We found the one we loved at Toys-R-Us: wood, not plastic, nothing needs batteries or plugs in, and it's a nice set of bold colors...not pink, pink, and pink.
So why did we give it to her now and not wait for her birthday? Because she's not quite 2, and she doesn't have a clue when her birthday is. And we wanted to. Besides, if we waited till the day of her party, we wouldn't get to watch her play with it for hours a time that day. Fun times.