20 Great Gift Ideas for the Second Birthday

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My third son will be turning 2 in just two weeks. I can hardly believe it. It seems that we were just celebrating his first birthday. Since my three boys are all pretty close in age, I usually struggle with coming up with good birthday gifts. After all, half of the time, I just want to go through every room in our house and clear out the toys. We are swimming in them! I typically do a good purge just before a birthday to get rid of old, unused, and broken toys.

It is in my mama nature to want to make each birthday party for my kids special. This time goes by much too quickly. Soon, big plastic toys will be replaced with tiny electronic gadgets that do not hold as much excitement for me.

Here are 20 gift ideas I will be considering while shopping for my son's second birthday celebration.

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Water table (summer birthdays rock!)

Wooden trains

Wooden puzzles

Food and play cooking utensils

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Toddler-friendly play tools

Fisher Price Little People

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Aqua Doodle Mat

Melissa and Doug wooden planes and cars

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Strider Bike

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Bath toys

Mr. Potato Head

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Play kitchen

Sandbox

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Little Tikes Push Mower

Art Supplies: finger paint, play dough, large crayons, paper, easel

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Dress-up clothes

Home organization toys, such as stuffed animal storage

Potty chair

Bowling set

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What are your favorite toys perfect for a 2-year-old?

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20 Great Gift Ideas for the Second Birthday

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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