One may be an artist; another may be obsessed with the latest superhero while others may be interested in building things.
So how did we choose the items on our list? By taking all of these things into consideration!
We know that gift shopping is difficult, especially when you don’t know the little one’s interests, so below we offer you a wide range of toys to make finding the perfect gift for a two-year-old boy quick and easy!
Think of the Toys in Categories
Toy shopping is much easier if you group them into categories. Here is a general idea of the categories that we find to be most successful with many boys at this age:
Bath Time. Anything that makes bath time more enjoyable is definitely a good investment, especially for toddlers who aren’t too fond of taking a bath in the first place!
Building. Stacking toys are always great at this age as 2-year-old work to perfect their motor skills. Construction-related toys (hammers, dump trucks, tractors, etc.) would fit in this category.
Creative. Toys that allow them to use their imagination are always great. The Moluk Bilibo (#5 in our table) seems to be particularly popular these days.
Technology. The perfect example of this would be the Holy Stone RC Cartoon Race Car our table below. Little ones love when you hand the controls over to them, and when you’d rather that they not break your nice $600 iPad, this would be a great choice. For under $20, you can afford to break it!
Toy shopping is easier when you have a clear idea of what you want, but not all of you are sure about the final purchase!
Here are a few extra tips to help you arrive at the right toy for the little gift receiver:
Budget. Toys can get expensive, but don’t feel that spending a certain amount will mean more to the little one who receives the gift.
No matter your budget, look for a gift that you know they will be able to enjoy for more than just a few months. The best gifts for 2 year old boys – or any boy, for that matter – is one that he will enjoy for more than a day!
Quality. Quantity or quality? That is the question.
We vote for quality. If you spend a bit more on well-made toys now, you’ll spend less replacing the cheap ones that seem to break all of the time.
Avoid small, tiny parts that will break off quicker than you can blink your eyes and make sure that the toys are made of child-friendly materials (i.e. BPA-free, etc.)
Turning 2 or Already 2? This can make a big difference in the toy selection. What little ones may have loved on their second birthday they may lose interest in after just a few short months, so try to find something that will grow with them and their interests (easier said than done, we know!)
Parent Preference? When in doubt, run a few choices by the parent(s) in order to see if they approve of certain toys and to avoid duplicates!
Small Details. Don’t forget the small, practical details, too.
Is it easy to clean? Is it small enough to pack in a diaper bag or backpack when traveling? Are extra pieces available and how many pieces does the kit come with?
The dinosaur bin we suggested above is great (number 9), but it only comes with two dinosaurs and additional ones will need to be purchase separately.
Blocks are a classic member of the toy box, and if you’d prefer something softer than wood, B. One Two Squeeze blocks are perfect. Those blocks deserve a number one spot on our list of best gifts for 2 year old boys.
Each bag contains 10 blocks with different letters and animals printed on the sides. The relief pictures have even been hand-sculpted!
Little ones can chew, gnaw and slobber on these without damaging their teeth and gums since it is made out of BPA-free material. Use them on dry land or in the choppy seas of the bathtub since they’ll float, too.
The squeaky factor may attract more than just a two year old: the family dog, perhaps. Make sure that you keep an eye out for thieves with four legs who might decide that it makes the perfect chew toy!
The manufacturer’s recommended age for this toy is 6 months-3 years.
Whether you’re headed to the bathtub or the pool, the Green Toys submarine should join your little one on all aquatic adventures.
What’s unique about this toy is that it is made out of 100% recycled milk jugs (right here in the U.S.A., we might add), with no BPA, phthalates or PVC in sight. It is even dishwasher safe!
Here is the sub in action if you’d like to see how kids can interact with it:
Remember our recommendation from earlier to choose a toy that can grow with kids? This is definitely a good example of one! This can help make bath time fun for a two year old but is equally as fun for a five-year-old who is splashing around in the pool.
The manufacturer’s recommended age for this toy is 6 months and up.
It’s like a bike, a walker and a chair all wrapped into one; perfectly crafted for a two-year-old who isn’t quite ready for a big kid bike but who still enjoys scooting around on wheels.
Ybike makes a variety of wheels for toddlers and big kids, with the Pewi recommended for ages 9-36 months. It helps little ones improve balance, coordination and strength as they scoot around. What’s nice is that they can use it to push around their favorite possessions or they can sit on it and push themselves around, making it a multi-use toy that will get them through the first few years of walking.
Take a look for yourself to see if it’s the right toy for the 2-year-old you’re shopping for!
They may not be ready to get behind the wheel of a Ferrari, but you can certainly hand them the remote control to this little car from Holy Stone.
This car can go forward, backwards and turn both left and right, and it has flashing lights and music to keep your little one entertained. They can also remove the driver and replace him with their favorite action figure – dinosaur, stuffed animal or any other small figure that they’d like to put behind the wheel.
Looking for a unique modern gift that will last for more than just a few months? Try the Moluk Bilibo.
In spite of the unique name, this little bucket-shaped toy can do quite a lot. Use them indoors, outdoors, in the water, at the playground, in the living room; it is such a simple and versatile toy, which is what makes it so appealing to both parents and toddlers!
Each one weighs 750 grams and is made of a durable, shock resistant material that is free of BPA, phthalates and latex. They are also 100% recyclable.
Watch this to see all of the fun and unique ways that kids can use this neat little toy. Get a few of them to make a small set!
These also come in a mini version, so if you’re looking for something that is easy to transport, try the smaller ones!