Gifts & Toys For 3 Year Olds – Tot Guide Guide

Let’s be honest, most three-year-olds aka “threenagers” aren’t afraid to tell you what they want, but just in case you’re at a loss we’ve put together a gift guide with the latest toys and gear you need to know about.

gifts for 3 year olds

At the magical age of three, little minds and bodies are moving at full speed. Whether they’re into arts and crafts, reading book after book or spending the entire afternoon playing make-believe, a preschooler’s imagination is now running wild.

Let’s take a look at the little one’s stage of development and the best gift ideas to match it.

 

Child Development at 3 Years Old

With speech development gaining momentum around this time, educational toys that promote vocabulary like books, flash cards and colorful blocks can be invaluable.

Role play is quite common at this age as well. Toys like play kitchens and cash registers can help kids expand their vocabulary, practice manners, and introduce them to different cultures. Remember playing “Shop” as a kid? Us too. This pretend play was beyond fun and taught us the difference between fruits, veggies, canned goods, ice cream and of course – money!

Since partaking in play that uses gross motor skills is crucial for cognitive and physical development, items like pedal cars, balance bikes and climbing gyms also make great gifts. For kids to grow, they need to run, climb, jump, bounce, wiggle and wobble. Try gifting things like tricycles, scooters or trampolines.

Self-expression can really begin to shine at this age. Providing simple items like a Teepee or cubby house can create a canvas or safe place for a child to make their own. It’s a space that they can go to rest, partake in creative play or reflect on what they’ve absorbed that day. At three, the world is a child’s oyster so the best thing to do is give them items that help them feel included and empowered. 

 

Best Toys and Gifts for 3 Year Olds

Whether you’re shopping for a Christmas gift or a birthday present idea for a 3 year old, here are our recommendations for the best gifts for playtime:

  • Blocks
  • Workbench and pretend tools 
  • Cash register
  • Swing
  • Play kitchen
  • Food toys
  • Scooter
  • Bow and arrow
  • Balance board
  • Role play toys
  • Non-toxic play dough
  • Doll & crib
  • Transportation toys
  • Small world plush toys
  • Musical instruments
  • Educational toys
  • Building kits
  • Balance bike
  • Play tent
  • Book
  • Magnetic doll house
  • Non-toxic sidewalk chalk
  • The Tot Stocking Stuffer Gift Sets
  • The Tot Birthday Sets

Scroll down to see the high-quality products we’ve pulled for each of these gift ideas and shop below. Whether you’re shopping for a 3-year-old boy or girl, you’re sure to find the perfect toy for them!

 

 

Q Toys Rainbow Blocks

 

Q Toys Rainbow Blocks

 

Q Toys Rainbow Blocks are just the thing your tot needs to learn colors, shapes, counting and the fundamentals of building! Packaged neatly in a storage tray, this set doubles as a puzzle!

Q Toys Rainbow Blocks

 

Q Toys Rainbow Blocks

 

$69.99

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Small Foot Premium Nordic Work Benches and Tool Box

 

 

Raising a Little-Fit-It? The premium building sets from Small Foot have everything they need to hone the fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination needed for both big and small building jobs!

 

Small Foot Premium Nordic Workbench

 

Small Foot Premium Nordic Work Bench

$109.99

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Small Foot Premium Nordic Toolbox

 

Small Foot Premium Nordic Toolbox

 

$54.99

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Small Foot Compact Nordic workbench

 

Small Foot Compact Nordic Workbench

 

$54.99

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Small Foot Play Cash Register

 

It doesn’t matter if you’re selling groceries, tickets to a concert or are balancing the day’s sale of your sibling’s toys, the Small Foot Play Cash Register is a must!

 

Small Foot Play Cash Register

Small Foot Play Cash Register

 

$29.99

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Babai Swing

 

Babai Swing Black

 

A swing that works pretty much anywhere? Yes, please! Easy to tote from tree to tree, the Babai Swing comes in multiple color combinations and even fits in a standard backpack.

 

Babai Swing Beige

 

Babai Swing

 

Ranging from $36.99 to $39.99

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Milton & Goose Essential Play Kitchen and Toy Food 

 

Milton & Goose Play Kitchen and Hood

 

Great for building social skills and expanding vocabulary, play kitchens and food toys can also be a smart way to introduce healthy eating habits.

 

 Milton and Goose Essential Play Kitchen

Milton & Goose Essential Play Kitchen w/ Hood

 

$798

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Milton & Goose Pantry Set

 

Milton & Goose Pantry Play Food Set

 

$48

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Tender Leaf Toys Home Baking Food Set

 

Baking can be such a fun bonding experience for parents and their kids. With that being said, it can also be super messy and slightly unproductive. Help give your tot the skills they need with Tender Leaf Toys’ Home Baking Food Set.

 

Tender Leaf Toys Home Bakling Set

Tender Leaf Toys Home Baking Food Set

 

$49.99

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Tender Leaf Toys Grocery Bag

 

Learning how to shop for groceries as well as how to make healthy food choices is a very important life skill to have. That’s why we love this cute Grocery Bag and Play Food Set from Tender Leaf Toys!

 

Tender Leaf Toys Grocery Bag

 

Tender Leaf Toys Grocery Bag and Play Food Set

 

$34.99

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Scoot & Ride Highway Kick 1

 

Scoot & Ride Highway Kick 1 Lifestyle Image - Ash

 

Active play will be that much more fun thanks to the Scoot & Ride Highway Kick 1! Designed to go from seated ride on to scooter, it’s a toy that will grow with your tot.

Scoot & Ride Highway Hick 1 Peach

Scoot & Ride Highway Kick 1

 

$120

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Scoot & Ride Helmet - Steel

 

Scoot & Ride Helmet 

 

$49.99

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Babai Bow and Arrow

 

Babai Bow and Arrow

 

Designed with rounded child-safe felt-tipped arrows, the Babai Bow and Arrow Set will help your tot develop their hand-eye coordination both indoors and out!

 

Babai Bow and Arrow

 

Babai Bow and Arrow Set

 

$59.99

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Wobbel Balance Board

 

Two Little GIrls on Wobbel

 

Arguably the most versatile toy you can gift, the Wobbel can be used as a balance board, stool, slide, ramp, chair, bridge and more!

Wobbel Original Board

 

Wobbel – The Original

 

$149

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Wobble Baby Mouse Gray

 

Wobbel – The Original w/ Felt

 

$189

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PlanToys Vet Set

 

PlanToys Vet set

 

You don’t have to be an animal lover to love this wooden toy vet set from PlanToys. Made of sustainable rubber wood, it includes everything your little one needs to perform a checkup or help mend a wound.

 

PlanToys Vet set

PlanToys Vet Set

 

$30

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Make Me Iconic Role Play Kits

 

We simply cannot get enough of these role play sets from Make Me Iconic! Truly heirloom-quality, generation after generation will love getting to use them to spark imaginative play!

Make Me Iconic Doctor Kit

 

Make Me Iconic Doctor Kit

 

$64.99

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Make Me Iconic Dentist Kit

Make Me Iconic Dentist Kit

 

$64.99

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Make Me Iconic Doll Accessories

 

Make Me Iconic Doll Accessories Kit

 

$79.99

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Alimrose Penelope Princess – Sparkle Blush

 

If your tot is looking for a little friend, Alimrose’s Penelope Princess is up for the job!

 

Alimrose Penelope Princess Blush

 

Alimrose Penelope Princess – Sparkle Blush

 

$60

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Poppie Toys Rattan Doll Crib

 

Of course she’ll need somewhere adequate to sleep! Check out this stunning rattan crib by Poppie Toys!

 

Poppie Toys Crib - Floral

 

Poppie Toys Rattan Doll Crib

 

$98

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Guidecraft Transportation Toys

 

Guidecraft Big Dump Truck

 

When it comes to transportation toys, you can’t beat the huge range of options from Guidecraft! All made of wood, they are just the thing your tot needs to get the job done!

Guidecraft Big Dump Truck

 

Guidecraft Big Dump Truck

 

$99.95

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Guidecraft Wooden School Bus

Guidecraft Wooden School Bus

 

$49.95

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Guidecraft Mini Wooden Trucks

 

Guidecraft Mini Wooden Trucks

 

$39.95

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Dough Parlour Double Sided Personalized Name Mats & Non-Toxic Play Dough Sets

Dough Parlour Custom Name

 

One of the best forms of sensory play is through play dough and Dough Parlour takes it to the next level with their non-toxic scented sets!

We love this gift option because you can make it extra special by personalizing it with your little friend’s name.

 

Dough Parlour Custom Name

Dough Parlour Personalized Name Mat & Dough Set – Rainbow

 

$40

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Dough Parlour Custom Name

 

Dough Parlour Personalized Name Mat & Dough Set – Sail Boat

 

$40

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Maileg Mice

 

Whimsical and sweet, Maileg’s mice sets inspire imaginative play and bring all the joy! Tiny, but mighty, these are particularly great for those in small spaces.

 

Maileg Princess and the Pea Mouse

 

Maileg Princess and the Pea Mouse

 

$50

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Maileg Baby Triplets in a Box

 

Maileg Baby Triplets in a Box

 

$42

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Maileg Wedding Mice in a Box

Maileg Wedding Mice in a Box

 

$62

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Green Tones Melody Glockenspiel

 

Green Tones know that three year olds love jamming out, which is why they’ve created a kid-sized glockenspiel and tone drum. Made of chemical-free rubberwood, non-toxic glue and water-based, VOC-free paint, both of these toys help develop rhythm as well as hand-eye coordination.

 

Green Tones Melody Glockenspiel

 

Green Tones Melody Glockenspiel

 

$40

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Green Tones Tone Drum

 

Green Tones Tone Drum

 

$30

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The Tot Play & Learn Set 3 – 4 Years

 

Created by The Tot and an Early Learning Educator, The Tot Play & Learn Set for 3 – 4 Year Olds features a booklet packed full of developmental activities as well as six engaging toys that can be played with in a variety of ways.

 

The Tot Play & Learn Set 2- 3 years

The Tot Play & Learn Set 3 – 4 Years

 

$150

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Miniland Eco Beams Building Set

 

Miniland Eco Beams Building Set

 

Made from PEFC-certified fir wood fibers and eco-friendly materials, the Miniland Eco Beams Building Set allows tots to imagine, create, problem-solve, celebrate and then start all over again! The best part: A guide is included that explains more than 40 activities (ordered by difficulty) which makes this set suitable for young children of any skill level.

Miniland Eco Beams Building Set

Miniland Eco Beams Building Set

 

$29.98

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Banwood Bikes First Go! Balance Bike

 

A balance bike will get your tot riding a bike without a trike’s training wheels in no time! Ideal for strengthening the core and leg muscles, Banwood’s sturdy kids’ bicycle also teaches steering and helps build confidence. And its adjustable handlebar, plush seat cushion and front basket make it functional and fun.

 

 Banwood Balance Bike Product Image

Banwood Bike First Go! Balance Bike

 

$189

Available in more colors

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Banwood Bikes Helmet in Coral

 

Banwood Bikes Classic Helmet

 

$49

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Babai Play Tent

 

Babai Play Tent Beige

 

While toddler love using play tents for imaginative play, they can also be a nice and safe space for them to rest and read. These adorable options from Babai come in multiple colors and can even be brought outside for shade!

 

Babai Play Tent Khaki

 

Babai Play Tent

 

$129.99

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The Story Orchestra Carnival of the Animals

 

A book that plays music is here!! Thanks to The Story Orchestra, kids get to listen and sing-a-long to classic and exciting tales such as Carnival of the Animals and Swan Lake.

The Story Orchestra Carnival of the Animals

 

The Story Orchestra Carnival of the Animals

 

$24.99

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The Story Orchestra Swan Lake

 

The Story Orchestra Swan Lake

 

$24.99

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Babai Magnetic Dollhouse

 

Babai Dollyhouse on the Magnets Large Natural

 

How great is this modern and minimalist magnetic doll house from Babai? A new take on a classic concept, kids love getting to be part of the building process.

Babai Dollyhouse on the Magnets Large Khaki

Babai Magnetic Dollhouse – Large

 

Range from $41.99 to $4.99

Available in more colors

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TWEE Non-Toxic Sidewalk Chalk

 

Twee’s vibrant, playful and non-toxic chalks are a great way for kids to create and express themselves. Suitable for use on rough surfaces, they’re a durable option designed to last.

Twee Macaron Sidewalk Chalk

Twee Macaron Sidewalk Chalk

 

$45

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Twee pizza Chalk

 

Twee Cheesy Pizza Sidewalk Chalk

 

$16

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TWEE Boxed Planets Chalk

 

Twee Mason’s Planets Sidewalk Chalk

 

$39

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THE TOT STOCKING STUFFER GIFT SETS

 

If you’re looking for stocking stuffers, you’re going to want to know about our stocking stuffer gift sets! Designed with age, interests and price points in mind, there are loads to choose from!

 

Stocking Stuffers Toddler Boy $50

THE TOT STOCKING STUFFER GIFT SET 3 – 5 YEARS

 

$50

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Stocking Stuffer Toddler Girl $50

THE TOT STOCKING STUFFER GIFT SET 3 – 5 YEARS

$50

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Stocking Stuffers Toddler Boy $100

THE TOT STOCKING STUFFER GIFT SET 3 – 5 YEARS

 

$100

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Stocking Stuffer Toddler Girl $100

THE TOT STOCKING STUFFER GIFT SET 3 – 5 YEARS

 

$100

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Stocking Stuffer Toddler Boy $200

THE TOT STOCKING STUFFER GIFT SET 3 – 5 YEARS

 

$200

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Stocking Stuffers Toddler Girl $200

THE TOT STOCKING STUFFER GIFT SET 3 – 5 YEARS

 

$200

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THE TOT BIRTHDAY GIFT SET

 

Birthday gift shopping is a breeze with our birthday gift sets! Featuring things like a dinosaur puzzle and sidewalk chalk, they’re exactly what every three year old will love!

 

The Tot Birthday Gift Set - Dinosaur

THE TOT DINOSAUR BIRTHDAY GIFT SET 3 – 5 YEARS

 

$50

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The Tot Birthday Gift Set - Unicorn

 

THE TOT UNICORN BIRTHDAY GIFT SET 3 – 5 YEARS

 

$50

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The Tot Birthday Gift Set - Fairy Princess

 

THE TOT FAIRY PRINCESS BIRTHDAY GIFT SET 3 – 5 YEARS

 

$50

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Continue exploring

 

  • Love cozy pajamas for the whole family? Visit our Pajama Shop.
  • If you have tots of other ages in your life, take a look at our gift guides section. We offer high-quality present ideas for 2-year-olds, 4-year-olds, and other kids’ age groups.