Best Gifts for 2-Year-Olds
Anyone who has a 2-year-old in their life knows that at this age the same toys that were keeping him or her busy for a stretch aren't quite cutting it anymore. Suddenly baby basics are even—dare we say—boring. 2-year-olds are big on pretend play and imitating adults, which means they might spend hours on end making invisible coffee in a play kitchen or turning up the tunes on a kid-friendly record player. And if you're eager to get your kid on two wheels, now is the time to introduce one of those wildly popular balance bikes. Below, the best toys for 2-year old girls and boys that will make you the hero of every birthday party.
Ice Cream Shop Sand Bucket
A day at the beach or sandbox just got a lot more interesting—and tasty. This is one of Playmobil's latest toys for toddlers and we love that kids can make their own "ice cream" treats out of sand—from a double scoop ice cream to a waffle cone. This also doubles as a bucket, has a lid sifter, and comes with two Playmobil figurines that are ready to eat and sell those muddy ice cream treats your little one made.
Recycled Recycling Truck
Fact: toddlers love trucks. We love this particular truck because Green Toys makes its BPA-free vehicles from recycled plastic, so you can start explaining to your child how recycling can turn trash into something awesome (like this truck they won't let go of). And if they indeed drag it around with them everywhere (including the mud), you can toss this 12 inch toy right into the dishwasher.
Native x Hello Kitty
Native shoes are a big hit with parents and preschoolers. They're stylish, waterproof, and easy to get on and off. And the soft, bouncy soles are comfy for little feet. These aren't technically a toy, but trust us when we say these Hello Kitty special editions won't be like gifting socks. Sanrio characters are still super popular with the little ones and all the favorites are available: Keroppi the frog, Little Twin Stars, My Melody, Batz-Maru, and of course the OG cat girl herself, Hello Kitty.
Stylish Doctor Set
2-year-olds love nothing more than playing doctor and "curing" their stuffies and dolls (and dogs, and siblings…) of bumps, bruises, and upset tummies. The wooden instruments, containers, thermometer, and other instruments fit neatly inside this retro carry case (making clean up super easy). And they're so nice looking, you won't mind (too much) when they're strewn around your living room.
Tobbles Neo Game
Any parent knows that stacking blocks can soak up many an afternoon if you have a restless 2-year-old. (Playing with blocks is also great for improving coordination and spatial recognition). Which is why Tobbles are a godsend. Not only does your little one get to spin, topple, nest, and tilt these dual-textured, weighted spheres, you'll get a good looking modern decor object that doesn't look like a complete mess.
Plush Toddler Chair
Toddler chairs are near ubiquitous at this point and we particularly love these plush animals. The Sweet Seats chair is toddler-sized at 20 inches tall and the perfect place for little ones to rest, watch, or read. Parents love that the slipcover is machine washable and that there are 14 different animals to choose from—unicorn, dog, shark etc. Cute and practical = done and done.
Every kid knows that flashlights are cool -- but flashlights that shine different colors and teach them about animals are way, way cooler.
This VTech flashlight is not only perfect for lighting up the inside of a blanket fort, but has three buttons on the side that play music, teach ABCs, and ask simple questions for a fun, interactive game. Parents will love that it's solidly built and shuts off automatically.
Cooking In Style
KidKraft's new Farm to Table play kitchen has trendy touches like a window box for veggies and a chalkboard for daily menus. Other upgrades for little foodies include light and sound motion sensors, which set off realistic kitchen effects. There's even an on-trend farmhouse sink with lights and running water sounds. Also, we love this particular play kitchen because assembly is super easy, unlike some play kitchens that make Ikea furniture look like a breeze to put together.
Ybike? Because you appreciate safety, and with your little daredevil you need all the help you can get.
Ybikes are made specially for two-year-old bikers, with extra wide wheels for better balance and a smoother ride over rough surfaces, and extra height to clear all those obstacles they can't seem to avoid. They've also moved the front wheel forward for a larger turning radius, which means less tipping (and hopefully fewer band-aids).
This child-friendly record player comes with five double-sided records to choose from—all your toddler has to do is wind it up and put the "needle" down to rock out to "The Farmer in The Dell" or "London Bridge." The records fit neatly in the back of the player and there's a carrying handle for easy travel.
Rainbow Rocker Game
The smallest kiddos will love stacking these 9 colorful wooden rings on the rocker. Best for ages 1 1/2 and up, HABA's rainbow rocker tips to either side, depending on how many rings are stacked. The game encourages hand-eye coordination and concentration. The set includes a wood rocker, 3 removable pegging rods, and 9 colorful rings.