We think that all the products listed below are suitable for most two-year-olds, but it is important to note that some of them have a manufacturer’s recommended minimum age of three or above.

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It can also be personalised with a child’s name for an extra £5.

It’s super-soft and comfy, as with most of Frugi’s high-end kidswear, and can be machine-washed at 40 degrees, although the makers recommend that you turn it inside out before doing so.

Requires three AAA batteries, which are not included.

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Best of all, Orchard Toys offers a missing piece replacement service to UK customers for when some of the wellies inevitably end up down the back of the sofa.

Buy now Write a check-list of things that two-year-olds like: pretend driving with a steering wheel; toy food; playing “shop”; putting shapes in sorters; garishly-coloured plastic and mildly annoying electronic sounds.

Therefore, they might as well spend hours positioning toppings on this charming wooden pizza base before serving it up, having sliced it with their very own pizza wheel, to anyone in the vicinity.

Buy now GLTC’s Ice Cream Shop offers hours of role-play fun, without taking over the house, and is the sort of timeless gift that (assuming you don’t lose all the bits) could one day even be passed onto the next generation of little ones.

A pram similar to this John Lewis option has been an enduring love of both my daughters. Buy now This is a gift that a two-year-old will like and the parents of many toddlers will love.

Two is the age at which most children migrate from cot to bed, and with the big switch comes the freedom to get out of bed and poke your slumbering mother and father in the face.

The twos might be terrible in behavioural terms but rapidly developing speech and physical ability, and the beginnings of imaginative play, mean that this is an age at which gifts can start to get a bit more varied.