I am looking for ideas to buy a birthday present for my 2 year old daughter.
By Raymond from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
When my girls were between 1-4 years of age they got clothes for their gifts. Then after they outgrew toys they got clothes too. We couldn't afford to spend a lot and any kid only needs a certain amount of toys. Whenever they got a new toy an old toy had to be gotten rid of. I did include a book on each gift giving occasion----I am a firm believer in kids having books. When the girls were 8-12 years of age they each got a Bible that was age appropriate.
Age-appropriate toys for her would include blocks (both the old style wooden blocks and the large, plastic fit-together blocks like Duplo or Megablocks); Play Doh and simple accessories like a rolling pin and cookie cutters; books; simple dolls and other "pretending" toys (like kitchen goods, toy phones, toy trucks and cars, plastic animals and people, etc.; simple riding toys that you move with your feet or pedal; washable crayons or markers; finger paints; ring stackers and nesting cups.
You just want to be sure that none of the toys will be dangerous to her--such as choking hazards. The "art supplies" would be used with supervision.
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My nephew is turning two on Feb. 18th and his party is on Feb. 21. What are good gift ideas for a 2 year old?
By Kristy from Lewistown, PA
I'm trying to think of a 2 yr old's development stage.
The first idea was the Playschool work bench with the hammer, wrench and screwdriver, but I'm thinking that is a bit older. Second idea was the interactive reach and play toy that you put over the child while they are laying down, but I'm thinking that is younger. Get a small blow up beach ball. That's pretty age safe and gives the child an interactive toy. (01/23/2010)
Books are always welcomed and provide for quiet time with adults and caregivers. There are Cheerio's books out now that allow a child to put the circles in the middle of wheels and other everyday things. My granddaughter loves these books and it teaches skills! (01/27/2010)
Leapster or Lmax (01/28/2010)
I have a cousin who lives in Lewistown. Anyway, my advise is to give a gift that doesn't have a lot of pieces. 2 year olds don't keep pieces together. Maybe a truck or bath tub toys. My daughter will be 2 in April and she loves her Magnadoodle. These gifts are also good if your shopping on a budget. (01/28/2010)
I need some ideas for a gift for my 2 year old grand daughter's birthday on Thanksgiving Day.
By Bill from Las Vegas, NV
My daughter's birthday is the day after Thanksgiving this year. No need to go overboard with a two year old. She'll probably have more fun with the paper and boxes than the toys.
When my daughter was little, we got a lot of use out of LeapFrog toys. We particularly liked the LeapFrog magnetic fridge toys. We had an older version of this:
And when I gave this to my friend's daughters a few years ago, she said they loved it:
The pieces all stick to the fridge (unless they're carried away, which wasn't a problem in our house), and it occupies the child while the grown up is cooking/cleaning in the kitchen. And the educational part is good, too.
If you planned on spending more than that, maybe just put it into an existing savings account, or start a 529 fund for college. Best of luck, I hope she has a wonderful birthday. (11/19/2009)
My 3 nieces were all 2 years old last Christmas and I gave each of them an assortment of bath toys. Boats, squirt toys, etc. plus bubble bath and a hoodie towel. (11/20/2009)
Board books are really great. Lots of colors and big letters, very simple. Books are my favorite gifts to give. I'm really good now at giving age appropriate books. It's never too early to start a book collection for a child. Best of wishes.
I bought my grand daughter a stuffed dog at Walmart for her 2nd birthday that has different areas on it that if you push it is will say things like hand, foot, I love you, etc. It sings, does ABC's etc. She loves it. (11/21/2009)
I've been a bookworm as long as I can remember, so that was my first thought. Dr Seuss was one of my favorite authors, as was A A Milne. My kids loved "Good Night, Moon" and the Berenstain Bears series. There are hundreds of contemporary titles and authors, though.
However, unless you have a precocious child who takes unusually good care of her things, you might want to consider buying something tough. Do they make books from Tyvek yet? (11/26/2009)