10 of The Best Gifts For 2 Year Old Boys Under $30 – Chosen By A Mom

What are the best gifts for 2 year old boys? Check out these 10 awesome ideas, all under $30, as selected by a mom of a busy 2 year old boy! www.kidslovedressup.com

What are the best gifts for 2 year old boys? If you’re on the hunt for a fabulous gift for a two year old in your life, look no further! Here are 10 fantastic ideas – all under $30 – for you that will help you bring a huge smile to his adorable little face. (Update in 2022 – prices aren’t all under $30 anymore… but I still recommend them!)

Two year old boys are AWESOME. They are crazy, energetic, cuddly, fiercely independent at times and yet a baby at other times. They love to explore the world around them and play with both baby toys and big kid toys… so picking out gifts for 2 year old boys isn’t all that hard, really.

But maybe I say it’s not hard because I HAVE a little boy who just turned two. It was hard to LIMIT the gifts we picked out for him! And being from a big ol’ Dutch family I have a slew of nephews (nieces too) and cousins. I know what I’m talking about when it comes to buying gifts for 2 year old boys. 🙂

And they don’t have to break the bank to be great gifts! All of these listed below cost less than $30 – some even less than $20. Perfect! Check them out!


10 Gifts for 2 Year Old Boys That Will Be Well Loved!


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Little Tikes T-Ball Set 

T-Ball Sets are fun gifts for 2 Year Old Boy

A two year old boy is just at the age where they like to HIT stuff WITH stuff. Why not coral that energy and “early athletic ability” down a proper channel with the Little Tikes T-Ball Set? He’ll be SO proud of himself playing “baseball” and successfully hitting the ball to Daddy or Mommy, or to his big brother or sister! Talk about starting Baseball off on a positive note!

This particular set is VERY highly reviewed on Amazon, and is currently less than $20!



Tonka Classic Steel Mighty Dump Truck Vehicle

A heavy duty Tonka truck like this one is almost an essential for a little twoBig steel Tonka Trucks are great gifts for 2 year old boys! year old boy if he has a sandbox in his back yard, or if he loves dump tucks (which most do). These are fairly large, the truck bed is made of steel (so at our place these are outdoor toys to save our walls and furniture), and they are amazing. No plastic junk here.  At less than $25 currently, and with their lifetime warranty, you can’t go wrong with this one!




Fisher-Price “Harley Davidson” Tough Trike

Ride On Toys are PERFECT gifts for 2 year old boys!

Two year olds are ready to have some fun outside with trikes (no 2 wheeler yet, for the most part), and this “tricked out trike” by Fisher Price is one of the good ones. It has big foot pedals that make it easy for little riders to get rolling, is very stable, has easy grip handle-bars, and even a secret storage compartment under the seat for those little treasures he finds while you’re out for a ride together.




Fire Chief Role Play Costume Set by Melissa & Doug

Melissa and Doug Fire Chief Role Play Costume Set Review - www.kidslovedressup.com

If you’re looking for gifts for 2 year old boys that inspire them and get them playing creative games like “firefighting” and “heroes”, the Melissa and Doug Fire Chief Role Play Costume Set (click to see my review) is something you simply shouldn’t pass by.

It comes with the jacket, hat, bull-horn (makes a siren noise), “fire extinguisher”, badge, and name tag. Our son LOVES his set! It’s comfortable, fantastic quality, machine-washable, fun, and cute as anything!



Thomas & Friends My First Look and Find

Thomas & Friends First Look & Find: Great gifts for 2 year old boys

There are many different themed “First Look & Find” books available – this particular one is my two year old boy’s favorite as he loves trains. These large padded-cover board books, with bright and colorful pictures and simple items to find on each page are wonderful for little kids!

They are less than $10 new, but don’t forget to check the book shelves at your local thrift stores too – I often find them for just a buck and seriously, they are perfect for 2 year olds!




LEGO DUPLO Creative Play All-in-One-Box-of-Fun

Duplo is a fantastic gift for a 2 year old boy!

Duplo… how can I not include it in a list of the best gifts for 2 year old boys? There are many fun Duplo Sets available, but going with a basic box like this one (with a case – Mom will love that), is always a classic hit. Little boys can never have enough “Lego” – just ask their Dads. Duplo is the easiest version of Lego – it’s better quality by far than the cheap Mega blocks.



Skip Hop Zoo Little Kid and Toddler Monkey Backpack

Monkey Backpacks are much loved gifts for 2 year old boys!

Two year old boys are often not yet toilet trained, but often Mom is getting a little tired of dragging around the big diaper bag everywhere she takes him. Why not give the little guy a fun backpack that is just for him – this (seriously awesome quality!!!) monkey backpack! Boys LOVE wearing their own backpacks!

This one is big enough to fit the essentials for a day out: a change of clothing, diapers/wipes, snacks, and a favorite toy or sleep item.  If you know he isn’t into monkeys, Skip Hop Zoo also makes other animal themed backpacks too.



Melissa & Doug Kids Construction Worker Role Play Set

Construction Worker Costume for Boys

Little boys are usually FASCINATED with tools, and with building/hammering/drilling/fixing anything, especially if it makes him “just like Daddy” or “just like Grandpa”.

This construction worker outfit by Melissa & Doug is great! It comes with the cool construction vest (with attached utility belt), safety hat, safety glasses, and some basic tools to get the little guy ready to get to work! Melissa & Doug role play sets are awesome quality, so you know it’s not a wear-once/play-with-once type gift.


Learning Resources Jumbo Jungle Animals

2 year old boys love to play with plastic animals! Gifts for 2 year old boys - this is a good idea!!

This set of Jumbo Jungle Animals (non-toxic plastic) is something little boys will likely play with A LOT.  Jungle animals are huge favorites for little boys, and this set has large and realistic looking animals that he’ll love to set up and cart around!   Great quality, high reviews, and it even won a Gold Seal award!

I have yet to meet a little boy who doesn’t love lions and tigers, and playing with them!  This is a no-brainer “great gift”.



Melissa & Doug Wooden Building Blocks Set

Wooden Blocks are tons of fun for kids of all ages! Fun gifts for 2 year old boys!A good set of building blocks is something that every child 100 blocks (4 colors, 9 shapes) by Melissa and Doug IS a Good Set.

Although the item description says that it’s recommended age is 36 months (3 years), blocks are pretty much age-less, I think. So does my 2 year old son, who plays with ours already a fair bit. There’s something really fun for him about building a tower as high as he can, and then crashing it down. And over and over again.  Blocks are great gifts for 2 year old boys!



So, what do you think? Was this helpful? What will you pick?  Or do you have another amazing idea for a little guy, that you know will bring a smile on your face?

If you’re a fellow Mom-of-A-2-Year-Old, what does YOUR little man like to play with most?

I’d love to hear from you! Please comment below!



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10 thoughts on “10 of The Best Gifts For 2 Year Old Boys Under $30 – Chosen By A Mom

  1. Linda February 2, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    Yes, building blocks and Duplo, I guess they always works. Great list and many things that I think works for a two year old, boy or girl maybe? Many times when we bought things to our small kids they did often play more with the paper wrapping then with the toys. Only thing that worked was things for building stuff.

    • Marlaine February 3, 2017 at 3:54 pm

      Hi Linda, Isn’t it amazing how much fun kids can have with the BOXES that presents come in? 🙂

      Yes, many of these gifts would be great for boys or girls! At the age of two, kids love to play with toys geared to both genders! I have noticed they play with them differently though. 🙂

      Have a great day!

  2. Rori O'Hara February 2, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Marlaine, it’s been a long time since my boys were 2 years old, and I can vouch for several of those toys! Tonka Trucks were their main love from very young for many years. They also spent endless amounts of time on their plastic trikes with the big wheels. They graduated from tiny ones to bigger ones, and although they were handed down from my older boy to the younger, they never wore out! Costumes for role-playing is lasting entertainment for them as well, and my boys had the small legos before they were even introduced to the US, so I’m glad to see they now have Duplo, without tiny pieces that could be dangerous for tiny kids. Your picks brought me down memory lane, and I look forward to having grandchildren someday so I can re-live the joy of watching them play with these wonderful classics!

    • Marlaine February 3, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      Thanks so much Rori for commenting! There are some toys that will be classics forever, that’s for sure! I think the best gifts for little boys and girls are ones that ARE timeless! Trends come and go, and can be exciting for gifts (absolutely), but long term, it’s the classic toys that stick around – that parents don’t chuck out but rather hang on to for grandkids to enjoy someday! (That’s my experience, anyways, with my own parents’ toy cupboard!)

  3. devon Joy February 3, 2017 at 7:57 am

    I would not limit these to just boys my 2 year old daughter would Love anything on this list. These are all really good toys for toddles. I can not stand when i ask for something simple and people buy all sorts of big crazy things or just another box of crayons…

    • Marlaine February 3, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      Hi devon Joy,

      Thanks for commenting! I agree with you that at two years old, gender doesn’t matter all that much when it comes to toys. My son loves playing with my daughter’s “girly” toys, and vice versa, absolutely! For GIFTS though, I think most people won’t buy a typical “girly” present like a dolls or princess gown for a 2 year old boy – so I tried to find things more “little boy-ish”. Maybe I’m wrong, but that’s my experience! 🙂

      Glad you liked these choices! Have a wonderful day!


  4. David February 8, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    This is fantastic, my boy is 2 and a half and he would love to have each and every single one of these toys, the Melissa and doug brand I particularly like and those building blocks look super and very educational and the worker play role set looks amazing as he loves everything to do with diggers, dumpers and machinery, thanks for your helpful ideas

    • Marlaine February 8, 2017 at 1:16 pm

      Toys for toddlers can be pretty fun! Thanks, David, for commenting! I hope you and your little guy have fun playing today, whatever you play with! Glad you liked these ideas. 🙂

  5. svenonroad February 16, 2017 at 2:36 am

    Hey Marlaine, thx for your article. I can imagine that many little boys would love these gifts. My parents told me that I had a lot of fun with Lego Duplo and with and wooden building blocks. My main hobby was building huge towers and destroy them:D How many boys do you have?

    • Marlaine February 17, 2017 at 12:59 am

      Hi svenonroad, thanks for commenting! I’m the lucky mom of two children – one boy and one girl. My little boy just turned two recently, so this collection of items is right where I’m at these days. My husband and I are also from big (Dutch) families so I have more than the normal amount of little nephews LOL.

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