Gifts & Toys for 2 Year Olds – Tot Gift Guide
There’s nothing terrible about the two’s when you have these toys around. From a sturdy three-wheel scooter to non-toxic crayons that double as blocks, we’re here to tell you about the best gift ideas that any two year old will love.
There’s nothing terrible about the two’s when you have these fun and educational toys around. From a sturdy three-wheel scooter to non-toxic crayons that double as building blocks, we’re here to tell you about the best gifts for 2 year old boys and girls that they are sure to love.
Around the age of two is when personalities really start to shine and important child development happens.
Child Development at 2 Years Old
At this age, little ones are not only walking – they’re sprinting from adventure to adventure. Everything from a playground swing set to your kitchen spatula is new and exciting and something that can be part of their imaginative play. Even though they’re getting stronger by the day, two year old tots still need to work on their balance and hand-eye coordination skills, which is why pull toys, scooters, shape sorters, crayons, simple crafts and sand buckets are great at this age.
Both gross and fine motor skills are crucial for your tot’s physical and cognitive development. By learning how to control their little hands and bodies, toddlers are able to write, draw, climb, ride a bike, and play make believe role playing games, which all aid in emotional development and help build their communication skills and confidence.
Perhaps one of the most important skills to help your tot master is language. By reading books with an adult or on their own, toddlers can continue to develop their vocabulary and get a firmer understanding of colors, shapes, languages, animals, cultures, machines, sports, performance art and so on. These stories will fuel your tot’s passion and help them truly understand what the world holds for them.
When choosing toys we always pick items that are non-toxic, sustainably and ethically produced and made to last. We want items that can be used between multiple siblings and then passed onto friends and family in a like new condition. It can be overwhelming for both parents and kids to have piles of toys that get played with once, which is why we’ve strategically picked the best toys we know kids won’t get bored with.
Best Toys and Gifts for 2 Year Olds
Whether you’re shopping for a Christmas gift or a birthday present idea for a 2 year old, here are some of our gift recommendations for playtime:
- Mini scooter or trike
- Doll stroller
- Apron or play kitchen items
- Toy cleaning set
- Fun books
- Rain jacket
- Counting toys
- Stuffed animals
- Shape sorters
Scroll down to see the options we’ve pulled for each of these gift ideas and shop below!
Block play will be extra festive this year thanks to this set by Uncle Goose. Great for honing hand-eye coordination and literacy skills, they also double as decor! Buy the Uncle Goose Merry Christmas Block Set here.
Featuring three sturdy wheels and an adjustable handlebar, this is the perfect starter scooter for tots learning how to balance and steer. Buy the Micro Kickboard Mini Deluxe Scooter here.
Push, pull and ride! This wooden toy walker wagon includes 29 wooden blocks for extra engagement and creative construction fun! Buy the Tender Leaf Wagon here.
This sweet ride-on dose double time as a toy and decor. Great for developing gross motor skills, it also looks adorable sitting in any nursery. Buy the Tender Leaf Toys Running Rabbit Ride On here.
Little walkers will love being able to push their dolls and stuffed animals around in this sturdy doll stroller. Simple and sweet, it’s wonderful for encouraging role play and gross motor skills. Buy the Hape Doll Stroller here.
This sleek and minimal slide can be used inside and out (in dry weather) and is a fantastic way for kids to engage in active play. Buy the Jupiduu Slide here.
Is there anything better than staying in your pajamas extra long for weekend morning snuggles? Free of harmful chemicals like flame retardants, these PJs tick all the right boxes. Buy the Petidoux Vintage Skiers Long Pajamas here.
Play dough is hands down one of the best sensory activities a kid can do. It can spark creativity, soothe anxiety and keep little hands and minds busy for hours. Buy Eco-Kids Eco-Dough here.
Household item toys are a wonderful way to teach kids basic life skills and self-sufficiency. We love this cleaning set because it’s easy for little hands to hold and even easier to store. Buy the PlanToys Cleaning Set here.
Know a budding chef? Then you’re going to want to gift them this adorable apron and wooden utensils set. Made just for kids, they’ll be whipping up pretend croissants in no time. Buy the Odette Williams Kids Apron here.
Shopping cart toys are a fun way for kids to role play. Pretend play grocery shopping can help expand vocabularies and encourage healthy food choices. Buy the PlanToys Shopping Cart here.
Crayons that double as blocks? Yes please! These crayons have a unique shape that make them easy for little hands to hold (and less likely to break!) Buy Playon Crayon Primary Color Crayons here.
Brought to you by Tiny Bee Gift Co. (who donate a book to a child in need for every book sold), Room on the Broom is a classic tale about helping out friends in need. Buy Room on the Broom here.
There’s a lot to love about baby&taylor’s personalized cashmere sweaters. From their super soft feel to the custom embroidery, they’re a no-fuss meaningful gift anyone will love. Buy the baby&taylor Personalized Cashmere Sweater here.
For kids who love a loud look, Little Goodall will be their new favorite brand! Made of soft wool felt and truly an heirloom piece, they provide both style and warmth. Buy the Little Goodall Te Amo Elephants Coat here.
Designed to change colors when wet, singing in the rain just got even more fun thanks to these super cool color changing rain coats. Buy a Holly & Beau Color Changing Rain Coat here.
Exclusively available at The Tot, these personalized Levi’s Denim Jackets are total show-stoppers. With tons of different colors and patches to choose from, you can give a custom gift both kids and parents will cherish forever. Buy a Levi’s Personalized Denim Jacket here.
Great for developing fine motor skills, numeracy skills and color identification, this toy also looks pretty sitting on any shelf. (You know we’re suckers for things both functional and stylish!) Buy Tender Leaf Toys Counting Carrots here.
You want to know the best part about this adorable and cuddly friend? For every doll sold, Cuddle + Kind donates 10 meals to a child in need. Buy Cuddle + Kind’s Noah the Dog here.
The classic story of Noah’s Ark will come to life with this adorable and educational toy! Buy Tender Leaf Toys Noah’s Ark Shape Sorter here.
- Looking for Christmas gifts? Visit our Holiday Shop
- Love cozy pajamas for the whole family? Visit our Pajama Shop
If you have tots of other ages in your life, take a look at our gift guides section that has present ideas by age for tots all the way from newborn to big kids.