It might seem difficult to acquire a lot of items in two short years, but some toddlers have parents, grandparents and friends who want to make sure they have everything they need. That can make it difficult to purchase a gift when a birthday or another special occasion rolls around. Get creative and look for something the other people in his life haven't thought of yet.
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When the child you are shopping for simply does not need another toy, consider choosing an experience gift. For example, take the child to a local children's museum for the day. Children's museums have plenty of fun things that he can do and will be more fun for him than a regular museum because he can touch and play with lots of things. You could also choose a trip to a local petting zoo or an amusement park with plenty of attractions for toddlers.
Many toddlers are getting to the point when they want to mimic the things that they see their parents and other adults doing. So consider choosing a toy that will allow him to pretend he is doing an activity he commonly sees. For example, choose a toy cell phone. Another option is an entertainment station, such as a kitchenette or even a petrol station where he can pretend he is shopping or pumping gas.
For a child who does not have space in his room for one more toy, but has plenty of space outside, choose a gift for the outdoors. By the time a child is 2 years old, he is active enough to have fun playing on a playground. So consider selecting a swing set or a miniature playground with a slide and a climbing wall. You could also choose a sandpit or a water table for him to play with in the summertime.
Sometimes you might be shopping for a child who genuinely does not need anything. In that case, consider helping him start his life on a philanthropic note by giving a donation in his name. If his parents support a certain cause, consider giving a donation in his name to that charity. Or, choose a children's charity. Give the child a small toy in addition to a card detailing the donation, as he will not be old enough to understand it yet.
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