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Two is an adorable and exciting age. They’re talking, exploring, and gaining new physical skills by the day. Two-year-olds really start interacting with the world—and with their toys. During an uncertain holiday season when travel may be out of the question, you may want to add a couple more gifts under the tree.
We've compiled an exhaustive list of the best gifts for 2-year-olds this year, from toys to get the wiggles out, to building sets, to pretend play. Here are 27 gifts that 2-year-olds are sure to love.
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1. For the one who loves to ride the rails: A Mickey Mouse train set
Brio is the go-to company when it comes to toy trains, and this sturdy little set is great for toddlers. But the best part about this new set is Mickey Mouse—a Disney figurine is included. If your little one loves Disney and trains, a Donald and Daisy set is sold separately, and you can also get a Mickey and Minnie station.
2. For the one who loves to cuddle: A giant teddy bear
This cute stuffed bear is a great gift pick; Kai is soft and squishy, and we just love his big round head. Gund’s modern taupe bear comes in 12- or 23-inch sizes but we say go big or go home!
3. For the one with extra energy: A tiny trampoline
Two-year-olds are balls of energy, especially when they’re cooped up in the winter—and especially when homebound during a pandemic! That makes this trampoline a perfect holiday gift. Your toddler will love bouncing, and you’ll love the physical outlet. For indoor use only, the Little Tikes trampoline has a handle bar for stability and it isn’t far off the ground, making it a safe option for little ones.
4. For the one who is a Peppa Pig fan: A Peppa Pig dollhouse
Little fans of the TV series "Peppa Pig" will go bananas for this dollhouse playset. Peppa Pig, George, and Rebecca Rabbit figurines are included with the Fancy Family Home Playset, as are 13 accessories. The seven-room plastic house features gold accents (hence the “Fancy”), lights, and sounds.
5. For the one who loves luxury: Baby’s first Tesla
Spoil your car-loving tot with a tiny Tesla. This ride-on toy is great for ages 18 months and up, and yes, it looks just like a real Tesla. Fun features include a horn, working steering wheel, quiet wheels, and an ergonomic seat. At a hundred bucks, this is a fun splurge that will look great under the tree.
6. For the one who needs help falling asleep: An Elmo bedtime pal
Toddlers love Sesame Street’s adorable red monster. But what they’ll love most about this plush Elmo doll is the flashlight. Bedtime Elmo comes dressed in glow-in-the-dark star jammies and carries a working flashlight that lights up when pressed. The perfect present for toddlers who might need bedtime support from a comforting character.
7. For the one who likes to "cook": A chic and compact kitchen
Step2’s latest play kitchen gives you so much bang for your buck—especially because the small-footprint kitchen only stands 3-and-a-half feet tall. The stove actually bubbles and sizzles, and the on-trend features are really fun: a coffee station, windowed refrigerator, and breakfast bar to name a few. Produce baskets and other realistic accessories are also included.
8. For the one who loves to build: Photo Magna-tiles
If you are new to small children, Magna-tiles are amazing. They’re magnetic building pieces and they are enthralling to little ones. Now you can add to the classic multi-colored Magna-tiles pieces with a custom photo set by CreateOn. Or even better, display photos in your toddler’s room. Arrange photos of special memories with the magnetic tiles, or mix them into a building set. Either way, this is a special gift.
9. For the one who is an early learner: The Duplo alphabet truck
This alphabet truck set is an adorable way to introduce two-year-olds to the world of Duplo (which leads to the smaller Lego bricks). The 36-piece truck set includes two kids and a bear. Building with Duplo promotes fine-motor skills, spatial awareness, and problem-solving abilities. And letter recognition can’t hurt.
10. For the one who likes dolls: A My Little Girl doll
Two is prime baby doll age, and this new doll from Madame Alexander is a perfect toddler companion. The 14-inch My Little Girl doll has a snuggly, weighted body and comes in three skin tones. A favorite feature: rooted hair perfect for styling with the included brush, comb, headband, and hair ties.
11. For the one who is a daredevil: An at-home roller coaster
With parks and schools closed, Step2’s roller coaster is a great antidote to the stuck-at-home blues. You can set it up indoors or out, and your toddler will have so much fun riding the ATV-style car down the nine-foot track. The coaster pieces come apart easily for storage, which is very handy.
12. For the one who loves to clean: An interactive vacuum
There’s just something about vacuums that captures toddlers’ attention. We can’t explain it, but we can recommend this cool toy. The adjustable smart vacuum can suck up the “dust” pieces as well as play learning games. Lights, sounds, and bouncing balls add to the excitement. Maybe your kid will even transition to the real thing one day!
13. For the one who likes to sing: A friendly farmer Mickey
Gift this fun new farm-themed plush to your little Mickey fan and watch their eyes light up at his musical antics. E-I-Oh! Mickey Mouse dances as he plays classics like the Chicken Dance and “Old McDonald.” The animal sound guessing game is also a big hit with toddlers.
14. For the one who likes to play outside: A new pair of rain boots
Toddlers adore rain boots. Whether it’s because boots are easy to pull on, the bright designs, or just because kids know they’ll be puddle jumping, this footwear inspires joy. And classic rain boot brand Western Chief has fun new styles perfect for gifting. Ladybugs, glitter, Hello Kitty, Batman, and light-up camo are just some of the options.
15. For the one who likes cars: The Launch and Loop Raceway
The Little People car tower is a holiday classic. Check out the latest set, the Launch and Loop Raceway, for your little speed racer. There are two tracks perfect for racing the included cars. Fun features include a crash zone, lights, trap door, and jump ramp.
16. For the one who is a budding artist: A new easel
You may have had to improvise and move preschool into your house this year. Why not improve your school setup with a new easel? We like this two-sided model because it provides a total art experience: paper roll, storage bins, paint holders, clips to hold projects, and a chalkboard. It's available in a variety of colors (including natural wood).
17. For the one who likes getting new toys: A Lovevery subscription
Give the 2-year-old in your life the gift of an awesome subscription box designed just for them with a Lovevery subscription. Each month, Lovevery sends high-quality, age-appropriate toys right to their doorstep, so that little ones can enjoy hours of fun while they learn important skills.
18. For the one who is a tiny hipster: Their own espresso set
A great gift for littles who love imitating adults, the Bark-ista cafe set can whip up (pretend) coffee drinks galore. Play coffee pods, toppings, donuts, milk, and sugar are all included. Convincing lights and sounds add to the barista experience.
19. For the one who is a little hero: A transforming fire truck
VTech toys have all the bells and whistles, and their new fire station set is no exception. The Helping Heroes Fire Station includes two firefighters, a truck/station combo, helicopter, and mini truck. When it’s in station mode, three different levels contain a tiny gym and command center. Transform the station into a truck and the firefighters are ready to roll with lights and sounds.
20. For the one who can't sit still: A wobble chair
If your kiddo is doing preschool on Zoom (or even spending more time on a tablet than usual) you may find they have the wiggles. This wobble chair is a great solution. The height is adjustable, the top is lightly cushioned, and the bottom has non-slip rubber. It's available in six colors.
21. For the one who is a Blue's Clues Fan: A dance-along plush Blue
Blue’s Clues is hot again thanks to the new series "Blues Clues & You!" (as parents of toddlers are probably aware), so this dance-along Blue plush is a great gift option. The set includes a Handy Dandy Guitar, which acts as a controller for Blue’s moves and tunes.
22. For the one who likes blocks: Duplo island
We may not be going on vacation anytime soon, so why not gift this tropical island building set? Duplo’s 73-piece set is perfect for two-year-olds (and maybe their parents). The set includes a tree house, three figures, six animals, fun accessories, and more. We love that Duploo sets are fun to build and fun to play with afterward.
23. For the one who likes pretend play: A first washer/dryer
There are plenty of play kitchens on the market, it’s about time for a washer-dryer! Add this fun set to your toddlers’ pretend play repertoire and encourage laundry learning. The washer-dryer makes realistic sounds and boasts quite a few features: detergent drawer, folding tabletop, storage baskets, and tumbling drum. Accessories like “clothes,” play detergent, and towels are included.
24. For the one who is ready for STEM toys: A magnetic building set
These 30 magnetic pieces will keep your two-year-old entertained, which is also a gift for you. Different shaped bars and balls “click” together with magnets to create all kinds of shapes. The pieces are chunky enough for little hands, making this a great building set for toddlers.
25. For the one who likes to garden: A two-sided kitchen with interactive elements
For the toddler who wants a more of a farm-to-table play kitchen experience, this Fisher-Price model will deliver. One side is a garden where toddlers can “plant” flowers, collect veggies and eggs, and more. (Over 30 accessories are included.) The other side is a kitchen with a smoothie blender, recipe book, and interactive buttons.
26. For the one who misses the playground: A play tunnel
Indoor playgrounds are off the table thanks to COVID-19, but you can create your own fun at home. Get this affordable play tunnel in the mix and let your little one crawl and explore. Ikea also makes a children’s tent that attaches to the tunnel, as well as other fun in-home implements like a circus tent and folding gym mat.
27. For the one who loves to be comfy: Carter's pajamas
Give them the gift of comfy cozy jammies this year, with a pair of festive holiday sleepwear from Carter's. We love their selection of Christmas prints, and the affordable price point.
28. For the one who likes to play store: A toy cash register
For younger kids who aren't yet ready to learn about money—but who still love to play with it—you can't beat this wooden cash register. The buttons and oversized "coins" are easy for little fingers to grasp, and the register itself is sturdy and charming.
29. For the one who likes to fix things: Their own tool set
If you've got a budding Mr. or Miss Fix-it on your list, a tool kit made just for them is a must purchase. Green Toys' tool set includes 15 different pieces, all crafted from recycled plastic milk bottles. There's even a pink and purple version for kids who prefer a more vibrant tool kit.
30. For the one who wants to take a ride: A classic tricycle
There's nothing better than a classic Radio Flyer Tricycle for toddlers who want to learn to ride. This one even comes with a bell and streamers for the ultimate first cycling experience.
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