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Best Gifts for 2-Year-Olds

Terrible? We call the twos terrific. Here, the toys that will keep her busy -- and that experts say will boost her brainpower too.
Cookery Set Play Kitchen

Why he'll love it: Toddlers are natural mimics, so let him cook dinner while you do too.

Why experts love it: "A kitchen enables kids to learn more about the world around them through acting out roles, encouraging them to be creative," says Joyce Nuner, PhD, assistant professor of child development and family studies at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

Our pick: This small wooden version is a gorgeous alternative to big honkin' plastic one. It comes with pots and pans, utensils, and adorable carved "food."