My son just turned two and he got some pretty awesome gifts! Before I had kids, I always struggled with gifts for kids because I wasn’t sure what worked for each age. For those of you looking for gift ideas for a two-year-old, I thought I’d share some favorites in our house. I believe almost any two-year-old would love these!
one: Magnet Drawing Board ~ Mess-free drawing! The kids love this, and as a parent who prefers not to have crayon on my walls, I love it too!
two: Personalized Photo Story Book ~ Kids love seeing pictures of themselves! These books are the best gifts!
three: Name Puzzle Stool ~ He is learning how to spell his name and this is a fun way to do it!
four: Moon in the Room ~ A battery-operated, remote-controlled, 3D moon that lights up to show all 12 phases! Even if the two-year-old isn’t as obsessed with outer space as mine is, this is a fun addition to any kid’s room.
five: Fire Station ~ This wooden fire station set comes with a helicopter and a fire truck, bendable firefighters and a dalmatian. The recommended age is 3 and up, but our 2-year-old is obsessed with it! Just put away the small pieces until your kid is a little older.
six: Pirate Ship Pool ~ You might think this is just useful when it’s warm outside. Nope! We initially inflated this inside and our kids had a BLAST just playing in the inflatable pool part. I may buy some plastic balls for it to make an indoor ball pit this winter.
seven: Play Food ~ Pretend food is always a huge hit with little ones. I’m a big fan of the wood and felt food. Ikea has affordable felt fruits and vegetables, and I love the Melissa & Doug wooden food. This food looks great in our rehabbed play kitchen!
eight: Water (and sand) Table ~ I haven’t met a toddler who doesn’t love playing with a water table. This multiplay table can be both sand and water play in one. It also has a lid, which is pretty nice so animals don’t use it as a bathroom. May parents prefer not to have a sandbox because sand is super messy and gets in EVERYTHING! I’ve heard of parents filling it with dried rice or beans instead of sand. If you want to go for a more classy (and less-bright-colored-plastic look), check out these handmade wooden sand and water tables from Threeman Products.
nine: Dart board ~ I can’t say enough about this. For under $15 (if bought at Ikea), you can’t beat this gift. A safe (velcro) dart board is a fun way to help hand eye coordination in the little ones! Even the adults in our house enjoy it.