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35 Best Gifts for 2-Year-Old Boys (2023)

35 Best Gifts for 2-Year-Old Boys (2023)

Two-year-olds are so much fun, and buying presents for them is such a blast! There are endless cool toys for this age group, so you’ll want to look for something that encourages individual play, develops hand-eye coordination, and ignites the imagination. Whether you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift, a sensational birthday present, or a special project that gives your little one a brain boost before school starts, we’ve gathered our boys’ favorite gifts, so you’re sure to find one that yours will absolutely adore. Any one of these 35 fantastic gift ideas will provide your toddler with hours of fun play.

Our son Kingsley enjoying a snack on our porch in Santa Barbara
Our son Kingsley enjoying a snack on our porch in Santa Barbara

Christmas Gifts

  • 1. No Mess Water Doodle Mat

    Let your little artist shine with this water doodle mat. It’s extra large, so there’s room for two, and it comes with pencils, stencils, shapes, and instruction guides. The best part? You won’t have to worry about getting paint or markers on your table (or walls!) because this set only uses water! The designs disappear after a few minutes on their own, allowing your little one to draw and create endlessly. Once they’re done, all you have to do is wipe down the mat to clean up. It’s that easy!

  • 2. Toddler Tool Set

    There’s nothing quite as exciting for two-year-old boys as a truck that’s filled with tools. This little construction truck packs all the fun in one compact toy. Your little guy can pull the toy around, park it to do fun repairs, and open the back to start working on a ton of fun building projects. The tools are perfectly sized for little hands and will start teaching your child the basics of tools and how they’re used.

  • 3. Christmas PJs

    Looking for some festive PJs for the holiday season? This set is made of super soft, 100% cotton for a comfy and cozy night of sleep. It comes with one set of pants and two different long-sleeve tops to choose from, offering some extra variety. My son loves anything with Santa on it, so these were perfect, but there are a couple of other options if this design doesn’t spark any interest.

  • 4. Take Along Tabletop Railway

    Trains are the best gift you can give to a two-year-old boy. This wooden train table is extra fabulous because you can pack it up and take it with you to grandma’s house or anywhere else you want to go. The special fold-out track comes with everything your big train table would have—little wooden trains, a railroad sign, bridges, animals, cabins, and more! It’s all condensed into a little set that turns into an easy-to-carry case. Plus, we love that it’s a lot easier to store at home than those bulky, extra-large sets.

  • 5. 2Foot Tall T-Rex Dinosaur

    Dinosaurs are always a huge hit with boys of all ages, but this two-foot-tall T-Rex takes the cake for two-year-olds. It’s almost as tall as they are! With bright colors and super-soft fabric, your little guy will love hugging and cuddling up with this toy. My son was having trouble falling asleep in a dark room by himself until we got him this dinosaur to cuddly or stand guard by the bed!

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  • 6. Little Tikes Basketball Hoop and Balls

    Your little guy will love a basketball hoop that is just the right size for his small stature. The Little Tikes Easy Score Basketball Set can be used indoors or placed outside. The set comes with three basketballs so that play can begin right away. You’ll just want to add sand (not included) to the base for extra stability. You can also adjust the height up to four feet, so it’ll grow with your guy and last for years to come.

  • 7. Drop and Go Dump Truck

    This little dump truck does it all! It has a string at the front to use as a pull toy, has lights and sounds, and allows your little guy to drop balls in the truck and dump them out. The colorful balls will also help your child start to learn colors and numbers as the toy counts out loud the balls that are dropped into the truck. This one is a big hit in our house, as my son loves pulling the lever to dump the balls over and over again!

  • 8. Toddler Balance Bike

    If I can give you any life tips, it would be to get your child a balance bike before you teach them to ride on their own. This super cool bike looks just like a “big kid bike” but is built to be lightweight and easy for a toddler to control, with a larger back tire for extra support. The purpose of a balance bike is to let your toddler push the bike with his feet while also learning to steer. Once they’ve mastered the up and down flow, you’ll notice they’ll start picking up their feet and balancing all on their own. It really helps give a huge head start when learning to ride, and you can choose from a variety of different colors.

  • 9. Toddler’s First Set of Duplo Bricks

    Building blocks are important tools for learning hand-eye coordination and manipulation. Early access to building blocks can also stimulate the mind and provide opportunities for independent play. More importantly, little boys love to build, and this set offers more than enough bricks and a guide with ideas to get them started. This set comes in fun colors and packs away easily in the included storage tub.

  • 10. Melissa and Doug Let’s Play House Set

    If you know anything about the Montessori method of learning, you’ll know that toys that teach kids practical and realistic skills are very important. This Let’s Play House set comes with a broom, mop, duster, brush, and dustpan, so your little boy can help you clean up around the house. Not only will they learn what these tools do and how to use them, but they’ll have a blast doing it!

  • 11. Peppa Pig’s Grandpa’s Boat

    Peppa Pig is one of the few kids’ shows that I can stand to watch with my little ones, and my kids have even started trying to imitate the characters’ British accents (which is pretty funny!). This cute little boat set comes with Grandpa and Peppa, so your little boy can take the two on a grand adventure. While Grandpa Pig is attached to the top level of this boat, it’s also fun to pull off the top and have Peppa enjoy lazing around in the cozy cabin below.

  • 12. Toddler BBQ Grill Kitchen Cooking Playset

    Whether your little one has started to show interest in cooking and grilling or they just love food, this pretend set allows them to cook up a feast for the whole family! It comes with a portable grill, all the tools needed, including spatulas and tongs, and plenty of different types of food to prepare. With over 42 realistic pieces, your little boy will be a pretend chef in no time!

  • 13. VTech Sit-To-Stand Ultimate Alphabet Train

    Looking for something to keep your two-year-old entertained while you get some things done around the house? This alphabet train offers plenty of different activities and ways to play. Your little one can use it as a floor toy, walker, push toy, or ride on it. The engine car has a storybook, an interactive walkie-talkie and number pad, and other buttons and activities covering almost every inch. It sings, counts, and so much more. My son loves this toy, and we love that it has two different volume modes, so it doesn’t disturb the whole house!

  • 14. Toddlers Montessori Wooden Garden

    Want to start teaching your two-year-old about shapes, colors, and matching? This adorable little wooden garden set can do that and more! The carrots and radishes at the top can be pulled out, and your little one will have to make sure to get all the worms out of the garden before they eat all your vegetables! The bottom section doubles as a shape sorter, but it uses different fruits rather than just regular shapes to help your child start learning to recognize different foods. A favorite in this house, the little bunny that watches over the garden is magnetic and easily sits on top of the worms or helps to pull them out!

Birthday Gifts

  • 1. Happy Birthday from The Very Hungry Caterpillar (The World of Eric Carle)

    If your son is like mine, he loves The Very Hungry Caterpillar, so what better gift than a birthday celebration with their favorite character? The whimsical and gorgeous illustrations in this book will keep your little guy engaged while you read, and while it may be a bit early, you might be able to start teaching him some sight words as you go. I’ve even had some friends use this as a guest book at their child’s birthday party, and it’s great fun to find the perfect page to write a special note to the birthday boy.

  • 2. VTech Zoo Jamz Tiger Rock Guitar, Orange

    You may be thinking you don’t need another noisy toy in the house, but this adorable little tiger guitar might be worth the racket. It plays silly songs about different animals, makes animal sounds, and even has a whammy bar for extra sound effects. Your little guy can follow along to the music or create their own songs, and it even has a style knob so you can adjust to acoustic, electric, or distorted electric guitar sounds. The buttons light up, and you’ll love the volume control that lets you keep it at a manageable level (I know I do!).

  • 3. Melissa & Doug Vroom & Zoom Interactive Wooden Dashboard Steering Wheel Pretend Play Driving Toy

    Vroom vroom! Your two-year-old can take off with this fun pretend steering wheel and car dash! It features lights, real sound effects, dials, and more to keep your little guy entertained. They can check the scrollable GPS to navigate to their next destination, and they’ll love trying to keep their car on the road. They’ll also be turning the key, shifting gears, and honking the horn. There’s even a little mini-radio with four different stations.

  • 4. DUPLO My First Bath Time Fun: Floating Animal Island

    Some two-year-olds love bath time, and some hate it, but either way, it’s a good idea to have some toys on hand that’ll help to keep them occupied while you scrub them down. If your little guy already loves LEGOs, then this set is a great choice. It comes with a floating island, a raft, and four cute animals for your child to put together and play with in the tub. The best part? They’re just as fun to play with outside the bath!

  • 5. PicassoTiles

    PicassoTiles are a unique brick building set that makes it easier for little hands to put together. If your little boy is like mine, they sometimes get frustrated with regular building blocks and LEGOs. These bristle blocks make connections a breeze, allowing your child to really get creative in their designs. This set comes with 120 pieces brightly colored pieces in different shapes and sizes, including wheels that actually roll, which is great for creating different vehicles.

  • 6. Steer & Stroll Ride-On Trike

    A little red tricycle is a staple for any boy. Yours will have hours of fun on this one that’s perfectly sized for toddlers. Unlike other tricycles, this one also comes with a large steering handle at the back, allowing parents to help guide and steer. Once your little guy has got the hang of it, you can easily remove it to let them take control of their own ride. It even has a little storage bin on the bike, so your child can take some toys on the go!

  • 7. VTech Smart Shots Sports Center

    It’s never too early to get your little boy ready for sports! This cute little sports center introduces kids to basketball and soccer – two timeless classics. It comes with the center, which has a net and a hoop, as well as gears, knobs, and buttons for added fun. It has a light-up scoreboard and plays sounds and phrases. It also comes with a small basketball and soccer ball, so your little guy is all set to start scoring!

  • 8. Learning, Numbers Nesting Boxes

    You already know that stacking blocks are great, but this set offers so much more! Each block is numbered to help with recognizing numbers and learning to count, and they’re both stackable and nestable. On top of that, they’re beautifully colored and illustrated with fun dinosaurs that your child will love. And there’s more! This set also comes with six dinosaur toys. These dinosaurs fit perfectly in the blocks, and they also squirt water, making them great for bath time, too!

  • 9. Radio Flyer Interactive Rocking Horse

    A rocking horse is a classic gift for babies and toddlers, but you can take it to a whole new level with this realistic, interactive rocking horse by Radio Flyer. Your little boy will love riding their horse, and it even makes lifelike sounds as it senses the motion. With plush fur and a soft mane and tail, your little one can even hug or pet their furry friend. The springs are completely covered for safety, and the sturdy X-shaped frame makes it easy for your child to get on and off.

Under $25 Gifts

  • 1. Wooden Play Kitchen Wooden Food Puzzle

    More food? Yes, please! This set of pretend food is a little different than the one we talked about above. For one, it’s a completely wooden set, and it’s geared towards a regular kitchen setup rather than a grill. The coolest thing about this set is that the base holds each piece perfectly, making it like a regular, wooden shape-matching puzzle! Half the fun for my son was figuring out where each piece fit!

  • 2. Planet Shaped Bath Bombs

    Who doesn’t love a good bubble bath? With these adorable space-themed bath bombs, your little guy won’t complain about getting into the tub! This set comes with six bath bombs, and they’ll all swirl and fix in the water, creating different, colorful patterns that your child will love. Each one has a different scent, and they’re all-natural ingredients that’ll leave their skin soft as an added bonus! The colors won’t stain and easily rinse off both your little boy and the tub.

  • 3. Backpack Busy Board

    This adorable backpack is the perfect accessory for every two-year-old! It’s spacious enough to fit any toys or other items your child may want to cart around, but it also doubles as a busy board. The straps have numbers, shapes, and colors to help your little guy start learning, and the sides and front are covered with different closures, such as clasps, ties, buttons, a zipper, and more. These are practical skills that your child will need in the future, but they’re also a lot of fun for kids to figure out.

  • 4. Montessori Dinosaur

    Another fun toy that’ll help your little one with numbers and counting is this adorable dinosaur. It’s an Ankylosaurus, and my son gets so excited about putting the spikes back on the dino! The spikes are colorful and can fit in any of the holes, but each one is labeled with a number, so your little guy can start recognizing and counting as they put the dinosaur back together. It’s also easy to clean up when your child is done, as the back pulls off and provides space to store all the spikes that haven’t been attached yet!

  • 5. DUPLO My First Number Train

    Another counting toy (are you sensing a theme here?) that your child will love is the DUPLO number train. It comes with a train engine and multiple cars, plus numbered DUPLO blocks that attach to them, and three characters. Your little guy will love counting, but they can also mix and match, sort by colors, and more. And what little boy doesn’t love driving a train around the house? When it’s all built, it also provides hours of pretend play.

Educational Gifts

  • 1. Learn-A-Lot Avocados

    Finding toys that are both educational and fun is much easier than it was when I was a kid. Just look how cute this set of avocados is! It comes with four avocados that open up to reveal different faces. Not only will your child learn colors and improve their fine motor skills, but each little face is expressing a different emotion. Teaching your child social and emotional skills early will greatly benefit them as they get older, and this set allows them to start recognizing and building these skills.

  • 2. VTech Touch and Learn Activity Desk Deluxe

    With so many things for toddlers to learn, it can feel overwhelming trying to figure out what they need to know now. This VTech desk offers a wide variety of learning opportunities, giving your little guy exposure to everything. It covers letters, numbers, body parts, fruits, animals, and more. Plus, it offers loads of fun between the music jammer and the flip-up easel for chalk art. There’s storage space under the desk and slots on the sides to hold their art supplies, too. My son’s favorite part of this setup is the cell phone that lets them make pretend calls.

  • 3. World of Eric Carle, Around the Farm 30-Button Animal Sound Book

    Looking for more Eric Carle books? This one is a little different from the ones you’re used to. It still features the same type of simple story for kids with gorgeous artwork and illustrations but adds sounds to give your child an immersive learning experience. As your little guy turns the pages of the book, he’ll learn about different animals. The best part (my son’s and probably every kid’s favorite) is pressing the corresponding animal button to hear the sounds they make!

  • 4. Silicone Rainbow Stacker

    Rainbow stackers are a popular toy for little ones because they’re a beautiful decoration and a toy all in one! Unlike wooden stackers, this rainbow is made of silicone, which is lightweight and won’t hurt if dropped on little fingers or toes. Besides just nesting the pieces into the rainbow shape, your little guy will love using these as building blocks to see all the different ways they can stack and the designs they can build. As an added bonus, you can even wash the pieces in the dishwasher when they get dirty (because we all know these will go right in a two-year-old’s mouth)!

  • 5. Talking Flash Cards for Toddlers

    You may think a two-year-old is a little young for flashcards, but this set offers a unique take on them that toddlers will enjoy. Each flashcard features an object that kids should learn to recognize, such as animals, food, shapes, colors, jobs, vehicles, and more. Just slot a card into the machine, and it’ll read out the word. This is a great way for toddlers to start recognizing the sound and spelling of different words and associating them with their pictures. The best part? It’s rechargeable, so you won’t be spending all your money on replacement batteries.

  • 6. Learning Human Body Parts Puzzle

    While you might find plenty of books and toys that’ll teach your little guy about different visible body parts, the cool thing about these puzzles is that they’ll also get to learn about the internal organs inside the body. But don’t worry, there’s still a puzzle for the outer body parts, as well. Your child will have a blast trying to figure out which slot each piece fits in, and they’ll learn to recognize what’s on the outside and inside of the human body.

  • 7. Melissa & Doug Vehicles Wooden Peg Puzzle (8 pcs)

    Puzzles are great for developing fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, and there’s nothing little boys love more than vehicles! Combining the two is sure to be a hit. This puzzle sports all the favorites, such as a helicopter, plane, firetruck, police car, and more. The pegs make it easier for your child to insert and remove the pieces without accidentally pinching their fingers in the spots, and it’s a great introduction to puzzles for kids without much experience.

Best Gifts for 2-Year-Old Boys

Two years old is such a fun age, and there are plenty of toys that’ll attract your little boy’s attention. Our favorites include the Take Along Tabletop Railway for its portability, the VTech Sit-to-Stand Ultimate Alphabet Train for its versatility, and the Learning Human Body Parts Puzzle for its educational value. Each gift on this list offers something that’ll enhance your little guy’s skills or education, so you can’t go wrong with any that you choose.

Conclusion

Finding a gift for toddlers can be challenging, but this is the perfect age to start using toys as a teaching tool. Most of the toys on this list offer some sort of learning experience, whether it’s strictly educational, practical skills, or physical skills. No matter what type of toy you prefer or what your budget is, you should be able to find one that matches your needs on this list.