My hubby and I are deep in Toddlerville: the tantrums, the funny moments, and the celebrations. Oh, the celebrations. There are so many. Between all the birthday parties and the holidays, I feel like we’re always searching for awesome gifts. When it comes to the special 2-year-olds in our life, we’ve found the most success with items that are useful, cheerful, and unique. A touch of whimsy, a handcrafted detail, or an interactive experience that will blow their little minds? Check, check, check-plus! With that in mind, here are the best gifts for 2-year-olds, including trendy items and classic favourites. And yes, I’ve already purchased some of these things for my tot’s next birthday!
Foam Play Mat, $24.99
This soft play mat has 26 interlocking letters in eye-catching colours to help tots learn the alphabet and more. Plus, it’s easy to clean and store, making it a hassle-free playroom staple.
Tom’s Shoes, $14.29-52.90 per pair
The universal appeal of Tom’s Shoes comes not only from their unisex, go-anywhere styling but more importantly their one-for-one program. For every pair purchased, another is donated to a child in need. Gift a pair of these favourite kicks to a kid you love, and enjoy the knowledge that you’re also giving back.
Dust Pan & Broom, $39.50
You may as well get them started young, and at 2-years-old, little kids love to “help” with the cleaning. The Silly Sam Talking Broom set provides entertainment for your tot with six different saying and sounds.
Encourage your 2-year-old’s sense of adventure with a scooter intended for the tiniest riders. The Little Tikes Learn to Turn version is specially designed to teach them handling techniques, and enforced with extra wheels for balance.
Pizza Set, $27.89
Bring the pizza parlor home. The 27 stackable toppings make this toy pizza from Green Toys my favourite. The pieces, like pepperoni, onions, and cheese, are dishwasher-safe and the entire set is made from all recycled materials.
Power Ride-On Car, $364.99
What 2-year-old doesn’t have a need for speed? This sweet ride will make her the coolest kid in the neighborhood. The BMW X6 ride-on toy is suitable for tots as young as 24 months and features a remote control for parental use, LED lighting, leather seat, and an MP3 connection for fresh beats on the go.