game into the mix. Players look inside boxcars for specific shapes, colors and numbers in a game involving memory and pattern matching.

Chuggington Traintastic Cargo Game, $16.99, available at toysrus.com

My First Train Ride-On Toy
Get ready to totally wow your little train lover with this ride-on toy. It requires no track, travels at less than 1 mile per hour, goes forward and reverse, and makes train sound effects. Appropriate for 18 months and up. 

My First Train Ride On Toy, $99.95, available at onestepahead.com

The Little Engine That Could
“I think I can—I think I can…” This inspiring classic about believing in oneself follows the story of a little train full of toys as it tries to climb a mountain, powered mostly by determination. Warning: bring tissues for your first read-through!

The Little Engine That Could, $8.99, available at amazon.com

Alphabet Train Floor Puzzle
This 28-piece floor puzzle is a whopping 10 feet long. Because the pieces only fit together in alphabetical order, in addition to being fun, it’s also (shhh!) educational. Ages 3 to 6.

Alphabet Train Floor Puzzle, $11.77, available at amazon.com