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I recently received an e-mail asking for toy advice and suggestions for a little boy who was turning 2. The customer wanted to spend €15 or less. Since I put quite a bit of work into the reply, I thought I’d share it here too. That way, if other parents, aunts, uncles, friends or grandparents are struggling to know what to buy for a little boy or girl in their life, they may find this helpful too.
Thanks for your message earlier today and sorry I’m only getting around to replying to it now.
Most toys are certified 3 years + as it’s easier to get a CE cert for this. Given that you already bought the finger torches (which are recommended for children aged 3+), I will recommend some toys which are in this category as I think younger children would love them too. I hope that’s ok.
I know my daughters prefer getting 2 or 3 little presents to open than one large gift, so I’ve started with some cheaper toys.
These finger monsters are funny little fidget toys. They are squishy and you can stretch their arms. They cost €1.50 each.
I gave my 2 year old niece one of these dinosaur eggs for Christmas. She loved it, although she didn’t have the patience to wait for it to hatch fully and ended up helping it to hatch out. If he has patience then he might enjoy watching the egg crack and a dinosaur emerge (it takes about 48 hours from when you first put it in water). If he doesn’t have a lot of patience, then maybe a wait another year! I now also stock them in Chicks and Unicorns.
These little clockwork trains are fun to watch. I don’t think he’d manage to wind it up but he might enjoy chasing it?
My nephew has loved his flexi robot for years. He’s 4 now but he’s had it for a couple of years. They are really simple toys but they help develop imagination and role play.
Have you got any castanets? I stock3 designs. Out of all the musical instruments you could have in the house, the noise from these is the most bearable!!
This Animal Domino Game is a great ‘first game’ for small children.
These chunky colours are great for little hands to manage
If he likes cars, he might like these Mini Cooper pull-back cars. Pull them back and they will zoom off on their own.
Or, with the weather (hopefully) improving, you could send him outside with this drum of street chalks!
I stock this lovely wooden fire engine (which is slightly over your current budget at €17, but I thought I’d slip it in!!)
I stock several 2-piece puzzles for 2 year olds like this one
This magnetic fishing game is also really popular with this age
You said he likes cars, trains, trucks etc. You can find my full range of these here
If you are still struggling to know what to buy him and want to splash out with more money, why don’t you consider buying a ‘mystery box‘? You will receive at least €50 worth of toys in the box. Since he is turning two, if you choose this option, can you confirm whether you are happy for me to put in toys that are CE rated 3+. Like I say, a lot of these toys are designed with younger children in mind.
It’s hard for me to just suggest a handful of toys, so if none of these suits your little boy, check out my full range for two-year-olds here. I’m sure something will jump out at you that you’ll know he would love.
Finally, don’t forget that I’m happy to wrap presents before dispatching them. I know this means that you don’t get to see the present before giving it or you don’t get to add anything you already have, but if you don’t mind about that, simply choose ‘gift wrap my present‘ .
I hope this helps a little. No pressure to buy any of these. Thanks again for your enquiry. I hope your little man has a great birthday.