This is for all my fellow planners out there. The people that can’t leave things until the last minute and want plenty of time to research and make an educated purchase for their family. My 2019 Gift Guide covers some of our tried and true favorites as well as some much-desired gifts as well!
My 2 year old gift guide has gotten easier with multiple kids
When I originally created my 2 year old gift guide I was basing it off of general research and reviews. Now I can base my recommendations off real-world experience. These are the toys that my kids have loved and stood the test of time OR its the toys we didn’t get a chance to get that I really think a toddler would LOVE!
Inevitably end up searching the internet to see if there are any new gems I may be missing or things that I want to pick up for us to grow into.
A little bit of everything to meet the needs of most any kid!
I created my 2 year old gift guide to cover all the basics I could think of for a toddler who spends the majority of their time at home. I am in no way suggesting you NEED all of the items I list below I am nearly listing our favorites or our wish list items. Hopefully, this sparks some ideas for your own 2 year old’s wish list!
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FREE PLAY TOYS
- 123 build it
- Buckle Caterpillar
- Animal figures – schleich, pabo, safari LTD are my go to brands
- Bus with People
- Character figures – my little pony, Bluey, superheros
- Lego Duplo – Basic Blocks Set
- Lego Duplo – Themed Set
- Building plate
- Magnetic car bases
- Nesting Cubes
- Pyramid Stacking Blocks
- Dress up clothes – these nightgowns make the PERFECT dress up – comfortable for extended wear and durable for all kinds of play
- Doctor/Vet tools
- Tool Box
- Play kitchen
- Play Food/Kitchen Accessories – I like Learning resources for food, very real looking and comes in a wild variety. Kitchen accessories are almost as important as food.
- Hot Cocoa Set – a mug and cup set is worth its weight in gold
- Babydoll furniture/stroller/carrier – If you have a little mommy or daddy in the house some baby doll accessories are sure to get their fair use. A high chair and a crib are the basics that we are adding to our playroom. Again toddlers love to emulate you so a stroller and even a baby doll carrier would be great for them to bring baby along.
- Gong Riverstones & Hilltops
- Pikler Triangle
- Balance board
- Mini trampoline – I would opt for something the in the 60 in it will last your kiddo a lot longer than the “toddler” trampoline
- Slide – again I would opt for one that is a little taller so as to last the child a little longer
- Balance Bike
- Nugget Play couch
- Pull along wagon
2 year old gift guid NON TOY ideas
- Good Night Good Night Construction Site
- Bear Snores On books
- First Stories Slide books
- Llama Llama Red Pajama
- Family Photo Album
- Poke a Dot
I wanted to give our Usborne favorites a special section all to themselves for a couple of reasons.
They are without a doubt some of the most used books in the house and are well-loved by us all and without a doubt deserve a special shout out on the 2 year old gift guide!
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- Little Lift and Look books
- Play Hide and Seek books
- Thats not my… books
- Very First Slide and See books
- Usborne Press a Sound Books
- 1000 animals
GAMES & PUZZLES
- Acorn Soup
- Topper Takes a Trip
- Sneaky Snacky Squirrel
- Snug as a Bug in a Rug
- Life on Earth Memory
- Create a Scene Neighborhood Floor Puzzle
- Realistic photo wooden puzzles
- Wooden Transportation peg puzzle
- Starter Jigsaw puzzles
- Head to Tails Animal Puzzles
- Creative Peg Puzzle
- Tower Stacking Puzzle
- Tempera Paint Sticks – we have yet to try these but they have been on our list for a long time now
- Watercolors and watercolor brush – Go for cheap but pigmented paint and a watercolor brush eliminates the need to keep wetting the brush
- Do a Dot Markers – somewhere between a marker a stamp these are great for creative use and also with guided coloring pages to work on fine motor
- Liquid Watercolors – super concentrated and wonderful for dying and coloring various projects
- Playdough tools – I can’t really condone buying playdough when homemade is SO much better, but some quality playdough tools are a great idea
- Magnadoodle – awesome no-mess mark-making and a great travel toy
- Aquadoodle – great for a car toy or no mess quiet time activity
Sensory Bin Stuff
- Kinetic Sand – a favorite among kids and parents alike
- Floam – very light and slightly sticky but only to its self
- Floof – Very light and molds great
- Mad Matter – a middle ground between Kinetic sand and playdough. New to us and we want some!
- Slime – Look for more jelly-like than sticky if you want to avoid some of the mess
- Aarons Thinking Putty – great for fidget play and not messy at all
- Fine Motor Tools – some must-have tools for sensory bins
- Measuring cup set – a wide variety of sizes and handle styles to continue to build fine motor is best
Christmas 2019 Gift Guide for Toddlers
My 2019 gift guide is something that I have been building for a while and there has been lots of talk on social media among the mom community as we gear up for the holiday season. I wanted a place that I could send them with some of our favorite gift ideas, because as a mom sometimes it’s just easier to have things handed to you instead of doing all the leg work yourself!
Let me know if you can think of any other things that you consider must-haves for your toddlers I would love to get this list rounded out even more!