Turning two is often feared due to the ”terrible twos” phase, but it’s truly a special time for any toddler; they’re learning to see the world in new ways and learning what they can and can’t control. In addition to mastering core skills like walking, scribbling, and putting together whole sentences, they’re learning new skills.
The best birthday gifts will support a child’s learning, curiosity, and new skills. It’s best if you focus on toys with “frustration-free” packaging, it may be cumbersome or irritating for a 2-year-old (or you can rewrap it yourself). Be careful of tiny moving parts and choking hazards. Let’s look at some of the best gifts for your 2-year-old child or relative.
Carhartt Baby Boys Hooded Coverall
Clothing makes a fun, practical gift and this hooded coverall is no exception – this hoodie comprises functional and adorable pockets and will keep your little one warm. It’s extremely durable and long-lasting. You may need to size up slightly.
Canyon Trails Lil Cowboy Classic Western Boots
Giddy up, and let’s ride! Your little cowboy will have plenty of fun in these boots and won’t want to take them off! They’re durable, well-made, comfortable, and weatherproof. They’re suitable for everyday use or as part of a fancy-dress costume. Either way, any child is sure to love these boots.
Woolino Baby Sleep Bag Sack
Baby sleep sacks are a great way to help them stay warm while feeling secure. This Woolino sleeping bag is made of 100% organic merino wool from Australia. It has a warranty and can be machine washed and dried if soiled. It’s certified as safe for sleep time and naps, but you should always follow safe sleeping guidelines, such as ensuring the sleeping bag doesn’t cover your baby’s lips, nose, or face. It generously fits to let the baby move and kick, promoting healthy hip development. It is worth the money and is available in several colors.
LeapFrog Blue’s Clues Book
The LeapFrog Clues book is an entertaining story with 14+ colorful pages, designed to help young ones remember the alphabet and explore simple words. Light-up buttons help introduce your preschooler to letter sounds, names, and places.
DK First Words Picture Flash Cards
These light-up cards are a great way to teach children new skills – your little one can learn exciting animals and new words. Each card has sensory extras and a vibrant image. There are several languages available, with a pronunciation guide. Languages available include Chinese, French, German and Spanish.
Lego Duplo Construction Truck & Tracked Excavator
Get ready for work! With the LEGO Construction Truck & Tracked Excavator, preschoolers can act out construction-site scenarios. They can explore open-ended play and build developmental skills. This can be played indoors for a real-life experience outdoors. It’s perfect for little hands to pick up and place around in their own imagination. It’s an excellent gift that offers hours and hours of fun!
Montessori Mama Wooden Toddler Puzzles
If sustainable materials are important to you, then look no further. This quaint wooden puzzle set is made of 100% sustainable wood and offers a fun, safe, Montessori-inspired learning experience. The paint is fun but non-toxic, meaning you can relax while your child enjoys their birthday gift.
Melissa & Doug First Bead Maze – Wooden Educational Toy
This baby bead maze is made from high-quality materials. It’s expertly crafted, and the four soft-coated wires twist between two solid wood blocks. It can suction cup to several surfaces for ease of use and is a perfect size. It’s a great gift to foster hand-eye coordination and color recognition.
Kids Mini Piano Keyboard Toy
If you’re looking for a toy set that can inspire creativity and a love of music, this children’s piano fits the bill. Offering tons of fun, this play piano will help broaden their horizons and develop various skills, including motor skills, coordination, and rhythm. Your little one can enjoy hours of singing and playing.
In addition, the set includes bilingual learning cards in English and Spanish, a fun way to introduce your children to a bilingual experience.
Hongid Dinosaur Light
Unfortunately, age 2 is around the time some children develop a fear of the dark. You can try a fun night light to encourage a child to sleep soundly alone. This creative dinosaur night light projects an array of cool shapes, including dozens of dinosaurs, at the walls in the dark.
VTech Touch & Swipe Baby Phone
This battery-powered phone is ideal if your little one is always snatching your phone. This toy will keep your phone safe and give children the illusion of their own handheld smartphone. The touch screen has 12 light-up apps, including pretend weather, calendar, and clock apps. It provides realistic roleplay and fun learning on the go!
Duckura Octopus Bubble Machine
Bubbles are an underrated way to have fun outdoors; this adorable octopus toy has eight arms and bulging eyes to fascinate and entertain young ones – the arms move freely and make bubbles when activated. The bubble machine offers endless bubbly fun and is perfect for backyard fun and games. It’s a big hit for birthday parties or larger events, too.
Xiapia 3 in 1 Kids Tricycles
Riding on a well-assembled, safe tricycle is a perfect way for your child to work on their balancing skills – you can adjust this bike by removing/adding pedals and customizing the seat. It’s strong, and the wheels are suitable for indoor and outdoor use.
Stearns Life Jacket Vest
Learning to swim is a valuable lifelong skill; whether they’re in a pool, boat, or on the beach, little ones could always use a confidence boost and pick up helpful water safety habits. With these floaties, you won’t be able to get your little swimmer out of the pool!
Kids Beach Sand Toys Set By Fun Little Toys
Get ready to rush to the seaside to play! Whether relaxing in the backyard with a sandpit or taking a beach vacation, this fun toy set will use vibrant buckets and tools to help bring your child’s imagination to life. The sand castle building kit comes in a blue drawstring backpack to conveniently store all the pieces and carry it as a backpack anywhere to go. It’s lightweight for carrying, and soon you will have a little helper in the garden for digging.
VTech Smart Shots Sports Center
This is another brilliant gift to sponsor a child’s love of sports. They can shoot and score their way through endless goals with this great little sports center set. The screen will count the number of goals, and you can kick the soccer ball into the net to a chorus of encouraging phrases and sounds. This provides interactive learning by introducing shapes and numbers while playing! It’s the perfect gift.
Toyvelt Toddler Golf Set
This brightly-colored set includes four golf clubs and multiple golf balls in an array of bright colors. Encouraging a love of sport is a great way to encourage healthy living later on – whether used outdoors or indoors, this golf set delivers superb value and gameplay, as it offers a realistic, fun, and challenging sport. It’s a great gift for birthdays and other occasions.
Fisher Price Vacuum Push Toy
Children need to learn to copy their parents – with this adorable vacuum cleaner, your little one can enjoy ”helping” around the house with daily chores.
You can flip the switch ”on” for vacuum sounds or ”off” for learning phrases and songs. It offers a realistic design and sound effects to encourage early learning and imaginative fun.
Sticker Book – All Around Town by Cupkin
Sticker books are a great way to create art and spread fun and games throughout your home. With over 12 road trip activities and 500+ handcrafted stickers, plus coloring pages, this is an ideal book to bring on long journeys, though you can use it at home to keep a child occupied, too.
Hot Wheels City Robo T-Rex Ultimate Garage
Hot wheels have been popular for decades and can foster nostalgia for many people, but they’re still releasing new products.
The Hot Wheels Robo T-Rex garage is the ultimate hot wheel experience; the imaginative possibilities are endless, and kids can work on their motor skills while having fun. Kids take their Hot Wheels toy cars up in the kid-powered two-car elevator, then race down through the multi-level garage and can experiment with multi-play mode for endless thrills! The setup is easy to assemble and has excellent value for money.
Playvibe 18 Colors Jumbo Crayons
Fostering creativity is a wonderful thing to aim for. These quality Jumbo Crayons will keep little ones busy for hours – they’re easy to grip and sturdy with minimal breakage; they get the job done and are washable and non-toxic, ensuring they’re safe for use.
Dr. Seuss’s Beginner Book Collection
Originally written by Dr. Seuss, Beginner books are easy to read, fun, and educational. They encourage development of children’s reading skills with simple illustrations and words, and children will enjoy reflecting back on these books for years to come.
Lego Duplo My First Number Train
This 23-piece set makes an excellent first train – it’s fun and vibrant to fascinate your 2-year-old. You can piece the train together; the parts numbered 0-9 can help your child improve and hone their numeracy skills. You should be mindful of any small parts that could represent a choking hazard, with supervision advised for younger children.
labebe – Baby Rocking Elephant
This unique, handcrafted ride-on rocking elephant is a great gift. Suited from approx 1+ year old upwards, it has a high weight limit (68kg), meaning it’ll last your child for a long time. It’s high-quality and made of fine cotton and plush materials. The elephant is sturdy but soft and is safe for young ones to climb on and ride. The wheels are safe and are made to be gentle on floors, so they can be used on hardwood and carpeted floors.
Melissa & Doug Take-Along Sorting Barn
This is a cute farm toy set and makes a perfect gift for preschoolers who are learning about animals! This toy set includes ducks, horses, pigs, cows, tractors, farmers, and more. They are easy to grasp for small hands and can be maneuvered and played with to promote motor skills, matching, and sorting, plus imaginative play.
Tiktent Play Tunnel
This vibrant play tunnel can be used for creativity, color recognition, muscle development, and other early learning activities. You can also use it to play a variety of fun, imaginative games, including peekaboo. It folds easily for storage and is portable, so you can take it on play dates.
LeapFrog Smart Sizzlin’ BBQ Grill, Multicolor
Learning through pretend is as effective as it is fun – children can have tons of fun while pretending to cook on this grill. It’s vibrant and sure to fascinate them, and they can put food pieces on skewers and ”cook” them. They can also adjust the dial to learn numbers and open/close the grill lid to hear cooking sounds.
Basic Fun Fisher-Price Retro Cash Register
A mini cash register makes a great gift for a baby or toddler – they can enjoy pretend fun and learn how to recognize colors, numbers, and currency. It will help with their logical reasoning and numeracy skills while keeping them busy with hours of play. Overall, an excellent gift!
Little Tikes Play ‘n Scoot Pirate Ship
Let’s set sail and have fun! This Pirate Ship playset is a fantastic ride-on ship with extras included, including under-seat storage. A child can ride around on the boat, and it has moveable figures. Children can use this toy to learn vital balancing skills and motor skills and delve into hours of imaginative play. Intended for ages 18+ months and has a weight limit of 50lbs.
A second birthday is a magical time in a young child’s life, but it’s also unique. They’re learning an array of new skills – and trying to improve ones they’ve been working on for a while. You should strive to get the children in your life fun toys – but it doesn’t hurt to ensure they’re educational, practical, and entertaining.
The toys on this list provide a variety of suggestions that will work for most children – you should carefully consider your purchases and always stay up to date with the most recent safety advice and guidelines.