Terrible Twos? More Like Terrific Twos! These Are the 50 Best Gifts for 2-Year-Olds

The terrible twos are terrible for a reasonâ€"it’s right when little ones start getting picky (and moody!). But you know what can cheer up a toddler having a tantrum? Some pretty terrific gifts! If you’re shopping for 2 year old birthday giftsâ€"whether it’s gifts for boys or girlsâ€"we’ve done the necessary research on toddlers to bring you the 50 best gifts for 2 year olds.

From the best toys to toddler-approved birthday gift ideas, these fun choices for 2 year old boys and girls will make your shopping experience all the more easier, and therefore, more enjoyable.

These 50 gifts challenge toddlers’ motor skills, hand-eye coordination, teach important life skillsâ€"and are just plain fun! Each of these 50 gifts are great ideas for birthdays, or if you’re a total overachiever already thinking about the holidays, they work for Christmas ideas, too! Here are the best gifts for 2 year olds in 2020.

1. Aqua Magic Doodle Mat

Your toddler will love this easy water playmat! Just fill with water and let them doodle away. Jasonwell Aqua Magic Doodle Mat, $22.99, Amazon

2. Kids’ Tricycle

This retro style tricycle has an adjustable sculpted seat and of course, the classic bike bell toddlers will love to ring. Schwinn Roadster Kids Tricycle, $88, Amazon

3. LeapFrog Scout and Violet 100 Words Book

Scout and Violet will quickly become your 2-year-old’s new BFF as they teach her more than 100 age-appropriate word. LeapFrog Scout and Violet 100 Words Book, $19, Amazon

4. A Collection of Stories for 2 Year Olds

Not every fairytale is appropriate for 2-year-olds, but every story in this collection definitely is. A Collection of Stories for 2 Year Olds, $11, Amazon

5. VTech Touch and Learn Activity Desk

Have you ever heard of a desk that literally helps your little one learn? This interactive desk from VTech teaches 100+ vocabular words and features five activity pages of engaging, age-appropriate content. VTech Touch and Learn Activity Desk Deluxe, $51 Amazon

6. TOP BRIGHT Toddler Fishing Game

Can your little one catch these fish and other marine creatures? Challenge them to this fishing game, but don’t let them know that this game is designed to develop their motor skills and hand-eye coordination. TOP BRIGHT Toddler Fishing Game Gifts, $23, Amazon

7.  Wooden Animal Jigsaw Puzzles

Start ’em early with these beginner sets of jigsaw puzzles. Puzzles are awesome for developing coordination and problem-solving skills. SKYFIELD Wooden Animal Jigsaw Puzzles, $25, Amazon

8. VTech KidiBeats Drum Set

Got a music lover in the fam? Now, they can bang on the drums all day. VTech KidiBeats Drum Set, $20, Amazon

9. LeapFrog Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart 10. Matching Eggs Toys Gift

Shape-sorting games are some of the most important toys for 2-year-olds to be playing with. This egg set challenges young minds to recognize colors and shapes in order to fit each shell’s perfect match. JUNBESTN Matching Easter Eggs Toys, $15, Amazon

11. Skoolzy Rainbow Counting Bears with Matching Sorting Cups

Color sorting with toddlers has never been this easy or fun. Simply roll the dice and whichever color bear comes up on top is the color bear kids have to scoop into the corresponding colored cup!Skoolzy Rainbow Counting Bears with Matching Sorting Cups, $29, Amazon

12. Melissa & Doug Dust! Sweep! Mop! Set

Not sure why toddlers sometimes obsess over mops and brooms (trust us, when you get older, you won’t want to!), but this Melissa & Doug set lets them indulge in their Cinderella fantasty. Melissa & Doug Dust! Sweep! Mop!, $27, Amazon


Take a break from watching the animated movie on repeat and instead, read your little one the book version that sings along. Disney Frozen â€" Let It Go Little Music Note Sound Book , $13, Amazon

14. Superhero Capes for Kids 

Developing toddlers’ imaginations is important, so let your little one done a mask and cape every once in a while. You may be the Super Parent, but they’re a Super Kid, too. Roko Superhero Capes for Kids, $21, Amazon


This set of four board books follows the adventures of Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol characters. Whether you read to your little PAW Patrol fan or they practice “reading” on their own, the board-style of the books makes it easy to hold and turn the page â€" especially for little fingers. The Little Red Rescue Box â€" PAW Patrol, $10, Amazon

16. TOP BRIGHT Toddler Tools Set Toy Truck 17. Delta Children Chair Desk with Storage Bin, Disney Minnie Mouse

Two-year-olds have a lot of important stuff to do: Watch Disney Junior, drink juice, color… With this Minnie Mouse chair, they can do all of that and more from a comfortable position. Delta Children Chair Desk with Storage Bin â€" Minnie Mouse, $40, Amazon

18. 3 Bees & Me Dinosaur Toys

Half-dinosaur, half-racer toy, little ones will love zooming these saurus’s down the hall at top speed. 3 Bees & Me Dinosaur Toys, $15, Amazon

19. VTech Pop-a-Balls Push and Pop Bulldozer Amazon Exclusive

For little ones still uneasy on their feet, a push-toy is a great way to help them balance. This VTech toy doesn’t just provide stability; it also pops out balls as kids move forward. For an added challenge, kids can try to catch the balls in the bulldozer! VTech Pop-a-Balls Push and Pop Bulldozer, $25, Amazon

20. Pinkfong Baby Shark Official Song Doll â€" Mommy Shark

Little ones loving going to bed with something soft and cuddly… and a sing-along doesn’t hurt, either. The Pinkfong Baby Mommy Shark plush is ideal for both playtime and naptime (as long as parents can get the song out of their heads!). Pinkfong Baby Shark Official Song Doll â€" Mommy Shark, $9, Amazon

21. ToyVelt Kids Camping Tent Set Toys 22. 

Encourage your little one to adapt to potty training better with this Sesame Street-themed read. P is for Potty! Sesame Street Lift-the-Flap Book, $6, Amazon

23. Little Tikes 2-in-1 Pirate Ship 24. LeapFrog My First Learning Tablet 25. EverEarth Toddler Workbench With Tools

It may look like a mini version of Dad’s toolbox from the garage, but it’s more than just an imaginative playset. This Toddler Workbench also encourages important hand-eye and motor skills, as it challenges them to hammer screws into holes and twist the wrench to remove them. Clever! EverEarth Toddler Workbench with Tools, $39, Amazon

26. Little Tikes Fairy Cozy Coupe 27. eKids Moana Sing Along Boombox with Microphone 28. superwinky Learning Toys Busy Board

It’s called a Busy Board for a reason. All the lace-tying, button-snapping, buckling of belts, and zipping keeps tiny hands (and minds) occupied for hours. Toddler Busy Board, $20, Amazon

29. Foldable Pop-Up Police Car Tent 30. Counting Ladybugs

Teach your little one to count with this Montesorri-approved ladybug game. Counting Ladybugs, $30, Amazon

31. Minnie Dress Up Trunk Exclusive 32. Sesame Street Elmo Boy’s Girl’s Multi Pack Crew Socks with Grippers 33. Trolls World Tour Dancing Poppy Feature Plush

Kids love the new Trolls: World Tour movie, so it’s a no-brainer that toddlers will love hearing this plush Poppy doll sing “Trolls Just Wanna Have Fun.” Trolls World Tour Dancing Poppy Feature Plush, $25, Amazon

34. ToyVelt Kids Golf Club Set 35. Kids’ Teepee Tent with Padded Mat

This teepee tent is designed for toddler’s rooms as a fun hideout and a cute home decor piece that even Mom will approve. Now, toddlers have a designated place to do their puzzles, play with their dolls, and watch YouTube Kids on Mom’s phone! Kids’ Teepee Tent with Padded Mat, $80, Amazon

36. Little Tikes T-Ball Set 37. CUTE STONE Little Kitchen Playset

If your little one loves playing “House,” a kitchen playset is a total must-have. This one comes with a play stove with realistic light, sink with running water, a rotating dessert shelf, and more! CUTE STONE Little Kitchen Playset, $53, Amazon

38. Fisher-Price Harley-Davidson Tough Trike 39. Moana Disney’s Maui’s Magical Fish Hook Set 40. Disney Frozen 12-Volt Ride-On Sleigh 41. Construction Worker Costume Role Play Kit Set

Dress-up is key in developing toddler’s imaginations, so help them spark it with this adorable construction worker-themed playset. iPlay, iLearn Construction Worker Costume Role Play Kit Set, $20, Amazon

42. Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Light-up Learning Vacuum 43. Pinkfong Baby Shark Official Alphabet Bus 44. Baby Alive Littles, Carry ‘N Go Squad 45. 2nd Birthday T-Shirt

Are you teaching your child how old they are? This shirt says it all. 2nd Birthday Gift 2 Year Old Boy Girl Toddler Kids T-Shirt 2T California Blue, $8, Amazon

46. CHUCHIK Toys Magnetic Drawing Board Set for Kids and Toddlers 47. LITTLEFUN Tablet Learning Machine Festival Toy 48. Sunny Days Entertainment Bubble-N-Go Deluxe Toy Lawn Mower 49. Fishing Floating Squirts Bath Toy

Bath time gets a little harder (at least for parents) once your child enters the terrible twos. After all, bath tantrums mean splashes. But these fun bath toys will keep your toddler calm and occupied so you can shampoo, condition, and rinse! Bath Toy, Fishing Floating Squirts Toy and Water Scoop with Organizer Bag, $13, Amazon

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