What’s the difference between a toddler and a terrorist? You can negotiate with a terrorist! The busy, beautiful and sometimes unreasonable toddler in your life can be tamed by the right stimulation and distraction. If you are looking for 1 and 2-year-old gifts you may want to consider all the developmental changes that will take place over the next year of your child’s life. There is an abundance of developmentally educational and fun toys for your toddler available. Our team of parents have got together and discussed some of the most loved and used toys in their toddler play boxes.

You may have noticed your 1-year-old has outgrown all the toys given to you when they were born. Perhaps some of the children in your parent group are on the move already using some exciting gadgets to assist them in walking?

If your toddler is turning 2, you will need to get ready for a significant growth spurt in curiosity and adventure. We will recommend some gifts to keep them entertained, stimulated, engaged, and hopefully out of trouble!

What to Consider When Making a Birthday Gift List For Your 1 or 2-Year-Old

We always recommend parents consider safety first. At the age of 1 and 2, children will still be prone to putting things in their mouths, in their noses, and possibly in yours as well.

We have compiled a list of factors to consider when choosing gifts for your child’s birthday Wishlist:

  • Check for an age recommendation
  • Non-toxic
  • Look at toy reviews by parents
  • Research the brand and get informed about how your child’s toy is made and where materials have come from.

Top 10 Best Gifts For 1and 2-year-olds

This list has been put together to help you decide the best toys for your child’s birthday Wishlist. We have considered the developmental milestones of 1 and 2-year-old children when selecting these products.

1. Labebe - Baby Walker for Girl and Boy

Age: 1 to 3-year-olds

Features:

  • 2 in 1 walker and toy storage
  • Rubber ring around wheels to protect floors and allow more control for new walkers
  • Easy manoeuvring and weight control
  • Easy DIY assemble
  • Certified safe materials including rounded corners, Toys Safety Standards EN-71 CE in Europe, and ASTM F963 in the US.

Why we recommend it:

Children love to pack a pram, trolly, wheelbarrow, and transport their belongings around the house and garden. This gender-neutral design will match most nurseries, is great for toy storage, and can be used for roleplay in several scenarios as children grow.

We love the safety feature of the rubber ring around the wheels stopping baby from slipping. The option to create more weight filling the trolly with toys will help new walkers balance and successfully push their walker along.  In our experience, baby walkers are a gift that will last many years and be used for many play purposes as your child grows.

2. Skoolzy Peg Board Toddler Stacking Toys

Age:  1,2,3,4

Features:

  • Montessori and STEM educational toy
  • PBA Free
  • Non-toxic
  • Lead-Free
  • No Phthalates
  • 12 different colors and 12 different shapes
  • Large pegs for fine motor skill practice
  • Travel bag and easy storage

Why we recommend it:

Pegboards are very entertaining for toddlers and great Montessori toys for 2 year olds. They come in 12 different shapes and colors with a variety to keep kids engaged and entertained while assisting in their development.

One thing we really love about this toy is that it can be transported anywhere. The Skoolzy Peg Board comes with its own drawstring backpack making it perfect for long car trips, plane rides, restaurants etc.

3. LITTLEFUN Montessori Toddler Busy Board

Age: 1,2,3,4

Features:

  • Multiple functions
  • Emulates real-world challenges
  • Safe for babies 12-36 months
  • 9 kinds of colourful activity areas
  • Travel toy

Why we recommend it:

Kids just love to keep busy and we love them when they are busy! A toddler busy board is a great gift idea for a 12 to 36-month-old toddler. This Montessori activity board emulates real-world challenges such as shoelaces, zippers, snap-lock pockets, velcros and buckles. This busy board is ideal for a boy or girl and easily transported when travelling, in the car, or at a restaurant. If you are looking for the perfect Montessori 2-year-old toys, we think this is a great pick for this busy age!

4. SKYFIELD Carrot Harvest Game Wooden Toy

Age: 1,2,3

Features:

  • Developmental Montessori toy
  • Gorgeous design
  • Made from high-quality pine wood
  • Stained with non-toxic water-based paint
  • Approved ASTM & CPSIA test
  • Lead-Free & BPA- Free & Phthalates Free

Why we recommend it:

First of all, we just love the use of natural earth products and colours in this toy. Children will enjoy the experience of picking carrots for themselves. With cute farm patterns and rabbits, this will definitely be a winner! The carrot harvest toy comes with 7 different carrot sizes matching the different holes, making it a great exercise for practising fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

5. CoolToys Toddlers Ball Drop Toy - 2-in-1 Cars & Balls Ramp     Educational Montessori Toy

Age: 1,2,3

Features:

  • Learning toy for toddlers
  • 2 for 1 - dual-sided with double the fun
  • Bright Colors and Cute Melodies
  • Interactive Play

Why we recommend it:

We think this is the best gift for 2-year-old boys with its colors, melodies and maze fun. This exciting toy is engaging and fun for all. The tower maze is a dual-sided design with a ball drop and run on one side. On the other side, there is a car race! A fun melody plays while the balls and cars race around the maze, keeping toddlers curious and engaged.

Children pull a lever, a teddy bear grabs a ball and drops it at the top of the tower; the ball rolls down and stops at the bottom, ready for another pick-up. This activity helps fine motor skills, promotes hand-eye coordination and boosts tactile exploration.

6. BEST LEARNING Mushroom Garden - Interactive Educational Light-Up Toddler Toy

Age: 1,2,3

Features:

  • Multi-Award Winning Fun Learning Toy
  • Colours, Numbers, Games and Music
  • Quality Speaker
  • 4 Modes
  • Volume Control

Why we recommend it:

This is a fun-filled little multi-purpose toy that infants and toddlers will love! It will keep kids entertained and on their toes, with its rock it, roll it, and spin it fun. Another great educational toy with colourful light-up mushrooms to help learn numbers, colours, patterns, hand-eye coordination, creativity and imagination, motor functions and concentration.

7. BEST LEARNING Whack and Learn Mole - Educational Interactive Light-Up Toy

Age: 6 month, 1,2,3

Features:

  • Multi-Award Winning Fun Learning Toy
  • Various Activities
  • 4 Modes, quality speaker, adjustable volume

Why we recommend it:

A small, simple, fun and educational toy! This toddler educational toy is designed to help babies and toddlers develop fine motor skills, problem-solving skills, logical thinking, and communication. This toy has 4 functions, including:

  1. Alphabet
  2. Numbers
  3. Colours
  4. Game and music

It also doubles up as a night light with soothing music to help with sleep!

8. Rolimate Hammering Pounding Toys Wooden Educational Toy Xylophone Shape Sorter

Age: 1,2,3

Features:

  • 4 in 1 unique learning toy
  • Learn through play experience
  • Made from high-quality materials
  • non-toxic, BPA Free, lead-Free, phthalate Free

Why we recommend it:

This is a hands-on toy that has 4 functions! An 8 tone Xylophone stimulates your toddlers’ hearing, shapes sorter with various colors to help shape and color recognition, and pounding colorful balls to exercise tactile development.

This kind of toy will last for years and comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

9. Wooden Puzzles for Toddlers

Age: 1,2,3

Features:

  • Learning Through Play
  • 4-6 piece puzzle
  • Safety Certification
  • Perfect Size for Toddlers

Why we recommend it:

This is the best gift for 2-year-old girls to practice their newfound (momentary) ability to focus for short periods of time! There's no such thing as having too many puzzles when you have children. Puzzles can develop patience, imagination, concentration, color & shape recognition, and hand-eye coordination. These Montessori puzzles are made from high-quality wood with non-toxic paints and come in a variety of interesting animals to learn about, including crab, bear, butterfly, owl, tortoise, and aeroplane designs.

10. XJD Baby Balance Bikes Baby Toys for 1-Year-Old Boys Girls 12-24 Months

Age: 1,2

Features:

  • Safe Design Balance Bike for 10-24month olds
  • Carbon Frame
  • Non-Slip EVA handlebar

Why we recommend it:

Your baby’s first bike is such an exciting experience for you and your toddler! This is why we think this is one of the best gifts for a 1-year-old.

This balance bike ensures a safe and comfortable experience for all. This is a pedaless bike with a wide design to ensure safety and 135-degree limited steering to avoid falling. It helps develop babies'/toddlers balance, steering, coordination, and confidence at an early age.