START HERE – How to Choose a Gift for a 2-Year-Old

Any parent knows there’s a big gap between what an almost-1-year-old and an almost-4-year-old can do, but a lot of toy web sites just lump the 2-year-olds into the toddler category or the baby category.

This site is all about toys perfect for a 2-year-old’s interests and abilities.

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Now, let’s find a toy for that special 2-year-old in your life.

Toys for 2-Year-Olds By Price and Size

Large Toys Over $50
These toys require more space, but they make a big splash. Train tables, play kitchens, bikes, sandboxes and more.

Toys for Around $20 ($15-$25)
These are great picks for birthday parties and Christmas for your own kids as well as for others’ kids. Blocks, expandable tunnels, puzzles, swings and more.

Smaller Toys around $15 (Stocking Stuffers)
Small in size and generally less than $15, these can be nice add-on presents or can be grouped together for a bigger gift.

Toys for 2-Year-Olds By Toy Type

Active Toys
These toys encourage kids to swing, slide, rock, ride and balance.

Artistic Toys
Check out washable crayons, markers and paints that are easy for tots to use, plus easels and activity kits.

Blocks
A classic block set will get years of use. Choose from wooden, stacking, interlocking and more.

Games
These early board games and memory games get 2-year-olds used to the idea of cooperative play.

Milestone Toys
Age 2 is a big year for most of us, from possibly starting potty training to moving to big bed. These toys can help ease transitions.

Music Toys
For the 2-year-old who loves to rock, choose from instruments, music players, CDs and more.

Pretend Toys (Playing House)
Is there anything cuter than watching a 2-year-old imitate the adults they love? Choose from play tools, play kitchen appliances and more.

Puzzles
From colorful, wooden chunky puzzles to puzzle pairs that introduce tots to counting and matching, puzzles make a great gift.

Ride-On Toys
Balance bikes, scooters, miniature cars, power wheels and more.

Stuffed Animals and Dolls
These plush buddies never go out of style.

Tactile Toys
Tots love to get their hands dirty. Check out sandboxes, water tables and more.

Vehicles
If it has wheels, chances are your 2-year-old is interested. Here are some brands to consider.

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