This list of 25 practical gifts for 2 year olds is not filled with toys, but are a collection of useful gifts that will help them learn and do things on their own.
Toys are great of course! But for 2 year olds who already have a lot of toys, this list of practical gifts will be appreciated by mom and dad AND the toddler in your life.
What Two Year Olds Are Learning/Milestones
What They Like to do
Two year olds are in the prime of toddlerhood, which lasts from 18-36 months. They are talking, walking and figuring out rules and boundaries. They love learning and doing things by themselves.
If you are using a broom they may try to grab it out of your hands so they can sweep.
If you try to cut up their banana they will refuse to eat it unless its whole, just like how you eat it.
So, now is the time to get them their own things that mimic what mom and dad have or help them do what you do. Ex. Their own broom or a step stool to reach the sink to wash their hands.
Whether you are looking for a 2nd birthday gift for your daughter or son, this list of practical gifts will have something for everyone.
Gift Guide: Practical Gifts for Two Year Old
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Practical Gifts for 2 Year Olds – Books
Many toddlers love books and these are the perfect practical gifts for 2 year olds. A recent study found that kids that are read 5 books a day have heard 1.4 million more words than kids who weren’t by the time they reach kindergarten.
As your toddler is learning to speak, hearing new words and also repeating words they are learning often are important – and books are a great way to practice both with your toddler every day.
Toddlers don’t need anything too fancy when it comes to books – simple and brightly colored will appeal to them, but this is a great opportunity to reinforce those rules you’ve been talking to them about.
This box set of 6 books teaches little lessons such as the importance of saying Thank You and Please and also touches on Sharing and going on the Potty. Each features a different animal.
Getting your little one excited about books at a young age is important for their future and can help develop a love of reading later on.
A great way to make new books fun is to have them delivered monthly. Lillypost is a great subscription box that delivers books up to 50% off retail. They will even gift wrap them to add to the fun.
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Books about Adding a Sibling
If your toddler is about to get a new sibling, preparing them by reading books about being a big sister or brother can help them to understand what is about to happen.
These books encourage your toddler to be a good helper and to understand that mom and dad still love them
I am a big sister – Caroline Jayne Church
I am a big brother – Caroline Jayne Church
My New Baby – Rachel Fuller
Practical Gifts for 2 Year Olds – Eating
Toddlers may be in a picky eater phase so practical gifts that encourage eating will be a hit with mom and dad. This can be a trying time where one day they love something and the next day it ends up on the floor. Try adding the below to your dinner routine.
Being able to help in the preparation of their food, may help them to want to actually eat it.
Check out these toddler focused cook books:
Personalizing your toddler’s items can also help encourage them to pick up after themselves.
This laundry bag can be customized for a boy or girl and comes in two sizes.
Give them a star on their chore chart for picking up all their dirty clothes and putting it in their basket!
Practical Gifts for 2 Year Olds – Potty Training
Your little one is probably very interested in potty training right now. To help things go smoothly some great practical gifts will help them along.
Potty Training Books To go along with any of the above gifts, adding a small book about going on the potty can help explain the process to a young child. Our favorites:
Potty by Leslie Patricelli
A potty for me by Karen Katz
Big Girl Panties by Fran Manushkin
Potty Superhero: Get Ready For Big Boy Pants by Parrogon Books