Best Gifts for 2-Year-Olds

One of my all-time most popular posts is my 1-year-old gift guide and I’ve been meaning to put together a “best gifts for 2-year-olds” post for months now. It’s been a big work-in-progress to ensure it’s comprehensive and based on what we use and what’s been recommended to us in the past. 

With my daughter born on Christmas Day, I find myself carefully curating lists for both myself and grandparents and this is a product of that. You’ll see there are some toys that are likely better for right when a little one turns 2 and others that we’ve brought out more recently at the 2.5 year mark (we put aside any small pieces on 3 year+ toys as needed). Of course, we don’t have nearly as many toys on this list but am confident they are all good finds! 

So if you’re wondering what the best gifts for 2-year-olds are, browse the lists and carousel images below, all broken down by price point and a few other categories – it’s a long one!

Birthday-Themed 2-Year-Old Gifts

LEGO DUPLO Disney Mickey & Minnie Birthday Train 10941 Kids’ Birthday Number Train; Learning and Building Playset, New 2021 (22 Pieces)
LEGO DUPLO Disney Minnie Mouse's Birthday Party 10873
Thomas & Friends Wood, Birthday Thomas, Multicolor
Best Birthday Ever! (Thomas & Friends)
Happy Birthday to You! Great Big Flap Book
Melissa & Doug Birthday Party
LEGO DUPLO Disney Mickey & Minnie Birthday Train 10941 Kids’ Birthday Number Train; Learning and Building Playset, New 2021 (22 Pieces)
LEGO DUPLO Disney Minnie Mouse's Birthday Party 10873
Thomas & Friends Wood, Birthday Thomas, Multicolor
Best Birthday Ever! (Thomas & Friends)
Happy Birthday to You! Great Big Flap Book
Melissa & Doug Birthday Party
LEGO DUPLO Disney Mickey & Minnie Birthday Train 10941 Kids’ Birthday Number Train; Learning and Building Playset, New 2021 (22 Pieces)
LEGO DUPLO Disney Minnie Mouse's Birthday Party 10873
Thomas & Friends Wood, Birthday Thomas, Multicolor
Best Birthday Ever! (Thomas & Friends)
Happy Birthday to You! Great Big Flap Book
Melissa & Doug Birthday Party

$100+ 2-Year-Old Gifts

Toy Doll Farmhouse - Hearth & HandTM with Magnolia
Tender Leaf Toys - Mini Chef Kitchen Range
Toniebox Audio Player Starter Set with Peppa Pig, George, and Playtime Puppy - Imagination Building, Screen-Free Digital Listening Experience for Stories, Music, and More - Pink
Guidecraft Classic Kitchen Helper Stool - White W/Keeper and Non-Slip Mat: Foldable, Adjustable Height Safety Cooking Stool for Toddlers with Chalkboard and Whiteboard Message Boards
Wooden Toy Kitchen - Hearth & HandTM with Magnolia
MAGNA-TILES Metropolis 110pc Set
BRIO 33097 Cargo Railway Deluxe Set | 54 Piece Train Toy with Accessories and Wooden Tracks for Kids Age 3 and Up,Multi
Fairy Town Train Set
Kitchen Helper
Plan Toys Victorian Dollhouse
Toy Cottage Dollhouse - Hearth & HandTM with Magnolia
Hape Doll Family Mansion| Award Winning 10 Bedroom Doll House, Wooden Play Mansion with Accessories for Ages 3+ Years
Pop-Up Playhouse, Gold Starburst
Tender Leaf Toys Mini Chef Home Kitchen – Wooden Kitchenette Fully Equipped with Accessories for Pretend Cooking – Develops Social, Creative & Imaginative Skills – Learning Role Play – Ages 3+ Years
KidKraft Farmhouse Play Kitchen with 18pc Accessory Play Set
Kids' Kitchen Helper White - Guidecraft
Gladly Family Anthem 4 Quad Wagon Stroller, All-Terrain Collapsible Wagon with Canopy for Kids, 4 Seater (Electric Silver)
WONDERFOLD X2 2-Passenger Push and Pull Quad Stroller Wagon with Adjustable Handle Bar, Removable Canopy, Safety Seats with 5-Point Harness, One-Step Foot Brake (Gray)
Veer Cruiser | Next Generation Premium Stroller Wagon Crossover | The Feel and Safety of a Premium Stroller Combined with The Fun of a Lightweight, Rugged Wagon
Teamson Kids - Little Chef Paris Modern Play Kitchen - White / Rose Gold

Pikler Climbing Triangle These are a great big present that will get lots of use. Learn about this wooden jungle gym’s philosophy here.

Wooden Train Set This one from Hape is under $100 and I can attest that my nephew loves it – we got it for him last year when he was just turning 2. My mom has bins of Brio trains – the original wooden trains – from when my brothers and I were little, and if you’re looking for that brand, this is a good option that’s a bit more expensive. And this is a much girlier set.

Kitchen Set There are so many different brands, styles and price points – ultimately we went with this Tender Leaf Toys kitchen set because it fit perfectly in the space, looked nice in our living room, and was gender-neutral enough for future kids. We got it for our daughter’s 1st birthday but she definitely plays with it more at age 2! Here is another from the same brand that’s smaller in size and price. KidKraft has lots of great sets and I also like this B. Toys option! And I also love this Hearth and Hand with Magnolia option from Target, especially with this matching refrigerator with additional storage.

Hearth and Hand with Magnolia Wooden Dollhouse with Furniture This is Sofia’s big birthday present, as it came highly recommended by a friend. I believe it sold out quickly last year around the holidays, so if that’s the case, check out this one (more expensive but beautiful), this one, or this one. To add mini people, check out these from HABA or this Hape set.

MAGNA-TILES Metropolis Set – A nice big, 110-piece set of MagnaTiles! For even better value, I also like Picasso Tiles – here’s a 100-piece set for under $50.

Kitchen Helper Stool Ideally go with a foldable one, as we’re very happy with ours! This is the one I recommend from GuideKraft on Amazon. Our 2-year-old uses this all the time – it makes her feel involved and really just contains her when we’re trying to cook. Favorites are making eggs (have her stir them up), pizzas (add all the toppings!), cookies and more.

TONIEBOX Starter Set I’ve been seeing these everywhere and decided to give it a go this year. It’s a soft box that plays stories and songs – ultimately entertaining kids with no screen time. You buy sets with different stories that they can input themselves via little figures.

Petite Keep Keepsake Box I eventually want to get one of these to store keepsakes. I love how you can pick a color and size, then customize the inside with a monogram and fabric. And it’s a mom-owned small business!

Veer Wagon A big splurge and possibly more of a gift for mom and dad. But kids apparently love riding in this and many parents wind up using it as a stroller. It’s good on any terrain, including the beach, and can fit 2 kids (even 1 in an infant car seat with an attachment). Other options people seem to love for different reasons: Wonderfold and a newer product, Anthem.

Play Tent This one feels castle-like for a princess and would be the perfect little cozy nook to play or read in.

Under $100 2-Year-Old Gifts

Micro Kickboard - Mini Deluxe 3-Wheeled, Lean-to-Steer, Swiss-Designed Micro Scooter for Kids, Ages 2-5
edxeducation Step-a-Trail - 6 Piece Obstacle Course for Kids - Indoor and Outdoor - Build Coordination and Confidence - Physical and Imaginative Play
Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table | Kids Water Play Table with 13-Pc Accessory Set
Little Partners Wobble Board
MAGNA-TILES Clear Colors 37pc Set
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Art Easel - Dry-Erase Board, Chalkboard, Paper Roller
Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet, 7" Display, 16 GB, Purple Kid-Proof Case
Toy Refrigerator - Hearth & HandTM with Magnolia
LEGO DUPLO Classic Creative Birthday Party 10958 Imaginative Building Fun for Toddlers; Creative Toy Gift for Kids, New 2021 (200 Pieces)
Micro Kickboard - Mini Deluxe 3-Wheeled, Lean-to-Steer, Swiss-Designed Micro Scooter for Kids, Ages 2-5
Hape Busy City Train Rail Set | Complete City Themed Wooden Rail Toy Set for Toddlers with Passenger Train, Freight Train, Station, Play Figurines, and More, Multicolor, Model:E3730
Little Tikes 3' Trampoline – Amazon Exclusive
Hape Modern Family of 5 Wooden Bendable Doll Set| Pretend Playset for Kid’s Wooden Dolls House
Corolle Mon Grand Poupon Eloise Goes to Bed Set Toy Baby Doll, Pink, 14 inches
B. toys Wooden Play Kitchen - Mini Chef Kitchenette
Corolle Mon Grand Poupon Louise - 14" Toy Baby Doll for Ages 2 Years +
Retrospec Cub Kids Balance Bike No Pedal Bicycle - Beginner Toddler Bike - Steel Frame & Air-Free Tires - Girls & Boys 2-5 Years

Amazon Fire TabletWe got one of these a while ago for plane rides and she’s just now willing to sit down and watch a show. We use it sparingly but I’m happy we have one, and Amazon has good show options that you can also download to be used offline when there’s no WiFi. And you can set up a kids profile easily so all they watch are their shows. Another option – iPad: We got a new iPad and decided to childproof our old one with this case. Headphones: These are great for 2-year-olds and can go loud enough to hear on planes.

Micro Mini Deluxe Kickboard Scooter Kids are always riding these around the neighborhood and I can’t wait to get Sofia out on hers now that it’s warmer out. I also ordered this helmet to go with it.

Retrospec Cub Balance BikeComes in lots of colors and a good way to get kiddos used to riding a bike!

American Girl Bitty Baby These dolls are classics, high quality and made to last. It made for a perfect 2nd birthday present from Grandma, along with this diaper bag backpack set that gets tons of use. This 14” Corolle doll in floral outfit is also a great option.

Balance Board Either wooden or plastic (the latter of which falls in the under $50 bucket), these are one of those toys that kids can play with all sorts of ways. They can balance, make it a ramp, and more.

MAGNA-TILES – This is a 37-piece set, but of course you can get bigger or smaller sets. As mentioned above, Picasso Tiles are also nearly identical and less expensive!

Melissa & Doug Standing Art Easel If you have space like an actual playroom, this is a great easel for all kinds of artwork.

Little Tikes TrampolineI’ve heard this is the best one – as much as I want to get a fold-up version, reviews say they aren’t as sturdy. Helps get some energy out!

Obstacle CourseWe got this for my 3-year-old nephew and he loves it – and so does my 2-year-old. You can use it indoor or outdoor and it all stacks up nicely for storage.

Water Table Always good for outdoor summer entertainment when you can’t make it to a real pool or beach. We have this one and store it outside underneath the porch. If you need a smaller option, try this one.

Under $50 2-Year-Old Gifts

Melissa & Doug Mine to Love Wooden Play Cradle for Dolls, Stuffed Animals - White
Melissa & Doug Take-Along Town
Green Toys Build-a-Bouquet Stacking Set, Assorted
Hape Mini Band Instrument Set | Five Piece Wooden Instrument Music Set for Kids
Corolle Mon Premier Bebe Calin Ballerina, Pink/White, 12"""
Corolle Bebe Bath Marin - 12” Boy Baby Doll with Rubber Frog Toy, Safe for Water Play in The Bathtub or Pool, Poseable Soft Body with Vanilla Scent, for Kids Ages 18 Months and Up, Aqua
Corolle Mon Premier Poupon Bebe Calin - Charming Pastel - 12" Baby Doll, Pink
Prextex Pack of 2 Cartoon R/C Police Car and Race Car Radio Control Toys for Kids- Each with Different Frequencies So Both Can Race Together
Pixie Crush Unicorn Toys Stuffed Animal Gift Plush Set with Rainbow Case – 5 Piece Stuffed Animals with 2 Unicorns, Kitty, Puppy, and Narwhal – Toddler Gifts for Girls Aged 3, 4, 5 ,6 ,7, 8 yr olds
Melissa & Doug Hair Stylist Role Play Costume Set
Little People Disney Princess Parade Vehicle 5-Pack Gift Set
Fat Brain Toys Teeter Popper, Green
Melissa & Doug Double-Sided Magnetic Tabletop Art Easel - Dry-Erase Board and Chalkboard
Green Toys Ambulance & Doctor's Kit Role Play Set, Red/Blue
Green Toys Tool Set-Blue, Assorted
Melissa & Doug Doctor Role Play Costume Set (Frustration Free Packaging)
Melissa & Doug Princess Role Play Costume Set (3 pcs)- Pink Gown, Tiara, Wand
Melissa & Doug Police Officer Role Play Costume Dress-Up Set (8 pcs) Blue, 17.5" x 24" x 0.75" Packaged
Melissa & Doug Construction Worker Role Play Costume Dress-Up Set (6 pcs)
Melissa & Doug Royal Princess Role Play Costume Set
Melissa & Doug Take-Along Kingdom - Ages 3+
Yookidoo Flow 'n' Fill Spout Bath Toy
The Children's Hotel Robe, Rainbow
Battat – Musical Light Show Microphone – Light-Up Sing-Along Mic with 5 Songs and Record Functions for Kids 2 Years + (Bluetooth)
Hape Kid's Wooden Toy Ukulele in Blue, L: 21.9, W: 8.1, H: 3 inch
CUTE STONE Play Kitchen Sink Toys with Upgraded Real Faucet, Play Cooking Stove, Cookware Pot and Pan,Play Food, Color Changing Dishes Accessories for Boys Girls Toddlers
Triple Eight LIL 8 Dual Certified Sweatsaver Kids Skateboard and Bike Helmet with Padded Chin Buckle
PicassoTiles 100 Piece Set 100pcs Magnet Building Tiles Clear Magnetic 3D Building Blocks Construction Playboards, Creativity beyond Imagination, Inspirational, Recreational, Educational Conventional
Corolle Good Night My Mini Calin Baby Doll, Pink
Melissa & Doug Mine to Love Doll Bunk Beds
Melissa & Doug Play Stroller
Melissa & Doug Wooden High Chair
Melissa & Doug Mine to Love Wooden Play Armoire Closet for Dolls, Stuffed Animals - White (17.3”H x 12.4”W x 8.5”D Assembled)
HAPE Blue Ukulele
iClever BTH12 Kids Headphones, Colorful LED Lights Kids Bluetooth Headphones with 74/85/94dB Volume Limited Over Ear, 40H Playtime, Bluetooth 5.0, Built-in Mic for School/Tablet/PC/Airplane, Pink
Manhattan Toy Baby Stella Beige with Brown Hair 15" Soft First Baby Doll
Corolle Floral Baby Doll Carrier and Bed - Mon Grand Poupon Accessory Fits 14" and 17" Dolls, with Rotating Handle and Straps, for Kids Ages 3 Years and up, Pink, 14" - 17" (141330)

Corolle Doll These dolls are also great quality and less expensive than Bitty Babies. Corolle dolls come in 12” and 14” – in a variety of outfits, ethnicities, etc. – and there are lots of cute accessories and outfits to go with them. My picks: 12” ballerina, 12” boy bathtime doll. My 2-year-old also loves this 8” version that comes with pajamas and a sleep sack because she loves putting her dolls to bed as part of her own routine. It was great to take on vacation!

Melissa & Doug Dress Up Clothes & Accessories I always see photos of Sofia dressed up in these outfits at school and thought it would be fun to make a bin at home. Options include a princess, doctor, chef, fire chief, police officer, construction worker, hair stylist and more. These Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse dress up sets are also good options. For under $25, add the dress up shoes, tutus, and necklaces.

Fisher-Price Little People Disney Princess Parade Our friends have this and Sofia loves it, especially now that she’s starting to recognize the characters. This seems to be the only place that has the whole set now (and for some reason the price is sometimes reasonable and other times way up!). You can also buy each individually – here are links to Cinderella, Elsa, Anna, Ariel, Belle, Rapunzel and Snow White – but if you catch the full set at a good price it’s a much better value.

Unicorn Stuffed Animal Set This rainbow storage bag comes with several soft, small unicorn stuffed animals that my daughter loves carrying around.

Maileg MiceThese are the cutest little collectibles that kids can still play with. They have all kinds of little mice, some of which come in cigar box beds. If your toddler has a sibling on the way, they have big and little sister and brother mice that would make great gifts.

LEGO DUPLO Creative Birthday Party Set A friend recommended this and I love that it’s themed, yet simple so kids can play with it in so many ways, with 200 pieces included.

Melissa & Doug Table Easel Just over the $25 mark and a great option for families like us who just don’t have the space for a larger easel.

Hill House Home Bathrobe I love this chic toddler bathrobe, it’s so cute. But there are lots of others out there at other stores in this price point as well!

HAPE Ukulele There’s a lot of “Old MacDonald” strumming going on in our house with our ukulele!

Green Toys Build-a-Bouquet There are many Amazon dupes of this but I love this toy brand and have heard this is a fun option for toddler entertainment.

Green Toys Tool SetGreat if you don’t have room for a full tool chest station (my nephew literally got 3 of those last Christmas when he was almost 2!).

Melissa & Doug Doll FurnitureThey have a white crib, bunk beds, stroller, armoire, high chair and more that all match. These fit different size dolls, not just the Melissa & Doug dolls.

Melissa & Doug Horse Stable SetOur friends have this and it was an instant hit. I like that the horses all have nice little homes so it helps with containing and storing toys too.

Melissa & Doug Fold-Up TownWe got this for another 2-year-old who lives in a city condo like us and heard it was a win. It pops up to a little city with roads for the different cars to drive on. This is a royal kingdom version.

Flow n Fill Bath ToyJust over $25, this is a fun toy to add to the tub as your kid gets older and needs more entertainment than rubber duckies and boats.

Battat Musical Light Show Microphone My nephew has a microphone set and the kids love playing with it. This looks like a good option to try out.

Hape Ukulele Similar to above, kids this age love making music!

Police & Race Car Remote SetOne last random find that came as a recommendation from a friend.

Under $25 2-Year-Old Gifts

Manhattan Toy Wee Baby Stella Peach 12" Soft Baby Doll
Crayola Color Wonder Mess Free Coloring Kit, 80pc, Toddler Toys, Kids Indoor Activities at Home
Melissa & Doug On the Go Water Wow! Water Reveal Pads Set: Vehicles, Animals, Alphabet
Melissa & Doug Reusable Sticker Pads Set: Habitats, Vehicles, Town: 115 Stickers
Do A Dot Art! Marker Ultra Bright Washable Markers
Stacking Peg Board Toy Set | JUMBO PACK | Montessori Occupational Therapy Fine Motor Skills for Toddlers and Preschooler, 60 Pegs & Board | 3 Free Bonuses, 6 Stacking cups, Colorful Board, Carry Bag
Fisher-Price Little People Barbie You Can Be Anything Figures - 7pk
Fisher-Price Little People Barbie Convertible Vehicle
Play-Doh Academy Activity Case
Play-Doh Classic Canister Retro Set with 6 Non-Toxic Colors
Play-Doh Retro Classic Can Collection - 12pk
B. toys Toy Doctor Kit - Wee MD
LEGO DUPLO Disney Minnie Mouse's Birthday Party 10873
Crayola My First Double Doodle Board Stage 2
Chuckle & Roar 10 Pin Kids Bowling Set
B. toys Toy Doctor Kit - Wee MD
Melissa & Doug On the Go ColorBlast! Activity Books Set - Fairy, Princess, and Sea Life
Melissa & Doug Mine to Love Jenna 12" Soft Body Baby Doll
Honeysticks Beeswax Bath Tub Crayons for Toddlers & Kids, Non-Toxic, Washable & Easy Clean Up, Water Soluble Bath-Time Fun, Food Grade Pigments, Handmade in New Zealand (7 Pack)
Melissa & Doug Mine to Love Carrier Play Set
Melissa & Doug Doll Nursery - Travel Set
Learning Resources Snap-n-Learn Matching Dinos, Fine Motor, Counting & Sorting Toy, Shape Sorting, 18 Pieces, Sorting, Ages 2+
Learning Resources Smart Snacks Alpha Pops, Alphabet Matching & Fine Motor Skills Toy, 26 Double Sided Pieces, Ages 2+,Multi-color
Learning Resources Counting Surprise Party, Homeschool, Fine Motor, Counting & Sorting Toy, Ages 3+
Melissa & Doug Chef Role Play Costume Dress -Up Set With Realistic Accessories
Melissa & Doug Role Play Collection - Step In Style! Dress-Up Shoes Set (4 Pairs)
Melissa & Doug Minnie & Daisy Wooden Magnetic Dress-Up
Click N' PLAY 9 piece Doll Puppy Set and Accessories. Perfect For 18 inch American Girl Dolls
Melissa & Doug Fire Chief Role Play Costume Dress-Up Set (6 pcs)
Melissa & Doug Take-Along Show-Horse Stable
Melissa and Doug Best Friends Magnetic Dress-Up Magnetic Activity Set
Melissa & Doug Role Play Collection - Goodie Tutus! Dress-Up Skirts Set (4 Costume Skirts)
Childom Kids Musical Instruments Musical Instruments Wood Xylophone for Kids Children, Child Wooden Music Shakers Percussion Instruments Tambourine Birthday Gifts Present with Carrying Bag
Casdon - Dyson Ball Vacuum TOY VACUUM with working suction and sounds, 2 lbs, Grey/Yellow/Multicolor
Giant Aqua Draw Door & Floor Doodle Mat with 22 Mess-Free Tools – Chuckle & Roar
Sam's Sandwich
Toddlers Sherpa Fleece Bootie Slippers
Extra Large Natural Zip Top Long Handle Canvas Tote Bag
Learning Resources New Sprouts Healthy Breakfast, Play Food, Play food for Kids, 11 Pieces of Play Breakfast Food, Ages 18mos+
Learning Resources New Sprouts Garden Fresh Salad Set
Skip Hop Zoo Little Chef Meal Kit
Learning Resources Pretend & Play Rise & Shine Breakfast, Play Food, Easter Gifts for Toddlers, 21 Pieces, Ages 3+
Melissa & Doug Dress-Up Necklaces
Disney Princess Ariel Dress
Bristle Blocks by Battat – The Official Bristle Blocks – 112Piece – STEM Creativity Building Toys Dexterity Fine Motricity – Bpa Free 2 Years +
TOYMANY 10PCS Dog Figurines Playset, Realistic Detailed Plastic Puppy Figures, Hand Painted Emulational Dogs Animals Toy Set, Cake Toppers Christmas Birthday Gift for Kids Toddlers
HABA Biofino Watermelon Washable Plush Play Food with 5 Slices
HABA Biofino Sandwich Soft Play Food - 12 Piece Set with Two Slices of Bread and Loads of Toppings
HABA Little Friends Babies Marie & Max - 2.5" Twin Baby Dollhouse Toy Figures (2 Piece Set)
HABA Little Friends Dog Lucky with Doghouse & Wooden Bones
Happy Family Dollhouse Set by Hape |Award Winning Doll Family Set, Unique Accessory for Kid’s Wooden Dolls House, Imaginative Play Toy, 6 Family Figures, Adults 4.3" and Kids 3.5", Multicolor
HABA Snug Up Roya - 10" Soft Doll with Fuzzy Red Pigtails, Embroidered Face and Removable Pink Dress (Machine Washable) for Ages 18 Months +
Chuckle & Roar Montessori Shapes & Numbers Learning Puzzle 76pc
Melissa & Doug Dust! Sweep! Mop! (Frustration Free Packaging),Multicolor
Disney Minnie Mouse Bowdazzling Dress Up Trunk Set, 21 Fashion Accessories Included, Size 4-6x, Amazon Exclusive
Mickey Mouse Disney Junior Helping Hands Dress Up Trunk, 19 Piece Pretend Play Set with Storage, Size 4-6X, Amazon Exclusive, by Just Play
Papablic Gina Toddler Sonic Electric Toothbrush with Cute Dino Cover for Babies and Toddlers Ages 1-3 Years
Melissa & Doug Mine to Love Bedtime Play Set
CozyPhones Over The Ear Headband Headphones - Kids Wireless Headphones Volume Limited with Thin Speakers & Super Soft Fleece Headband - Pink Unicorn
HABA Number Maze Magnetic Game STEM Toy Encourages Color Recognition, Fine Motor & Counting
Melissa & Doug On the Go ColorBlast! Activity Books Set - Fairy, Princess, and Sea Life
Crayola Color Wonder Mess Free Art Desk with Stamps, 20+ Pieces, Kids Toys
Battat – Deluxe Doctor Kit – Pretend Play Doctor Set for Kids 3 Years + (11-Pcs), Blue
ProCase Kids Case for iPad 10.2 9th Gen 2021 / 8th Gen 2020 / 7th Gen 2019 / iPad Air 10.5" 2019 / iPad Pro 10.5, Shockproof Convertible Handle Stand Cover Light Weight Kids Friendly Case -Magenta
8 Piece Tegu Pocket Pouch Magnetic Wooden Block Set, Sunset
Melissa & Doug Poke-A-Dot Jumbo Number Learning Cards
Melissa & Doug Poke-a-Dot – Old MacDonald’s Farm
HABA Biofino Mini Pizza's - Two Small Pies with Loads of Fabric Toppings - Perfect for Pretend Role Play for Little Chefs Ages 3+
HABA Biofino Spaghetti Bolognese Polyester Pasta and Meatballs - for Pretend Role Play Dinner Fun

Melissa & Doug Dress Up Clothes & Accessories Add the dress up shoes, tutus, and necklaces to the dress up clothes in the under $50 section or buy on their own!

Melissa & Doug Mine to Love Baby DollSofia got this for her 1st birthday, but she really started to love it just before she turned 2 and seems to like it more and more as time goes on. The Manhattan Toy Wee Baby Stella she got for her 1st birthday as well remains her beloved “Baby LaLa” and while I think it’s a good one for getting early on, they’re great for 2-year-olds too.

Melissa & Doug Baby Accessories She’s also very into actually taking care of her babies now, so I recommend any of the accessories, such as: baby carrier (holds dolls and stuffed animals up to 18”), bathtub set, travel set with a diaper bag, feeding set, and this bedtime one that comes with a sleep sack (she will love this!). 

B. Toys Doctor Kit My mom is a doctor, so this is a fun one for our family. It comes with lots of pieces, a nice storage box and it’s under $20. Another option for just over $25 is this set from Green Toys (great brand!) that comes with an ambulance instead of a carry box.

Honeysticks Bath Crayons Straight forward, bathtime fun!

Set of 10 Dog Figures If your little one loves dogs like mine does, you can’t go wrong with this! Take them out of the package and use as stocking stuffers, too.

Bowling SetGreat if you have a playroom or another good area for this activity.

Door & Floor Doodle Mat This mess-free toy is also easy-to-store, so I’m already a fan.

Dot Markers and Pads I’ve been told the key is to buy the sets with the nice thick paper. I know these are used and loved at school, so I’m sure they’ll be a hit at home.

Pretend Food Sets This one with healthy breakfast items (another breakfast option here), this build-a-salad set, and this taco set are all cute. I also love these fabric options from HABA – they have a watermelon, sushi set, pizza, spaghetti & bolognese, sandwich, and more!

Melissa & Doug Cleaning Set A favorite toy in our house and something our daycare also has in the preschool rooms, so it definitely lasts a while.

Mini Dyson Vacuum If your kid has a fascination with the real version, I’ve heard this is a great toy!

Melissa & Doug Magnetic Dress Up Sets Love this one with the girl and career outfits, this ballerina and fairy set, or this with Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck.

Learning Resources sets This is a good brand on Amazon, as they’re well made, affordable and educational. I like the matching dinosaurs, alphabet pops, and counting surprise party for age 2 (the latter does say for age 3+ but I’d put aside any too small pieces).

Crayola My First Double Doodle BoardUnder $11 and very compact, so it’s good for throwing in a diaper bag or kids backpack.

Bristle Blocks by Battat I remembered these blocks from when I was little. They have bristles that make them stick together as you build towers, cars and more.

Melissa & Doug Reusable StickersGreat for airplanes because they stick to the TV screen! But also good anywhere, whether it’s home or on-the-go.

Melissa & Doug ColorBlast or Water Wow I always keep these in my diaper bag and use them at restaurants or when traveling. Bringing out a new one is always a win.

Musical Instruments This set comes with the essentials and I’d definitely buy it if we didn’t already have this set from last year, which I highly recommend.

Shapes and Numbers Wooden PuzzleA 4-in-1 Montessori-style learning puzzle.

Lego DUPLO Minnie Mouse’s Birthday Party Under $20, and a fun set if your little one loves Minnie Mouse and it’s her birthday.

Doll Puppy SetThis is technically to go with a bigger doll, but I think a 2-year-old would like to play pretend and feed the dog, put it to bed, etc.

Dinosaur Electric Toothbrush Another practical gift but because it’s a dinosaur, it’s fun. I highly recommend this one – it’s easy-to-use and toddlers like the light and noise the electric toothbrush makes.

Melissa & Doug Poke-a-Dot Books & Learning CardsI don’t know what it is about these books but I always hear people say they are very entertaining for toddlers – and that was definitely the case for us.

Under $10 2-Year-Old Gifts

The Learning Journey: My First Match It - Head and Tails - 2 Year Old Toys, Puzzles for Toddlers, Toddler Puzzle, Educational Toys for 2 Year Old - 15 Self-Correcting Animal Matching Puzzles
Munchkin Fishin' Bath Toy
Chuckle & Roar Shapes & Animals Learning Puzzles - 2pk
Early Learning Centre Alphabet Puzzle, Amazon Exclusive
6ct Light-Up Spiky Ball - SpritzTM
Mrs. Potato Head Retro
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Nina Ballerina Magnetic Dress-Up Wooden Doll With 27pc of Clothing
Chuckle & Roar Pop It! - The Original Take Anywhere Bubble Popping Game
Chuckle & Roar Pop It! Letters and Numbers – Educational Travel Game for Kids
Melissa & Doug Mine to Love Bathtub Play Set - White
Melissa & Doug Julia Magnetic Dress-Up Wooden Doll Pretend Play Set (25+pc)
Melissa & Doug Ballerina and Fairy Magnetic Dress-Up Double-Sided Wooden Doll and Swan Pretend Play Set (52 pcs)
Play-Doh Starter Set
Play-Doh Bright Delights 12-Pack
Skip Hop Snack Cup, Narwhal
Melissa & Doug Mermaid & Dolphin Magnetic Dress-Up Wooden Dolls Pretend Play Set (35 pcs)
HABA Little Friends Naomi - 4" Girl Toy Figure with Pig Tails
HABA Little Friends Mali - 4" Bendy Girl Doll Figure with Blonde Hair & Headband
Do A Dot Art Coloring Books for Kids – Rainbow Trail Activity Book for Girls, Boys and Toddlers
48 Vehicle Matching Puzzles with Error-Correction Mechanism Pre-Primer in 2 Pieces, Perfect for Preschool Learning (24 Blocks Double Sided)
Sensory Stretchy Kids Coil Bracelets, 6 Pack Funny Speech and Communication Aid Bracelet Fidget Toys for Boys Girls with Autism ADHD Anxiety or Special Needs - Assorted Colors (Rainbow)
BinaryABC Plastic Bangle Bracelets Candy Color Bracelet Party Favors Pack for Birthday Party 12pcs (Adult Size)
Play-Doh Party Pack 10 1oz Cans of Assorted Color
Melissa & Doug Water Wow! Fairy Tale
Hape Kid's 5 in 1 Beach Set
Kinetic Sand 6053691 Rainbow Mix Set with 3 Colours (382g) and 6 Tools, for Kids Aged 3 and Up, Multicoloured
Fisher-Price Little People Sit with Me School Bus
Fisher-Price Little People Help A Friend Pick Up Truck, Multicolor
Little Blue Truck Leads the Way board book
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site (Board Book for Toddlers, Children's Board Book)

Play-Doh SetsThis is a good starter set, and then you can also go for a 12-pack like this for additional colors.

Matching Puzzle SetThis set of simple 2-piece puzzles with animals is a good segway into more complex puzzles, while teaching them animals and matching.

Chuckle & Roar Animals and Shapes/Colors Puzzle SetSimple and similar to ones we have and love. This is also a good alphabet option.

Light Up Spiky BallsI can’t remember who recommended these but I’ve been told they are a hit with kids – and only $5 for the set. And then right after I added this to the list, one of my friends brought one over and I can confirm this is accurate!

Dollhouse PeopleMentioning this again here in case you already have a dollhouse. I think these HABA brand mini people are so cute. They also have pets like cats and dogs.

Plastic BraceletsBracelets are fun for toddlers even outside of playing actual dress up. We have versions of these and these.

Munchkin Fishin’ Bath ToySimple, toddler-age appropriate bath toy that would also fit in a stocking out of the package.

Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head Retro toys you can’t go wrong with!

Melissa & Doug Magnetic Dress-Up Wooden Set This one is a ballerina and under $10, but they have so many to choose from.

Pop It! Fidget Toys There are so many of these out there, but would make for a great gift for really any kid over 2 in my opinion. Here’s another with letters.

Fisher-Price Little People SetsThere are so many to choose from, but this bus and they have sets with a vehicle and person included for just over $5 too. 

Skip Hop Animal Snack Cup A practical gift that looks somewhat like a toy. We always have these kinds of snack cups on-the-go or in the living room to avoid spills.

Kinetic SandYou can of course get bigger sets than this one, but this is a good set with 6 colors and 3 tools to play with.

BooksAn obvious one and this could be its own post with all our recommendations, but some of our favorite series are: Little Blue Truck, Pete the Cat, Pout-Pout Fish, Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, and Where Do Diggers, Trains and Planes Sleep at Night. There are lots to choose from under $10!

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