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The best Christmas gifts for 2 year olds

While there’s no doubt that your child’s first Christmas was an extra special milestone, it’s not until they reach their second Christmas that they start to become aware of the magic that surrounds this festive time of the year. 

Okay, so they’re not quite gonna get the concept of a big man in a red suit rattling down the chimney while they’re sleeping, but they’ll get excited by the stash of presents under the tree and the grannies, grandads, aunts and uncles all gathering round to tuck into a glorious turkey as Christmas music jingles in the background.

The other big difference is the toys now become the centre of attention. Last year, they may have been more interested in ripping up the wrapping for hours on end than playing with whatever was inside. This year, they’ll have watched their favourite Cbeebies programme, they’ll have seen older brothers and sisters or kids in the street playing with exciting toys. They’ll have watched their favourite Disney film. 

So this Christmas, there’s a slight pressure on you to get it right. To purchase them something that will induce hours of entertainment, rather than something that will be poked and prodded then chucked to the side. 

So if you’re stuck for inspiration, we’ve written a wishlist that covers the best Christmas gifts for a two year old in the shops right now. 

1. Ridgeback Scoot Runner

You’ll be struggling to keep up once they get the hang of this balance bike!

Specifications
Best for: Balancing skills
Type: Push bike
Educational: No
Power type: Manual
Reasons to buy
+Develop balance skills+Get them exercising
Reasons to avoid
-Can’t upgrade to pedals

Balance bikes are one of the latest crazes and at two years old, your child is at the perfect age to own one. They start by encouraging the natural foot in front of the other action to push the bike along. With confidence and encouragement, they’ll soon be lifting their feet off the floor and balancing all on their own! In an age where technology has taken over, these clever toys bring the excitement back to getting out in the fresh air and family walks become less of a struggle with the little ones scooting along beside you - win win. 

2. The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr

This story is a must for any two year old’s bookshelf

Specifications
Best for: Engaging
Type: Book
Educational: Learning to speak
Power type: Reading power!
Reasons to buy
+Simple language easy to understand+Relatable concepts
Reasons to avoid
-Could become repetitive for parents!

You may have heard of this book already. It’s world-famous, and almost a rite of passage for two year olds and their parents. This timeless story book uses playful language to engage young children, who are able to relate to the actions and engage with the behaviour portrayed in the book. We’ll hedge bets that this story will be a favourite at bedtimes for many years to come.

3. PAW Patrol Wendy House Play Tent

A solution to boredom and getting them outside in dry weather!

Specifications
Best for: Outside/inside play
Type: Pop-up tent
Educational: No
Power type: Imagination
Reasons to buy
+Games with friends+Easy to fold away
Reasons to avoid
- Could get dirty 

You can’t go wrong with a pop-up play tent, inspired by one of their favourite shows.  With a roll up window and a hole in the roof to peek out from, there’s no end to the fun and games that can be invented. From hide-and-seek to helping them engage with their favourite characters in make-up games, this will be a hit for inside use in the chilly months and outside use in the summer. No camping though. 

4. Cute Doll Canvas School Bag

A place to pack their favourite toys when they’re off to see granny and grandad for the day

Specifications
Best for: Transporting toys
Type: Backpack
Educational: No
Power type: None
Reasons to buy
+Perfectly sized+Light-weight
Reasons to avoid
-Doll doesn’t come separately

Sometimes it’s just too hard to leave your favourite cuddly toys behind. Now, your child can pack their favourites in their rucksack ready to introduce to nan and grandad or another relative as soon as you arrive at their door. Lightweight and perfectly sized, this bag is proportioned just right for your two year old to feel like they’re doing their bit to help get ready for the day ahead. 

5. Peppa Pig Gift Box

Peppa Pig is the kiddy craze right now, so this gift box is sure to be a hit

Specifications
Best for: Peace and quiet!
Type: DVD
Educational: No
Power type: DVD player required
Reasons to buy
+Instant entertainment+Perfect for rainy days
Reasons to avoid
- Not as interactive 

Occasionally, we all need a some quiet time, including the kids. So whether you need to get the washing done without a two year old tripping you up, or they’re feeling a little sniffly and want to cuddle on the sofa with their favourite fluffy toy in tow, this Peppa Pig DVD set will keep them entertained for hours.

6. LeapFrog Count Along Till

Great for interactive early learning and getting their imaginations going

Specifications
Best for: Fun learning
Type: Electronic
Educational: No
Power type: Batteries- 3x AAA (included)
Reasons to buy
+Casual learning+Imaginative play
Reasons to avoid
-Very basic

How many times have you pushed your two year old round the supermarket trying to ward off a tantrum as you try and pick your dinner ingredients for the week ahead? It may seem a little ironic then that this basic cash register by learning leaders, Leapfrog,  is a fantastic introduction to interactive learning and imaginative play. For now, they’ll be happy with pretend money!

7. Disney Princess Belle Dress-Up Costume

Dress up your princess as a princess with this beautiful gown

Specifications
Best for: Dressing up
Type: Clothing
Educational: No
Power type: None
Reasons to buy
+Detailed design+Matching headband included
Reasons to avoid
- Hand wash only 

This dainty Disney Belle costume with lovely detail won’t fail to be a hit on Christmas Day. In fact, we reckon you’ll have a hard time getting this off once it's on and you may have to explain that princesses don’t wear their best dresses to nursery. Make sure you only order the 2-3 sizing for your two year old, as this size has been specifically designed to include no choking hazards

8. Disney Baby Toy Story Woody Costume - 2 years

For any budding cowboys out there

Specifications
Best for: Dressing up
Type: Clothing
Educational: No
Power type: None
Reasons to buy
+Child-friendly material+Great detailing
Reasons to avoid
- Hand wash only 

The Toy Story films will never fail to be family classics, and now your little one can race around the house like Woody whenever they want. With a hat and red handkerchief included with the costume, they can really get into character, using their imaginations to lead the rest of their toys into all sorts of mischief. Next year, they’ll be wanting a Buzz Lightyear costume too!