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 20 must-have 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 toddler gifts.

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1. Balance Bike

When you are learning to ride a bike, pedaling really is secondary to learning how to balance. This bike is designed for pre-biking toddlers and will build their skills and confidence before they are ready to add pedals. Plus, it’s so so stylish!



2. The Block Set

This block set offers endless possibilities when it comes to playtime. It teaches little ones about colors and shapes and allows their imagination to run wild by letting them create anything they want. The box itself even turns into a wagon that kids can pull around and bring anywhere. Recommended age is 18 months and up, so it’s a good investment that will keep them busy for a long time.

Green Toys


3. Doctor & Ambulance Kit

Paging Dr. Toddler! With this kit budding physicians can tend to the medical needs of their dolls and teddies with an arsenal of tools (all made from recycled plastic, btw), that all packs away into a toy ambulance they can zip from one house visit to the next.

Banana Panda


4. Super Size Memory Game

Sometimes bigger is better: That’s the case with this super-sized twist on the classic game of memory. The big cards boasting illustrations of cartoon critters are ideal for tiny toddler hands. Not to mention, the rules are easy enough to follow for game newbies, and littles will hone cognitive skills while they play the game.

Burke Decor


5. Hugo The Llama Toy

Llamas are so the biggest hit right now, that any kid will love Hugo the llama. Adorned with colorful pompoms and a friendly face, this llama is ready for all the snuggles.

Child's Play International


6. My Tail's Not Tired

How can any little monster possibly go to bed when their tail isn’t tired? Luckily Big Monster has a plan to outwit Little Monster with the inevitable result. A humorous and charming bedtime story that parents and children will love to read and play, again and again.

Feltman Brothers


7. Velour Holiday Set

Move over cotton PJs, this velour set is here to stay. Incredibly soft and mega fancy, they will refine your gift opening tradition in no time. Plus, family photos never looked so cute.

Micro Kickboard


8. Mini Scooter

Give your kiddo a new pair of wheels they can use to surf the sidewalks of your neighborhood for years to come. The low-to-the-ground and lean-to-steer design make for a smooth ride, while an adjustable handlebar gives kids room to grow.



9. Tiny Travelers Treasure Quest

What better gift to give children than to be a citizen of the fabulous world we live in, well beyond wherever they are right now.

Ten Little


10. Everyday High Top

My son LOVES the TenLittle shoes and we are constantly recommending them to other parents at school, the doctor’s office or anywhere we go. Easy to take on an off and perfect for fostering toddler independence, these shoes also come with stickers to decorate and make each pair truly unique.



11. Stainless Steel Toddler Cups

Keep your child’s drinks warm or cold with these durable sippy cups. Even better, they grow with your toddler so you can move from sippy cup to drinking with a straw.



12. Fleece-Lined Clogs

Crocs are cool—don’t fight it. They’re also SO easy to slip on and off, which is a must-have when you’ve got a toddler. And there’s no need to give them up when the temperatures drop, because the fleece-lined version will keep tiny toes toasty and comfortable. Here’s to Crocs all year round!



13. Coziest Jogger

Warm and soft for lounging while still being breathable for when your little kiddo is on the move. Super Soft, UPF 50+ durable and stain-resistant. They will be living in these this fall and winter.



14. Wagon

At around age 2 my son said “peace out” to his stroller and decided he was way too old and mature for it. Now, for big outings where we know he won’t be able to walk for as long as we need him to, we bring along this awesome wagon. It fits two children (up to age 6) AND folds to fit in a trunk. Win-win.



15. The Play Kit

This set of table and chairs is perfect for any toddler playroom, useful, fun and easy to sit on for tiny humans. This will be the perfect place to read a book, create an artful masterpiece, play with some play-dough or work on a puzzle.

The Dough Project


16. Natural Play-Dough 9-Pack

Speaking of play dough, this 9-pack from The Dough Project is a must have at any place. Made in NYC from organic wheat flour, sea salt, cream of tartar and veggie oil, the natural dough gets its color from beets, annatto seeds, turmeric, chlorophyll, spirulina, purple carrots and activated charcoal. Also? It’s super fun.

Fat Brain Toys


17. Dimpl Digits

The original Dimpl has kept my son entertained for hours, in never ending road trips, long flights and when I need to take a quick shower and have no childcare. This bigger and better version will help children learn how to count up to 10 while learning even more colors.



18. Farm To Table Play Kitchen

Your little one can learn the sights and sounds of the kitchen in this gorgeous play kitchen from KidKraft. They can “grow” vegetables and draw on the chalkboard while cooking up a delicious dish! This is the perfect kind of toy that grows with them, too.

Hanna Andersson


19. Elf Pajamas

Inspired by the iconic, fan-favorite scenes from the beloved holiday film, the ‘Elf’ capsule collection cuts across apparel and pajamas. Buddy the Elf’s adventures are playfully featured in family-friendly prints including an Elf-inspired rendition of their iconic traditional fair isle and famous striped patterns.

Melissa And Doug


20. Wooden Latches Board

Your little one can unlock a lock or latch, swing open the numbered door and count on finding fun when the picture beneath is revealed on this wooden play board and educational toy! This awesome toddler busy board helps refine motor skills while teaching colors, numbers, animals and more!