Gift Ideas for 2 Year Old Boy

Updated on March 05, 2009
K.O. asks from Davison, MI
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Hello, I will be attending my cousins son 2nd birthday party at Chuckie Cheese on Sunday.Also need gift for my nephew who is going to be 4 and has a birthday the following weekend.

I am looking for some really great and perhaps practical gift ideas. I don't want to just buy any old toy out there and there are so many to choose. And a gift card would be really boring for them to open.
Can anyone out there help. My brain hurts.

Thank you sooooo much!

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A.G.

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Leap Frog toys are awesome for promoting both learning and fun!!! Trains, bubble mowers, pretend tool sets. For the 2 year old - hooded character towel and tub toys, maybe even a bottle of bubble bath if he doesn't have overly sensitive skin. Enjoy

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L.H.

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I agree with you -- the toys get tossed into a corner, and they have so many anyway!!

I am a consultant for Barefoot Books, an independent children's book publisher. There are some fantastic gift ideas for 2-year-olds and 4-year-olds, too! Check out my website at: www.mybarefootbooks.com/LoriHachenski. You can order online, or e-mail me and we could arrange a pickup/delivery (save you on shipping, as long as I have the books in stock).

Animal Boogie is a HUGE hit and a best seller for that age group -- it comes with a singalong CD that's a lot of fun. Portside Pirates is the same -- very fun! There's also a ton of board books, great paperbacks, and some puzzles and puppets and CDs, if you're looking to put together a "theme" gift. I'd love to help out if you're interested -- just shoot me an e-mail! [email protected]____.com

Good luck!

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S.F.

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Read along books on CD
or music CDs
A flashlight
A back pack
A magnifying glass
Cool Shoes
An umbrella

I have a two year old and a four year old, and these were someof their favorite xmas presents.

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K.T.

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I started my son on Thomas the Tank Engine for his second birthday....then, when my great-nephew turned two it was his turn, and so on for the next.......I got the wooden ones that lasted throughout his Thomas obsession........about 4 years!

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S.K.

answers from Detroit on

A while back I purchased a fingerpainting kit for my grandson,he was three at the time,he enjoyed it his parents enjoyed it and when it was completed it was hanging in their living room. the kit is called fingerprints by colorgoround.com, it is available on line

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M.G.

answers from Detroit on

Play-Doh, bubbles and moonsand (incredibly messy) are both great ideas. Outside toys are also good since the weather will hopefully warm up soon! My son just had a birthday and got some great gifts that included a rocket launcher by air hogs. This was his favorite. He steps on a spot and air forces the rocket to launch. Very neat and no batteries required. He also got lots of games like Hullabaloo, memory, and the fishing game. He enjoys working puzzles as well!

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R.P.

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I have a 4 yr old and a 2 year old. My 2 year old's favorite toy is a remote control car. It's for ages 2 and up and has animals in it. My 4 yr old just got a camping set. It came with a sleeping bag, small tent, compass and cantine. He loves it! He also has this shake and go race car track. That's another favorite for both of them (although it's not exactly age appropriate for my 2 yr old).Good luck!

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T.A.

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K.,

I have 5 boys ages 13 years, to 2 years old. I have found that at the ages you need presents for the small metal ERTL tractors are always a favorite. We have been buying them for years and now have quite a collection of them for all our sons to play with. They are virtually indestructable, and come in many different sizes and price ranges.

You can get them at TSC (Tractor Supply Co.), Quality Farm and Home, or any farm type store. I have even seen them at Wal-mart, but the selection isn't as good there.

K.H.

answers from Detroit on

My daughter is turning two in a week. Right now, she's really into things that you can look at, read, or move.

~Books are always good. Even books that THEY can't read but can be read to them at bedtime or whatever. Or flash cards are nice too.

~Crayons & coloring supplies, Aquadoodle, Magnadoodle, other such art supplies that aren't too complicated.

~"Pretend" items are good as they are just figuring out how to pretend things. A tool set might be a good one for a boy.

~Classic toys such as blocks, cars (age appropriate of course), buckets & shovels for the sand in the summer, etc.

Hope that gave you some ideas. If all else fails, just go to toys r us and walk around. See what the other people with younger kids are picking up.

EDIT: I was just reading the other responses and REALLY like the idea of the superhero capes... maybe you could get them (especially the 4 year old!) some cool superman or spiderman pj's? A friend of mine has a 3 year old that wants to wear his every night!

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N.R.

answers from Detroit on

When my daughter turned two she was all about coloring and play dough! And Crayola has so many new and different things now that a gender specific such as Cars coloring books and such. I'm sure either of those he would like.

D.P.

answers from Detroit on

How about a Superhero cape? My favorite one is from Discovery Denim.

I'm not sure if you can get it soon enough for the party but here's the link http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=94942

Barnes & Nobles has a kit on how to make one.

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D.S.

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K.; WEBKINZ they are stuffed animals, that come with a code you can play in a child safe environment online, but for that age, here in march webkinz jr is coming out for those younger ones, a webkinz jr is bigger, and cost about 25- 30 dollars for a cute cat, dog or monkey, check your local dealer, most hallmarks carry webkinz, D. s

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J.W.

answers from Detroit on

I love all the ideas already mentioned. My daughter just turned 2 last friday. She loooves play doh, art stuff, balloons, lacing beads, books, blocks, and she got a band in a bucket http://www.amazon.com/First-Act-FA554-Discovery-Bucket/dp... which is lots of fun :) I also thought it would be nice to have a zoo membership so we will probably splurge on that soon. Looking over her amazon wishlist I also have a water/sand table, bicycle helmet and a life jacket.

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S.K.

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Our son is 2 and really into coloring, especially with markers, blocks, cars and puzzles. For his birthday he recieved a pet hospital by Parents, it's at target and it was hands down the favorite toy. Have fun at Chuckie cheese!!

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A.V.

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I have a 4 1/2 year old and a 2 1/2 year old and the best thing that I got for either of them was Leap Frog stuff. I highly reccommend the DVD's. Letter Factory, Word Factory etc... both my boys have learned their letter sounds and love to watch the DVD's over and over and over. Good luck.

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N.F.

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My son is almost 2 and absolutely loves all of the stuff from Disney Cars. He sees anything from that movie and screams with excitement. Another thing is stuff from wonderpets or deigo. I know alot of kids around those ages and they love love love both of them. Well good luck shopping!

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R.G.

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My son is 3 and he loves sticker books, paints, crayons, etc. Any art and crafts activities. Also, lego blocks are a very good gift. BOys this age also love dinosaurs.

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N.W.

answers from Detroit on

Lands End bags are great gifts. They come in a ton of colors and sizes and the kids name or initials can be put on. They also have backpacks and lunch bags.

Or-- fun PJS. My 5 year old got Iron Man pjs and they were maybe his favorite gift.

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S.S.

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How fun! I like to include a big candy bar with a gift card. That makes it exciting for the child to open. Maybe not for the 2 year old, but you could do another big candy like a giant sucker. They may never eat it, but it looks cool.

Yesterday a Kindergartener in my classroom had a birthday and was the hit of the class when her aunt brought in balloons. Who knew?

Have fun!

S.

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C.W.

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Have you heard of the "I Spy Bags"? They would be great for the 4 year old. I make them and sell them. If you want to know more about them I can be contacted at [email protected]____.com Thanks, Laconda

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P.G.

answers from Detroit on

For the 2 year old, I would recommend some of the classic toys... Mr. Potato is great for teaching body parts, and Aqua Doodle is a great deal to promote drawing and writing.
(Granted, this is assuming that the family doesn't already have these from when the 4 year old was younger.)

As for the 4 year old, I'm not as good with ideas.
I love the outdoor toy idea... or playdough (that's always replaceable because it's gets muddied in terms of colors or dried out). My 3 year olds loved opening a bag of many crayola supplies (different kinds of crayons/markers/colored pencils.

You might even want to ask the Mom's if there's any particular character that they're into (Sesame Street, Dora/Diego, Thomas, etc.) or if there's anything particular that she knows that they'd like. Sometimes I have great ideas for friends and family, and other times I'm clueless. :)

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V.H.

answers from Detroit on

How about a kids magazine subscription then the Mom can read it each month to the kid when it arrives - something to look forward to in the mail and helps with one on one time and reading skills....At the party give the magazine with a card explaining the next ones will come by mail. my kids love getting stuff like this and the gift lasts all year.

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K.S.

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I can't really help with the 4yr old but here is an idea for a 2yr old. My daughter received this for her 2nd b-day and I loved it so much I gave it to 2 friends. It is a toy and a teacher of numbers, colors and shapes all in one. Melissa and Doug can be purchased at toys r us, babies r us, target for sure.
Another idea is a book, coloring book with crayons as a little extra.
http://www.melissaanddoug.com/dyn_prod.php?p=567&k=86...
or
http://www.melissaanddoug.com/dyn_prod.php?p=379&k=86...

Good luck and have fun
K.

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K.M.

answers from Detroit on

For a two year old boy got to the toy store and buy anything in his age group. If he likes animals than buy some discovery kids animal stuff. Or buy boy stuff. Gi Joes and race cars stuff. Good luck same for the 4 year old.

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