Below you will find some of my favorite gift ideas for a 2-year-old! Two is such a hard age! They may still put things in their mouth. So manufacturers suggest most toys 3 years and up. These are all ones that we have loved at age 2 and up!
Mr. Potato Head- This is great for teaching the body parts! It is an old school toy that has lasted decades for a reason. I loved it even more after it opened up a great discussion on the details of our face. I was so excited to see my son transfer that into his self-portrait! Just be sure your child is past the stage where they put everything in their mouth, or play together with them.
Tool Bench -This is an adorable gift to get your little one! My little one went around hammering walls and “fixing sinks.” Some days I wish they could knock out my ever growing “handy man” list. My son received this two years ago, now he is four years old and he literally plays with it every day. They do have big red plastic screws. I took those out until I didn’t worry about him putting them in his mouth. One of the best features is the “bird house” that changes colors when he paints it with water. Some of my best memories have revolved around this toy. At 4, my son asks me what I need fixed. He wants to be exactly like his Dad with his tools. It’s funny to see my son get out his screwdriver or drill and use it alongside of his dad. It is absolutely adorable!!
Bubble machine and 5 million gallons of Gazillion bubbles. The quality of the solution and bubbles makes kid’s giggle even louder!
Duplo sets are a great gift. They grow with your child. At four years old, little Legos are still hard to manipulate. Duplos are always fun to play! The possibilities are endless!
Easel, Smock, Paint, Paint brush, Paper- We love this Easel! It has a white board on one side and a chalkboard on the other. My son loves to use his Magnatiles on this! I am an Elementary teacher. A couple years ago I was sitting in on a student’s IEP meeting. An Occupational Therapist told the parent the importance and benefits of using an inclined surface like an easel. I prefer this easel over others. It is surdy, wipes off easily, and folds up for easy storage.
Vtech Sets- If you haven’t bought a set yet, do it! My oldest still plays with it at age 4. I love watching my son create different tracks. We also have the train set which adds to the configurations. My father-in-law has Lionel trains that my oldest tried playing with. It was an epic disaster. This is toddler proof, and it is a fun way for us to play with him!
Basketball Hoop- There is nothing cuter than seeing your older nephews, nieces, brothers, and husband playing basketball on this with your child. This is adjustable and just right for dunking!
Rody is so much fun! We own Rody and love it! Here is a picture of my twins at 14 months riding Rody. We were at an indoor inflatable play place. Around the age of two would be perfect for these! They also sell generic versions of these.
Toy vacuum- Around 15 months my kids loved following me around vacuuming! It has a very tiny filter that picks up dust. The vacuum has tiny balls that fly around making it look realistic! We have the older version and it gets used every time we vacuum.
Water painting- This is the best invention! Parents all rave and love how you can use it at home or on-the-go! We love to keep them in our restaurant bag or take them in to a doctor’s appointment. It is great for church or other places you need your child to sit quietly. I use the alphabet one when I tutor students. The students love a change of pace when they are practicing their writing.
Car Garage- This one says 3 years and up. I am all about having toys on hand a bit before their age. This has amazing reviews! I bought one for Christmas to give to our twins! Even their 4-year-old brother will love this (basically take it from them). My favorite is the car wash in the back. This is a great toy that will grow with them!
This purse is so adorable! Your little princess will be showing this off and carrying it to Target!
We have had this for 3 years! It is engaging. I like working on the words open, in, and on with my twins while playing with this. We got it out around 15 months and they fight over putting the food in the oven. This is great for early dramatic play!
Baby dolls are so important for kids. When I was pregnant, my oldest was 2.5 years old. He received the blue baby doll as a gift. He hugged and kissed it and then would throw it down and walk away. Ha! It was not comforting to a mom with double the hormones. Honestly, it was a great tool to talk about babies and being careful with them. When he was closer to 3, he undressed it and tried to get it dressed. The teacher and mom in me was so happy to see him practice his fine motor skills.
Bubble Lawn Mower- I got this for my son when he turned one. He didn’t fully enjoy it until he got closer to 2. The neighbors get a kick out of watching my oldest mow the lawn with my husband. The bubbles are what make this! Just have a gazillion more bubbles on hand for when they decide to pour the bubbles on themselves when you’re not looking…
Kinetic Sand- I supervise when my kids play with this. The first time I brought it over to my Mom’s house, all my nieces and nephews were there. We couldn’t get over how much fun it was to play with this sensory sand. Just be sure your child is past the stage where they put everything in their mouth. This is a great sensory activity that they will love to engage in. My third and first graders loved indoor recess with this!
Water Blocks- These are so much fun! We have had them for months and they still look brand new. We love using them in the bath tub or water table. They are very easy to clean too. I love the brand Green Toys for the bath tub. I throw them in the dishwasher and they look brand new again!
Mini Trampoline- This has over 3,000 reviews! It is a life saver during the winter! I love the handle bar for added safety.
My oldest loves remote control cars. A little boy was playing with his car at a park last week. Our kids all went over to watch him play with this! It was a hit. I love that these have separate frequencies and amazing ratings! I can’t wait to get these for my twins when they are closer to 2!
Dinosaur Pull Apart- I have had my eye on these! My twins are all about dinosaurs. These are great for fine motor skills. I like that the dinosaurs can be used to just play. The teacher in me likes these so we can work on verbs for speech. I might work on run, eat, drink, kiss, etc. You can introduce colors as well. If it is their first introduction, I would probably take out one of the blue dinosaurs and one of the purple dinosaurs. They have two shades of them which may or may not be confusing. I know my twins will have fun mixing and matching the colors!
Buckle Toy- This is on my 50+ travel toys for kids! It has perfect reviews from 800+ parents! This genius toy will get you through a trip to Target! It is great to keep in your car for a doctor’s appointment, impromptu dinners out, and traveling!
These animals are fun! My crawling babies loved them, even my 4-year-old son is fascinated with these animals. They are bigger than Little People and go great with our blocks and Magnatiles. My son likes to pretend they are at the zoo and makes them “houses”.
My kids rode on this bug at a play place. It was definitely a popular toy! They come in various animals. For a child that is two years old, I would suggest a small one. They are really fun and well made. This scoot around car is adorable too!
Train Table- My son has been obsessed with his train table since he was two! I almost bought a train table that had the tracks preset. My older sister with three boys talked me into getting an open-ended table, that you can create new combinations. I am so glad I listened to her and got one of these! We have cleared it off and used it for so many other things! It is such a great gift!
Table and Chair Set- My son loves playing diner using his table. We have it in white. They have some great color choices. We have had so many fun dramatic play moments and art time at this table! I am all about having toys that will serve many purposes. I like getting toys like this before they start requesting toys! My mother-in-law also has the Mickey Mouse table. It folds up easily and she puts it in the closet or under a bed when it is not being used. I love how easily it wipes down. Even my son at 3 was able to put it up and down.
Button Art- The teacher in me loves this! It is great for fine motor. It also is perfect for down the line when they understand and can follow the pattern. This one looks the exact same as the one we have. It has great reviews too!
Personalized Name Puzzle- This is wonderful for name recognition. My son received this as a gift and at 4, and still loves it!
Magnatiles- Because of the magnets, I would wait until they are around 2.5 or after they stop putting things in their mouth. I played right with my son to make sure he wasn’t putting them in his mouth. I was so excited to get this! I was at the store looking at this and a couple was looking too. I went to grab the 32 tiles and a Dad said they were back for more because the 32 tile version was causing fights at their house. He convinced me to invest in the 100-piece set. I was so glad we did!! When I was teaching, I brought them in during the Winter indoor recess and my third graders were obsessed with them. This is a toy that will easily last through the age of 8!
Cutting food set- Originally, I put this on the 3 year-old-list. Years ago I bought a plastic set. It was awful. I bought this set for my twins for Christmas. I am excited to see them open and play with it. I know they will love pulling them apart, putting them back together, and chopping the food. Later on you can use this to talk about fractions.
Cozy Coupes and digger- These are great gifts! They are great for kids around 18 months and up! You could even keep it in the basement for the winter. I am terrified having 3 kids inside this winter!
Around two my oldest became so proud to carry his own book bag. I wanted something we could take to appointments and when we go to a restaurant. Here is our restaurant bag. This bag has held up for two years and still looks new. My son even slept with it when he got it. They have adorable bags and all different animals. I love that these are sweet and perfect for a 2-year-old! There is a reason these have perfect ratings!
Drum Set and Microphone- This is a big hit on every play date. My son sucked on the microphone for a good 5 months “singing” and it still works great. We have had it for 2 years and we have so many concerts and fond memories with this toy! It is not too loud and extremely adorable all these years later! Dancing twins have now joined the concerts. It makes my heart happy!
This has been on my wish list for a long time! We played on the roller coaster at a friend’s house this summer. My son loved it! Another twin mom has this in her basement! I have these on my twin’s wish list for Christmas! The roller coaster has 1,600+ 5 star reviews!
Bounce House- This is so much fun! It was a super-hot day and our neighbors and their kids came over to play. The Dads were in the backyard. We heard squeals of happy kids. Apparently, the Dads decided to turn on the sprinklers with this. They loved it! We just let it dry in the sun and stored it in a tote. We have friends that put their bounce house up in their basement. My oldest loves going over there to play! We love that it is easy to set up!
Sink- This is adorable! I just set a beach towel on our kitchen floor and my son washes his cars, the plastic dishes provided in this set, and plays with the “running” water that comes from the bottom basin of this toy. There is a reason this is super popular!
Bowling Set- My oldest loved playing with this from the time I bought it. It was adorable watching him set this up. It was great teaching cause and effect. He got so excited knocking them over! He still plays with it at age 4.
Shopping Cart- This toy tugs at my heart strings! I remember putting it together when my son was a little over one year old. He used it for a walker. We use it in our dramatic play delivering pizza and playing grocery store. My mother-in-law told us that my husband had one and would get in the pantry and “shop,” throwing everything in his cart. When my son was three he would shop around our house and bring me “presents.” We have the canned food and wooden food. I was fully prepared to have to tape down the labels. To my surprise they are printed on the sides and they are pretty sturdy!
Little People- I remember another teacher telling me she got out her daughter’s Little People sets to give to a friend and they were like new again. She talked about how her daughter played with them in a different way as she got older. There was more imagination and less guided play. Little People toys are well made and bring out the kid in us.
Tunnel- I am really intrigued by this! I have heard great things. It has amazing reviews and 2 years-old would be the perfect age! I am grabbing it for my twins! I know my 4-year-old will play with it just as much! It will be great for experimenting with different size objects. My oldest is obsessed with paper towel rolls. I like that you can take it apart! I know my boys will be letting balls and cars go through this! I already know it will be a hit!
Car Rug- This is great for any playroom. If you don’t have room for a train table this is a great alternative!
Wooden Blocks- I provided two different options to choose from depending on your price point. We have the first set and I absolutely love them!
VTech® Care for Me Learning Carrier- Here is a cute set for your nurturing child!
Hammer – I just got one for my twins! It is a gift for Christmas. It has amazing reviews. I love this for their hand-eye coordination!
Magnetic Bug Puzzle- It says it is for 3 and up. I am thinking that it is more for the magnetic pieces and fishing rod. My son played with this under supervision when he was two years old. It is a really fun toy at a great price. It works on hand eye coordination and helped my oldest with his perseverance. He was so proud when he “fished” it up by himself.
Giant Dinosaurs- I wish this showed the true size of them. They are HUGE and super fun! My son likes to make a “house,” aka cages, using his blocks. I love watching his imagination and love of dinosaurs.
Paw Patrol Fans- These toys are intended for 3 years and up. I felt comfortable with my 2.5 year-old playing with these. You know your child the best! Paw Patrol coloring books and stickers would be fun too!
Ice Cream Cart and Food Truck- Dramatic play at its finest! Start them early. Dramatic play is so important for our little ones.
Kitchen and Cottage- Our twins are loving their kitchen! The kitchen has “burners” that make boiling noises and has lights that mimic a gas burner. I was impressed by all of the small details which adds up to lots of fun! We also were given a house similar to this cottage. The cottage has a grill, mailbox, real working doorbell, and drain holes on the bottom of the floor to be sure there is no standing water inside. The best part about the cottage is the shutters that open. My son loves playing ice cream shop when his friends come over! We are all about dramatic play and these two toys have brought us so many great memories!
Kids dishes- We love the IKEA ones because they are dishwasher safe, microwave safe, and BPA free. They stack easily which makes your cabinet look more organized!
If you are looking for some more gift inspiration, gifts that aren’t toys.