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The Best Birthday Gifts for 2 Year Olds

intro by KATHY SISSON

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second birthday graphic with crumbled artwork"
second birthday graphic with crumbled artwork
Graphics by: Kirra Wallace
Graphics by: Kirra Wallace

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 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-two-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

best gifts for 2 year olds
Melissa & Doug
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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wooden play food
Melissa & Doug
Wooden Play Food

Accessorize your toddler's play kitchen with this wooden food set that includes four crates filled with items from the five good groups to encourage healthy pretend play.

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best gifts for 2 year olds
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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etsy personalized name crayons
Etsy | Art 2 The Extreme
Personalized Name Crayons

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

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Melissa & Doug
Wooden Magnetic Ice Cream Puzzle & Play Set

This makes a great gift for both boys and girls that encourages fine motor and problem-solving skills and promotes imaginative play.

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birthday gifts for 2 year olds
Etsy | sewkitschyshop
Personalized Toddler Sweatshirt

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

more colors available

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birthday gifts for 2 year olds
Melissa & Doug
Deluxe Pounding Bench Toddler Toy

Littles can play peekaboo with this adorable pounding bench toy that features eight brightly colored pegs. The pegs are non-removable so no tiny pieces will get lost as they improve their eye-hand coordination skills.

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inflatable pool
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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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birthday gifts for three year olds
Melissa & Doug
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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birthday gifts for 2 year olds
Melissa & Doug
Stacking Train Toddler Toy

With 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
KIDO
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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Melissa & Doug
Farm Animals Sound Puzzle

Hear eight realistic animal sounds with this 8-piece wooden sound puzzle that any little animal lovers will be obsessed with!

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wooden animal magnets
Melissa & Doug
Wooden Animal Magnets

This set includes 20 wooden animal magnets to help kids develop fine motor, sorting, grouping, and storytelling skills. Plus, it's a great toy to take on travels, too.

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take-along sorting barn
Melissa & Doug
Take-Along Sorting Barn

Little ones can work to fit 10 wooden farm-themed pieces into holes in this sorting barn that's great for on-the-go play.

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Melissa & Doug
Classic ABC Block Cart

This cart is a timeless playroom staple that encourages hands-on and screen-free play.

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Gifts for 2 Year Olds Over $50

Melissa & Doug
Standard Unit Blocks

This set of 60 hardwood blocks is ideal for introducing early math concepts, including shapes, parts-to-whole, and sorting to your little one!

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best gifts for 2 year olds
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.

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amazon toddler helmet
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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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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best gifts for 2 year olds
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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wooden shape sorting grocery cart
Melissa & Doug
Wooden Shape Sorting Grocery Cart

This 16-piece toy helps babies explore shapes and colors and practice problem-solving skills and imaginative play.

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best gifts for 2 year olds
Etsy | Piccalio
Wooden Montessori Balance Board

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

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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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best gifts for 2 year olds
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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best gifts for 2 year olds
Amazon
Retrospec Balance Bike

Age 2 is the perfect time for a child's first bike—and this balance bike by Retrospec is a great option.

many colors available

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birthday gifts for two years olds

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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.