When I’m shopping for a 3-year-old, I go for things that are unique, offbeat, and downright cool. I never want our gift to be the same thing every other parent is nabbing in the age-appropriate aisle of the toy store. Of course, I also keep in mind that at age 3, kids are getting into preschool territory. So, in addition to adorable fashion finds, I like toys, games, and books that will help them build their language skills, learn their letters, and more. With all that in mind, here are the best gifts for 3-year-olds. Oh yeah, and everything here can be purchased online; no trip to the store required!
Gears Set, $24.99
Get their gears turning with a building toy that’s both educational and fun. I love this gears set that teaches kiddos sorting, counting, color coordination, and so much more.
First Book of Knock-Knock Jokes, $6.16
Three-year-olds love telling jokes, and this adorable book gives them the tools to memorize some good ones.
Plush Bowling Game, $17.25
Tikes love playing games that mimic adult favorites, and Melissa & Doug’s Children’s Monster Bowling Set gets a perfect score with its bright colors, soft construction, and playful appearance.
Indoor Snowball Fight in a Can, $36.95
The whole family can get in on the fun with this can of ridiculously cool indoor snow. It looks and feels like the real thing — but without any of the mess or cold!
Personalized Play Town Blanket, $40 to $60
These town-themed blankets from Trendy Treehouse double as a play mat for moving little cars, trains, and people around — and a cozy blanket. You can have them personalized with the child’s name, too, for a precious, personal touch.
Photo: Trendy Treehouse
Raggedy Ann Doll, $16.64
Soft and huggable Raggedy Ann is a great go-to for nighttime cuddles (and will give parents a sweet tug of nostalgia, too).