The best gifts for two-year-olds

Choosing the best gift for a child too young to tell you what they want can be a pretty daunting task. Luckily, we've found some tried and tested recommendations from Mumsnetters to make sure you nail it

Little Tikes Cooking Creations Premium Kitchen, £149.99

Little Tikes Cooking Creations Premium Kitchen, £149.99

This mini kitchen set is an excellent choice for toddlers aged from around 18 months onwards. It's wooden, and has a stove, oven, and dishwasher – all with clicking knobs. It even has an ice dispenser on the refrigerator. You can always add more accessories to keep things interesting and, as the set encourages imaginative play, it's likely to still be going strong years later.

"We have the Little Tikes Kitchen, it's one of the best things we have ever bought It's gone through children and still looks like new. It looks nice in our sitting room too as it blends in."

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Janod Tatoo Xylo Roller, £32.69

Janod Tatoo Xylo Roller, £32.69

Another wooden choice, this toy doubles up as both a roll-along toy with a carry handle, and a glockenspiel for sensory play. This one is a great choice as two-year-olds usually love musical toys (some would say too much…), and when a child hears music, it helps them to build neural pathways in the brain, boosting their development.

"I got my daughter a xylophone when she was about that age. She loved it. And I'd recommend Janod as it was properly in tune and therefore much less awful to listen to than the cheaper - and totally out of tune - one we had previously."

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Tidlo Wooden Magnetic Fun Bugs with Rods, £8.99

Tidlo Wooden Magnetic Fun Bugs with Rods, £8.99

This bright colourful game is great for two-year-olds to help develop their hand-eye coordination and problem-solving skills. The board features numbers which can be used as a memory game or to keep score, keeping things challenging for older children. If you're not a frog lover, there are loads of options available from the traditional choice of fish, or erm…poos.

"I'd add a vote for a fishing game - they're really popular with that age group and also versatile since, once you've fished the pieces out, you can put them back in like a puzzle (but it's more appealing/less intimidating than just a puzzle). It can be played alone or as a group game."

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Toy Story 4 Talking Forky Action Figure, £20.85

Toy Story 4 Talking Forky Action Figure, £20.85

For young children just discovering the joy that is Toy Story, these talking toys are sure to be a hit. One of Dreamtoys' top toys from Christmas 2019, they bring characters including Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Forky and Jessie to life. Each toy can speak over fifteen real phrases from the films, and is in relative scale, to make the toy as realistic as possible.

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VTech Toot-Toot Drivers Garage, £27.98

VTech Toot-Toot Drivers Garage, £27.98

The VTech Toot Toot sets are great gift for children up to five years old. They help to develop fine motor skills, and have a range of different sounds and songs included to help children stay engaged. If garages aren't your child's thing, there are loads of other setups, from amusement parks to princess castles, so there's sure to be a choice that's perfect for your family.

"They are brilliant. We bought our first set when our eldest was two and we are still using them now he's nearly six. Both kids play with them every day. We have the garage, construction site and railway station - plus two sets of extra track and extra cars to stop fighting. Best buy ever!"

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Peppa Pig's Camping Trip Playset, £21.80

Peppa Pig's Camping Trip Playset, £21.80

This Peppa Pig set is great fun for fans of the show. It's another excellent choice for two-year-olds as it's well made and durable, with little individual figurines you can take everywhere to play with – including at bath time. As well as the whole Pig family, it comes with bikes, a tent, a pot and even a shower.

"Please get the camper van - it's fab. You get the whole family, they all come out and the top comes off the van. I think we got a barbecue and picnic table too."

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Playmobil Floating Noah's Ark, £85.59

Playmobil Floating Noah's Ark, £85.59

Playmobil is a classic in the world of children's toys, and on Mumsnet Talk too. For any animal loving children out there, this Ark is a great choice. The set floats on water so it's another toy perfect for bathtime. The boat is a lot bigger than it looks so it allows your children to explore all the nooks and crannies.

"The playmobil Noah's Arc looks very good, you can send out for extra animals for it."

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Stick Man, by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, £4.54

Stick Man, by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, £4.54

A heartwarming story with a festive theme, this is another children's book by Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson. The book is a lovely way to explore themes like family and relationships with your two-year-old. As always, the illustrations by Axel Scheffler bring the story to life, with vivid detail and bright colours.

"Stick Man! My two-year-old daughter loves this book. We got it out of the library and renewed it twice, but eventually had to give it back. She was very upset when we went back and they didn't have it. Ordered it off Amazon and she nearly ripped it out the postman's hand when it arrived."

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