There are so many gorgeous second birthday gifts out there – it’s such a great age to buy for!

Your child is still in the danger zone for choking so can’t have toys with teeny tiny pieces, but they can do way more with their hands and their motor skills need challenging. The books they read have also got a lot more exciting too!

So these are my second birthday gift ideas, which all work for boys and girls!

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1. Personalised book

The Wonderbly range of books are so beautiful. They have a few different stories to choose from, but I love the Little Girl/Boy Who Lost Her/His Name book.

You can add a personalised message at the front and both of my girls have loved reading stories that star themselves!

2. Name bunting

Why not add a little extra colour to their bedroom with some bunting. You could get some spelling out their name, or with a quirky slogan.

House of Hooray makes beautiful nursery and children’s bedroom decor. Their name bunting is seriously cute and the colours can be personalised. 

3. Bean bag chair

A comfy chair could make a nice place for your toddler to sit and read books in their room. This one can be personalised. 

4. Puzzle

It’s not only a great way to occupy them, but it’s brilliant for their development too.

I love the range of Orchard Toys jigsaws which feature beautiful illustrations as well as a good selection for different age groups.

5. Dressing up clothes

Whether they want to be an astronaut or a Disney princess, a costume is brilliant for role play.

6. Crafty kits

Craft kits help your child’s creative side to come out and keep their little hands busy – and hopefully away from causing mischief!

7. Colouring book

These Colour Wonder sets are brilliant for taking out to restaurants or cafes if you want to keep your little one entertained for a while.

8. LeapStart 3D

The LeapStart 3D is a brilliant introduction to reading for little ones. It brings learning to life with an interactive 3D-like display and touch-and-talk games to deepen the learning through a combination of video, audio and print.

There’s a full review of the LeapStart 3D here.

9. Peter Rabbit

A cuddly toy makes a lovely new friend for your little one!

10. The Gruffalo book and toy set

The Gruffalo has been a firm favourite in our house for ages! This set comes with a toy as well.

11. Super bunny soft toy

This super bunny is a gorgeous gift! Bright colours and lots of potential for imaginative play.

12. Play tent

Play tents make lovely additions to play rooms, or can be used in the garden during summer.

You could make it part of a reading corner where they can sit and chill out at the end of a busy day.

13. Water and sand play table

This is such a great toy for the summer as your kid can cool down and it keeps them entertained for hours.

There are loads on the market so have a shop around to see which works best for you. Amazon has tons to choose from, but I like this Little Tikes one best.

14. Scooter

This is the perfect age for their first scooter! They’re lots of fun on walks and in the garden.

My two still have their scooters we bought for them when they were two. Although my five-year-old is now getting a little big for it, she still uses it regularly.

15. Pretend sandwich making kit

I love the Melissa and Doug range of play food.

This sandwich making kit features a knife and pieces that stick together with velcro. It’s perfect for imaginative play!

16. LeapFrog LeapPad

My two girls each have a LeapPad and it’s a wonderful introduction to a touch screen.

There are various games available featuring their favourite cartoon characters such as PJ Masks, Peppa Pig, Disney Princesses and Dora the Explorer.

We have the LeapPad 3 but there’s not a LeapPad Ultra version which looks great. We’ve had our LeapPads for around two years now and they’re still going strong and both kids love them!