As my daughter Sophia’s 2nd birthday approaches, my husband and I have just finished writing her birthday list. I thought it would be useful to share it on the Best Toys for 2 Year Old website to help other parents shopping for 2 year olds.
Sophia’s birthday list consists of things we will buy her ourselves, along with smaller and medium cost gifts for other family members to buy – so it covers all budgets.
Toys on Sophia’s 2 year old birthday gift list
- Macca Pacca Soft Toy (£10-£20). Sophia LOVES In the Night Garden and already has an Igglepiggle soft toy and Upsy Daisy soft toy which she is very attached to. We’re sure she’d love a cuddly Macca Pacca soft toy too.
- Toy laptop such as Vtech My Laptop or Leapfrog My Own Laptop (£15-£20). Like most 2 year olds, Sophia loves pressing buttons and seeing what happens so we think this is a great gift. Pretty much all toy laptops are advertised as being for 3 year olds and above because of the small buttons, but we have included this on her list as most 2 year olds have a toy laptop and we think she’ll enjoy this toy. These toy laptops are good for 2 year olds as they’re a bit more involved than some of the very basic baby laptops, so they’ll get more out of them for longer.
- Little Tikes First Slide (about £30). This is fabulous value and just the right size slide for a 2 year old. Sophia loves slides and is just learning how to use the ladders on her own, so this will be perfect. See my review about this slide for 2 year olds.
- Little Tykes Sea Turtle Sand Pit (£30-£35). My 2 year old neice has a Sand and Water Play table which she loves, but personally I think Sophia would prefer a sand pit she can sit in. This one is lovely as it engages their imagination as well as having a handy lid.
- Dolls House such as Melissa and Doug Multi Level Wooden Dollhouse (£60-£100). Nearly all dolls houses are approved for 3 year olds and above but with close supervision, lots of parents buy them for 2 year olds’ birthday gifts. Sophia is just starting to put the animals in and out of their stables in a toy farm at my parents’ house, so we think she’s just ready for a dolls house.
- Peppa Pig magnet book (about £5). I can’t officially recommend this for 2 year olds as like all sticker and magnet books, it’s advertised as being for 3 year olds and above. However, this is on Sophia’s birthday gift list.
Nice toys that didn’t make the final shortlist
- Play kitchen (price range: £80-£90) – Janod Maxi Wooden Play Kitchen. Although this play kitchen is approved for 3 year olds and over, this would be my choice.
- Toy farm (price range: £30-£40) – Fisher Price Little People Animal Sounds. We very nearly chose this as it’s a lovely toy for a 2 year old boy or girl but restrained ourselves as my parents have a very similar toy farm she plays with at their house most days. See my review about this toy.
- Pull-along toy (price range: £10-£20) – Elmer the Elephant Wooden Pull Along. Lots of 2 year olds love pull-along toys and Sophia loves her push-along lion. Since she likes her Elmer the Elephant books so much, we thought that a pull-along Elmer would be a good gift for her 2nd birthday. However we thought the other toys on the shortlist for her 2nd birthday were probably more important and might buy this another time.
- Toy garage (price range: £30-£40) – Fisher Price Little People Racin’ Ramps Garage. Again, we very nearly went for this and like the idea of 2 year old girls having toy garages as well as boys. But this was a bit more of a risk and something we would have asked another family member to buy for her. We didn’t want them to be disappointed if she didn’t like it, so we might buy this ourselves in future instead.
- Wendy house (price range: £20-£30) – either Peppa Pig Play tent or Cardboard Colour In Play House. We decided to prioritise the play kitchen over this because my parents will be giving her ‘Katie’s Cottage’, a fantastic wendy house my grandma made when I was little. It will live at her house, but we don’t want to double up too much.
- Toy climbing frame (price range: £70-£130) – Step2 All Star Sports Climber. This has fantastic reviews and is just the right size for a 2 year old. It also has added extras such as a basketball hoop and hide and seek den for 2 year olds to crawl into. The only reason we decided against this was because we have quite a lot of space outdoors and have room for several outdoor toys such as a slide and separate wendy house, but this is a good option if you want an all-in-one climbing frame or are short of space. See my review of climbing frames for 2 year olds.