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Exciting 2nd Birthday Gifts Your Toddler Is Guaranteed to Love

When looking for 2nd birthday gifts for my son, I was determined to find him gifts that weren’t centered around technology. After tons of research, these are the best 2nd birthday gifts I’ve found and I’m so excited to share them with you all! 

This post is all about the best 2nd birthday gifts that will get your toddler outside, encourage their creativity, and get them learning while they play! 

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2nd Birthday Gifts They'll Love

2nd Birthday Gifts for Little Artists

Mess Free Paint

Ill be honest, I still can’t fully comprehend the magic behind this Crayola Magic Light Brush. The paints can’t dry up and they don’t show on anything except the special paper that comes with it! No paint on their skin or your furniture! The brush lights up with whatever color is touched and it will paint that color until it touches a different color! I didn’t know mess free painting could exist, but here it is! 

Price at time of publication: $21.32

Pom Pom Pictures

My 2-year-old is completely obsessed with pom poms! He literally carries them around in his pockets everywhere he goes. They are probably under every piece of furniture in our whole house at this point. So as soon as I saw these Pom Pom Picture Crafts, I knew I needed to get them for his birthday. The pom poms push in so you don’t need any glue. You can display their art work or pop out the pom poms and make them over and over again! Just make sure your toddler is out of the “put everything in my mouth stage,” before ordering these! 

Price at time of publication: $14.32

Painting Kit

If you’ve got a 2-year-old that loves to paint, This Painting Kit is the perfect gift. It will make painting a whole lot more fun for them while also making clean up a bit easier with the waterproof apron. 

Price at time of publication: $14.99

Paintable Stepping Stone

These Paintable Stepping Stones come in so many different animals and designs! They’ve got everything from rainbows and unicorns to hedgehogs and turtles. No matter which you get your toddler, they will love seeing their stepping stone decorating your garden! 

Price at time of publication: $7.99

Educational 2nd Birthday Gifts

Play N’ Learn Cube

This Play N’ Learn Cube is one of my favorite activities to do with my toddler. We both end up laughing hysterically while he learns a ton about animals, colors, emotions, and more! 

Price at time of publication: $21.95

Window Bird Feeder

I got this Window Bird Feeder for my toddler last summer and he has absolutely loved watching birds come right to our window! It’s been the perfect solution to our second floor apartment and his love of birds. I might have learned a few bird names too along the way. 

Price at time of publication: $29.90

Shapes Bean Bags

These Shape Bean Bags are an incredible way to help your toddler learn shapes in a fun hands-on way. There are so many fun games you can play with these and your toddler will love them too! 

Price at time of publication: $20.39

At Home Scavenger Hunt

While it may not be as exciting to open as a shiny new toy, your 2-year-old will love this At Home Scavenger Hunt on the next rainy day. 

Price at time of publication: $12.99

2nd Birthday Gifts for Outdoor Play


The goggles on these GeoSafari Binoculars make them super easy for little ones to place on their face and look through. It’s an exciting but yet simple way to get out and explore nature up close together. 

Price at time of publication: $14.99

Bubble Guns

Bubbles are fun in all forms, but Bubble Guns take the fun to a whole other level! Just make sure you keep the original bubble cannisters so you can refill them yourself and don’t have to pay for more! 

Price at time of publication: $23.99

Splash Pad

If you’ve got a 2-year-old with a summer time birthday, this Splash Pad might be perfect. Its a wading pool and a sprinkler all in one. Plus, this one comes with either animals, the alphabet, or a world map on the bottom so they can learn while they splash around too! 

Price at time of publication: $25.95

Toss N’ Catch Game

This Velcro Toss and Catch Game is a great start to helping you toddler learn how to play catch. These velcro mitts will help them develop their hand-eye coordination and gross motor skills until they can catch the ball with their hands. You’ll be playing catch in the yard together before you know it! 

Price at time of publication: $10.19

Practical 2nd Birthday Gifts

Light Up Rain Boots

Every kid loves to jump in puddles and a pair of new rainboots will make the next rainy day all that more exciting. If they are Light Up Rain Boots too, you may just become your 2-year-old’s hero. 

Price at time of publication: $27.99

Toddler Sunglasses

Now that we’ve got the rainy days covered, your toddler needs something special for the sunny days. A special pair of Toddler Sunglasses just for them will make sunny days even better!

Price at time of publication: $11.99

New Water Bottle

I recently bought my son this Insulated Toddler Water Bottle in the scuba sharks print and he loves the rubber drinking straw! It stays cold and he loves having a special big boy water bottle that’s all his! 

Price at time of publication: $15.65

Cozy Slippers

These Super Cozy Toddler Slippers come in 42 different designs, colors, and patterns! It won’t be hard to find one that they will love! 

Price at time of publication: $18.99

Toddler Kitchen Tower 

If your toddler is like mine and loves helping you cook every single thing that passes over your stove top, you definitely need one of these Toddler Kitchen Towers. This one comes in black, white, gray, and wood stain colors so you can match it to your kitchen too. 

Price at time of publication: $149.95

2nd Birthday Gifts for Boys

Pull-Back Cloth Cars

Soft pull-back and go cars means just as much fun without marking up your walls and baseboards. But the best part about these Melissa & Doug Cloth Cars is that the wheels pop out for the whole car to easily go in the washing machine! 

Price at time of publication: $19.99

Tool Bench

My 2-year-old is completely obsessed with this Little Tikes Tool Bench. He can’t get enough of the magnetic boards that “cut” in half and loves hammering the nails into the bench too. 

Price at time of publication: $44.99

Wooden Parking Garage

This Stack N’ Count Parking Garage is an incredibly fun way to teach car obsessed little boys how to count! 

Price at time of publication: $16.99

Remote Control Cars

Complete with horns and sirens, these Remote Control Cars for Toddlers are super easy for little ones to control! And when control is literally in the name of the toy, 2-year-olds tend to take a liking to it. 

Price at time of publication: $34.99

Construction Plate & Utensils

If you’ve got a picky eater that loves trucks and diggers, this Construction Plate may just save your mealtimes.

Price at time of publication: $24.99

2nd Birthday Gifts for Girls

Lifelike Baby Doll

If we’re honest, a lot of baby dolls are a bit creepy looking. This Melissa & Doug Baby Doll is cute, lifelike, soft, and also washable too. It’s a perfect start to your 2-year-old’s baby doll collection. 

Price at time of publication: $23.99

Her First Purse

Every little girl wants to be just like their mom. If you carry a purse, they will want a purse to carry around with them too. This Toy Toddler Purse comes complete with fake make up, phone, keys, lipstick, and even a credit card! 

Price at time of publication: $14.99

Her Very Own Nail Polish

This Piggy Paint Nail Polish is non-toxic and kid-friendly so it’s the perfect first nail polish for your little girl. This is the perfect gift to get the two of you ready for some fun mother daughter time! 

Price at time of publication: $15.49

Unique 2nd Birthday Gifts

A Fish Friend

A fish is a super fun gift for 2-year-olds that will also help teach them responsibility at the same time! We got our son a beta fish for his 1st birthday and he has been obsessed with it ever since. He now loves helping to feed his fish each morning and watch him swim around. This 2.5 Gallon Fish Tank is the perfect size for whatever type of fish you choose and also has a filter so you won’t have to clean it often at all! 

Price at time of publication: $48.99

Bath Building Pipes

These Bath Building Pipes aren’t your average bath toy! Essentially a marble run for water, these are a super unique way for your toddler to enjoy bath time. 

Price at time of publication: $29.35

2nd birthday gifts

Membership to a Nearby Zoo/Aquarium

If you have grandparents or aunts/uncles asking for ideas for your child’s birthday, asking for a family membership to a zoo or aquarium near your home is the perfect option! 

Toddler Desk

Toddlers love having things of their own that are only for them! This Customizable Toddler Desk is a perfect spot for them to do their puzzles, crafts, or reading and the basket below is great to store whatever craft supplies or toys they choose to use at the desk! 

Price at time of publication: $52.99

Activity Table that Does Everything

This Activity Table does it all. The top of the table has separate sections to play with Legos, larger construction blocks, and even marble runs pieces. This activity table also comes with each one of these toys and detachable bins to store each one on the side of the table if you want. But when it’s a nice day out you can detach the bins, take off the top, and the inside is a perfect sand/water table! 

Price at time of publication: $39.99

splurge worthy 2nd birthday gifts (Over $75)

Fold Away Play House

This Radio Flyer Fold Away Play House comes in both a pirate ship and a princess castle! It breaks down way smaller than you would expect to make it super easy to store and set up inside or outside! 

Price at time of publication: $179.99

Balance Bike

A balance bike is the perfect way to transition your toddler from riding scooters to riding a bike. I honestly kind of wish they made an adult version!

Price at time of publication: $94.99

Toddler Recliner

I have my own special chair that I absolutely love to sit in to relax after a long day. I realized recently that my toddler would probably enjoy his own toddler sized recliner next to mine too! These chairs are also the perfect addition to a quiet corner

Price at time of publication: $79.99

4 in 1 Trike

The Radio Flyer 4 in 1 Trike slowly progresses from a stroller to a toddler trike with a handle (so you can help them steer) and eventually all the way to a regular tricycle. It also folds up like a standard stroller so you can use it at home or throw it in the car easily to take to the park. 

Price at time of publication: $129.99

This post was all about 2nd birthday gifts to encourage your toddler to get creative, get outside, and get learning! While kids this age do love technology, I believe that these toys will be loved by your children even more while also helping them learn more about their world! 

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