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The Best Gifts for Toddlers 2-4 years old

Updated: Oct 26

Gifts for toddlers

If you're a parent, caregiver, grandparent, aunt, or uncle that loves coming up with awesome gifts for your little one, then you've arrived at the right place! You don't want to give them just anything, you want to give them an amazing gift!

“Play is fundamentally important for learning 21st century skills, such as problem solving, collaboration, and creativity.”

- American Academy of Pediatrics

When we think about gifts for our little ones, we want gifts that they will actually enjoy. This post includes a list of great gift ideas for the toddler in your life. Not only will they have tons of fun, but they will also be learning as they play.

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Pretend Play Gifts

Gifts for Active Toddlers

Gifts That Will Keep Them Busy

Toys for Pretend Play :

Dramatic play is a safe way for children to learn more about themselves, gain confidence, and make sense of the world around them.

Melissa & Doug Top & Bake Wooden Pizza Counter Play

Toddlers love to pretend play! This 34-piece wooden pizza maker set encourages imaginative play, cognitive development, motor skills, sorting, counting, and so much more. Your kids will love this pizza maker set, it comes with everything you see in the picture. It is sturdy and very well made. It's difficult to go wrong with a Melissa & Doug product, they are truly well made.

A Play Kitchen

A play kitchen can provide a great hands-on experience for kids. Play kitchens can be lots of fun for children, they will play for hours! With a play kitchen, your toddler will be able to practice their motor skills, like grasping and turning, while having fun.

Interactive Steering Wheel

The Vroom & Zoom interactive dashboard is a great screen-free gift for kids that are 3 to 7 years old. Your child will love practicing his driving skills as he turns the key, shifts gears change the radio station (which includes 4 stations), honks the horn, adjust the A/C vents, changes signals, and more!

Real Working Kids Play Vaccum

Just like the real thing! Parents rejoice, this is a toy vacuum with real suctioning power. Now your child can play and help around the house at the same time.

Electric Ride-on Toy

This adorable electric ride-on toy comes with a mailbox and three plastic envelopes, how fun! It's pretty much just like a real mail truck featuring a mail slot, an opening rear door, working headlights, and a horn. For added fun, you can also play tunes on the FM radio/MP3 player input. It is designed for one rider between the ages of 3 and 5 with a maximum weight of 60 lbs.

STEAM Life Art Easel

A 4 in 1, the present that includes everything, it's a perfect birthday or holiday gift for your toddler! A sturdy double-sided easel, a chalkboard, and a magnetic dry-erase board on the other side. It comes with magnetic numbers and letters, chalk, colored markers, crayons, and an eraser. It is height adjustable and includes a supply tray, storage cups, and a clipboard for drawing. Your child will love pretending to be a teacher!

Toys for Active Toddlers:

For your toddler that seems to have an endless amount of energy, you might consider getting him gifts that will tire him out. Here are some of our favorite energy burning toys for toddlers.

Balance Bike with Pedals

Balance bikes are great for toddlers. Many kids can transition from balance bikes to regular bikes easily without the need for training wheels. This bike comes with an adjustable seat, which means it can grow with your child. It also comes with pedals that you can fold in or out.

Hopper Bounce Toy

Your child will be able to bounce off that energy inside and outside the house.

Interactive Sports Ball

A ball that talks and sings! Each ball includes over 2+ unique songs about that sport, and over 40+ phrases and sound effects.

Gifts That Will Keep Them Busy:

A parent's dream, finding a toy that will keep their child entertained for hours!

Tobi Smart Watch

The Little Tikes Tobi smartwatch is a watch that comes to life! It has an adorably playful personality, which your child will be able to see as Tobi makes over 100 expressions and moves its robot arms and legs. The cute little wrist robot helps kids learn to tell time. It features a stopwatch, timer, alarm clock, calendar, and reminders. A best friend on their wrist!

KidKraft Wooden Train Set

Your child will have so much fun setting up the mountain village. Perfect for solo play and playing with others. It comes with 120 pieces, so it can be assembled in many different ways. The trains connect through magnetic pieces at each end. The set includes multiple playing stations, a working train, and a scenic view. This train table set is amazing! I love that it is compatible with other major wooden train playset brands and that it makes clean-up quick and easy by having storage bins conveniently situated underneath the table.


The original 3D magnetic building set combines math, science, and creativity. Children will be able to create flat, 3-dimensional shapes, and anything they can imagine. The STEM-approved Magna-Tiles can provide hours of imaginative free play, and develop your child's important math, science, spatial, and tactile skills. Safe and durable, this set is built to last for years.

Mickey and Friends LEGO Set

LEGO Disney Mickey and Friends offer young children tons of fun while nurturing their role-play and building skills as they care for all the animals. A gift that teaches construction skills, encourages imagination, and can entertain them for hours.

Fire 7 Kids Tablet

Tablets are a great way to begin developing children's technology literacy. Amazon Kids' parental control will allow you to set educational goals, create time limits (control screen time), and filter content. It is the perfect tablet for young kids from the ages of 3 to 12 years old. It's sturdy, but you can relax knowing it comes with a 2-year guarantee that if it breaks they will replace it for free. It's made for kids!

Happy Gifting!

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