It’s been awhile since I added a new post to our gift guide series, but now that we’re through the crazy holiday season I’m getting back on track. Today I’m sharing my favorite gifts under $25 for two-year-olds. I love this age because you start to see a lot more imaginative play. Winnie’s two right now and is all about dressing up, taking care of her dolls, and imitating anything & everything her big sister is doing. She can also never have enough books and puzzles, which are always a good go-to gift at this age!
Below are our top picks:
1 | KID O MYLAND HORSE & GIRL INTERACTIVE TOY ($19.99)
Kid O has an entire line of interactive toys that I’m a little obsessed with. Each toy makes noises (and some light up) when they’re played with. With this horse & girl set, the horse neighs when the girl is placed inside and makes galloping noises when moved around.
2 | BABYROO SILKY CRAYONS ($8.99)
The colors of these crayons are so bright and vibrant, plus they are extra fun to color with because they glide on paper so smoothly. (Seriously, even I’m obsessed!) They are 3-in-1 (crayons, pastel, watercolor), are non-toxic, and washable. They also have a rotatable body like lipstick to reduce mess and keep them from getting broken.
3 | MUDPUPPY 12-PIECE POUCH PUZZLE ($10.99)
These puzzles are Winnie’s current favorite toy! They are a mini version of a classic cardboard puzzle, but with extra large and extra thick pieces that are easy for little hands to hold. Bonus that they come in a reusable pouch making them easy to store and take on the road.
4 | GREEN TOYS WAGON ($24.99)
The perfect little wagon for your little one to haul around their belongings. Made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic with a cotton rope handle. Great for either indoor or outdoor play.
5 | GREEN TOYS TOOLS DOUGH SET ($19.99)
This 11-piece dough starter kit includes an extruder, spaghetti extruder, scraper, knife, roller, rolling cutter, scissors, a two-sided activity card, and 3 tubes of non-toxic dough – everything a child needs to get started playing with dough! Everything in this set including the dough is made in the USA.
6 | MELISSA & DOUG CUTTING FRUIT SET ($19.99)
This one always comes highly-recommended from parents! It’s a 17-piece food set with a wooden knife. The pieces velcro together and can be “sliced” apart with the knife, a fun way to introduce kids to concepts of part and whole.
7 | ALEX TOYS MY FIRST SCRIBBLE ($11)
This book makes your little one’s first scribbles a little more fun. Comes with 50 pages to color and 70 stickers.
8 | IMAGINATION GENERATION COUNTING NUMBER STACKERS ($17.99)
Match the colorful discs to their numbers, and stack them up 1 through 9. Once your child is a little older, they can move onto counting exercises, and simple math. You can also reorder the removable number tiles and stack in an variety of ways.
9 | MELISSA & DOUG SCHOOL BUS PLAY SET ($19.99)
This adorable school bus set comes with seven figures, encouraging imaginative play. Features smooth-rolling wheels, a working door, and flip-open stop sign.
10 | BABY ALIVE LUV ‘N SNUGGLE BABY ($14.99)
Baby Alive is a perfect simple first baby doll. She has a soft body and she comes with a bottle that fits in her mouth.
11 | MY FIRST BRAIN QUEST ($11.95)
Brain Quest is a question-and-answer game that’s a fun way to engage your toddler and kill some downtime. I like to pull out our set when we’re eating lunch together or in that final hour before Ryan gets home from work and I think I might go crazy.
12 | ALPHA BLOCK BOARD BOOK ($16.95)
Absolutely one of my favorite board books! It has pages cut into the shape of each letter, and kids peek through the letter to guess the word that corresponds to it. (We also love Countablock.)
13 | AUTOMATIC BUBBLE MACHINE ($19.99)
Bubble machines are so. much. fun. Hours of entertainment for your little one and their friends. Be sure to get a lot of bubbles to use in the machine!
14 | HUILE PUSH AND GO VEHICLE SET ($14.99)
Ander just got these for his birthday but all our kids are obsessed with them. They are friction powered, so just push them and away they go. Lots of fun! The set of four includes a dump truck, cement mixer, bulldozer, and tractor with detachable trailer.
15 | USA TOYZ PLAY & GROOVE MUSIC SET ($19.99)
How adorable is this musical set? It comes with four brightly-colored wooden instruments – a xylophone, tambourine, maracas, and recorder.
16 | PLAY CIRCLE TEA PARTY SET ($13.50)
This tea set is extra fun for toddlers because it’s interactive too! Lift the lid to hear it boil and push it down again to hear it whistle. The set is complete with four place settings each with a teacup, saucer, spoon, and cupcake.
17 | PLAY-DOH SPARKLE COLLECTION ($9.99)
It seems so basic but pretty much every two-year-old I know is obsessed with Play-Doh. I buy it in giant packs so I always have it on hand for a rainy day.
18 | THINKFUN MOVE & GROVE DANCE GAME ($19.99)
This is a fun and interactive first game. Toss the plush cube to determine color, then pick a matching card and follow the instructions. Example include hopping like a kangaroo and playing the air guitar.
19 | ALEX TOYS BUTTON ART ($23.95)
Match the colored snaps to complete the picture. Comes with 46 colorful buttons, ten different pictures, and a storage tray.
20 | AQUADOODLE TRAVEL DOODLE ($14.99)
Mess-free coloring! Just fill up the pen with water and color over and over again. Fun for at home, but easy to take on the road too.
21 | LITTLE TIKES COUNT N PLAY CASH REGISTER ($14.99)
This one isn’t just fun, but educational too. It teaches children colors, sizes, and numbers with three different types of coins. Slide the credit card into the slot to drop the coins into the drawer, and the pull the lever to open it up.
22 | AURORA WORLD GIDDY-UP STICK HORSE ($24.99)
Sometimes the most simple toys are the best! This stick horse encourages imaginative play. Press the ears to make neigh sounds. Multiple colors (and a unicorn) are available.
23 | LEGO DUPLO MY FIRST CAROUSEL TOY ($24.99)
This Lego Duplo set has a real turning carousel! It’s a 24-piece set with a carousel, gearwheels, buildable tree, bird, and three child figures.
24 | JANOD WOODEN ALPHABET PUZZLE ($24.99)
A brightly-colored wooden alphabet puzzle. Each letter’s resting place is carved into the puzzle and is the same color as the corresponding letter to help your child find the right spot.
25 | GREEN TOYS VEHICLE CARRIER ($24.99)
This is a 5-piece set that includes a cab with detachable trailer and three mini cars. The trailer has two working ramps. Made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic.
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