I can't comment yet on things that have been a hit but on my wishlist for DS's 2nd birthday (for others if they ask) I have:Chimalong Jr or Chimalong XR
from Woodstock Chimes
Plan Toys Solid Drum
Plan Toys Concertina
Lace Up LadyBug
Summer/Fall/Winter/Spring books by Gerda Muller
Magazine subscription to Babybug and/or Wild Animal Baby
Animalia by Graeme Base
Wooden Play Kitchen/Food
Imaginetics Enchanted Forest or Fun on the Farm Magnet Set
Schleich Farm Life or Forest Life animals
I've started brainstorming early on this as while I would prefer DS have natural, more open-ended toys, pretty much all of the extended family (bless them) would prefer something they can pick up at TRU, Walmart or the like.
We've already pretty much maxed out the options from those places finding small toys to take with us on a long drive
so I've been trying to find other stuff that's available locally at least, if at some of the more specialty stores.
Oh, and there was another good thread on this topic here