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Hi all,<br><br>
Jack William will be 2 on Thursday and we are struggling to find him a great gift...we are looking for a fairly large gift and his is very blessed with super generous family.... So<br><br>
He already has<br>
a kettler trike<br>
a wagon<br>
playstands<br>
is getting a play kitchen from my in laws<br>
Several ride on toys<br><br><br>
I guess I am looking for a fairly high ticket price item that he will love...I would love some suggestions...what have your 2 year olds love and used for a long time...<br><br>
on a side note we have decided to build Jack a playroom (and when I say we I mean my husband, my FIL and my BIL)<br><br>
so we will have a good size indoor play space for him...<br><br>
as always looking forward to your insights<br>
-Lori<br>
(oh and for those of you who have not met us...we are fairly crunchy people so we are looking for a fairly natural product)
 

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It's outdoor toys that are popular with DD here.<br><br>
We have a sandbox, pop up tent and tunnel and a little slide all of which get played with a lot.<br><br>
Indoors DD got a wooden train set for chirstmas, and also likes little wooden cars and a garage. Her favorite is probably the kitchen stuff and play food.<br><br>
She's 2 1/2 but II can see her using all of those for a long time yet.
 

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How about Kapla blocks? We bought outs at LBL in Berkeley, CA and have seen them at Children's Discovery Museums all over the country, but you can also buy online. We got them for ds and his cousins the year he turned two and the girls were 4 and 7, and rolled them out during a family vacation. The adults were having as much fun as the kids, and I still sometimes have to pry dh away and remind him that they belong to ds. We have never seen them at another home IRL, but they come up occasionally on threads looking for the perfect gift. They are starting to sell them at Target too, so you'll probably start seeing them more often. I'd go with a big set - we have 280 in ours, but had the most fun when we had our nieces set in the same place.
 

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Another option - a sand & water table. You could even use it inside with rice and beans (if you have a good vacuum or broom and a high tolerance for mess) since you'll have a playroom to put it in.<br><br>
Our sand and water table has been a hit since day 1. It was the first toy that we went to toys r us for though... couldn't find on craigslist, at local independent toy store etc though.
 

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I was going to suggest a sand box/table. There is one from Pottery Barn kids I am coveting- it's $499 though so we wont be getting one any time soon!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Or an outdoor playground set. We got one for dd for her 2nd birthday and we've been on it every. single. day. for . hours. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> She has a small kiddie pool that we get lots of use out of too. And a picnic table for messy crafts or popsicles outside. Can you tell we practically live outside?!
 

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DS' greatest infatuation since about his second b-day has been "assisting" in the kitchen. I wish we could afford a Learning Tower!
 

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I was just going to suggest a Learning tower as per pp--it's the best thing for a little curious chef to be. My ds would stand at the sink washing dishes for ages while I cooked.<br><br>
2 is such a fun age, congratulations!
 

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My suggestion is an easel/art station since it wasn't on your list. We have <a href="http://www.madisonartshop.com/rolling-center.html" target="_blank">http://www.madisonartshop.com/rolling-center.html</a> and love it.<br><br>
We also love our child-size table and chairs which came from Pottery Barn, a gift from Grandma.
 

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Pukey bike or other non peddle first "bicycle". THey are the next step after a tricycle and are supposed to be better for learning balance than going straight to a peddle bike. they are around 250-300
 

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A dollhouse. I am getting one for DD because she just loves rearranging the furniture. Her 4 year old friend loves it too. When we take them to Pottery Barn Kids we had to pry both of them off the dollhouse. -And her friend is a boy if that is any consideration.
 

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lucien loves the brio trains. and plan toys has a great "city" line with streets and cars and buildings. he has the deluxe road set and the parking garage.<br><br>
im getting him the crane and construction car set for when he's completely potty trained.
 

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sorry to keep posting, but I like this thread.<br><br>
how about a cool wooden tree house?
 

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We got our DS a wooden barn, farm animals, fencing to go around it, and a tractor with a wagon for him to pull the animals etc.<br><br>
He likes it and plays with it a lot. He also likes his wooden train track and trains and train table.<br><br>
The other big hit is our large set of wooden blocks.
 

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Classes or trips are great gifts for kids that don't need more stuff.
 

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Eepster...<br><br>
I think you are right...we have really struggled with this issue b/c we so want Jack to know gratitude and to know that we value our family time over "things"...<br><br>
Now I am off to find a great experience for him...<br><br>
Something special and outdoors and with both daddy and mommy...<br><br>
I am thinking about either a night in Julian CA or Catalina CA<br><br>
-Lori
 

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Joe and I have reflected strongly on this issue...(not really sure why this is weighing so heavily) Jack is so blessed with very generous grandparents, aunts and uncles and friends and the more I read this thread I am realizing that Jack already has so many of these things....<br><br>
Joe and I work so hard to instill a life of simplicity and gratitude in our little guy...<br><br>
we have decided to make his actual birthday a super special day...Joe will take Jack to his swimming lesson (Joe has never taken Jack before and Jack has been swimming since he was 6 months old)...we take him to his fav park in OC and bury a treasure box for him with a token present for him to find (Jack is currently obsessed with all things pirate) and use our season passes to disney for the remainder of the day.<br><br>
we are going to spend the money we normally would on his present to spend a night away together...thinking Julian or Catalina...any suggestions?<br><br>
-Lori
 

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Good for you for deciding on an experience instead of a thing.<br><br>
As far as Catalina goes... I would look into whether or not they have haunta virus on that island. They do on Santa Cruz island nearby so we decided not to take our kids there until they are old enough to really understand how important it is to be aware of what you touch, what your food touches etc.
 
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