Two-year-olds are famous for whizzing from place to place, leaving a blurry streak in their wake, and when it comes to figuring out what will keep them busy, the struggle is real. To give you a break this holiday season, we’ve carefully curated a list of gifts and toys for toddlers that will stimulate your little one, no matter what their interest. From toys to games to instruments and books, scroll through to see our top picks for gifts for a two-year-old.
Blockaroo 35-Piece Deluxe Gift Set
This 35-piece set of foam blocks have safely embedded magnets for easy play, comes in various 3D shapes, and is safe for bathtime too!
Buy the set here, $64.95.
Fatbrain Toys Zig Zag Racetrack
This racetrack has six cars that kids can send down the multi-tiered tower. They flip and flop, which gives kids their first introduction to cause and effect while being tons of fun at the same time.
Get it here, $19.95.
EyeLike Stickers: Trains® Sticker Book
This new sticker book from the popular series, EyeLike Stickers will impress any toddler (or older kiddo). The new book just released this fall features more than 400 locomotive images that your child can reuse again and again. The stickers are made for rough play (they rarely tear and can be used many times over).
Pro tip: the book is intended for kids four years old and over, but we found that our toddler loved this book starting at about two years old. Peeling the stickers off the page helped him develop his fine motor skills. Plus, they stickers are incredibly durable as he loved to move them from surface to surface beyond the pages of the book.
Buy it here, $6.95
Kiko+ & gg New York Play Town
A beautiful but simple design, this New York town set offers plenty of open-ended pretend play for young kids. There's a Statue of Liberty, a yellow cab, the Brooklyn Bridge, and even skyscrapers put together with magnets.
Order it here, $62
Tender Leaf Toys Ouch Puzzle
Introduce little ones to the human body with this adorable puzzle. Kids can mix and match the 12 pieces to find out what hurts us, and what makes us feel better.
Order it here, $19.99.
Big Ideas Little Philosophers Collection
Introduce your kids to some of history's biggest thinkers with this four-book collection. Philosophers include Socrates, René Descartes, Simone de Beauvoir and Aristotle.
Buy the set here, $35.82.
DUPLO Wrecking Ball Set
A great starter set for LEGO fans, this new set from DUPLO has 56 pieces and comes with three construction workers, a crane that moves up and down, a bulldozer, a small house and more.
Buy it here, $59.99.
Mama P's Place Toddler Gift Box
Busy hands will have a field day with this STEM set. It's handmade, and it includes a screw board, a hammer game, a geoboard and more.
Buy it here, $69.95.
Step2 Ball Buddies Adventure Center
You can use this two-tier water table indoors during the colder months, too! It comes with four ball buddies—a helicopter, train, boat and a dump truck—and when you are ready to move it outside, there's even a little whirlpool spinner to create a mini lazy river.
Buy it here, $99.99.
Cityspots Museum Tour Play Set
Introduce your kids to the famous paintings of the world with this unique set. It features five works of art, two museum docents, a whiteboard and a book.
Buy one here, $40.
Madame Alexander My Little Girl
This sweet 14" baby doll is snuggly and can easily be cleaned with a wet cloth. She comes with a comb and a brush as well.
Order her here, $44.51.
Melissa & Doug Food Truck Play Tent
This brand-new food truck tent invites hours of pretend play. There's a BBQ theme on one side, an ice cream theme on the other, and there are roll-up windows on both sides that'll make it easy for friends to place their order!
Buy it here, $49.99
Lily River Step Little Gymnast
This handmade wood beam is designed to help kids with coordination and balance. Use it indoors or out, alone or with other similarly themed active toys.
Buy it here, $116.95.
Cocomelon Roto Plush Bedtime JJ Doll
Inspired by the popular YouTube character, this squeezable doll has seven words and phrases. It even plays the popular bedtime tune "YesYes Bedtime!"
Buy it here, $19.99.
DŌ Cookie Dough & Apron Set
This edible (and delicious!) cookie dough doubles as a sensory toy, and now DŌ has a kit that's perfect for budding bakers. It includes everything you'll need to make the dough—minus the butter—an apron, cookie cutters and a rolling pin.
Get your kit here, $44.99.
Fisher Price Little People DC Super Friends Exclusive Figure Pack of 7
You'll get seven DC super friends in this set: Batman, Robin, Joker, Wonder Woman, the Green Lantern, Bat Girl and Superman. Their tiny size is perfect for little hands.
Get the collection here, $30.59.
The Crayon House Name Crayons
These custom-made name crayons are perfect for the budding artist in your life. Plus, it'll help get them familiar with their letters!
Buy a name here, $15.99.
Kyte Baby Toddler Pajama Set
These pajamas are made from a super-soft bamboo rayon material and are offered in 19 colors. You can even order a bigger pair for a sibling!
Snag a pair here, $34.
Jellycat Bashful Monkey
This bashful little buddy is the perfect friend for a two-year-old who might be on the verge of a big-kid bed. If you don't want the monkey, be sure to check the rest of the adorable Jellycat collection!
Buy it here, $22.50.
Kaleidoscope Lion Wooden Tambourine
Petit Collage’s lion tambourine has a smiling face and brightly colored mane, and once your kiddo has figured out the beat, they won’t stop playing with this classically-designed toy instrument. Parents can rest easy knowing the materials used include non-toxic and veggie-based inks and varnish.
Available at amazon.com, $16.45.
Sponsored by: LEGO® DUPLO®Truck & Tracked Excavator
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—Gabby Cullen with Allison Sutcliffe
Editor’s Note: Prices and availability reflect the time of publication.
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