It’s been awhile since I added a new post to our gift guide series, but now that we’re through the crazy holiday season I’m getting back on track. Today I’m sharing my favorite gifts under $25 for two-year-olds. I love this age because you start to see a lot more imaginative play. Winnie’s two right now and is all about dressing up, taking care of her dolls, and imitating anything & everything her big sister is doing. She can also never have enough books and puzzles, which are always a good go-to gift at this age!

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Below are our top picks:

1 |  KID O MYLAND HORSE & GIRL INTERACTIVE TOY ($19.99)

Kid O Myland Horse & Girl Toy | 25 Toys Under $25 for Second Birthdays

Kid O has an entire line of interactive toys that I’m a little obsessed with. Each toy makes noises (and some light up) when they’re played with. With this horse & girl set, the horse neighs when the girl is placed inside and makes galloping noises when moved around.

2 |  BABYROO SILKY CRAYONS ($8.99)

BabyRoo Silky Crayons | 25 Toys Under $25 for Second Birthdays

The colors of these crayons are so bright and vibrant, plus they are extra fun to color with because they glide on paper so smoothly. (Seriously, even I’m obsessed!) They are 3-in-1 (crayons, pastel, watercolor), are non-toxic, and washable. They also have a rotatable body like lipstick to reduce mess and keep them from getting broken.

3 |  MUDPUPPY 12-PIECE POUCH PUZZLE ($10.99)

Mudpuppy Pouch Puzzles | 25 Toys Under $25 for Second BirthdaysThese puzzles are Winnie’s current favorite toy! They are a mini version of a classic cardboard puzzle, but with extra large and extra thick pieces that are easy for little hands to hold. Bonus that they come in a reusable pouch making them easy to store and take on the road.

4 |  GREEN TOYS WAGON ($24.99)

Green Toys Wagon | 25 Toys Under $25 for Second Birthdays

The perfect little wagon for your little one to haul around their belongings. Made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic with a cotton rope handle. Great for either indoor or outdoor play.

5 |  GREEN TOYS TOOLS DOUGH SET ($19.99)

Green Toys Dough Set | 25 Toys Under $25 for Second Birthdays

This 11-piece dough starter kit includes an extruder, spaghetti extruder, scraper, knife, roller, rolling cutter, scissors, a two-sided activity card, and 3 tubes of non-toxic dough – everything a child needs to get started playing with dough! Everything in this set including the dough is made in the USA.

6 |  MELISSA & DOUG CUTTING FRUIT SET ($19.99)

Melissa & Doug Cutting Fruit Set | 25 Toys Under $25 for Second Birthdays

This one always comes highly-recommended from parents! It’s a 17-piece food set with a wooden knife. The pieces velcro together and can be “sliced” apart with the knife, a fun way to introduce kids to concepts of part and whole.

7 |  ALEX TOYS MY FIRST SCRIBBLE ($11)

My First Scribble Coloring Book | 25 Toys Under $25 for Second Birthdays

This book makes your little one’s first scribbles a little more fun. Comes with 50 pages to color and 70 stickers.

8 |  IMAGINATION GENERATION COUNTING NUMBER STACKERS ($17.99)

Imagination Generation Counting Number Stacker | 25 Toys Under $25 for Second Birthdays

Match the colorful discs to their numbers, and stack them up 1 through 9. Once your child is a little older, they can move onto counting exercises, and simple math. You can also reorder the removable number tiles and stack in an variety of ways.

9 |  MELISSA & DOUG SCHOOL BUS PLAY SET ($19.99)

Melissa & Doug School Bus Play Set | 25 Toys Under $25 for Second Birthdays

This adorable school bus set comes with seven figures, encouraging imaginative play. Features smooth-rolling wheels, a working door, and flip-open stop sign.

10 |  BABY ALIVE LUV ‘N SNUGGLE BABY ($14.99)

Baby Alive Baby Doll | 25 Toys Under $25 for Second Birthdays

Baby Alive is a perfect simple first baby doll. She has a soft body and she comes with a bottle that fits in her mouth.

11 |  MY FIRST BRAIN QUEST ($11.95)

My First Brain Quest | 25 Toys Under $25 for Second Birthdays

Brain Quest is a question-and-answer game that’s a fun way to engage your toddler and kill some downtime. I like to pull out our set when we’re eating lunch together or in that final hour before Ryan gets home from work and I think I might go crazy.

12 |  ALPHA BLOCK BOARD BOOK ($16.95)

Alpha Block Board Book | 25 Toys Under $25 for Second Birthdays

Absolutely one of my favorite board books! It has pages cut into the shape of each letter, and kids peek through the letter to guess the word that corresponds to it. (We also love Countablock.)

13 |  AUTOMATIC BUBBLE MACHINE ($19.99)

Automatic Bubble Machine | 25 Toys Under $25 for Second Birthdays

Bubble machines are so. much. fun. Hours of entertainment for your little one and their friends. Be sure to get a lot of bubbles to use in the machine!

14 |  HUILE PUSH AND GO VEHICLE SET ($14.99)

Huile Push & Go Powered Vehicle | 25 Toys Under $25 for Second Birthdays

Ander just got these for his birthday but all our kids are obsessed with them. They are friction powered, so just push them and away they go. Lots of fun! The set of four includes a dump truck, cement mixer, bulldozer, and tractor with detachable trailer.

15 |  USA TOYZ PLAY & GROOVE MUSIC SET ($19.99)

Play & Music Groove Music Set | 25 Toys Under $25 for Second Birthdays

How adorable is this musical set? It comes with four brightly-colored wooden instruments – a xylophone, tambourine, maracas, and recorder.

16 |  PLAY CIRCLE TEA PARTY SET ($13.50)

Play Circle Tea Party Set | 25 Toys Under $25 for Second Birthdays

This tea set is extra fun for toddlers because it’s interactive too! Lift the lid to hear it boil and push it down again to hear it whistle. The set is complete with four place settings each with a teacup, saucer, spoon, and cupcake.

17 |  PLAY-DOH SPARKLE COLLECTION ($9.99)

Play-Doh Sparkle Collection | 25 Toys Under $25 for Second Birthdays

It seems so basic but pretty much every two-year-old I know is obsessed with Play-Doh. I buy it in giant packs so I always have it on hand for a rainy day.

18 |  THINKFUN MOVE & GROVE DANCE GAME ($19.99)

Move & Grove Dance Game | 25 Toys Under $25 for Second Birthdays

This is a fun and interactive first game. Toss the plush cube to determine color, then pick a matching card and follow the instructions. Example include hopping like a kangaroo and playing the air guitar.

19 |  ALEX TOYS BUTTON ART ($23.95)

Alex Toys Button Art | 25 Toys Under $25 for Second Birthdays

Match the colored snaps to complete the picture. Comes with 46 colorful buttons, ten different pictures, and a storage tray.

20 |  AQUADOODLE TRAVEL DOODLE ($14.99)

Aquadoodle Travel Doodle | 25 Toys Under $25 for Second Birthdays

Mess-free coloring! Just fill up the pen with water and color over and over again. Fun for at home, but easy to take on the road too.

21 |  LITTLE TIKES COUNT N PLAY CASH REGISTER ($14.99)

Little Tikes Cash Register | 25 Toys Under $25 for Second Birthdays

This one isn’t just fun, but educational too. It teaches children colors, sizes, and numbers with three different types of coins. Slide the credit card into the slot to drop the coins into the drawer, and the pull the lever to open it up.

22 |  AURORA WORLD GIDDY-UP STICK HORSE ($24.99)

Aurora World Stick Horse | 25 Toys Under $25 for Second Birthdays

Sometimes the most simple toys are the best! This stick horse encourages imaginative play. Press the ears to make neigh sounds. Multiple colors (and a unicorn) are available.

23 |  LEGO DUPLO MY FIRST CAROUSEL TOY ($24.99)

Mega Bloks My First Carousel | 25 Toys Under $25 for Second Birthdays

This Lego Duplo set has a real turning carousel! It’s a 24-piece set with a carousel, gearwheels, buildable tree, bird, and three child figures.

24 |  JANOD WOODEN ALPHABET PUZZLE ($24.99)

Janod Wooden Alphabet Puzzle | 25 Toys Under $25 for Second Birthdays

A brightly-colored wooden alphabet puzzle. Each letter’s resting place is carved into the puzzle and is the same color as the corresponding letter to help your child find the right spot.

25 |  GREEN TOYS VEHICLE CARRIER ($24.99)

Green Toys Car Carrier Set | 25 Toys Under $25 for Second Birthdays

This is a 5-piece set that includes a cab with detachable trailer and three mini cars. The trailer has two working ramps. Made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic.

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