50+ Best Gifts for 2-Year-Olds

These gifts challenge toddlers' motor skills, teach important life skills—and are just plain fun.

The terrible twos are terrible for a reason—it's right when little ones start getting picky (and moody!). But you know what can cheer up a toddler having a tantrum? Some pretty terrific gifts! If you're shopping for 2 year old birthday gifts—whether it's gifts for boys or girls—we've done the necessary research on toddlers to bring you the 50+ best gifts for 2 year olds.

From the best toys to toddler-approved birthday gift ideas, these fun choices for 2-year-old boys and girls will make your shopping experience all the easier, and therefore, more enjoyable.

These 50+ gifts challenge toddlers' motor skills, hand-eye coordination, teach important life skills—and are just plain fun! Each of these 50 gifts is a great idea for birthdays, or if you're a total overachiever already thinking about the holidays, they work for Christmas ideas, too! Here are the best gifts for 2 year olds in 2022.

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Best Gifts for 2 Year Olds

1. Aqua Magic Doodle Mat, 23.99 on Amazon

Your toddler will love this easy water playmat! Just fill with water and let them doodle away. Jasonwell Aqua Magic Doodle Mat$23.99, Amazon 

2. Kids' Tricycle, $139.99 on Amazon

This retro style tricycle has an adjustable sculpted seat and of course, the classic bike bell toddlers will love to ring. Schwinn Roadster Kids Tricycle, $139.99, Amazon

3. LeapFrog Scout and Violet 100 Words Book, $19.99 on Amazon

Scout and Violet will quickly become your 2-year-old's new BFF as they teach her more than 100 age-appropriate word. LeapFrog Scout and Violet 100 Words Book, $19.99, Amazon

4. A Collection of Stories for 2 Year Olds, $9.99 on Amazon

Not every fairytale is appropriate for 2-year-olds, but every story in this collection definitely is. A Collection of Stories for 2 Year Olds, $9.99, Amazon

5. VTech Touch and Learn Activity Desk, $47.49 on Amazon

Have you ever heard of a desk that literally helps your little one learn? This interactive desk from VTech teaches 100+ vocabular words and features five activity pages of engaging, age-appropriate content. VTech Touch and Learn Activity Desk Deluxe, $47.49, Amazon

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6. TOP BRIGHT Toddler Fishing Game, $21.99 on Amazon

Can your little one catch these fish and other marine creatures? Challenge them to this fishing game, but don't let them know that this game is designed to develop their motor skills and hand-eye coordination. TOP BRIGHT Toddler Fishing Game, $21.99, Amazon

7.  Wooden Animal Jigsaw Puzzles, $17.99 on Amazon

Start 'em early with these beginner sets of jigsaw puzzles. Puzzles are awesome for developing coordination and problem-solving skills. SKYFIELD Wooden Animal Jigsaw Puzzles, $17.99, Amazon

8. VTech KidiBeats Drum Set, $11.12 on Amazon

Got a music lover in the fam? Now, they can bang on the drums all day. VTech KidiBeats Drum Set, $11.12, Amazon

9. LeapFrog Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart, $31.44 on Amazon

We all scream for ice cream, right?! But this ice cream scooper toy does more than just teach toddlers how delicious a cone can be. It's actually an interactive ice cream cart that introduces kids to colors recognition and counting. LeapFrog Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart, $31.44, Amazon

10. Matching Eggs Toys Gift, $12.99 on Amazon

Shape-sorting games are some of the most important toys for 2-year-olds to be playing with. This egg set challenges young minds to recognize colors and shapes in order to fit each shell's perfect match. JUNBESTN Matching Easter Eggs Toys, $12.99, Amazon

11. Skoolzy Rainbow Counting Bears with Matching Sorting Cups, $22.97 on Amazon

Color sorting with toddlers has never been this easy or fun. Simply roll the dice and whichever color bear comes up on top is the color bear kids have to scoop into the corresponding colored cup! Skoolzy Rainbow Counting Bears with Matching Sorting Cups, $22.97, Amazon

12. Melissa & Doug Dust! Sweep! Mop! Set, $33.99 on Amazon

Not sure why toddlers sometimes obsess over mops and brooms (trust us, when you get older, you won't want to!), but this Melissa & Doug set lets them indulge in their Cinderella fantasty. Melissa & Doug Dust! Sweep! Mop!, $33.99, Amazon

13. Disney Frozen - Let It Go Little Music Note Sound Book, $8.59 on Amazon

Take a break from watching the animated movie on repeat and instead, read your little one the book version that sings along. Disney Frozen - Let It Go Little Music Note Sound Book, $8.59, Amazon

14. Superhero Capes for Kids, $16.14 on Amazon

Developing toddlers' imaginations is important, so let your little one don a mask and cape every once in a while. You may be the Super Parent, but they're a Super Kid, too. Roko Superhero Capes for Kids, $16.14, Amazon

15. The Little Red Rescue Box - PAW Patrol, $7.12 on Amazon

This set of four board books follows the adventures of Nickelodeon's PAW Patrol characters. Whether you read to your little PAW Patrol fan or they practice "reading" on their own, the board-style of the books makes it easy to hold and turn the page — especially for little fingers. The Little Red Rescue Box - PAW Patrol, $7.12, Amazon

16. TOP BRIGHT Toddler Tools Set Toy Truck, $29.99 on Amazon

Toddlers will love tinkering around with their very own tool set. TOP BRIGHT Toddler Tools Set Toys for 2 Year Old Boy Gifts Kids Toy Truck, $29.99, Amazon

17. Delta Children Chair Desk with Storage Bin - Disney Princess, $39.99 on Amazon

Two-year-olds have a lot of important stuff to do: Watch Disney Junior, drink juice, color... With this Disney Princess chair, they can do all of that and more from a comfortable position. Delta Children Chair Desk with Storage Bin - Disney Princess, $39.99, Amazon

18. 3 Bees & Me Dinosaur Toys, $14.99 on Amazon

Half-dinosaur, half-racer toy, little ones will love zooming these saurus's down the hall at top speed. 3 Bees & Me Dinosaur Toys, $14.99, Amazon

19. VTech Pop-a-Balls Push and Pop Bulldozer Amazon Exclusive, $27.99 on Amazon

For little ones still uneasy on their feet, a push-toy is a great way to help them balance. This VTech toy doesn't just provide stability; it also pops out balls as kids move forward. For an added challenge, kids can try to catch the balls in the bulldozer! VTech Pop-a-Balls Push and Pop Bulldozer, $27.99, Amazon

20. Pinkfong Baby Shark Official Song Cube - Mommy Shark, $12.99 on Amazon

Little ones loving going to bed with something soft and cuddly... and a sing-along doesn't hurt, either. The Pinkfong Baby Shark Official Song Cube plush is ideal for both playtime and naptime (as long as parents can get the song out of their heads!). Pinkfong Baby Shark Official Song Cube - Mommy Shark, $12.99, Amazon

21. ToyVelt Kids Camping Tent Set Toys, $28.99 on Amazon

Set up this pop-up tent and the rest of these camping accessories—binoculars, canteen, walkie talkies, and more—either in the yard or in the living room for some fun, imaginative play. ToyVelt Kids Camping Tent Set Toys, $28.99, Amazon

22. P is for Potty! - Sesame Street, $5.72 on Amazon

Encourage your little one to adapt to potty training better with this Sesame Street-themed read. P is for Potty! Sesame Street Lift-the-Flap Book, $5.72, Amazon

23. Little Tikes 2-in-1 Pirate Ship, $34.99 on Amazon

Aye aye, Captain! This Little Tikes play ship was designed for pirates-in-training. Little Tikes 2-in-1 Pirate Ship, $34.99, Amazon

24. LeapFrog My First Learning Tablet, $19.99 on Amazon

Two is pretty young, so if you're not too keen on the idea of getting them a tablet just yet, that's totally understandable. Start with something a little more life-proof: My First Learning Tablet from LeapFrog. LeapFrog My First Learning Tablet$19.99, Amazon

25. EverEarth Toddler Workbench With Tools, $49.99 on Amazon

It may look like a mini version of Dad's toolbox from the garage, but it's more than just an imaginative playset. This Toddler Workbench also encourages important hand-eye and motor skills, as it challenges them to hammer screws into holes and twist the wrench to remove them. Clever! EverEarth Toddler Workbench with Tools, $49.99, Amazon

26. Little Tikes Fairy Cozy Coupe, $64.99 on Amazon

Beep beep! It's every two-year-old's favorite car toy to take for a spin through the yard. Little Tikes Fairy Cozy Coupe, $64.99, Amazon

27. eKids Moana Sing Along Boombox with Microphone, $29.99 on Amazon

Amplify your little one's voice with this Moana-themed boombox. Of course, it plays "How Far I'll Go" from the movie, but the real working microphone and karaoke set can also hook up to an mp3 player so your little princess can sing along to her favorite tunes. eKids Moana Sing Along Boombox with Microphone, $29.99, Amazon

28. superwinky Learning Toys Busy Board, $19.99 on Amazon

It's called a Busy Board for a reason. All the lace-tying, button-snapping, buckling of belts, and zipping keeps tiny hands (and minds) occupied for hours. Toddler Busy Board, $19.99, Amazon

29. Foldable Pop-Up Police Car Tent, $31.99 on Amazon

The plastic balls aren't included in this pop-up police car tent, but you can easily turn this squad car into an at-home ball pit by ordering some online. Kiddy Play Foldable Pop Up Police Car Tent, $31.99, Amazon

30. Counting Ladybugs, $34.98 on Amazon

Teach your little one to count with this Montesorri-approved ladybug game. Kenley Counting Ladybugs, $34.98, Amazon

31. Minnie Mouse Bowdazzling Dress Up Trunk Set, $32.99 on Amazon

If dress-up is your 2-year-old's favorite way to play, this Disney dress-up set comes with three different Minnie Mouse costumes, as well as accessories and a trunk to store it all in. Minnie Mouse Dress Up Trunk Set, $32.99, Amazon

32. Sesame Street Elmo Boy's Girl's Multi Pack Crew Socks with Grippers, $16.99 on Amazon

We don't know what it is about toddlers but they never want to keep on their socks! Well, these gripping Sesame Street-themed socks might be fun enough to actually get your little terror to keep them on. (Praise, Elmo!) Sesame Street Elmo Boys Girls Multi Pack Crew Socks with Grippers, $16.99, Amazon

33. TrollsTopia Dancing Poppy Feature Plush, $38.98 on Amazon

Kids love the Trolls: World Tour movie, so it's a no-brainer that toddlers will love hearing this plush Poppy doll sing "Trolls Just Wanna Have Fun." TrollsTopia Dancing Poppy Feature Plush, $38.98, Amazon

34. ToyVelt Kids Golf Club Set, $23.99 on Amazon

Four! Golf may not seem like a toddler's game, but this set is actually a meaningful way to develop their hand-eye coordination and motor skills. Have them practice hitting the ball with the club for a mini-workout of their minds! ToyVelt Kids Golf Club Set, $23.99, Amazon

35. Kids' Teepee Tent with Padded Mat, $69.99 on Amazon

This teepee tent is designed for toddler's rooms as a fun hideout and a cute home decor piece that even Mom will approve. Now, toddlers have a designated place to do their puzzles, play with their dolls, and watch YouTube Kids on Mom's phone! Kids' Teepee Tent with Padded Mat, $69.99, Amazon

36. Little Tikes T-Ball Set, $19.99 on Amazon

Can your little one hit the plastic ball off a tee? Two-year-olds may not be baseball pros just yet, but this kind of physical stimulation really develops important motor skills. Little Tikes T-Ball Set, $19.99, Amazon

37. CUTE STONE Kids Kitchen Playset, $89.99 on Amazon

If your little one loves playing "House," a kitchen playset is a total must-have. This one comes with a play stove with realistic light, sink with running water, a rotating dessert shelf, and more! CUTE STONE Kids Kitchen Playset, $89.99, Amazon

38. Fisher-Price Harley-Davidson Tough Trike, $39.99 on Amazon

Two-year-olds aren't ready for a bike yet, but this Harley-Davidson trike is a pretty awesome substitute for the real thing. Fisher-Price Harley-Davidson Tough Trike, $39.99, Amazon

39. Moana Disney's Maui's Magical Fish Hook Set, $25.59 on Amazon

Without his magical fish hook, Maui couldn't perform his shape-shifting magic in Moana. So, it stands to reason that your 2-year-old might just thing this fish hook is the real deal! It may not be able to turn them into a shark head or an eagle, but it does have motion activated flashing lights and sounds that will get kids' imaginations going. Moana Disney's Maui's Magical Fish Hook Set, $25.59, Amazon

40. Ride On Electric Bumper Car, $174.99 on Amazon

This ride-on bumper car featuring blinking lights and music is the ultimate present for a speed-loving 2-year-old. Bumper Buddy Ride On Electric Bumper Car, $174.99, Amazon

41. Construction Worker Costume Role Play Kit Set, $22.99 on Amazon

Dress-up is key in developing toddler's imaginations, so help them spark it with this adorable construction worker-themed playset. iPlay, iLearn Construction Worker Costume Role Play Kit Set, $22.99, Amazon

42. Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Light-up Learning Vacuum, $16.99 on Amazon

When we grow up, we realize that vacuuming isn't all that fun, but when you're 2, the built-in songs and phrases, make picking up fake dust pretty exciting. Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Light-up Learning Vacuum, $16.99, Amazon

43. Pinkfong Baby Shark Official Alphabet Bus, $49.99 on Amazon

Baby Shark can actually help teach your toddler their ABC's. And no, it doesn't only play the viral "Baby Shark" song; it plays more than 37 educational tunes. Pinkfong Baby Shark Official Alphabet Bus, $49.99, Amazon

44. Baby Alive Littles, Carry ‘N Go Squad, $15.99 on Amazon

Baby Alive dolls typically skew a little older since they involve fake food and drink sets, but the Baby Alive Littles line is perfect for younger kids who lust after their bigger sister's dolls. Baby Alive Littles, Carry ‘N Go Squad, Little Zoe Red Hair Doll, $15.99, Amazon

45. 2nd Birthday T-Shirt, $19.99 on Amazon

Are you teaching your child how old they are? This shirt says it all. 2nd Birthday Gift 2 Year Old Boy Girl Toddler Kids T-Shirt 2T California Blue, $19.99, Amazon

46. CHUCHIK Toys Magnetic Drawing Board Set for Kids and Toddlers, $19.97 on Amazon

You might remember a similar version of this toy from the 80s or 90s, but it truly stands the test of time. Toddlers can doodle freely with the attached pen or use the shapes to create magnetic doodles. CHUCHIK Toys Magnetic Drawing Board Set, $19.97, Amazon

47. Just Smarty Interactive Learning Tablet, $14.99 on Amazon

This multi-functional learning tablet toy teaches everything from the alphabet to numbers, shapes, spelling, songs and more. Just Smarty Interactive Learning Tablet, $14.99, Amazon

48. Sunny Days Entertainment Bubble-N-Go Deluxe Toy Lawn Mower, $23.99 on Amazon

As your little one totters around, pushing the Bubble N' Go Lawn Mower, they don't exactly mow the grass, but they do release a fun array of soap bubbles into the air around them. Sunny Days Entertainment Bubble-N-Go Deluxe Toy Lawn Mower, $23.99, Amazon

49. Fishing Floating Squirts Bath Toy, $9.95 on Amazon

Bath time gets a little harder (at least for parents) once your child enters the terrible twos. After all, bath tantrums mean splashes. But these fun bath toys will keep your toddler calm and occupied so you can shampoo, condition, and rinse! Bath Toy, Fishing Floating Squirts Toy and Water Scoop with Organizer Bag, $9.95, Amazon

50. The Pout-Pout Fish Giant Sticker Book, $20.95 on Amazon

With more 1,000 stickers to insert into sticker scenes, mazes, and puzzles, your little guppy will love this sticker book based on the fan-favorite children's book. The Pout-Pout Fish Giant Sticker Book: Over 1000 Stickers, $20.95, Amazon

51. Lovevery Play Kits, prices vary at Lovevery

Get ready to fall in love with Lovevery! Every two to three months, your tot will receive a carefully curated Play Kit, filled with stage-based play essentials, fun activities, and more. Play Kits start at $80 when you pay per kit, or you can purchase a subscription to save. Lovevery Play Kits, prices vary, Lovevery

52. Firefly Clean 'N' Protect L.o.l. Surprise! Power Toothbrush Cover, $5.22 on Amazon

Firefly Clean 'N' Protect L.o.l. Suprise! Power Toothbrush Cover is the perfect gift for toddlers learning to brush their teeth! The kid-sized toothbrush blasts away plaque preventing gum disease and tooth decay. Firefly Clean 'N' Protect L.o.l. Surprise! Power Toothbrush Cover, $5.22, Amazon

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