The ultimate list of Christmas gifts for 2-4 year olds

When it comes to Christmas shopping for our kids, there is often so much choice that it can be difficult to navigate your way through the endless adverts. To make things easier, I’ve compiled my top list of Christmas gifts for 2-4 year olds to help you work out what your kids will actually play with for longer than 5 minutes.

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Memory game: This classic game is a must have for all younger children. It is great fun, addictive and helps them practice some necessary skills and memory training. We have spent hours playing this game with our kids over the years.

Ravensburger Wild World of Animals Memory Game for Boys & Girls Age 3 & Up! - A Fun & Fast Cuddly Matching Game (20360)
  • What you get – wild world of animals memory game comes with 48 tiles and instructions.
  • Fun play experience - you can play a game in 5 minutes, and it's perfect for 2-8 players ages 8 and up, Which makes this a perfect children's gift for birthdays and other special occasions.
  • Easy to understand instructions – wild world of animals memory comes with a clearly written instruction manual that's easy to understand - you can start playing right away!
  • Great educational value – this game helps children practice their focus, memory, and matching skills, which makes each game unique so this preschool toy can be played over and over. Memory also offers Great solo play opportunities for your child, as well as being a great game for adults to join in on the fun.
  • Artwork you will love – enjoy fun pictures of 'wild' Animals, including llamas, narwal, Sloths, flamingos, kangaroos, koalas, Frenchies, armadillos, platypuses, kittens, Giraffes, hedgehogs, pandas, wombats and Polar bears.

Easel: Art is so important for toddlers. Creativity is one of the most important skills they learn at this age and an easel is a great tool for all young kids. Add paints, paper, chalks and markers to this set and you’ve got a wonderful present that will be used for years to come.

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Art Easel - Dry-Erase Board, Chalkboard, Paper Roller - FSC Certified
  • KIDS WOODEN STANDING ART EASEL: This art easel provides a creative, screen-free play option for children and includes dry-erase board, chalkboard, locking paper-roll holder, child-safe paper cutter, 4 easy-clip grips and 2 large plastic trays
  • HELPS BUILD FINE MOTOR SKILLS: The dry erase board and chalkboard are perfect for building kids fine motor skills and proper pencil grip. The board surfaces of our wooden easel are the ideal practice surface for a child's first letters and words.
  • EASY TO ASSEMBLE: This easel features a sturdy wooden frame, is easy to assemble, folds flat for storage, and is height adjustable.
  • FRUSTRATION-FREE: It ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging, with paper, paint, cups, paint brushes and chalk sold separately.
  • GREAT GIFT: Makes a great gift for 3- to 7-year-olds, for hands-on, screen-free play; product made with FSC-certified materials that support responsible forestry; applies to new inventory only (FSC C156584)

Play kitchen: The perfect toy for all little chefs, this adorable kitchen is perfect for roleplay. Complete with a removable sink, two-burner cooktop, see-through door oven, storage shelves, turning knobs,  a saucepans, utensils and oven gloves, kids can start preparing their menus straight away! Pair with wooden food sets and your child will be set up for many years to come.

Tiny Land Play Kitchen for Kids, Wooden Kids Play Kitchen Playset Chef Pretend Play Set for Toddlers with Real Lights & Sounds, Toys Kitchen with 18 Pcs Toy Food & Cookware Accessories
  • ⭐Wooden Play Kitchen: Made of eco-friendly, non-toxic wood, BPA-free. This space-friendly toy kitchen is 31in wide and 12in deep after being assembled. Great for a cute nursery, let kids put the chef hat on and cook a meal for their guests.
  • ⭐Ready to Play Immediately: Come with many accessories, including cutting food, toy kitchen sets, a chef hat, and apron. Exclusive design wooden play kitchen set, Ideal gift for kids birthday and Christmas. Get a toy kitchen in 1 package.
  • ⭐Lots of Playable Features: The new model stove and range hood have a sim-life sound and lights with button control and automatically turn off. Kids would get endless fun with this playable oven, refrigerator, microwave oven, faucet, and removable sink.
  • ⭐Adjustable Height Suits Age 3-7: A ideal learning toy should grow with kids. Our play kitchen can easily be set to a 3 height stage to suit kids age 3-7. You can teach your kids about food, common skills, and cooking by giving them different accessories or letting them explore the kitchen while playing.
  • ⭐We Care about Quality: We have strict requirements for all wood we use, No BPA added, non-toxic painting. Passed physical and chemical safety tests far beyond the U.S ASTMF-963 and EU EN-71 standards. Because it matters to kids' health.

Wooden train set: There’s a reason why wooden train sets have stood the test of time. They provide hours of imaginative play for all young children. They can be built, played with and rebuilt over and over again. A decent train set like the one above will literally last for years to come and can be handed down to younger siblings. More than worth the money!

Tiny Land 55-Piece Wooden Train Set for Toddlers and Kids Ages 3-7, Fits Thomas Tracks
  • 🔔 Versatility: This train set is compatible with various wooden tracks and trains, fits Thomas, Brio, and Melissa. This makes it a great addition to any train set collection and provides endless possibilities for play.
  • 🔔 Crane Design: The wooden train set includes a crane that can lift and transport cargo, which adds an extra level of engagement and extends playtime for children.
  • 🔔 Fun Accessories: With multiple accessories, signs, and a crane, this train toy set brings more joy and creativity to playtime.
  • 🔔 Quality and Durability: the wooden train tracks are made from high-quality wood material, this train set is sturdy and built to last. It has been finely crafted and polished for a smooth finish.
  • 🔔 Perfect Gift: This train set makes a perfect gift for any occasion, including birthdays and holidays. Children will love the endless hours of fun and creativity it provides.

Duplo: The perfect fun, education must-have for every toddler! The safe, colourful and easy-to-handle bricks help develop fine motor skills as well as providing hours of entertainment and learning through play.

LEGO DUPLO Classic Brick Box Building Set - Features Storage Organizer, Toy Car, Number Bricks, Build, Learn, and Play, Great Gift Playset for Toddlers, Boys, and Girls Ages 18+ Months, 10913
  • Endless Builds - Includes 65 LEGO DUPLO bricks plus familiar pieces to stimulate toddlers’ minds, including a toy car with moving wheels, windows, and flowers. Also includes 2 figures, 1-2-3 number-learning bricks, plus extra building ideas in the box.
  • Fun Learning - This set is a wonderful way to promote early learning and development by helping build important skills like hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness, and problem-solving
  • Imaginative Play - Kids can use the LEGO DULPO bricks and pieces to build a street with a toy car, baker's, small toy house, a tree, flower archway and much more!
  • Easy Storage - Once play is finished, kids can store all their colorful LEGO DUPLO bricks, pieces and figures in the LEGO brick style, toy storage box
  • Perfect Gift - This LEGO DUPLO Classic box of bricks encourages creative play and makes a great birthday or Christmas gift for boys and girls ages 18+ months

Melissa & Doug Pet Vet Play Set: The perfect gift for every young animal lover, this 24-piece vet set comes complete with a plush cat and dog, pretend play vet medical equipment and a tote bag for easy storage. Take it with you on the go and set up a vet practice wherever you are.

Melissa & Doug Examine and Treat Pet Vet Play Set (24 pcs) - Kids Veterinary Play Set, Veterinarian Kit For Kids, STEAM Toy, Pretend Play Doctor Set For Kids Ages 3+
  • COMPLETE VET SET WITH PETS: The Melissa & Doug Examine & Treat Pet Vet Play Set is a 24-piece set with a plush dog and cat, pretend play vet medical equipment, and a tote bag for easy storage.
  • HELPS CHILDREN DEVELOP EMPATHY: Our pretend play vet set has been recognized by toy experts at Good Housekeeping Institute for helping kids develop empathy while they play.
  • MAKE HOUSE CALLS - ANYWHERE: Our vet set with animals includes a stethoscope, thermometer, syringe, ear scope, tweezers, clamp, cast, bandages, "treatments," "ointments,” and a reusable double-sided checklist for office visits.
  • GREAT GIFT FOR AGES 3 AND UP: The Examine & Treat Pet Vet Play Set makes a great gift for kids ages 3 and up. Add the Melissa & Doug Veterinary Role Play Costume Dress-up set to round out the screen-free, pretend play experience.
  • “THE GOLD STANDARD IN CHILDHOOD PLAY”: For more than 30 years, Melissa & Doug has created beautifully designed imagination- and creativity-sparking products that NBC News calls “the gold standard in early childhood play.”

Story torch: This 3-In-1 Story Projector features eight fairy tale movies, a starry sky projection and a night light. Complete with 64 slides, the portable design means it can be taken anywhere. The nightlight will soothe toddlers of all ages and the images of the fairy tales can be brought to life by you.

MiDeer Light Projector Story Projector Kids Torch Storybook Projector with 12pcs Story Reels Toddler Flashlight Toys Birthday New Year Gift for Age 3 4 5
  • 【Kindly Note】This is a kid toy projector toy( Height: about 5"), you can adjust the picture view freely at various distances for a clear image (Max. 30"/80cm) by whirling the orange ring on the top. And it is recommended to familiarize the content of the storybook first, and then turn off the lights for a better projection experience. It‘s NOT a high-defined professional projector, any mind of this, be carefully take.
  • 【Brand Warranty】30days refund guarantee with return your undamaged product. Mideer aims to provide the most artistic toys for families and children around the world. Any questions, PLS feel free to contact us. We will get back to you within 24 hours.
  • 【Multifunctional】One-button for switching easily and fastly. Press once for turning on the story projection; twice for turning on night/start/tent light; thrice for turning off the light. Otherwise the light will automatically turn off after 15 minutes without operation. Projecting stars and moon image with warm yellow light illuminates dream time, it could help to overcome Children’s Fear of the Dark, enjoy every bedtime happily with your baby.
  • 【Package Includes】1*Fairy Tales Story Projector,1*Storybook,12*Classic Fairy Tales Projector Reels with 96 illustrated films from artists, each illustration can be a creative story fun time. Good for Baby's language skills development. Adjustable focal length, the farther distance, the large image size. The recommended projection distance is about 20''
  • 【12 Classic Stories】1*The cat and the fox,1*The red riding hood,1*The Ugly Duckling,1*The three little pigs,1*The gingerbread man,1*The happy prince,1*The enormous turnp,1*The boy who cried wolf,1*Cinderella,1*Pinocchio,1*I want to go to space,1*Thumbelina

Leapfrog phonics animal bus: The phonics animal bus is a perfect educational toy for 1 year olds and older. Your child will learn phonic sounds, letters  and animals. The songs and phrases will aid language development while providing a great deal of entertainment.

LeapFrog Phonics Fun Animal Bus
  • Scout drives a bright yellow school bus featuring 26 colorful letter buttons that come alive with unique and silly personalities
  • Press a letter button in letter mode to hear its name and sound.Keep the unit clean by wiping it with a slightly damp cloth
  • Animal mode introduces an animal that begins with the letter selected, its letter sound and the sound the animal makes
  • In game mode, press letters to help characters hop off the bus
  • Listen to two fun interactive songs, “Little Puppy Had a Bus” and “Letters Get on the Bus” in music mode


Craft Jar: Your child will have endless hours of fun with this giant craft jar. Inside you will find googly eyes, popsicle sticks, crepe paper, pom poms, glitter and much more. Suitable for children 3 years and older.

MOISO Kids Crafts and Art Supplies Jar Kit - 560+ Piece Set - Make Bracelets and Necklaces - Plus Glitter Glue, Construction Paper, Colored Popsicle Sticks, Eyes, Pipe Cleaners…
  • ✨MASSIVE ARTS AND CRAFTS BUNDLE: Give children a platform to learn, create, and explore the depths of their imagination with this incredible 560 plus piece arts & crafts supplies kit, jam packed with tons of materials to make the most out of artful expression!
  • ✨CRAFTING AND JEWELRY MAKING: Give kids the greatest variety of artistic tools to encourage imaginative thinking and creative expression. Children can create beautiful bracelets, necklaces with beads, buttons and stretchy string!
  • ✨FUN AND COLORFUL PIECES: Items include colorful pipe cleaners, pompoms, fun shaped sequins, googly eyes, foam letters, flowers, plastic beads, wooden sticks, paper scroll, 5 sticks of glue, plastic safety scissors, acrylic sparkly diamonds and a plastic storage bottle,etc.
  • ✨BRING FUN TO THE CLASSROOM: This is the perfect item to bring into any nursery, daycare, or classroom! Having a tool like this in the play area helps children freely express themselves and learn to cooperate and share with peers, further enriching their growth and development.
  • ✨EASY TO CLEAN AND STORE: All of these incredible arts and crafts supplies come perfectly stored in a re-closable jar for easy storage. Having a designated unit to stow away all of the art materials makes cleanup a hundred times faster and easier for short child attention spans.

Toddlers aren’t always the easiest to buy for, but hopefully this list of Christmas gifts for 2-4 year olds has helped with ideas. The best presents for toddlers tend to be one that encourages both learning and the use of fine motor skills. Younger toddlers will love everything interactive.

Christmas gift lists for older children can be found here and here