Best Birthday and Christmas Gift Ideas for a Two Year Old Girl
Perfect Gifts for a 2 year old girl
The best gifts for a 2 year old little girl are ones that are affordable and that will last her and entertain her for years to come. I have four children and will not recommend anything that I haven't experienced first hand is a durable, quality product. I hate wasting my money on presents for my kids that they only enjoy for a couple weeks only to be tossed in the closet and never bothered with again, and I certainly won't suggest that you waste yours on presents like that.
It doesn't matter if you are looking for a Christmas gift or a Birthday gift for your daughter, granddaughter, niece or family friend. The gifts I recommended are kid tested and mother approved!
Lego Duplo or MegaBloks
Many people think of these types of blocks as little boy toys, but little girls like to build things too! My daughter was constantly building towers and houses with these blocks. She enjoyed the characters in some of the additional packs and she was always having the Lego Characters "play" with each other.
They now have Lego's and MegaBloks that are for Girls. These legos have all the fun of the boys legos, but are geared more towards little girls interests. Legos that you can use to make cakes or castles. Legos with Disney Princesses, pink and purple and "girly" colored legos. At 6 my daughter STILL enjoys taking these little lego duplos on adventures and building her newest creation. I was very pleased when I saw they started making some geared more towards girls. Sometimes girls just want to build a little house and have her lego people live in it. Now she can!
Mega Bloks also has a number of girls block sets. There are darling ones for making little houses and with families. You also get a little more bang for your buck with MegaBloks as they are cheaper than Lego and they hold up very well.
I'm going to be honest, we have both Lego Duplo and MegaBloks at our house and the Duplo has been played with far more often and for far longer. Even though I think MegaBloks has more fun accessories and the bin of those blocks is significantly larger than the bin of Duplos, the duplos remain the post popular. Perhaps your children would prefer the MegaBloks though. Either way, they are awesome toys!
I like to buy cheaper tubs of the Duplo and then buy the occasional "theme" pack to accessorize. So we have some Dora, Toy Story, Princess, etc and we use these sets with our large base of basic blocks. All those fun Lego Packs cost a lot and come with very few blocks, so a tub of basic blocks is ideal.
These blocks will last almost forever, so keep them stored away when your kids outgrow them for the grandchildren. I plan to!
A Play House
Little playhouses are a little girls dream toy. Starting about two they really get a kick out of this little retreat. We bought one of these little gems for our daughter's second birthday and she has gotten hundreds of hours of play out of it. These little playhouses can go in the back yard and stay really quite nice with just a good scrubbing every spring, but if you have room in a family room or a large bedroom these can be loads of fun inside too! My recommendation would be to put it together where you want it though. We put ours together outside and we were going to move it inside in the fall, but it won't fit through an average door.
Assembly on these things is time consuming and somewhat frustrating, but once together they are very sturdy. They hold up with even three 2-5 year olds standing on the top of it. Trust me!
A Popup Tent
These pop-up tents are awesome gifts. Two year old children seem to thoroughly enjoy these little things and they hold their thrill for years. These are used as pretend houses, hiding spaces, forts, castles, we have been through three of these over the last 12 years and we have easily gotten our money's worth out of each one of them. It's amazing how many fun uses little ones come up with for a little popup tent!
A Kitchen Set
A kitchen set is worth years of fun for any little girl who owns one. There are disinct levels of quality when it comes to these kitchen sets. Make sure you look for a quality one. The quality ones have thicker plastic and are way more durable. My nieces have gone through two kitchen sets whereas ours has lasted for 10 years and, thanks to a magic eraser, is still in nearly new condition, even though it's been through hours of play.
When buying a kitchen set make sure to get plenty of toy dishes and food to go with. I wouldn't worry about quality too much on these items. They tend to get smashed, left in the sandbox, lost, etc, and they are really cheap enough that you can replace what you have without feeling too bad about it.
Fisher-Price Little People
Little People are an awesome gift for a 2 year old girl. They've been around since I was a little kid. (Heck, before that, my grandma had a bunch of wooden little people that I used to play with.) Little people can provide hours of play for a 2 year old and they will continue to play with them until they are 6 or seven so you can add to your sets for many years. They are durable and built to last for toddlers. Fisher Price has expanded their Little People brand and you get get all types of new ones now. We have enough Little People at our house to start an entire Little People town!
A Little Table and Chairs
A kid sized table and chairs is almost an investment in creativity. They will use these little table and chairs to color, play doh, have a snack, have a tea party, play house and a million other activities. The better the quality of the table, the more and longer it will get used. I would recommend something neutral to increase the longevity of this furniture.
Chunky Wooden Puzzles
Chunky Puzzles are great for little hands. Puzzles are one of those things that every teacher would recommend for a child this age. It helps kids understand shape and dimension and how different things fit together. I like these puzzles with big chunky wooden block pieces. The puzzle pieces ae actually wooden blocks that stand up on their own. They last forever and when the kid is too old for these puzzles, the wooden block pieces can go in with the wooden building blocks tub for continued fun for years to come.
This is the age when many kids really start to enjoy taking a bath. There's nothing that can make a bubble bath better than some awesome bathtub toys. Boats and rubber duckies, suctioning type toys and foam bathtub "Stickers" and bathtub crayons and paint. The bathtub toy possibilities are endless. If you throw a bunch of this stuff together with some baby shampoo and a cool towel you can have an awesome bathtub toy gift basket. Mom and toddler will love that!