The Boy Equivalent to a "Doll House":
Happy Vee received this as a gift last Christmas when he was 17 months old. It was a hit then, and is a hit to this day. He and his brother (and his brother's 4 yr old friends) always gravitate to it. I call it the boy equivalent to a "doll" house, except with a lot of fun gadgets. Currently, Happy Vee is using it at a garage and most of the time there is a Hot Wheel dangling from the hook that he cranks up and down. It's a sturdy toy (especially necessary for my 2 year old whose nickname is "doctor destructo") and is great for independent play!
If you prefer wood, this fire/police station is another option.
Trains & Things that go Vroom:
In my opinion, this is the perfect ride-on for a 2 year old boy. Small, not tipsy and I think the green color and sound effects seem to capture their attention. I could do without the sound effects, but it really is a good ride-on. Both boys have used it (as well as their friends) and it's still in good shape. In contrast, we received a Harley Davidson version as a gift and it's TERRIBLE. It tips over very easily. It's currently out of commission and is so dangerous that I'm not even comfortable donating it.
So those are just a few suggestions for the young boys. Come December 26th, the next challenge will be to keep all these new toys in some sort of order so the mamas & papas don't go crazy! I use the method of storing the kid's toys in plastic bins and rotating them in and out of "circulation" every month of two. It really does keep the toys "fresh" in their minds. When they come back into circulation, it's almost like they have new toys all over again!
Hope you're having a great weekend!