Why do the twos have to be so terrible? It’s hard to explain, but this is undoubtedly the age where your son or nephew is most likely to throw, gnaw on, or break your Christmas gift, no matter how much money you spent. How can you keep the toddler-who-has-everything content without spending upwards of $50? We have some ideas. Below, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 gifts for boys ages 2-4 that cost less than $25. Read on for gifts that your favorite toddler will never say “NO!” to.
Toy trucks are a classic for a reason—little boys can’t get enough of them. This set, which is only $12.99, comes with a toy bulldozer and a figurine of Marshall, the dog who operates it. Despite the price, this toy is anything but cheaply made; it features wheels and an extending ladder that really work.
The typical toddler loves nothing more than making tons of noise. Mom and dad might be a little annoyed, but your nephew will love this $19.99 drum set. It lights up, comes with two drumsticks, and plays a wide variety of songs. Noise-hating-parents can’t despair completely; the drums come with batteries and teach important sensory skills.
Help your little boy become a sports prodigy with this timeless playset. He can use it for years to come, as the hoop adjusts from two to four feet, and, conveniently, a basketball sized for little hands is included. For $21.00, you can’t turn down this opportunity for hours of outdoor fun.
Paw Patrol strikes again! Kids love the line of adorable rubber figures. Like Marshall and his bulldozer, this set includes the dog Everest and his snowmobile, complete with working treads. Your favorite little boy will have hours of imaginative play with this $11.99 toy.
For $13.95, you can keep your little boy entertained in the kitchen while you get much-needed cooking done. With these bright, inviting fridge magnets, he can learn ABC’s and basic vocabulary while having a great time. The magnets are even interactive; they’ll sing the Alphabet Song and more.
Here’s yet another classic toy option; this one is just $15.99. Little boys will adore the opportunity to build the tower of their dreams and then (as is often the case in the toddler years) knock it down. Parents will love the safety and sturdiness of these blocks: they are PVC and BPA free, and they come with their own durable carrying case.
If you have a large group of toddlers to keep entertained, this $14.99 game is a great option. Kids will relish in the opportunity to play with each other using the very cute squirrel characters, but, while they play, they’ll be learning important matching, sorting, and counting skills. Your house will be the playdate location of the century with this game in tow.
Again, your favorite little boy will never turn down the opportunity to build. For just $19.99, he can build one of his other favorites: toy cars. If he needs help, the set does include a poster for inspiration, but if he’s more the creative type, don’t fear: these Legos can build just about anything!
Here’s something for the kid who loves blocks but is tired of the usual kinds. Each of these “squeeze blocks” features a unique tactile design incorporating animals or numbers. Parents will appreciate the durability of these blocks: they can hold up to squeezing, tossing, and even chewing, perfect for any toddler. You’ll love the cost: $10.44
And, finally, we can’t ignore every little boys’ desire to be just like their father. With this realistic mower toy, they can easily work alongside dad, doing all of the same tasks. This “mower” includes a pull cord with engine sounds, a removable gas can, and beads that pop as it is pushed, all for just $24.97. As soon as the weather warms up, your favorite tyke won’t want to do anything besides play with this toy, our top pick for boys ages 2-4 at Christmas.