Menu

Looking for more birthday gift guides? Check them out here!

There's something so magical about 2-year-olds. They're starting to become their own person, debuting their personality and aren't afraid to tell us what they do (and don't) like—which can make gift-gifting a little tricky.

But we've done the hard work to find the gifts that any 2-year-old will obsess over. The key? Opt for functional toys or gifts that will last beyond a few months.

From educational toys that'll help them with developmental skills to fun splurges that'll grow with them for years to come, here are our tried-and-true picks.


3-in-1 folding tricycle with canopy

iimo folding tricycle

They're on the move so might as well do it in style! The retro aesthetic looks way cuter than a traditional plastic trike and it conveniently folds up so you can store away when not in use. Kiddos can use this for years to come thanks to its expandable and removable parts.

$280

Wooden crane toy truck

wise elk wooden crane toy truck

With magnetic blocks and a working pulley, this truck will provide hours of endless play. We love that it takes a bit of coordination so kids can practice focusing and working on their fine motor skills.

$30

'Rosa's Big Pizza Experiment' board book

childs play rosas big pizza experiment board book

Sometimes the simplest gift is the best one. Follow along on Rosa's journey as she conducts fun experiments. Bonus points for challenging gender stereotypes and celebrating diversity.

$7

Ocho the octopus

bunnies by the bay ocho the octopus

Bunnies by the Bay curates the snuggliest and sweetest plush toys. Ocho the octopus has eight arms to play with and doubles as a cozy companion during bedtime.

$30

lil' sweat set

all the babies lil sweat set

This All the Babies sweatsuit set might become their best wardrobe set. For cozying up inside or wearing as an extra warm layer in the colder months, your favorite little can wear this year-round. And, don't worry: the elastic means it'll grow with your best babe.

$75

'I am learning colors' magnetic easel

janod i am learning colors magnetic easel

When in doubt, get creative. Stir up their creativity and teach basic colors on this magnetic easel. It comes with 10 double-sided activity cards, 42 magnetic chips and chalk to draw whatever their heart desires.

$33

Geometric lacing beads

plan toys geometric lacing beads

Lacing beads are a great way to guide kiddos in developing fine motor skills and working on concentration. The calming colorway makes this beautiful enough to not clash with any home decor. With 15 beads, various shapes and 2 laces, they can create endless patterns.

$20

Rocking wooden elephant

janod rocking wooden elephant

Rock into the second year with this gorgeous wooden elephant. Its muted tones and sweet design make this a perfect addition to any room. Little ones will be safe thanks to its back rest and anti-tip system.

$165

Sailboat pajama set

pineapple sunshine sailboat pajama set

Is there anything better than a great set of PJs? Upgrade your 2-year-old's collection with this nautical pair. Crafted from pima cotton, they're super soft but not too hot to interrupt dreamland.

$58

Wooden block set

plan toys wooden block set

Encourage imagination and design with these pastel blocks repurposed from rubber wood. With 40 total pieces and two color schemes (pastels and natural wood) kiddos will have endless building opportunities.

$30

Cubcoats Pimm the puppy zip-up hoodie

cubcoats pimm the puppy zip up hoodie

We're obsessed with Cubcoats—functional hoodie meets plush best friend. Simply roll up the coat into the hood (the puppy!) to store away or use as a pillow. And, yes, they're totally machine-washable and pre-shrunk.

$29

We independently select and share the products we love—and may receive a commission if you choose to buy. You've got this.

Motherly provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. This site does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Your use of the site indicates your agreement to be bound by our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Information on our advertising guidelines can be found here.