Christmas Gift Guide 2018: Gifts for 2-Year-Olds

metropolitan mama christmas gift guide 2 year olds

I don't care what people say about the terrible twos. I think Christmas with a toddler is pure magic.

Below are some fun and practical gift picks for 2-year-olds that are sure to be used all year long.


Every morning, our two-year-old wakes up and says two things, "EAT cereal!" and then "OUTSIDE!" Two-year-olds are adventure-seekers and sunshine-chasers. They need quality shoes that help them walk, hop, leap, and run with ease. For toddler shoes, you'll want to look for premium materials and flexibility. The average shoe size for a 2-year-old is 6, 7, or 8. When in doubt, buy bigger.

See Kai Run

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Peyton Black Leather Sneaker | See Kai Run
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Montlake Waterproof Gray Boot | See Kai Run

See Kai Run has long been one our family’s favorite brands for kid shoes! They are adorable, well-made, and comfortable for growing feet. You’ll find boots, sandals, sneakers, and dress shoes for newborns all the way up to age 8 or so (3Y is the biggest size).

Pictured above is the super stylish and urban-friendly Peyton sneaker. These black leather hi-tops are undeniably IN, but they're also flexible and have a padded color & tongue for added comfort.

You'll also want to sneak a peek at the Montlake Waterproof Rainboots. Easy off, easy on - in great neutral colors!

  • Buy shoes from See Kai Run.
  • Like See Kai Run on Facebook.
  • Follow See Kai Run on Twitter.


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Double Up Party Animals Sneaker | Keds x Rifle

You probably know Keds for their on-trend casual sneakers and ultra-cool collaborations with artists + designers (Rifle, Kate Spade, etc).

What you may not know is that Keds also offers super adorable sneakers for toddlers! What little kid wouldn't go crazy over this zoo-themed party animals pair?

  • Buy little kid shoes from Keds.
  • Like Keds on Facebook.
  • Follow Keds on Instagram.


Two-year-olds may not be as excited about a t-shirt as a bouncing ball (yes to balls!) or an animal figurine (another shoo-in gift for 2-year-olds...boy or girl!). Parents, however, will be SUPER grateful for new clothes for their little one - especially if the toddler in question is the oldest in the family or the oldest of his/her gender in the family.

KickKee Pants

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London Transport Long Sleeve Polo | KicKee Pants
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Christmas Plaid Polo | KicKee Pants

When buying clothes for toddlers, you don't want to go by sight alone. It's equally important to "shop by touch." Toddlers love soft and stretchy materials. Fewer buttons and zippers = better.

When it comes to soft, KicKee Pants is King. We especially love this brand for polos and pajamas, but you will love absolutely everything from the line. My two-year-old wears his KicKee Pants items on-repeat. So handsome...and oh-so-comfortable!

  • Buy clothing from KicKee Pants.
  • Like KicKee Pants on Facebook.
  • Follow KicKee Pants on Instagram.

JoJo Maman Bebe

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Cable Knit Sweater | JoJo Maman Bebe
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Bestselling Boys' Cord Pants | JoJo Maman Bebe
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Tractor Skinny Fit Pajamas | JoJo Maman Bebe

If you like preppy classics with a London-ish flare, peruse the online shop at JoJo Maman Bebe. They offer clothes, shoes, toys, and decor for newborn up to age six, plus maternity wear!

For little boys, I love the sophisticated simplicity of the Cable Knit Sweater and bestselling Cord Pants.

  • Buy clothing from JoJo Maman Bebe.
  • Like JoJo Maman Bebe on Facebook.
  • Follow JoJo Maman Bebe on Instagram.

Stuffed Toy

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cuddle kind bears peru

The best stuffed animals are those that offer appeal to kids, while also being beautiful enough to double as decor. This is the case with the dolls and animals created by cuddle + kind. They are truly instagram-worthy. Even better, for every doll that is purchased, the company gives 10 meals to children in need. Every doll is also lovingly handcrafted by incredible women artisans in Peru, providing them with a sustainable, fair trade income.

It's too hard to choose favorites (you will want to collect ALL of them!), but I especially love Charlotte the Dog and Benedict the Bunny.

  • Buy dolls by cuddle + kind.
  • Like cuddle + kind on Facebook.
  • Follow cuddle + kind on Instagram.

Train Set

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Railway Starter Set | BRIO

Choo-choo! A trusted name for toy train sets is BRIO and the 26-piece Railway Starter Set is a perfect pick for a toddler - complete with a figure-eight track, a tunnel, a passenger train, and three toy people.

From there, you can add on all kinds of accessories and sets - buildings, tracks, extra characters, even battery-powered sets like the the new Smart Tech Engine with Action Tunnels. These collectibles will provide hours of imaginative fun for young train lovers.

  • Buy train sets from BRIO.
  • Like BRIO on Facebook.

Animal-Themed Underwear

ZOOCCHINI My First Pair of Underwear Organic Cotton Training Pants

Whether your two-year-old is already potty-trained (or you're trying to encourage your little one to begin!), ZOOCCHINI offers the CUTEST underwear and boxers for boys & girls. Available in adorable animal themes, these organic underwear are super soft, while offering great protection.

ZOOCCHINI's "My First Underwear" {pictured above} are specifically designed for your transition from diapers to true underwear. These quality training pants are appealing to toddlers, while also offering a layer of double sided terry sandwiched between the layers of cotton for extra absorbency.

Once your tot has moved into mostly accident-free territory (cheers!), you can look through ZOOCCHINI's organic boxers, panties, and camisoles.

  • Buy ZOOCCHINI underwear.
  • Like ZOOCCHINI on Facebook.
  • Follow ZOOCCHINI on Instagram.


What are YOU getting for the 2-year-olds on your list this Christmas?

BROWSE the complete 2018 Christmas Gift Guide to get ideas for everyone on your list!

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