Top 10 Birthday Gifts for 3-Year-Olds

Buying a birthday present that will suit every kid is unrealistic, which is why we’ve listed 10 solid options that are all fun, safe, educational and ethically produced.

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Three-year-olds aka “threenagers” crave independence, adventure and are constantly on the look out to discover new and exciting things. With their hand-eye coordination and vocabulary growing stronger by the day, three-year-olds are able to partake in imaginative play, problem solve a puzzle, learn to ride a bike and express themselves artistically with paint, pencils, markers or chalk.

Many kids at this age are developing their personal styles and have very strong opinions on what they want to wear, what they want to play with and have little patience for ordinary things. Even though they might not be able to articulate it, they want toys that will encourage their imaginations to run wild and develop their kinesthetic and creativity skills. The following ten products are gender neutral and include fantastic options for even the feistiest threenager.

  1. Playhard Hero by Once KidsWith their earth-friendly take on traditional plastic action figures, Once Kid’s Playhard Heroes are built strong with superhero-worthy materials and packaged in equally tough wooden boxes. Made of strong Birch wood with articulated sections connected by elastic string and metal joints, these heroes have what it takes to stand up to whatever comes their way!
  2. Crochet Tea Set by Anne Claire PetitPerfect for tea parties and imaginative play, this beautiful, hand-crocheted organic cotton set features a teapot with a removable lid, two cups and two saucers. Made with a durable BPA-free plastic inner lining, this set is durable and sure to be a family heirloom for years to come.
  3. Happy Grand Piano by HapeMade from wood sourced from environmentally sustainable forests, this scaled-tiny grand piano has thirty keys and is the perfect beginning instrument for little musicians with small hands and a desire to play. Musical instruments like this grand piano promote dexterity, hand-eye coordination, musical skills, and creativity. (It also looks super adorable in any room!)
  4. Magnetic All in One Easel by HapeThanks to Hape, your little one can paint, write, or draw with chalk all in one place. This non-toxic adjustable-height double-sided wooden easel has a place for everything and includes: 3 paint pots, double sided easel with blackboard, magnetic whiteboard and paper roll.
  5. Janod Toys Mint ScooterBalance ride-ons are the new way to prepare children for their future two-wheeled adventures on bicycles. Without the distraction of pedals toddlers can focus solely on balance. When it comes time to get on a bicycle, you can skip the training wheels because kids have already mastered the tricky part, balance! The Janod Scooter combines a classic retro design with modern style to create a sturdy toy for your child to ride on.
  6. Master Workbench by HapeMade from wood sourced from environmentally sustainable forests and durable, child-safe paint finishes, little builders will find lots to love with Hape’s Master Workbench. This best-selling set comes with an adjustable height bench, hammer, saw, screwdriver, wrench, vice, angle, screws, nuts, bolts, gears, links and more.
  7. 24 Piece Magnetic Wooden Block Set by TeguDesigned in the USA and purposefully made in Honduras, the Tegu 24-Piece Wooden Block Set is an eco-friendly medium building set that allows for big and tall creations. Created with beautiful sustainable Honduran hardwoods and safe, non-toxic water-based finishes, these blocks have proven wildly addictive for kids and will encourage the simple joy of creating for generations.
  8. Kane Backpack by STATE BagsAround the age of three, many kids are heading off to pre-school and ready to carry their own backpack. The Kane’s eye-catching colors make it a fun statement backpack, and it is the ideal size for kids aged 3 – 7. It features a main storage compartment with a zippered front pocket, Velcro side pockets and is touched off with the signature STATE rivet in red.
  9. Color Changing Rain Coat by Holly & BeauPut the fun back into rainy days with the Holly & Beau color changing rain coat! Free of harmful chemicals and dyes, and with a UV protection factor of 30+, the Holly & Beau Pansy Rain Coat magically changes color when it comes into contact with water putting an end to boring rainy days. It provides great lightweight protection against the elements and can be neatly stowed away in a convenient bag attached to the back of the coat when not in use.
  10. Wishbone 3-in-1 Bike – Recycled EditionJust like the wooden Wishbone Bike, the Recycled Edition converts from push-trike to balance bike and from small to tall in seconds. It’s made from 100% recycled plastic for maximum durability and has an innovative new frame system called rotafixTM for the perfect fit. Why we love it: Wishbone uses pre-loved, residential carpet collected from home-owners in the United States to make the frame.