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Gifts for 2ish yo DD - what will she be into over the next year?!

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menditdearhenry Wed 02-Nov-16 13:53:11

DD recently turned two so probably has plenty of bits to keep her going through the winter - craft stuff, Happyland, toy kitchen, a few Duplo sets etc, so I'm wondering what she's likely to get interested in between, say, 2.5 and 3 yo as GP's are asking for Christmas gift ideas and I've no idea what to say (she's our first)! I thought about 'experiences' such as a zoo trip or money towards trips but they've asked for things she can actually unwrap.

How much Duplo is too much? She has 4 sets and some basic bricks. I don't want to spoil her but think we could make some fab stuff if she had more Duplo! maybe I should put it on my Christmas list

She has a doll and wooden train set but isn't that fussed with them. Has umpteen puzzles bought at nearly new sales. I'm really struggling for ideas! This happened last year and we ended up spending a fortune on stuff that she started to become interested in during spring and summer, as we hadn't known to put it on her Christmas list!

What do your 2-3 year olds like?

menditdearhenry Wed 02-Nov-16 13:56:23

Stupid fat fingers...added two threads by accident. I've asked for the other one to be deleted! blush

Swirlingasong Wed 02-Nov-16 13:59:07

My two both got into dressing up between two and three. Play doh sets (we had a princess castle) were also great. Does she have a balance bike or scooter?

Swirlingasong Wed 02-Nov-16 14:00:14

The Book People also do some good book sets for this age.

menditdearhenry Wed 02-Nov-16 14:13:56

I hadn't thought about dressing up, good point! She is getting into hats and the odd bit of dressing up... No scooter or balance bike yet, I'm debating the mini micro 3 in 1 as it kind of ticks both boxes... I'll have a look at Book People but I can't go on there without spending a fortune!! Thanks for the ideas so far

attheendoftheday Wed 02-Nov-16 14:16:31

Scooter, dolls pram and happy land were our go to sleep here.

Avebury Wed 02-Nov-16 14:23:24

Aqua doodle, toy food, till, musical instruments, orchard toys games, easel, scooter, skittles, dressing up, small world toys, cars and garage, bath toys, magna tiles and yes - lots and lots of duplo.

NotCitrus Wed 02-Nov-16 14:32:03

Chunky crayons, felt tips, pads of paper, basically all the craft stuff except glitter... Safe metal scissors.
Mini micro scooter with the leash excellent idea, also some dressing up outfits (nursery love their dressing up days - an animal outfit, a crown, all helpful)
Cheerful wellies, character socks and pants, dressing gown, waterproof coat, hats and scarf and sunglasses...

Monstamio Wed 02-Nov-16 14:40:37

Following with interest! My daughter turns two in Jan and will be getting a balance bike, kitchen and scooter as main presents for Christmas and birthday (from different people!). Bike might end up being put away until later in the year depending on how she takes to it.

Also musing over a workbench of some description and wooden trainset (though I see your girl already has one of those).

mmgirish Wed 02-Nov-16 15:18:02

Dressing up stuff is a good idea. Where can you buy some good thing?

FaithAscending Wed 02-Nov-16 15:22:52

DD is 3 1/2 now. I agree with dressing up stuff, DD likes 'pretty dresses' like the Rapunzel dress, Frozen, Tinkerbell but also accessories like wands, crowns etc. She adores her Little People Disney princess castle and the carriage that you can get. I also shared about aqua doodle, brilliant for travelling too. Outdoor toys she loves her paddling pool, little tikes car, water table.

FaithAscending Wed 02-Nov-16 15:23:56

mmgirish our collection is from various places, supermarkets, Argos and some second hand.

AGrinWithoutACat Wed 02-Nov-16 15:46:25

Came on here for a nose and to pick up ideas

DD (almost 2) is getting her brothers wooden train set/ collection for Christmas and some dolls from early learning that her sister had stashed away

We are getting her bead necklaces as the start of dressing up (she got outdoor toys from us for the garden over the summer, as she has a winter birthday and doesn't know the days of the week yet, as her 'Xmas' gift) will also be looking for random hats from the charity shops.
There will also be a new clothes stash to unwrap

She loves her dolls pram and babies
Musical instruments inc a hand drum are currently popular
A click clack car track
Tomy animal train
Touch and feel /noisy books
She has just started playing with my little ponies as well

(She will also due to the perils of having a 10 year old brother and a in his head still 10 year old dad think nothing of swiping her brothers nerf gun and wandering round with it - sigh - fortunately hasn't learnt how to cock it yet tho as she is a good shot!)

nocutsnobuttsnococonuts Wed 02-Nov-16 16:51:31

I agree with dressing up - sainsburys are great quality and very good value especially in the 25% off events.

Books - my dd's loved the dinosaur who pooped series, fairytale hairdresser, kipper, penguin, the tiger who came to tea, tabby mctat.

Little jewellery box with beads/ jewellery - primark or claires accessories are good.

Stickers - my dd's have an art tray from argos which is perfect for art activities.

Pull along wagon - more popular than the pram as can take treasures everywhere!

Tent - the ikea one is fantastic perfect for snuggling up and reading books smile

Tea set and picnic basket - used almost daily by my girls smile

Then character bits - for my youngest who's 4 it's been paw patrol for the last year and half!

menditdearhenry Wed 02-Nov-16 22:08:29

Thanks everyone! Lots to research tonight. I'd never heard of magna tiles before! Sounds like dressing up stuff is a definite winner.

Mrscog Mon 07-Nov-16 19:41:15

No amount of duplo is too much smile we have at least 15 sets all mixed together now and DS still plays with it at nearly 5. He likes real Lego too now but he can be more independent with the duplo which I see lasting at least another year.

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