What to Buy a Two Year Old

My son just celebrated his second birthday. (sniff sniff) Sometimes I still can't believe that I was pregnant, let alone, that we've officially passed the baby stage. Time really does fly by and though I miss my son being a baby, having a toddler is really fun. (Tiring but fun!) They're always going, always learning and pretty easy to please (except when they're impossible to please). If you're in the market for a gift for a two year old, I've got you covered! Here's what to buy a two year old:  

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When in doubt... buy bubbles! Bubbles are always a hit with toddlers and you seriously can never have too many. You can get bubble solution and wands or a bubble machine (our favorite is the Gazillion Bubble Hurricane Machine). 


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Books are always a great idea for gifts. I especially love when people personalize them with a message inside. Or you can get an actual personalized book. We received an iSee Me! book for review and we love it. All you have to do is submit a picture for the book, some basic info about the child (name & birthdate) and choose a message. There are different books to choose from, they even have birthday books! I chose "Malachi's 321 Countdown" because I wanted to work on his numbers. Everyone I've shown the book to gets a big kick out of seeing my son's face throughout the book and, of course, he does, too! i See Me! is seriously a great idea for a birthday gift! 


While clothes may not be the most exciting gift, they are definitely needed! Kids grow so fast and are in need of a new wardrobe every season. I am very grateful when people buy my son clothes and the good thing about toddlers is they still get excited about clothes! Buy a cute character shirt or a shirt with something they like on it. For example, I bought my son a shirt with different sports balls on it and my parents bought him a couple of Golden State Warriors t-shirts and a jersey (he loves basketball). 

Dress Up & Other Imaginative Play Toys

One of the things I really enjoy about this stage right now, is seeing my son's imagination start to unfold. There are so many great toys that can promote imagination in kids - like play food & dress up clothes! My son received a pots and pans set that he really enjoys "making pizza" with. 

Musical Instruments 

You really can't go wrong with a musical instrument for a two year old. Not only do they love music but music is an important part of development. We have two sets of the Melissa & Doug musical instruments and my son loves them! After his birthday, he added a guitar and trumpet to his musical collection. Again, you really can't go wrong with instruments! 

No Mess Coloring Books

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Toddlers love to color. Usually on walls, furniture, themselves, their friends... this is why the no mess coloring books & markers make a great gift! They are a fairly inexpensive gift but expensive enough to make parents think twice about buying them, which makes them a great gift idea. 

Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Two year old's are very intrigued by things with wheels (especially pull back's) - police cars, race cars, fire trucks, dump trucks - there are so many ways you could go with this and many of them are budget friendly! 

Stacking Toys

Building tall towers is great fun for a two year old! It's also great for his fine motor skills and language development. This stacking toy from Melissa & Doug has numbers, shapes and colors, too.