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Gifts for 2 Year Old Boys

Age 2 is a time of fast development for boys as they become more active and aware. Check out our best picks for gifts that are fun, safe, durable, and help their development.
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Count ‘n Play Cash Register Playset

Kids have fun learning how to match colors and shapes by dropping the coins into the slots and pulling the lever.

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Hungry Pelican Soft Baby Educational Toy

This cuddly pelican is hungry and needs feeding! Choose from 4 squishy sea creatures for its dinner.

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Specially designed to be safe for toddlers. These are great for developing role-playing and fine-motor skills.

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Magnetic Safari Animals

Let toddlers create and play with six wild animals, all in different colors!

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Pound & Tap Bench with Xylophone

A musical twist on the classic pound the balls bench which sends the balls tinkling over a xylophone.

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Pounding Bench Wooden Toy With Mallet

Non-removable pegs bounce up and down showing their smiley faces while your toddlers hits them with a mini mallet.

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Tobbles Neo

The perfect first stacking tower. With brightly colored spheres that can be stacked and toppled time and time again.

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Very Hungry Caterpillar Plush

The soft and huggable plush toy brings every kids favorite caterpillar to life.

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How to choose a gift for a 2 year old boy?

Choosing the right gift for a 2 year old can be a daunting task. There are so many different toys and gifts on the market that say they’re the best. We’re here to help you choose, by sifting through hundreds of products to find the best ones based on a range selection criteria including durability, safety, cognitive development and much more.

Developmental changes in a 2 year old boy

Boys undergo a range of rapid developmental changes at 2 years old. They start to gain an increased sense of awareness in the world and their skills move from curiosity to more active physical engagement. They’ll move around a lot, discovering about the surroundings and learning to communicate with other people with their new found phrases. 2 year olds are explorers in every sense of the word, they explore their senses to help them develop at this critical stage in their life. Toys are a great way to practice their newly developed skills and through repetition, they will get better and better.

Physical development

By age 2, a toddler’s physical development has seen huge improvements. They have progressed from being able to crawl, to walk, run and maybe even jump. Their first two years of development will have given them a stronger ability to use their muscles, but there is still a lot of room for improvement. Gifts which include buttons, or knobs will allow your 2 year old boy to refine his muscles and coordination. It’s good to have a variety of activities for a 2 year old, as they will want to practice every day.

Communication skills

Children’s communication skills develop at different rates, however, most children will show the following characteristics when they are 2 years old.

They’ll start to engage with simple stories and picture books. Their attention span will be short, but remember that it’s all part of the improvement process to being able to read properly. The vocabulary will increase to over 100 words and they’ll be able to answer yes or no questions more easily. They may even be able to string together basic 4 word sentences such as ‘i want the ball’.

Criteria when choosing toys

When we chose our range of gifts, we considered key factors which we feel will make the best gifts. We looked for toys that are safe, fun, and improve the skills of a child. Two years old is a crucial stage in the development of a child and we want children to be able to develop as successfully as possible whilst enjoying their childhood. Some of the criteria we considered are which gifts will help them to reach their educational, communicative, and physical potential.

Safety and durability

We consider safety the top priority when recommending products. Gifts should be non-toxic and free from BPA and harmful additives. Very small pieces included in a gift are still dangerous as a two year olds sense of size and danger is still not fully developed. Toys also need to be durable so they don’t break or snap into small, sharp objects which could cause damage. Children will enjoy playing on their own at 2 years old, but they should still be supervised for their safety.


School is a couple of years away, but children will be very eager to learn about the world and have an amazing ability to develop at a fast rate when they are 2 years old. Any gifts that can develop their intellectual ability will be very beneficial to a child.

Children will start trying new techniques to solve problems. They’ll get better at solving simple puzzles and will start understanding the differences between items. They often start to group toys by type or color to show their understanding of them. Fun toys are also a great way to help them enjoy learning and look forward to school.

Creative Toys

2 year olds love toys that they can stack up or take apart and rebuild them. They get satisfaction from creativity and realising they have the ability to change the world around them. We’ve chosen gifts that encourage your child’s imagination to help them grow their creative side.

Imitate Life

2 year olds aren’t capable of performing normal everyday tasks but are able to imitate them. This is a crucial step in growing up and learning to do things for themselves. Toys that imitate adult jobs such as toy phones, toy hoovers or a fake kitchen are great ways to help them understand life.   2 year olds will also often form relationships with toys that resemble animals or people and develop their communicative skills and empathy through them.

Top Gifts for 2 Year Olds

Here is a bit more information about the items we chose and what we like about them.

Pounding Bench with Mallet

Children love striking the pegs in this classic pounding toy. The pegs on the wooden bench move up and down and when they pop up they can be bashed back down with the hammer that’s supplied with the bench. Alternatively, they might choose to press it down with their fingers, which can also be done easily. When the peg goes down, other pegs move up across the bench, showing their smiling faces in a “peekaboo” style.

This gift is great for helping to develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills which are important skills for toddlers to develop. The child can also learn numbers and different colors because there are 8 pegs in total of different colors.

The bench is really solidly built and is sure to provide lots of laughs and satisfaction as your child bashes in those pesky pegs!

LEGO Duplo Fun Box

The LEGO DUPLO fun box has 65 colorful pieces that allow for fun, creative playtime. Get ready to hours of building and rebuilding as you introduce them to the world of Lego with these larger DUPLO pieces. There’s a booklet which has a selection of buildings that you can create with the bricks, or you can use your imagination to build a whole range of fantastic creations. You can easily build a house that’s approximately 5 inches high and a wagon that’s roughly 3 inches long.

The set also comes with a small DUPLO dog and boy, each standing over an inch tall. Another great thing about this set is that it comes in a sturdy box that’s great to sotre the pieces in when they’re not being used. There’s also a bit of spare room to keep some more parts in there if you need to.

LEGO is a timeless classic that so many generations have enjoyed. These colorful bricks are a fun and safe creative toy that’s excellent for young builders and unlocking the creative side in your child.

Very Hungry Caterpillar Plush

Little ones absolutely love this Very Hungry Caterpillar plush toy, inspired by Eric Carle’s storytime favorite “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”. The story of the caterpillar is a journey of eating a variety of food before eventually pupating and turning into a butterfly. It’s a great book to teach basics such as counting, days of the week, animal life cycle and more.

This 12” plush brings the caterpillar to life with a soft, huggable toy that your child won’t want to let go of. If your child loves the book, then they’ll love this toy even more – it’s the perfect accompaniment that they can cuddle all day! It’s suitable for ages 6 months and up, it’s made from wipe clean polyester and it’s machine washable.