As we grow older and the people around us start having kids, be it a friend or family, or we have one of our own, the question of what to give a baby or toddler will always pop up. Why? Because they are at an age where they might outgrow the clothes quickly or might not be into the gift that you as an adult believe is incredible for them. There is also the fact that the kid might have everything already, and you’re not sure what they will find amusing.
So, to save you from worrying, we decided to create this gift guide on what the best toys and gifts to give to a 2 year old are. Some of these gifts might even help the parent of a toddler, say an experience gift or something to keep them entertained and safe at the same time. Kids at this age are becoming more and more curious every day, and they like to build things and discover everything. Help them find out what the world has to offer with these gifts:
If you have a kid or you were a kid, I’m sure you can remember how much you’d love to paint everywhere aside from where you were supposed to. If you’re a parent, you also know what a pain it can be to wash off your kid’s art from the walls. So, this is why we’re recommending these dot markers. You can let your kids be creative while you worry no more about the stains they will leave behind.
For the kid that just can’t keep still, a balance bike is the best gift. Aside from the fun they’ll have, it will also help them learn about balance and steering. Once they’re older, they will be able to take on a bike much quicker thanks to their balance bike. You can buy it in wood or metal, whatever fits best your budget and tastes!
Another gift for an active child, the Hopping Cow will help their balance skills too. But this one is static. So, while your toddler makes the cow bounce, you can rest and watch him without chasing him around. Its cover is machine washable, and the inside rarely deflates. You can feel confident that if they happen to fall sideways, they will not fall from high enough to hurt themselves, but it is rather rare that they will. Your kid just has to grasp the ears of the cow and bounce!
If your toddler loves to dance and music, they will love to hop around this electronic piano mat. They just need to move from key to key and make something Beethoven-worthy, or maybe not! But you can be sure that they will have fun and be surprised at what they can do.
If your son is starting to behave like you and wants to cook just like you, then this BBQ set will let him pretend. The BBQ can be open and closed so that they can store their food, spatula, and ketchup there. This makes for hassle-free transportation of the toys, and you won’t have to worry about him losing any of them!
For the active toddler, this crawl tunnel that is connected to a play tent is a fantastic gift. They can crawl or walk inside of it, playing pretend and imagining they are somewhere else without having to leave the house. A gift that helps develop motor skills is always a great gift for toddlers.
A method from Montessori schools, this busy board will help your toddler learn fine motor skills as well as how to dress up, including closing a zipper and playing with buckles and buttons as well as shoelaces. The best part of getting this toy is that they can use it in your house, but it is also suitable for car and air travel. Your kid will be entertained, and you can teach him how to do the necessary skills.
Bath time can be a kid’s favorite time of the day, or maybe not. If that’s the case, then there is nothing that will make bath time more fun than light up bath toy. At this age, your toddler will love anything that he can touch and anything that flashes or does something cool. The bonus of getting this specific toy is that they will have even more fun when aside from lighting up, it starts spraying water too. It’s time to make bath time even more fun with toys!
If your toddler gets quickly bored in the car, there is no better gift to give them than a kids travel tray. Here you can store all of their favorite games, their coloring books, and their favorite toys so that they can play in the car as if they were playing at your living room table.
If your kid likes to play grown-up, then there is nothing as grown-up as going to the supermarket! With his own shopping cart, your kid will be able to pretend to go shopping. Fun times! There is a special bonus if he has food sets to fill up the cart with, but if not, he can just use his other toys.
Kids love building piles and towers, but LEGOs are not the most age appropriate for them when they’re toddlers. So, your best choice is to get them something from Duplo, LEGO’s version for toddlers. They are bigger and toddler-safe. Whatever set you prefer, your kids will love it and probably spend hours building, destroying, and rebuilding! But, to help you out with a starter set, we would recommend the one linked below.
If you want to give a kid a gift they’ll treasure forever, provide them with something that’s personalized. This book is illustrated by the same illustrator as the Harry Potter books in their US edition! It includes your toddler’s name and information, and it makes for a soothing read before bed. We can guarantee that this will be a gift that the kid and the parent (who will be able to read a new story) will appreciate!
If your kid likes building stuff, but you do not like plastic toys such as LEGOs, then your best bet is Magnatiles. Magnatiles lets your little one build whatever he desires while using geometric shapes, so it’s suitable for their education too! Even if a bit pricier than other gifts, this is one that will last for a longer time and that your kid can use for the next five years if not more!
If you love the idea of Play-Doh, but you aren’t sold on it, then try out eco-dough. Totally kid-safe, ecological, and non-toxic, this dough will make for a fun playtime with your little one. Be sure to keep them sealed tightly, and they will last a long time. They come in six different colors and are entirely made with natural ingredients.
This is the best gift for the future pilot and for the toddler obsessed with cars. Let your kid pretend to drive your car from the safety of the backseat with this electronic backseat driver option. It will even make sounds so that they can feel that it’s much more realistic than it is.
Help your kid have the sweetest dreams with a night-sky projector. If they’re afraid of the dark, and you want to help them sleep better, a rotating night time projector will help them dream sweet and feel peaceful all night. Choose an Undersea theme and let him pretend he is Aquaman, or a Starry Night to help them pretend to be an astronaut.
Children’s Museum, Zoo, or Aquarium Annual Pass
If you want the kid and the parents to profit the most from the present, then give them an annual pass to a place where they can go on a family outing. They will all cherish the memories forever, and it will be a gift that the family might not splurge on themselves.
Your future athlete has to start somewhere. This basketball hoop is great for your kids, as it helps them with their motor skills, and it’s a fun game to play with them. Anything that helps with bonding time is a fantastic gift for the family.
This is a gift both for the kid who will listen to new stories and the parent that won’t have to read the same book every night. Board books are unique because they are more resistant and will last longer around kids than a standard paperback. And the fact that they are always full of drawings makes a kid pay more attention to it. We chose the Rainbow Fish because it’s a classic, but if your 2 year old already has it, Amazon is full of other great options too!
A learning tower is a safe way to have your kid next to you while in the kitchen or anywhere they can’t reach. They will be held safely as they watch you and learn about what you’re doing. The great thing about them is that while the tower is holding them, it is not restraining them from moving.
For the kid that loves playing pretend and dress-up, you can get them an outfit of whatever profession they prefer. What will the toddler be? A fireman? A policeman? An astronaut? A chef? A doctor? The possibilities are endless, but this set is an excellent place to start.
Playmobil’s options for toddlers are all in this line of Playmobil 123. Give your kid a small set and build their collection if you want to, as it is a great gift to play with for both the kid and the parent. We suggest starting with a set like the one below. Oh, and you get bonus points with the kid if they feel that the character figure resembles them!
A Pop-Up book will never stop feeling like a surprise for a toddler. The fact that they can interact with the book will make them pay even more attention to it, and it might soon turn into one of their favorites! And Elmo is always a fun, cuddly favorite.
To avoid the artist doodling on your floors, get them this mat where they can safely draw while laying down on the floor. Spare your floors and let their artistic side flow freely.
Your kid might love to be outside 24/7, but we all know that is not possible. So, the best next thing for them to have is an indoor playhouse, where they can have their own space and pretend they are outside while being inside. There are many options as to what the best playhouse is, but we chose to recommend this one for you.
Another option for the bold kid, the Pikler triangle is designed to help them with learning to climb and perfecting their motor skills. They can include a climbing ramp and are a great way to start your kid with using his body more expertly. You can order it custom-made online or even try your hand at doing one DIY.
Another option for the artist, this is a great gift that both you and your toddler can use. Whether it’s for them to draw freely in the driveway or sidewalk or for you to draw games with them there, fun is guaranteed. The best part about this is that it’s jumbo-sized, so the young one can hold on to it without a problem, and it’s non-toxic, so you as a parent can feel safe about them using it.
This gift is for creative toddlers. If your kid cannot grip a crayon yet and you are concerned about markers being toxic, then there is nothing better than these kid-sized crayons. Non-toxic and made to fit a toddler’s hand, your kid will be able to draw freely and comfortably with them.
If you’re lucky enough to have a pool or a backyard, your boy can spend his summer playing outside in this cascading water table. Made to work with water and sand, your kid can pretend to be at the beach even if he’s not truly there. The size is perfect for toddlers, and it has an umbrella, so they won’t be in direct sunlight when playing outside.
If it moves and makes sounds or flashes lights, you can be sure that a kid will love it. The fact that they can control the car and drive it all over your house or their room will make it even more fun.
If your kid likes to play clean-up or wants to imitate everything that you do, a cleaning set is the right way for them to learn household chores and how to do them. This gift is gender-neutral, as everyone should help around the house, and there is no better way to teach them that while having fun than now.
To hone your kid’s excellent motor skills, Spike is the best way to play! If they love putting in and taking stuff out of places, they will enjoy playing with Spike. This is a gift that can be enjoyed even if they are a bit younger.
If your little one loves playing with plush toys, this vegetables set will be a nice gift for them. Let them play as if they were at the market. This set includes two shopping baskets and even some fruits so that they can mix up their healthy food.
Foam blocks are toddler-safe and will make building twice the fun. They can create anything they like and stack their towers as high as they can. And the best part is that since they come in many shapes, including triangles and circles instead of squares and rectangles only, they can make anything they imagine.
For the boy that keeps slipping into the kitchen while you’re cooking, this is the perfect gift. They will be at command in their own kitchen and be able to play pretend as if they were really cooking or baking. The best thing about this set is that it works well for playing with friends, so your toddler can learn to share and work with others too.