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I thought I would tap the wonderfully rich resource of mama wisdom here to help me come up with some lovely 2nd birthday present options for my son.

My family is asking what he might like. I think they might be able to spend 50 dollars all together. My son doesn't get many presents, so I would like to take advantage of this opportunity to get him something high quality, fun and special!
Some of his interests:

- He loves trucks, and I am on the lookout for a nice one that dumps or digs.
- He has shown love for baby dolls when he encounters them, but so far none have come home with us. This birthday may be a good milestone for introducing nurturing play, as a sibling may join the family in the next year or so.
- He loves playing in the kitchen sink, helping with meal prep, laundry, and cleaning play.
- Very into real tools and equipment versus toy versions.


Any recommendations for high quality toys or tools in these areas of interest? Something available on Amazon.ca or Etsy would be convenient.
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My son LOVES trucks, cars, diggers, etc., and we have a ton, except I'm not sure I would recommend any in particular. He just spent his 4 year old birthday money to buy this Caterpillar construction set at Toys R Us, which he surprisingly likes a lot even though I think they're kind of baby-ish:

http://www.amazon.com/Toystate-Caterpillar-Construction-Tracks-2-Pack/dp/B005QZP6Y4/

 

Here are a few other 2-year-old gift suggestions. There are some more on my website, if you're interested, but these are my favorites:

 

Thinkfun Roll and Play Game: I think this is a really awesome game to play with a 2 year old. If you have older kids around, they like to play too:

http://www.amazon.com/Thinkfun-Roll-Play-Board-Game/dp/B0070A9OUA/

 

Melissa and Doug Cutting Food: This toy has really lasted a long time for us. Both my kids enjoyed the motor skills aspect of this toy at age 2. My 4 year old son has loved the fantasy "here, let me serve this to you, mom" aspect of it for the past year at least.

http://www.amazon.com/Melissa-Doug-487-Cutting-Food/dp/B000GKD09C/ 

 

Baby Doll Stroller: My mom got a baby doll stroller for my son when he was 2 because he liked pushing around his own big umbrella stroller so much. I think she paid $7 at Toys R Us. It's gotten a lot of use for a couple years now by both kids. Unfortunately, it's not very high quality, so I've had to sew parts of the seat back together a couple times. Here's a similar, probably higher quality one from Amazon that's a little more expensive.

http://www.amazon.com/The-York-Doll-Collection-Blue/dp/B005UNPB4W/

 

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Any suggestions for an ethically made and anatomically correct baby boy dolly?

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You could search Etsy for Waldorf dolls, but they might be pricey.




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http://www.dragonflyshollowshop.com/category_s/1477.htm

 

ethically made here in the US, but not anatomically correct.


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I haven't read the other suggestions but I always thought a tricycle was an awesome 2 year gift ....
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ethically made here in the US, but not anatomically correct.


O gosh, these are beautiful. I love the snuggle baby models-
so sweet.

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You could search Etsy for Waldorf dolls, but they might be pricey.

I took a look, and yep, you are right, they are expensive, and justifiably so.
I think I will slow craft a little cloth boy with anatomically correct features, and maybe have it ready for bday 3 smile.gif

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I haven't read the other suggestions but I always thought a tricycle was an awesome 2 year gift ....

Agreed! We are lucky to have 2 tricycles to use already. Seems like year 2 will be the time he really gets rolling on them smile.gif

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We thrifted a beautiful and high quality dump truck, crane truck and baby doll from our local thrift shop, so we scratched them off the bday list happily!

Thank you all for your suggestions.

I've sent my family a short list -
- Melissa and Doug poseable wooden dollhouse people
- Wooden or rubber farm animals
- Brio train stuff
- Richard Scary's Busy Busy Town book
- gift cards for clothing stores so he can pick out his own clothes

We kept it simple and low weight, so that shipping costs won't be such an issue.

Pending weather we have planned a picnic bbq birthday with kite flying.

Cheers all!

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