The Best Christmas Gifts for Your 3-Year-Old

In the past, I’ve always been really good about publishing a kids Christmas gift guide before Christmas.

Basically, I threw together a list of gifts Hubby and I were considering giving Bee for Christmas that year.

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This last Christmas I was a little off my game. I wasn’t really in the best place mentally (the holidays are stressful!) and I struggled to keep up with the bare minimum in my life.

Life has been a lot easier and less hectic now that it’s January and I decided better late than never!

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That’s right! I decided to create my yearly gift guide. It’s a couple months behind schedule, so instead of giving you a list of things a 3-year-old might like, I’ve created a list of things I know a 3-year-old will love.

Every item on this list is either a gift my daughter received for Christmas, a toy she’s had for a while but is just now enjoying it, or a toy a friend or relative has that she loves to play with.

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It works out better for you this way! The toys on this list are tried and true for the first time ever.

I hope you enjoy scrolling through the items and find the perfect gift(s) for your little one!

VTech Kiddizoom Camera

Bee received this for Christmas and she uses it daily!
Which is totally fine by me. The camera may not produce high-quality photos and my daughter may not be a pro, but it’s helping grow her love of photography and I definitely can’t complain about that.


LeapFrog LeapPad Ultimate

I’d be lying if I said that I love the idea of my 3-year-old using a tablet. I don’t enjoy it much, but Bee happens to have one.
I could give some long speech regarding my feelings on this matter, but the facts are that Bee does have an older version of the LeapPad (pink one here!), it’s educational, and her tablet is one of her favorite belongings right now.

LeapFrog LeapStart Learn to Read: Vol 1

Assuming your child already has the LeapStart I recommended in my last gift guide, this is a great gift.
It’s never too early for your little one to learn to read!



LeapFrog Scribble and Write

A handy little toy that helps kids learn to write their letters as well as the numbers 1-10!



ALEX Ready, Set, School!

This box is filled with fun stuff! I actually bought it last summer in preparation for the upcoming year. I knew that at some point, Bee would be ready for it and I was right. We just started using it this month.
Definitely a must for any preschooler not attending preschool!



LEGO DUPLO sets have larger pieces than normal LEGO sets and are recommended for kids ages 2-5.

Magnetic Drawing Board

I recommended a similar board in my last gift guide, but it’s no longer available. Bee really enjoys her magnetic drawing board these days, though, so I’m recommending it for your 3-year-old, too!

Walkie Talkies

What kid doesn’t love a walkie talkie? Heck, even now I love walkie talkies!
These guys have a 3-mile range and 22 channels. Sure, it’s probably more than a 3-year-old really needs, but for the price, it’s a good deal.


Haktoys Remote Controlled Vehicle

A family friend gave Bee this exact remote controlled car for Christmas and I’m pretty sure everyone in the house loves playing with it.
Definitely fun for both children and adults, this toy lights up, plays music (that can be turned off), and has some pretty crazy moves.



Fisher-Price Think & Learn Smart Cycle

Okay, this is the one gift on the entire list that Bee has neither used nor does she own.
I stumbled across it while putting this list together and knew immediately that she would be a big fan.
It connects to your tablet or TV and helps your kid learn while getting in a little exercise at the same time. I suppose it helps parents feel a little less guilty about screen time.

Voyage Sports Skooter

My uncle gifted this to Bee on Christmas. Although the weather has been a bit iffy this last month, she rides around on it every day in our house. I can’t wait for things to warm up a bit so she can ride it on our back patio instead, but at the same time I appreciate that indoor play is also possible.


Lincoln Logs

I had no idea what Lincoln Logs were until the first Christmas Hubby & I spent together.
We were at ShopKo looking for last minute gifts when he picked Lincoln Logs out for one of our nieces. Then he was shocked that I had never even heard of them before.
Bee received some for Christmas and she loves to spend hours in her room using the pieces to build little houses.




I wish we had given Bee Tinkertoys for Christmas. This was a huge hit in my house growing up and she had a blast playing with them the one time she had the opportunity.


Melissa & Doug Alphabet Stamp Set

Maybe it’s just my 3-year-old, but Bee is big into stamps right now. She received this exact set for Christmas, but pretty much any set would have made her happy.


Play-Doh Shape and Learn Letters and Language

My kid loves Play-Doh. She has for over a year and I’m sure she will continue to enjoy it for at least a few more years.
This kit is both fun and fairly priced. It includes 6 containers of Play-Doh, 26 letter stampers, 2 playmats, a stylus, and a roller. So many supplies in one box!



Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr My First Microscope

Is your kid a scientist in the making? Get them their first microscope!


Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr Kidnoculars

My family spends a lot of time in the mountains and there’s always a set of binoculars in our truck. Bee has been dying for a set of her own and these Kidnoculars fit the bill.

Learning Resources Puzzle Globe

A fun globe puzzle that helps teach kids about the world’s continents and oceans.

The Learning Journey USA Map Puzzle

It’s never too early to start teaching kids Geography. This is a great choice for any kid who loves puzzles!

Let’s Go Fishin’

A super simple game that’s great for teaching hand-eye coordination and sportsmanship.

KidKraft Lil’ Symphony Guitar

I have a feeling that music will always be a big thing in my home. I’m not so much musically inclined, but Hubby is and Bee has taken a real interest in creating music, too. Santa brought her this guitar last Christmas and she “plays” it daily.

Candy Land Board Game

Candy Land is not only fun, but it’s also educational! It helps teach colors, counting, how to follow directions and widens their vocabulary.


furReal Cuddlin’ Cara

My parents gifted this furReal toy to my daughter last Christmas and she thinks this little cat is amazing.
There are other furReal toys like this T-Rex, this monkey, and this Beagle. There’s one for every kid!

Melissa & Doug Vehicle Jigsaw Puzzles

Puzzles are a huge hit in our home these days. Bee has yet to successfully complete one by herself, but I’m glad she’s been making an effort almost daily.



Fisher-Price Think & Learn Rocktopus

A really fun toy that helps teach kids about instruments, patterns, counting skills, and more through interactive play.


Little Tikes Junior Wonder Lab

A great STEM toy, kids can try their hands at 20 fun experiments while listening to 40+ sounds and phrases.


Fisher-Price Think & Learn Alpha Slide Writer

This toy is a great tool to help teach young kids to write letters and words.



Fisher-Price Think & Learn Math Center

A fun and interactive way for kids to better learn simple math!


Melissa & Doug Magnetic Puzzle

Please tell me I’m not the only one who played with toys like this in doctor waiting rooms as a kid! There are a few of these at our local library and they’re some of my daughter’s favorite toys!

Fisher-Price Think & Learn Spell & Speak Turtle

Any toy that helps my daughter better learn about letters is an okay toy by me, and that’s exactly what this turtle does.
This toy includes 3 play modes to teach kids letter recognition, phonics, and rhyming.

Did your 3-year-old receive any of these toys for Christmas or some other occasion? What’s their favorite toy? Are you going to gift them something from this list?

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