Best Christmas Gifts For 2-Year-Olds

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Last Modified 9 November 2023 First Added 9 November 2023

The anticipation of Christmas takes on a whole new meaning for a 2-year-old as they begin to grasp the concept of the season. At this age, little one’s are like sponges, soaking in new information and experiences.

Choosing the right toys for 2-year-olds can do wonders to their development, so, we have curated this list of gifts that cater to their sensory and educational needs. After all, the best gifts are those that foster growth, discovery and endless fun!

Before diving into this treasure mine, it’s important to understand your child’s development stages. This information helps you in choosing the most age-appropriate gifts. Check out our article ‘Your Baby’s Developmental Milestones’.

Roleplay and Fancy Dress Christmas Gifts

Your 2-year-olds imagination is slowly building, and roleplay toys are perfect presents to nurture this development. Gifts such as shop tills, not only provide hours of playtime but also enhance cognitive development.

Research has shown that roleplay fosters essential skills, including creativity and social interaction. It is stated,

“Child psychological development theorists have pointed out that in preschool age, role play is the activity that promotes the development of all psychological processes such as the acquisition of affective–emotional relationships and existing roles in society, setting the platform for the formation of the child’s personality…”.

Make Christmas the grandest adventure by exploring our roleplay toys for your preschooler.

Educational Christmas Gifts

Learning is very much a right and a gift to many. Young children are eager to explore the world around them and educational toys provide a fun environment for little ones’ to learn.

Dive into our range of education toys such as toys for learning to read, learning to write and learning to count. We have a wide range of toys for learning skills that will equip your little one with all the foundations they need for a healthy developmental journey. Is your 2 year old beginning to learn phonics? Have a read of ‘Best Phonic Toys for Preschoolers’.

Have a look at this study for more insight into the role of specific toys in children’s development.

Motor Skill Development Christmas Gifts

At the age of 2 years old, children are busy honing their motor skills; our wide collection of fine motor skills toys are designed to allow them to have a blast in this phase. To keep your little one engaged, you need to find a suitable balance of play and learning to refine their hand-eye coordination and dexterity. Read more about ‘Helping Your Child Develop Fine Motor Skills’ in our helpful article.

Kids opening christmas presents.

Creative Christmas Gifts

Creativity is a wonderful skill and trait for toddlers to have. Gifts that inspire artistic expression are necessary to allow children to explore their creativity, imagination and storytelling. Foster their imaginative spirit with arts and crafts toys. From jewellery making to colouring.

Want to know more ways to encourage your little one? Read more on ‘5 Tips To Inspire Creative Play’. If you have all the arts and crafts you need but are running out of ideas to do with your little Picasso, then have a read of ‘7 Creative Christmas Crafts for Toddlers’.

Cuddly Christmas Gifts

Who doesn’t love a soft toy? But did you know these soft companions offer sensory benefits?

Children use cuddly companions as their comforters, supporters and friends. These cuddly toys can help little ones relax when their parents leave, sleep at night when they feel alone in a big bed, or make friends.

Research suggested

“In the earliest of classrooms, transitions are experienced over and over. A parent says goodbye and the child responds in a cathartic release of emotion. It is in these moments where the healing power of transitional objects is fully utilized. A “Mother” offers her son an old t-shirt she has worn and the sensorial elements calm and support this child through the good-bye, as he metaphorically and literally holds on to the promise of her return.”

This shows children form a strong bond or attachment with their transitional objects, in this case we talk about soft and cuddly toys.

Explore our soft toys collection today.

Social Christmas Gifts

It’s an exciting time for preschoolers – navigating the world of social interactions and play.

Gifts that promote teamwork and cooperation are invaluable in this phase. Guide your little one on how to play and communicate with others with a marvellous range of social skills toys. From a Happyland Village Collection inspiring storytelling and imagination, to My First Gadget Set to allow children to feel like mini adults and explore everyday equipment we use.

Discover more benefits of social play in ‘Toddler activities to promote instruction following and teamwork’.

Musical Christmas Gifts

Explore musical toys and unleash your mini composer. Whether they become a musical prodigy or simply enjoy harmonies and tunes, musical toys are a wonderful gift for children’s development.

Music can regulate a child’s mood, calm them when anxious, or help them on those sleepless nights. To discover more on the benefits of music, read ‘5 Ways Music Helps Your Child Develop’.

Outdoor Christmas Gifts

Motivate your little one to embrace outdoor adventures by giving them the gift of outdoor toys. Whether you choose to gift a playhouse, slides, or a general garden toys, these gifts promote physical activity and mental well-being. Of course, let’s not forget the hours of fun that come along with each outdoor exploration!

Stuck on ways to encourage your little one to enjoy the outdoors? Discover ideas in ‘Fun Outdoor Learning for Children’.

In Summary, your 2-year-olds Christmas can be filled with joy, wonder, and valuable development brought about by toys. As you go ahead to explore each category, you are sure to find gifts that fit the perfect balance of learning, play and adventure.

This blog should aid you in finding the perfect gifts for 2-year olds. We wish you a wonder festive season filled with joy and unforgettable moments.

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