Gifts & Toys for 2 Year Olds – Tot Gift Guide

Searching for the perfect toy or gift for a two year old? We can help! In this article we’ll look at what’s happening developmentally at the age of two and share our favorite tried and trusted product picks!

A little 2 year old boy playing in a balu organics ball pit

There’s nothing terrible about the twos when you have fun and educational toys around.

From a sturdy 2-in-1 scooter that will grow with your child to deliciously scented non-toxic play dough, we’re here to tell you about the best gifts for 2 year old boys and girls that they are sure to love.

To help you find the right gifts and toys for your tot, we’ll go over:

  • Child development at two years old
  • Chemicals to avoid in kids toys
  • The best types of toys and gifts for two year olds

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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/push toys, scooters, ride-ons, slides 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.

 

Chemicals to avoid in kids toys

At The Tot, we only use and recommend products that have passed The Tot Safety Test. This means we’ve reviewed third-party testing, examined ingredients lists and asked in-depth questions about a product’s composition to ensure they’re free of all the chemicals we avoid.

When you don’t know what your child’s toy, you can run the risk of exposing them to potentially harmful ingredients such as BPA, BPS, Phthalates, PVC, Formaldehyde, Lead and other Heavy Metals. This is particularly worrying for babies and toddlers who inevitably put these items in their mouths. Many of these chemicals have been linked to prostate cancer, breast cancer, female infertility, obesity, endocrine disruption, behavioral problems, and even irreversible brain damage.

At The Tot, we make sure that every single product we use and recommend passes The Tot Safety Test. This means that we’ve reviewed its third-party testing, certifications and asked in-depth questions about a product’s composition.

For a full list of Ingredients & Materials We Avoid and to learn more about The Tot Safety Test, Click Here.

 

 

The best types of toys and gifts for 2 year olds

 

Dena Large Pastel Rainbow

 

Whether you’re shopping for a Christmas gift, Hanukkah gift or a birthday present idea for a 2 year old, here are some of our gift recommendations for playtime: 

  • Name puzzle stool
  • Indoor ball pit
  • Balance bike
  • Wooden musical toys
  • Eco-friendly nuts and bolts set
  • Play tent
  • Wooden construction trucks
  • Wooden sensory rainbow blocks
  • Non-toxic scented play dough
  • 2-in-1 Scooter
  • Developmental milestone play & learn set
  • Silicone rainbow stacker
  • Personalized look-a-like doll
  • Vintage-inspired metal red tricycle
  • Non-toxic & eco-friendly baby doll
  • Mini wooden trucks + Wooden roadway system
  • Wooden play kitchen + play food
  • Wooden blocks
  • Wooden slide
  • Eco-friendly sand play tools
  • Personalized denim jacket
  • Dress up clothing
  • Pima cotton PJs

Scroll down to see the options we’ve pulled for each of these gift ideas and shop below! 

 

 

Hollow Woodworks Personalized Maple Puzzle Stool

Hollow Woodworks White Pastel

When it comes to toddlers gaining independence, a step-stool is a must! We extra love this made in the USA option from Hollow Woodworks because it can be personalized with a special tot’s name and doubles as a puzzle.

 

Hollow Woodworks Personalized Maple Puzzle Stool Bench – Natural Wood

 

Hollow Woodworks Personalized Maple Puzzle Stool

 

Ranging from $79.99 to $89.99

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Hollow Woodworks White Pastel

 

Hollow Woodworks Personalized Maple Puzzle Stool – White

 

Ranging from $99.99 to $109.99

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Balu Organics Large Premium Ball Pit

 

Available in a range of colors and sizes, Balu Organics Ball Pits can be used from birth (without the balls) as a safe and cozy space for tummy time, play time and learning how to sit up. Once confident, tots will love adding in the balls for indoor active or imaginative play.

 

Balu Organics Large Ball Pit Grey

 

Balu Organics Large Premium Ball Pit w/ 400 Balls – Grey

 

$289

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tokyobike Paddle Balance Bike

 

When it comes to learning how to ride a bike, balance bikes are a necessary step, which is why the tokyobike Paddle Balance Bike is a must! Designed to teach kids how to balance, steer and control their speed, the Paddle comes in six colors and has an adjustable seat height.

tokyobike Paddle - Peacock

 

tokyobike Paddle Balance Bike

 

$190

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Petit Collage Wooden Instruments

 

Musical play is wonderful for developing a tot’s cognitive development and honing their fine motor skills. We love these adorable wooden animal-themed options from Petit Collage because they also allow kids to expand their vocabulary.

 

 

Petit Collage Wooden Wind Up Musical Bunny

 

$30

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Petit Collage Wooden Musical Percussion Set

 

Petit Collage Wooden Musical Percussion Set

 

$20

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Petit Collage Musical Menagerie

Petit Collage Wooden Musical Menagerie

 

$30

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Miniland Eco Beams Building Set

 

Miniland Eco Beams Building Set

 

Designed for kids age 2 to 6, the Miniland Eco Beams Building Set comes with a detailed guide featuring 40 activities!

Miniland Eco Beams Building Set

 

Miniland Eco Beams Building Set

 

$29.98

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Babai Play Tent

 

Made from cotton and birch wood, the Babai Play Tent can be used inside and out for imaginative fun or quiet time.

 

Babai Play Tent Beige

Babai Play Tent

 

$129.99

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Guidecraft Wooden Vehicles

 

Guidecraft Wooden Police Car

 

Made of FSC Certified Birch Plywood and non-skid wheels, Guidecraft’s vehicles allow kids to hone their hand-eye coordination, expand their vocabularies and begin to understand the concept of cause and effect.

Guidecraft Wooden Dump Truck

 

Guidecraft Wooden Dump Truck

 

$49.95

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Guidecraft Wooden Front Loader

 

Guidecraft Wooden Front Loader

 

$49.95

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Guidecraft Wooden Police Car

 

Guidecraft Wooden Police Car

 

$49.95

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Guidecraft Wooden Rainbow Blocks

 

Guidecraft Rainbow Blocks

 

Made of FSC certified wood, Guidecraft’s Rainbow Wooden Block Set combines classic block play with sensory play with the transparent colored acrylic windows! Great for teaching shapes, colors, and counting, it’s a set that can be played with in a variety of ways.

 

Guidecraft Rainbow Blocks

 

Guidecraft Wooden Rainbow Blocks

 

$79.95

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Dough Parlour Non-Toxic Scented Dough Sets

 

Dough Parlour Christmas Set

 

On top of providing kids with a sensory experience that helps strengthen fine motor skills, dough play can also be quite calming! We loved these non-toxic sets from Dough Parlour because they are all made in small batches in Canada and feature invigorating scents!

Dough Parlour Christmas Set

Dough Parlour Christmas Set

 

$50

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Dough Parlour Hanukkah Set

Dough Parlour Hanukkah Set

 

$50

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Dough Parlour Custom Name

 

Dough Parlour Personalized Name Mat, Dough & Rolling Pin – Sail Boat

 

$40

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Dough Parlour Custom Name

 

Dough Parlour Personalized Name Mat, Dough & Rolling Pin – Rainbow

 

$40

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Scoot & Ride Highway Kick 1 Scooter

 

Scoot & Ride Highway Kick 1 Lifestyle Image - Ash

 

Scooting down the driveway or around the block just got a whole lot more fun thanks to Scoot & Ride! Available in multiple colors and designed for kids age 1 to 5 years, the Highway Kick 1 offers both a seats and standing ride!

Scoot & Ride Highway Hick 1 Peach

Scoot & Ride Highway Kick 1

 

$120

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Scoot & Ride Helmet - Steel

 

Scoot & Ride Helmet

 

$49.99

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The Tot Play & Learn Set 2 – 3 Years

 

Designed by an Early Learning Educator to help toddlers reach important developmental milestones, The Tot Play & Learn Set for 2 – 3 years features a booklet of teacher recommended activities as well as six non-toxic educational toys that can be played with in a variety of ways.

 

 

The Tot Play & Learn Set 2- 3 years

 

The Tot Play & Learn Set (2-3 years)

 

$150

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Dena Rainbow

 

Made from 100% food grade silicone, the Dena rainbow can be used to create an infinite amount of structures and designs!

Dena Large Pastel Rainbow

Dena Large Pastel Rainbow Stacker

 

$49.99

Available in more colors and sizes

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Cuddoll Personalized Look-A-Like Doll

 

Cuddoll Personalized Look a Like Doll

 

Gift giving is always extra special when you get to add a personal touch, which is why we are LOVING the personalized Look-A-Like doll from Cuddoll! How cool is it?! All you do is send us a photo and then they work the magic!

 

Cuddoll Personalized Look a Like Doll

 

Cuddoll Personalized Look-A-Like Doll

 

$129

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Baghera Vintage Red Tricycle

 

Talk about nostalgia! The Baghera Vintage Red Tricycle will have your little friend zooming around in no time.

 

 

Baghera Vintage Tricycle Red

 

Baghera Vintage Red Tricycle

 

$130

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EcoBaby Dolls

 

Finding a non-toxic doll is one of the most difficult things we’ve ever done, but thankfully EcoBaby saved the day! Made from 100% natural rubber, they’re free of phthalates, PVC, BPA and BPS.

 

EcoBaby Dolls Baby Brooke

 

EcoBaby Dolls – Brooke

 

$69.99

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Ellie & Becks Co. Clara Doll Rattan Cart

 

Ellie & Becks Clara Cart - Natural

 

Handmade from sustainable and renewable rattan, this adorable doll stroller has solid mahogany wheels and includes a soft foam mattress with a natural linen cover.

 

Ellie & Becks Clara Cart - Natural

 

Ellie & Becks Co. Clara Doll Rattan Cart

 

$169

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Guidecraft Wooden Roadway System and Mini Trucks

 

Guidecraft Roadway System

 

For lovers of things that go, Guidecraft’s Roadway System and Mini Wooden Trucks are just the thing! Made from FSC certified wood and child-safe finishes, they’re wonderful for honing hand-eye coordination and encouraging problem-solving.

Guidecraft Mini Wooden Trucks

 

Guidecraft Mini Wooden Trucks

 

$39.95

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Guidecraft Roadway System

Guidecraft Wooden Roadway System

 

$79.95

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Milton & Goose Essential Play Kitchen and Toy Food

 

Milton & Goose play kitchens and toy food sets help kids expand their vocabularies, develop social skills and form healthy eating habits all while having loads of fun. Made in the USA of non-toxic and sustainably sourced wood, they’re something that will be played with generation after generation.

 

 

Milton and Goose essential play kitchen

 

Milton & Goose Essential Play Kitchen w/ Range Hood

 

$798

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Milton and Goose Dairy Set

 

Milton & Goose Dairy Play Food Set

 

$48

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Rock Blocks

 

Rock Blocks Terra Set of 16 FW19

 

Made in the USA, Rock Blocks are a new take on a classic activity. Designed to encourage kids to play open and freely, they’re great for honing hand-eye coordination, teaching counting and demonstrating cause and effect.Rock Blocks Valencia Set of 16

Rock Blocks Valencia Set of 16

 

$57.99

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Rock Blocks Frosty Set of 16

Rock Blocks Frosty Set of 16

 

$57.99

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Jupiduu Slide

 

Available in three colors, the wooden Jupiduu slide makes sliding, climbing, and crawling easy and fun both inside and out.

 

Jupiduu Slide

 

Jupiduu Slide

 

Ranging from $299.90 to $349.90

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PlanToys Sand Play Set

 

PlanToys Sand Play Set

 

Made from sustainable rubber wood and colored with non-toxic vegetable dyes, the PlanToys Sand Play Set is the plastic-free beach toy set you’ve been searching for!

 

PlanToys Sand Play Set

 

PlanToys Sand Play Set

 

$30

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Levi’s Personalized Initial Denim Trucker Jacket

 

Jean jackets are arguably the most versatile wardrobe essential! Make your tot’s even cuter by adding their initials!

 

 

Levi's personalized initials denim trucker jacket

 

Levi’s Baby/Toddler/Big Kid Personalized Initial Denim Trucker Jacket

 

$85

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Aeromax Astronaut Suit

 

Shopping for a little friend who loves outer-space? The Aeromax Astronaut Suit will encourage hours of imaginative play while providing out-of-this-world fun!

 

Aeromax Astronaut Suit Orange

 

Aeromax Baby/Toddler/Big Kid Jr Astronaut Suit w/ Embroidered Cap

 

Ranging from $29.95 to $52.95

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HART + LAND Organic Pima Cotton PJs

 

Made from buttery soft organic pima cotton and exclusively available at The Tot, HART + LAND’s family matching holiday PJ sets make the silly season extra cozy and cute!

 

Hart + Land PJ Set Hannukah

 

HART + LAND Toddler/Big Kid Pima Cotton PJ Set – Hanukkah

 

$50

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Hart + Land Kids PJ Winter Penguins

 

HART + LAND Toddler/Big Kid Pima Cotton PJ Set – Winter Penguins

 

$50

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