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What gift should I get for a 2 year old boy's birthday?

Hi moms, My daughter has a b-day party this weekend for a 2 year old boy. I have no idea what to get him that is in a reasonable price range. I guess I can always walk through the toy department... Just curious for your thoughts!
Thank you, A.

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There are lots of toddler toys available everywhere, moms suggested to check out Target, Walmart, from puzzle, crayon, trains set, to educational computer. Check out the article for more suggestions.

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Thanks so much ladies! These are some great ideas. I'll keep these in mind while shopping: tool set, refrigerator magnets, balls, puzzles, and leap frog stuff. His mom was a teacher and I know they have tons of books (and toys), so it is difficult. Thanks again.

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I have two boys, ages 2 and 4. Here are a few ideas:
Fisher-Price Fun 2 Imagine Cash Register
play doh with cutters
little critter books by mercer mayer
melissa and doug cutting food box
train themed items
little people play set

Have fun!

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Cant go wrong with Trucks.

There are a lot to choose from in the $5 range. I find Wal-mart better than Target for this category, but either place should do the trick!

P

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I have two boys, ages 2 and 4. Here are a few ideas:
Fisher-Price Fun 2 Imagine Cash Register
play doh with cutters
little critter books by mercer mayer
melissa and doug cutting food box
train themed items
little people play set

Have fun!

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My favorite gift my son received for his second birthday was a set of the Leap Frog refrigerator magnets -- letters and numbers. They fit in this square that says the sound and sings. Educational -- and both my kids love them (my son is now almost 4 and my daughter just turned 2). The person that gave them to me also gave me a magnetic dry erase board in case I didn't want to put the stuff on my fridge (which we did). Great gift!

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I would ask the parents of the little boy what he's currently in to. My son (2 in February) loves Thomas the Train - or any train really - cars, Elmo and anything that makes music or sings to him. There are lots of Fisher Price music players for that age that are less than $20, too.

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When mine turned 2 he had already discovered Thomas and hotwheels. By the time he was 3 he'd found construction trucks and fire trucks too. He also got several car-themed wooden peg puzzles at that age too. Someone mentioned the leapfrog fridge letter thing- ours is the Word Whammer and holds 3 letters. They have one that is just for 1 letter and one that holds 4 letters too. My oldest got his for Christmas before he turned 3. My 1 yr old just got a Wash N Go by Leapfrog for Christmas. It also goes on the fridge. It holds 2 halves of vehicle magnets. I love Leapfrog stuff and they're always a hit with me the mom and my kids.

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Why not get him some great books or something educational that you think he would like.

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Oh this is easy....
Board puzzles are enjoyed A LOT at this age
Thomas the train
picture books
DVD of Sprout shows or Nick jr shows

HOpe this helps, if not email me back, I have more!

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How about a book with lots of pictures and some good info on whatever he is interested in. That could be animals, dinosaurs, fire trucks, construction machines, farm animals, tractors, trains, ....
There are such good books for kids out there today.

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Cant go wrong with Trucks.

There are a lot to choose from in the $5 range. I find Wal-mart better than Target for this category, but either place should do the trick!

P

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Amanda: I'm sure you have gotten all your answers but I'll share some of my thoughts in case you need more ideas for a future gift. My 2-year old son loves Thomas the train or other train sets and he really loves his Sit-n-Spin. Remember those? He loves it. Also, my MIL bought him a very inexpensive golf set (I think it is $6 at Wal-mart) with little plastic golf clubs and balls. He loves it. Good luck.

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How about those big foam letters that they have at Michael's? That way he can learn the alphabet.
What about some puzzles from Toys R Us.... he could learn alphabets and numbers with puzzles. They have one in particular that my little girl has (28 months old) and it is a clock with numbers on the puzzle pieces. She has already learned her numbers through 12 and she can match the numbers so she knows what spot they go in.
What about some number flash cards and some alphabet flash cards.....? There are all sorts of things that are great for kids gifts that can teach them along with having fun.
Good luck and happy birthday.

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A small plastic tool set or Matchbox cars are your best bet. It seems like the little things go over the best. Especially with Handy Mandy on TV, kids (both girls and boys) love the tool sets, and they're very inexpensive.

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Hi A.,

Ask his mom if he has anything in the Thomas the Tank Engine line yet. If he does, ANYTHING you get him would be fabulous for him and for his mom! That stuff is expensive to collect enough pieces for kids to enjoy themselves over many years, so anything you buy would be just lovely for her!

If he's not into that yet, you could ask her if she'd like something like that. Just enough track to make a circle and one engine and maybe a car behind it would be a lovely gift. When he learns to make the circle himself without help, then he's ready for more. It was the best toy investment I ever made for my boys. It's great for teaching spatial development, and the Shining Time Station stories, books and videos, are full of good life lessons on getting along and problem solving.

Good luck!
D.

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My son is 2 1/2 and loves absolutely any kind of car, truck, plane, helicopter, tractor etc! Those little $5 packs of matchbox cars.....FAVORITE! He will spend good amounts of time pushing his cars all around. They also make those cute chunky "Crayola Beginnings" crayons, tub markers, etc. Those things are always a hit. =0)

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Puzzles are always good. There is a great tonka truck floor puzzle that my little one loved.

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Boys love cars. Because he's under 3, you'll have to get those big chunky ones. I found a nice set for my nephew, with four stacking cars. (Can't remember the brand name.) Be sure to check the packaging for age requirements.

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when my son was 2 all we got him were balls! he loved them. and they were so cheap. you can get some good ones that can be played with inside and out. nerf-type basketballs and footballs. practice golf balls (the foam ones and the ones with holes in them). mini footballs, soccer balls, and basketballs. water balls (they are in the pool section and they are light as a feather--no one is getting hurt with those & they can use them in the summer for the pool or the bath tub or to throw around inside). those big blow up balls you see in the middle isle at wal-mart. regular kick balls or soccer balls. balls are a great way to work on coordination, whether it's throwing, catching, or kicking!

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Best 2 yr old toy we got that both of mine still play with was the Parents Animal Hospital. It has keys and doors to put the animals in and out of...its about $20 at Target...Have fun!

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Hi A.!

Trucks are always good and Walmart has them under $10. Blocks, Legos, books are great, playdough, coloring books, you can do a theme....coloring book, crayons, etc toys that can teach him his shapes, an alphabet puzzle, leapfrog games that talk to him.

Hope this helps!

W.

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May be a little late for upcoming party but believe me you will have MANY more opportunities, sooooo here are my ideas for future reference. Best responses we have received from friends we have given gifts to are the ones we were a little more creative with. I have had my kids cut out a little basic shaped ice cream cone from construction paper to be the card. Then we attach a gift certificate from local ice cream shop or have even attached it to one of those premade clown cones in the freezer case at Baskin-Robbins.(my gift certificates are always a simple 5.00...the experience is what is priceless) Little kids really flip over simple treats or the chance to go buy their own cone. Also Melissa&Doug magnetic puzzles are always a hit. THey have a fishing one and a butterfly catching one that the kids always gravitate to. (I have found these on line or at WAl-Mart,Target and Toys R Us.) HAppy birthday gift hunting!!!

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cant go wrong with trucks and cars!

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I know this is later, but... just keep in mind kids, under five, in general love to put things in their mouth!

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You should just buy him clothes they can always use that we get so many toys for our kids and they just pile up and take up so much room.

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My two year old loves those soft Little Tykes cars that you can get at Walmart or any toy store. He has played with them for hours and hours.They aren't too expensive either.

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