questionswhat should i get a 2 year old for his birthday?

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how about coloring books/crayons? Crayola colorwonder products are great because they can't stain anything. I'd say no on the play-doh. Other ideas - puzzles, bath toys (rubber duckies comes in there, and there are tons of cool bath crayons, foams, etc). Don't feel bad about only getting a few dollar store toys - if that's what he really likes, then they may be his favorite gifts! If you want to give a little more, enclose a few bucks in the card for his college fund.

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@mkdr: Some great ideas there. I like the bath toys idea.

I'll see if there are any other ideas, and then I'll be going shopping. I almost feel bad I didn't buy anything from the Mr. Bubble side-sale now. Oh well.

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Years ago, I bought my then-girlfriend's 2yo son a bucket of those large-size lego blocks, and they were a huge hit. May be a bit pricey, though.

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I'm not sure if they're still there, but I remember Target having a really huge selection of plastic animals that were nicer than the dollar store ones. Everything from lions and tigers to dragons and unicorns. Maybe a few of those and a nice little play mat?

http://www.target.com/p/learning-resources-jumbo-farm-animals-set/-/A-10376726?reco=Rec%7Cpdp%7C10376726%7CClickCP%7Citem_page.adjacency&lnk=Rec%7Cpdp%7CClickCP%7Citem_page.adjacency These aren't exactly what I remember seeing, but they look like a decent, non-choking size, and the reviews for them are good.

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A U.S. Savings Bon- ..no wait, nevermind.

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Ny son is about to turn 2 in July and he LOVES Yo Gabba Gabba!

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Chuck Trucks are great and really durable. If you want to get rubber ducks, I suggest Target. In the bath aisle of the baby section, they offer a nice variety of ducks. My 4 y.o. sometimes request them so they would probably be well received.

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A DVD of his-her favorite show like Yo Gabba Gabba is always a hit they love to watch their show when they want to.

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Another vote for big lego-type blocks(generic from the dollar store). At his age he will enjoy them, and they aren't nearly as hard on the adults' feet.

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a card board box a little bit bigger then he is. pre-cute air holes for safety. young kids always end up playing with the box, especially if the toy is expensive/hard to find

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This depends on whether you come in contact with the 2-year-old very often. If you don't see the kid much, go for something that makes lots of noise. :)

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Ah, thank you! So many suggestions.

I don't come in contact with him too often, so noisy toys could be fun, especially if they go home with the mom!

I love the cardboard box idea!

But, now that I have lots of great ideas, I can keep an eye out for something while I'm out and about this week! I've never had to shop for a little guy that wasn't family (where mom/dad told me exactly what to get, lol!).

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If you have an IKEA near you, all their wood toys are great and durable. I personally prefer wood over plastic. Melissa & Doug brand wood toys are just too expensive sometimes. IKEA stuff has gotten me out of a few gift giving binds.

Also, I stay away from dollar store toys as they are the worst offenders in importing lead paint products.

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Sadly, the closest Ikea is an hour away. And, I have no plans to visit one any time soon.

I've heard that about the dollar store toys, I just thought they'd have started not selling those products by now. Guess not.

I'm sure I'll find him something with all the great suggestions. I'm between bath toys and the duplo blocks. At least it's not Play-Doh! And, she will stay my friend a lot longer this way, lol!

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Small Duplo set - good for ages 1 1/2 years and above - last forever!