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Oh, 2-year-olds. The joy! The frustration! The perpetual need for a helmet and full body bubble wrap! While it’s tempting to simply buy them those two things this holiday season, there’s an endless sea of fun and practical Christmas gifts for 2-year-olds to consider.
Forget the notion of the “terrible twos.” We like to think their ability to test every last scrap of patience will serve them well later on (and maybe you too), and conversely, this age can be pretty darn magical and hilarious. For one thing, have you ever seen a 2-year-old “jump”? The level of concentration compared to the generally lackluster execution is absolute comedy. At this age they’re really beginning to work on those mobility skills, running, jumping and sometimes literally climbing the walls. They’re active and energetic and any outlet you can give them will save you all a lot of aggravation.
2-year-olds are also truly becoming their own little people. As the baby-ness fades away, their vocabulary seems to expand by the day. They know what they want and can get it/do it/eat it “MINESELF!” thankyouverymuch. They love imitating the people and actions they see around them (for better or worse!) and are starting to get lost in pretend play alone and with peers.
The best Christmas gifts for 2-year-olds align with these milestones and help them grow into the person they’re becoming. They offer opportunities to get the wiggles out and move their bodies indoors and out. They invite them to engage in the world around them and even dip into their own imagination. Climbing structures and sensory tables as well as balance bikes and scooters are great investments at this age. Toys that allow them to pretend or practice their new found motor skills are must-haves as well.
We know it’s hard not to want *all the things* for your two-year-old this holiday season. But since we know mamas don’t have a ton of time to endlessly scroll through Amazon or zig-zag through the aisles of your local toy shop in pursuit of the perfect present, we’ve done some of the work for you.
Below are our favorite items for the two-year-old in your life—it covers their wants, their needs, and many of them encourage their educational curiosity. This holiday season, delight your little one with one (or more!) of these fantastic gifts.
Our favorite Christmas gifts for 2-year-olds
A version of this story was published October 25, 2021. It has been updated.