Pickle is two. Two. How is it over two years from that day we welcomed our tiny dark haired baby into our family? She is coming on in leaps and bounds with her vocabulary and other development areas, especially as she loves to copy and learn from her sister. Here are a few of my favourite gift ideas for your own toddler as they reach the hopefully not so terrible twos.
Educational (but fun!) toys
You may remember that I recently reviewed the awesome Count with Peppa which is not only fun but also helps to teach colours, numbers and more through interactive play. A few months on from her first time playing with it, Pickle still loves this toy and is forever making her sister, daddy and me join her in playing and counting with Peppa! The best part is that it is available from Smyths Toys, Argos and more.
Anything Peppa Pig
Literally anything... As with most children her age, Pickle is a huge fan of that annoying pink pig (even if I'm not) and there is so much merchandise available. From clothing to toys to DVDs to soft characters there are plenty of options when it comes to purchasing gifts with a Peppa Pig theme. Pickle loves Miss Rabbit's train and the playground she got for Christmas.
Pickle's favourite gift by far though was the till we bought her, which comes with money, a card and even items to "scan". She plays for hours with it, selling and buying everything from around the house!
Easy read books
Now that Squidgy is in school she is learning so many new things, including how to read. It has made Pickle super interested in learning too and although at the moment I'm pretty sure she's not reading but simply repeating the words it's lovely to see her trying!
Scooters, bikes and other outdoor gifts
Outdoor gifts are the best kind of gifts. They are great for keeping your children active, getting them outside instead of in front of the TV or other tech and also are super useful for the preschool and school runs. Pickle's favourite thing to do is go outside. Especially if she gets to go with her sister! Although she's still young enough to need a pushchair a lot of the time, having a trike or scooter is always a fun outing for us (and for the rest of us too!)
Dressing up outfits
Innevitably these little humans we are raising will end up outgrowing the clothes they are in, but one thing you can guarantee is that role play outfits they can dress up in will always be a fun addition to birthday gift lists. As with a lot of things, Pickle enjoys things that she knows her sister does or has so is also a big fan of unicorns. Without a shadow of a doubt one of her new favourite outfits is the amazing unicorn dress up set my parents bought for her (and Squidgy has a matching one, of course!)
Just as her sister is a massive LEGO fan, Pickle loves DUPLO. She has a few sets that used to be her sisters but is especially fond of anything with animals in. This makes her amazing new set simply perfect for her, and she is especially happy when daddy joins in the building. At just two, however, her favourite part of building Duplo is still the fact she can knock it down afterwards!
Role play toys
When Squidgy was younger she was fortunate enough to get a fair few role play toys and so Pickle gets to play with them too including a kitchen, doctors kit and more. When we were looking at alternatives to buy for her birthday Pickle came across the Big Steps Junior Workshop in Smyths Toys and as it's different to anything we've got we decided to pick it up. She absolutely loves it, from banging the hammer on the nails, pulling down the saw that spins and sings and turning the screws with the screwdriver. It all makes noises, lights up and for a two year old like Pickle, it is for sure the perfect birthday gift.
So there you go, two year olds are not as hard to buy for as I thought. This is even true if, like Pickle, they have inherited a number of awesome gifts, toys and more from an older sibling. I hope this post has given you a few ideas for the little one in your life. Have fun shopping!
Disclaimer: Although this post is written of my own volition, some of the products I was sent for the purpose of testing them out for review. These are highlighted by the use of an asterisk (*). All views and opinions are my own. This post may also contain affiliate links. All photos are copyright property of Me Becoming Mum.