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Finding a gift for a 2-year-old toddler may seem challenging as it can be a difficult age to buy for.
When searching for a gift for a two-year-old, it is s good idea to consider gifts that encourage fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, learning and imaginative play. It's such a valuable age for their development, so providing them with the tools to aid this whilst allowing your child to have hours of fun is a big win.
Whether you're looking for 2-year-old birthday ideas for boy or girls, there are plenty of choices on the market. Both genders love colourful toys as well as toys that make noises, so looking for an interactive toy is a great place to start.
In this list of the best presents for 2-year-olds, we have included many of the best toys from parents' favourite brands such as VTech, Leapfrog and Duplo as well as kids' favourites such as 'Peppa Pig', and 'Paw Patrol'. Choosing a gift which is educational and but also fun has never been easier.
Our Top Choice
VTech Playtime Bus
The playtime bus is a great kids' toy for learning as well as playing. It will provide hours of fun as, with over 100 interactive questions, your child can learn vocabulary, phonic sounds and letters as well as numbers, counting and even safety rules. You can open the bus doors to count how many people get on and off the bus; then your child can continue to push around the bus until they want to stop again. As you play you can encourage your child to open the doors, press the numbers and letters on the side or even compose music in the music station. Overall this toy is fantastic for boys and girls, it is one of the best toys that kids can enjoy and learn whilst they play making it the perfect gift for any 2-year-old.
- Price: £18
- Requires 2 AA batteries
- Hours of fun for years to come
- Educational play
Best Gifts For 2-Year-Old Girls
Early Learning Centre Unicorn Hopper
When searching for a gift for a 2-year-old girl, there are many options to choose from, ranging from dolls to dress-up costumes, a train set or other great girls' toys. The unicorn hopper will provide your toddler with hours of bouncing fun, making it one of the best toys for girls, but of course boys can enjoy this toy too. Ideal for imaginative and active play, your kids can get excited playing with this whilst exploring indoors and outdoors. The unicorn has ears to hold for support, and it's easy to inflate (and deflate) so can be taken anywhere with ease. The unicorn hopper is excellent for building confidence, encouraging physical development and is also just super exciting for kids to play with, making it one of the best toys for 2-year-old girls.
- Price: £24
- H47 x W32 x D55cm
- Larger than life unicorn
- Great for adventures inside and outside
- Builds confidence in your toddler
Best For 2-Year-Old-Boys
Chad Valley My 1st Vehicles Mega Jump
If you are looking for boys' toys, then this My 1st Vehicles Mega Jump is the perfect pick. Car toys for two-year-olds are extremely popular as they allow your child to go at their own pace and develop fine motor skills as they play. This Mega Jump toy encourages your child to race their cars around the track, with ramps, loops and then an easy to use launcher. We think that your little boy will love this toy! If you are looking for toys for toddlers and 2-year-old toys, this is perfect as it is super robust and they will get hours of fun out it for months to come. This a great present for a 2-year-old boy as it's fast paced, encourages motor skills and helps your child use their hands and develop good reflexes, what's not to love?
- Price: £20
- H64 x W66 x D72cm
- Comes with 2 cars
- Great for boys to play with
- Ideal for hand-eye coordination
Best Toys For 2-Year-Olds Who Have Everything
Little Tikes Cozy Coupe
If you're looking for a gift to give to a 2-year-old who seems to have everything they could ever want, then the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe is a great gift idea. The Cozy Coupe is a toy that has been around for years but never goes out of fashion. It's fun for kids to play with siblings, parents and even on their own (when they get a bit older). The car has a steering wheel, opening petrol cap alongside an opening door for easy access and four tyres to help move the vehicle. Little Tikes have developed other styles of the car, including a Police Car, a Dinosaur Coupe and finally Rosy The Cozy Coupe. All of the cars feature a friendly face that any toddler will love. Such a timeless classic, you can expect nothing but the best from this amazing Little Tikes Cozy Coupe. With parents around the globe loving this toy, this gift is one of the best toys for 2-year-olds as it is super cute but it also helps to advance their motor skills.
- Price: £50
- H82.5 x W40.6 x D77.5cm
- Has an opening door
- Includes a working horn
- One of the original ride on toys
Best For Building
Mega Bloks First Builders Build 'n' Learn Table
Learn, play and build with this unique First Builders table. It's one of the best toddler toys for a great price and allows hours of imaginative play as well as encouraging your two-year-old to learn colours, shapes and sizes in order to put together their very own creations. From the multi-storey house with garage area to the secret passageways and exciting arches, your child will be impressed with the number of different things there are to do with one table. The Build 'n' Learn table is a three in one toy offering storage, a building platform and portability. This toy is also excellent for being able to quickly put up and take apart again in a matter of minutes, making it easy to take from place to place with all of the parts included. If you are looking for educational toys for toddlers, this toy is ideal. It is suitable for indoor and outdoor play so your toddler can play with this gift whatever the weather. Whether your children like to play on their own or have your help, this toy is great to be able to teach your children how to build exciting things and encourage your children to partake in roleplay at a young age, as they zoom the car around the bricks.
- Price: £24
- Includes 30 bricks, 4 fun scenes, stickers, figurines and a car
- Encourages creative play
- Wonderful present for both 2-year-old boys and girls
- Great for developing fine motor skills
Best For Role Play
IKEA Play Kitchen Set
We all know and love Ikea for their various solutions in the homeware department, but a lot of us also love Ikea for their huge toy section. Ikea toys are made from high quality materials just as their other household items are, meaning that you can expect this Ikea toy kitchen to last a long time for your child. It's the perfect gift for any mini chef and a wonderful toy to encourage role play. With hobs that light up for an extra wow factor, opening cupboards and shelves for your child to store their 'kitchen' equipment, this Ikea kids' kitchen will allow your children to feel just like mummy or daddy when serving up a dish in their kitchen. If you're looking to add additional items to the play kitchen, Ikea sells a variety of plastic crockery, cookware and even fake food to complete your kids' play kitchen. As this kitchen is high quality and beautifully designed you can expect many roleplay times to be had in this set, especially as your child grows up.
- Price: £49
- W72 x D40 x 109 cm
- Requires AA batteries
- Encourages roleplay and confidence
- One of the toys for 2-year-olds that will make them feel grown up
- Great for 2nd birthday ideas
Best For Families On A Budget
Melissa & Doug Farm Animals Sound Puzzle
You can have so much fun teaching your toddler the sounds that animals make with this wonderful Melissa & Doug puzzle. It is an excellent present for a 2-year-old as they can learn to place shapes in the right place whilst playing. All they have to do is slot the correct animal into their space and once it's in place it will make the noise of the animal. Each animal has a raised piece with an easy part for toddlers to grab. The more your child plays this puzzle, the easier it gets, but it still offers plenty of fun. You can also teach your child the name of each animal once placed in the right place. This toy is great for two-year-olds as they can learn animal names and the sounds they make whilst completing this colourful puzzle. We love this as it allows your children to learn all about farm animals and discover the different sounds for sensory play. This is a great way to bond with your child and help them to learn at the same time.
- Price: £12
- Makes animal sounds
- Encourages hand eye coordination
- Great for learning
- One of the most interactive toys
- Teach your child animal names
Best For Cuddles
1. Early Learning Centre Grey Bunny Plush Toy
A plush toy is a wonderful gift for any 2-year-old. Not only does this give them a friendly companion, but it is also excellent for comfort. Your child will have many years with this special bunny. With super soft fur, incredible floppy ears and a loving face, it's a lovely pick for so many reasons. This bunny is also great for encouraging imaginative play and can also help grown-ups communicate differently with their child through role play. Early Learning Centre toys encourage playtime as well as learning and this plush bunny is no exception, it encourages cute playtimes but also offers comfort for nap times. Whether your child is 2-years-old or a bit more grown-up, they'll love this bunny plush as it's friendly, comforting and makes an excellent furry friend.
- Price: £14
- Available in pink, grey and tan
- Also available in a smaller size
- Suitable for children of all ages
- For bedtime and playtime
2. Early Learning Centre Jungle Beats Percussion Set
Does your toddler love to make noise and enjoy toys that make sounds? Then this Jungle Beats Percussion set is the ideal gift for your 2-year-old. The Jungle Beats set includes a drum, two drum sticks, a tambourine, two maracas and two castanets, which will provide hours of fun for your toddler to play with. Your child will love to hear the sound of the maracas, to tap on the drum and play with the castanets. Why not teach your toddler to tap the drums, shake the tambourine, play with the maracas and even get your other children involved to take instruments and create a family band? With a variety of sounds, your child will love the possibilities with this set. Whether your child loves to play with toys that make sounds or would benefit from playing instruments from an early age, this interactive play is a great place to start. Each of the instruments in the set provides hours of imaginative play, making this an excellent gift for any child who is going to be 2-years-old soon.
- Price: £19.60
- Fun for your child to explore
- Helps with hand-eye coordination skills.
- Great for mummy and daddy to join in
- Jungle themed instruments
Best Educational Toys For 2-Year-Olds
Leap Frog 100 Words Book
If you're still looking for toys for a 2-year-old, this '100 Words' book may be the answer. This book is one of the best gifts for education, as it teaches your child a host of new and exciting words. LeapFrog has created this game to teach 12 different learning categories, including food, pets and clothes. Over time spent playing with this great toy, your child's vocabulary is bound to improve drastically. This book also allows children to connect with different 'learning friends' who can be found on each page, kids can press the words on their page and hear the definition. Finally, this toy is excellent even for an advanced level or older child, as you can flip a switch and hear the words in French too. With so many exciting words, phrases and numbers to learn your children will love this LeapFrog book, perfect for kids aged two to five.
Kidadl Best Buys selects the top parent-recommended products across the web for families of all ages. If you liked our suggestions for the best gifts for 2-year-olds, then why not take a look at this list of the best 'Paw Patrol' toys that kids will love, or our roundup of the best unicorn toys for kids.
- Price: £14.99
- Includes 12 learning categories
- Great for learning languages
- Speaks in English and French
- Interactive and educational toy
- Teaches simple words and phrases
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