The Best Birthday Gifts for 2 Year Olds

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When I think of 2 year olds, I think of little people on the move. Yes, babies change so much in their first year—from sweet, screaming, helpless little bundles of snuggles to toddlers bubbling with personality—but the growth from 1 year to 2 years also seems significant. Everything is louder and more chaotic, but also more fun as they learn to communicate better and gain more independence.

At their second birthday party, they’ll be more skilled at opening the presents and maybe will even say a distinguishable “thank you” (if prompted, of course). They’ll still delight party-guests, whether in person or over a virtual birthday celebration. Their parents will still think it all went by too fast as they watch their baby blow out two candles on their birthday cake.

If you have a special almost-2-year-old in your life, we wanted to round up the best second birthday gifts for every budget—shop them below!

 

Gifts for 2 Year Olds Under $50

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100-Piece Wood Blocks Set

Perfect for independent play, this 100-piece wooden block set will keep your LOs both engaged and entertained.

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best gifts for 2 year olds
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Snappy Turtle Mower

Get your little one playing outside this spring with this pretend lawn mower. Fun for inside play, too!

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Amazon

Little People, Big Dreams: Women in Art 3-Book Set

An editor-favorite book series, this set will introduce your toddler to amazing women in history including Frida Kahlo, Coco Chanel, and Audrey Hepburn.

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Mine to Love Twins Luke & Lucy Dolls

Encourage pretend play with this two doll set. Plus, if your toddler has a new sibling, they can take care of their own baby while mom and dad tend to their new addition!

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Personalized Name Crayons

Make coloring even more fun with these personalized crayons featuring your LO's name.

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Deluxe Pounding Bench Toddler Toy

This toy is great for helping kids continue to develop their fine-motor skills and practice naming colors.

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Etsy | Caroline Claire Monograms

Personalized Toddler Sweatshirt

There's nothing cuter than a toddler sporting a personalized tee or sweatshirt, and we love this rainbow version from Etsy.

more colors available

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Farm 8-Piece Puzzle

Puzzles are always a hit at this age and this one's adorable farm theme will help kids learn about barnyard animals.

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You Are My Sunshine Minni-Minni Luxe Inflatable Pool

Summer is just around the corner, so get ready with this toddler-sized inflatable pool with the sweetest saying.

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Happy Giddy Bowling Set

Help your LO practice their hand-eye coordination and gross-motor skills with this super cute bowling set that comes with six pins, a bowling ball, and a carrying case.

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Amazon

Toddler Helmet

The perfect gift to pair with the scooter or balance bike linked below, this under $50 toddler-sized helmet is a must-have for active kids.

many colors available

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Safari 8-Piece Puzzle

Add another puzzle to your LO's collection with this one featuring safari animals!

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best gifts for 2 year olds
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Wooden Dump Truck Toy

A wooden dump truck and a shape sorter in one toy, this set teaches shape and color recognition and promotes imaginative play.

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Hair Love Book

The perfect addition to any child's home library, this book written by Matthew A. Cherry and illustrated by Vashti Harrison teaches kids self love and the beauty of our differences.

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Beginner Pattern Blocks

This set includes five, two-sided boards with 10 design templates and 30 shape pieces to encourage kids to complete the pictures or create their own designs.

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Gifts for 2 Year Olds Over $50

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Jumbo Wooden Stacking Train

Little ones will have so much fun assembling this colorful wooden train that's more than two-feet long.

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Etsy | Craft Carve

Personalied Name Puzzle Stool

An Everymom reader favorite, this personalized stool is not only handy but includes a fun name puzzle, too.

best gifts for 2 year olds
Amazon

Micro Kickboard Scooter

Get your kid playing outside with this mini scooter that's designed to help toddlers learn balance and coordination.

many colors available

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Crate & Kids

Personalized Large Nod Chair

An adorable add to any bedroom or playroom, we love this toddler-sized chair—plus, the cover is machine washable.

many colors available

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First Play Slide, Sort & Roll Activity Barn

With bold colors, intriguing patterns, and a whimsical design, this toy helps spark imagination while developing kids' skills.

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Etsy | Piccalio

Wooden Montessori Balance Board

This curved wooden board is a fun toy for indoor play and helps your child learn to balance!

best gifts for 2 year olds
Walmart

Step2 Roller Coaster

What kid wouldn't want a roller coaster in their house or yard? Enough said.

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Amazon | Way to Play

Flexible Toy Road 40-Piece Set

A reader-favorite gift, this fun set includes 40 pieces for kids to design their own roadway—how cool!

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Wooden Table & Chairs

There's nothing more classic than a mini table and chairs making this set the perfect second birthday gift.

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Amazon

Retrospec Balance Bike

Age two is the perfect age for a child's first bike and this balance bike by Retrospec is a great option.

many colors available

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This post was in partnership with Melissa & Doug® but all of the opinions within are those of The Everymom editorial board. We only recommend products we genuinely love.