Save yourself some money and don't buy too many fancy toys for your toddler. We have two activities in our arsenal that save the day when restlessness sets in.
1). Christmas Cards
I hate to throw them away and the chances that I will do some cute Pinterest type craft with them are 0%. I put them in a basket and let the girls have at them. They love to look and point at all they see on the cards. It's also a great way to start telling them who people are and now they have started picking family members out on their own.
2) Dirty Laundry
When the going gets tough this is one of my final moves. They play in their own dirty laundry a lot, but I save our stuff for special (read: unbearable) occasions.