This age has been the first year where my daughter has been really vocal about her likes and dislikes and about what she wants and doesn’t want. This makes buying gifts so much easier! This is also an interesting year because they become more independent and adventurous. It has been fun to watch her blossom into the little human being she is.
If you’re looking for gifts for younger kids, check out my previous posts on Gift ideas for babies 0-6 months, Gift ideas for babies 6-12 months and Gift ideas for 1-2 year olds or check out the shopping section on this blog.
The following gift ideas are based on what my daughter and her friends liked between 2 to 3 years of age. Click on the name or picture of the toy to see more details or to purchase.
This year she got really into puzzles. These are our favorite because they are the right size for my toddler to do them on her own. Since they come in a pouch we save these for when we go to restaurants. Click on the title to see all available scenes.
We love doing these puzzles at home and have many of them. The good thing about the 12 & 24 piece ones is that kids can do them on their own. [Click on the title to see all different scenes.] The one pictured below is definitively her favorite.
If you’re looking for something bigger, check out the floor puzzles.
This board is pretty cool and teaches them how to open different types of latches. It takes them a while to figure it out so it’s a good toy to keep them busy.
We love blocks and these are our favorite because they are magnetic. We also have this portable one for when we go out to restaurants.
This is a great educational gift to learn about the stuff that goes on their day. I recommend this toy for older 2 year olds. It is the perfect gift for a kid that will turn 3.
This is one of our favorite toys. My daughter loves to go on hikes and pick random stuff to bring home and see it under the microscope. This specific one has also a light so it makes it easier to see things if it’s dark.
We love putting stamps on all of our drawings. The one pictured is her favorite set but you can see all available sets by clicking on the title. I recommend buying extra ink since the sets just come with 2 colors.
We’re starting to get into board games and this is her favorite one, along with Hungry Hungry Hippos.
We live in an apartment and don’t have much room but we made room for this. She loves playing hoops with her daddy.
I was on the hunt for a balance bike that was the right size for my toddler. It was hard to find since most of them are bigger. This is the only one, at a decent price, that was the right height for my kiddo. I recommend to buy this once they’re closer to 3.
If you opt out of the balance bike or want to have a trike first try this one. I got it on a whim and she rides it everywhere. This is perfect for 2+ years old.
These little animals are super cute and easy to carry. We have many different sets that come with us wherever we go. To see all different options click on the title.
We got this magnet set for our fridge and she loves it. The entire bottom half is filled with them and she likes to play pretend with them while I’m cooking.
This one keeps them busy for a while.
This is an addictive toy for kids. Haha! It provides hours of fun and even a few fights between kids because they all want to jump on it.
We love these blocks because they’re so original. You can use them like regular blocks or on a light table. Click on the title to check all the different options, some have glitter in them, other have beads or sand.
When we go hiking or the zoo these are a must for our kiddo. She loves to look through them and pretend she’s an explorer.
Click on the link and check out the video of this ride-on toy. It will make you want to have one and it holds up to 200lbs so it’s perfect for all ages.
The sound might drive you nuts but this is a favorite around here.
We saw this gem at a friend’s house and had to get it. You can put the pieces together and make your saxoflute the size and shape you want. It’s awesome.
All kids are into coloring, drawing and painting so anything like that will be great. There are plenty of options out these and these are a great gifts. We get our markers and paint from Ikea because they’re a great price and non-toxic but we do get some of our art supplies from Amazon. These are out go-to papers: Melissa & Doug Drawing Pad and Melissa & Doug Finger Paint Paper Pad and this is a fun coloring pads for those kids that are beginning to color: Melissa & Doug Jumbo Coloring Pad – Animals. Once our kid got into painting we started going through many paint brushes so I just got this set that has lasted us for quite a while: ALEX Toys Artist Studio 50 Paint Brushes.
Oh and if you have a kid that’s into glitter, check these Crayola Glitter Markers out.
Whew! That’s a long list! Hope you’re able to find some fun gifts that your kiddo will love.
What are your favorite toys for 2-3 year olds?