Best gifts for 1 to 2 year olds: educational and fun

If you’re looking for the best gifts for 1 to 2 year olds, you can find lots of educational and fun ideas here. A toddler that enjoys singing or dancing will likely love a toy related to music. A toy that encourages gross motor skills is a better choice for a very active toddler that loves running up and down all day. The list below is separated in categories to make your life easier.

That said, it’s handy to remember it’s usually easy to make a toddler happy with an empty box, cardboard tubes (like kitchen or toilet rolls), an egg carton or many other items we have at home. Using some crayons they can have fun decorating it, or maybe they can put blocks in and out of them, try to build a tower… Let their imagination flow!

Second-hand shops or charity shops also have tons of cute toys and items they would surely love as a gift. Plus we help the environment by reusing those toys and giving them a new home.

But if you are looking for a handy list of best gifts for 1 to 2 year olds, this is it:

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Best gifts for 1 to 2 year olds

Fine motor skillsbest gifts for 1 to 2 year olds: fine motor skills

Galt Toys Classic Pop-Up Toy (one of our favourites! So funny)
Shape Size Sorting (Carrots) 
Wooden cheese and mousse toy
Melissa & Doug Wooden Shape Sorter 
Jacques of London Stack & Learn Geometric Shapes 
Hide and Squeak Eggs (too cute, favourite at home too!)
Melissa & Doug Wooden Peg Puzzles: Safari / Pets / Farm / Vehicles / Shapes 
Grimm’s rainbow 
Grimm’s Seven Friends in Seven Bowls 
Grimm’s Conical Tower 
Grimm’s Stacking Bowls 
Montessori Coin Box 

Movement and gross motor skills

best gifts for 1 to 2 year olds: gross motor skillsPikler triangle, sliding board and Pikler arch 
Gradual Balance Bike & Tricycle 
Toddler Indoor Trampoline 
Gonge River Stepping Stones 
Little Tikes First Slide 
Pop Up Play Tunnel 
Walk Along Wooden Dog Toy
Dance Scarves 
Soft play 
Micro Mini scooter 
Kids Wagon Wheelbarrow and Gardening Tools 
Toddler Watering Can 
Sand and Water Table with Lid and Accessories (outdoors favourite!)

Arts and crafts

best gifts for 1 to 2 year olds: art crafts and music3D Coloured Stickers for Toddlers (over 550) 
My First Easy Grip Jumbo Crayons (Crayola) 
My First Washable Markers (Crayola) 
Self Adhesive Foam Shapes for Crafts (180 pieces) 
Finger paints, safe and non-toxic 
Drawing paper roll 
Giant chunky chalks 


Wooden Percussion Musical set 
18-piece Musical Instruments set for Toddlers 
Little Children’s Music book (Usborne Noisy Book) 
Baby Einstein Magic Touch Piano 
Jaques of London Xylophone with Music Sheets 
Wooden rainbow sound blocks (our favourite!)


best gifts for 1 to 2 year olds: booksSearch and find book in English and Spanish (I’m the author!) 
Search and find book in English and French (same series as the previous one) 
My first 100 words (by Roger Priddy) 
Guess how much I love you (by Sam McBratney) 
Ten little fingers, ten little toes (by Mem Fox) 
Dear zoo (by Rod Campbell) 
The very hungry caterpillar (by Eric Carle) 
Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? (by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle) 
Where does pig live? (by Roger Priddy)
Say Goodnight to the Sleepy Animals (by Ian Whybrow)

Role play

best gifts for 1 to 2 year olds: role playMrs Potato Head Classic 
Melissa & Doug Bear Family Dress up Puzzle (our favourite!)
Folding Doll Buggy
Wooden Toolbox 
Playmobil 1-2-3 Airport Shuttle Bus with People and Luggage 
Playmobil 1-2-3 Family Home 
Novel Kitchen with Accessories 
Melissa & Doug Wooden Food (another favourite!)

Have you already decided? Do you have any other amazing gift ideas for 1 to 2 year olds? Leave a comment below to help other parents or carers!

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