Great gift ideas for 3 year olds

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Miss TT at age 3 was lots of fun and extremely full-on (her terrible 2s started late).  As active as she was, she also started to really get into the world of pretend.  It was wonderful seeing her imagination at play.

I found the following quote from and it perfectly summarises my life raising two toddlers:

“Having a 3 year old can make you proud and completely nuts all at the same time. Because your child’s verbal skills and physical abilities have expanded so much since her wobbly 2 year old days, it’s easy to fall into the trap of expecting more from her than she can always deliver. Progress is gradual. Although preschoolers sound and look capable of much more now, social and emotional maturity take time to develop — and that means lots of patience on your part. She still has faulty logic and a healthy ego. She thinks the world revolves around her — as it should at this age.”

Healthy ego indeed!

Here are 10 fun, practical and affordable gift ideas for 3 year olds. This is not a sponsored post – all items are gifts I genuinely love to give, or would love to give!

For another 30 gift ideas for 3 year olds as well as lots of book suggestions for this age group, head to my Pinterest boards.

M&D magnets

Melissa & Doug’s Magnetic Pretend Play sets are a favourite activity with the kids at Miss TT’s kindergarten. The magnetic wooden dress up figure comes with a wooden stand and magnetic clothing pieces. Other sets featuring a boy, girl, mermaid, fairy and a princess are also available.

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A local WA success story, I am a big fan of the Choodie organic beach robes. Both Miss TT and Mr TT have one and in Miss TT’s own words “it is so soft and cosy”. I find them fantastic going to and from swimming lessons. Available in sizes for boys and girls from 6 months right up to adults, there are 3 colour choices – dusty pink stripe, burnt orange stripe and classic denim stripe.

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Filled with heatable/chillable beads, Hotties are a safer alternative to a hot water bottle. The cover is removable and comes in a tiger or lion design.

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Orchard Toys Shopping List Game is a fantastic memory game. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I have played this with Miss TT. The aim of the game is to be the first to fill your trolley with all of the items on your shopping list.

kinetic sand

Kinetic Sand is amazing – it looks like real sand, feels like real sand but its special properties make it soft and stretchy. Kids can sculpt and create models as the sand sticks to itself, not to them plus it’s non-toxic and never dries out. It’s sand that I don’t mind having indoors.


With removable velcro pieces, the All About Today Wall Calendar is a great way to introduce the days of the week, months, seasons and weather. This wall hanging is available in blue or pink.

fairy door

‘lil Fairy Doors are simply beautiful. Attach them low on a wall or high on a bookshelf and the fairies will know how to come in and out. Miss TT has one in her bedroom and the fairies only visit her when she is asleep at night. If she is good they sometimes leave notes, fairy dust or small gifts. It’s beautiful to watch her excitement and she has been known to sit by the door and talk to her fairies!


I’ve seen kids get more joy out of a $1 bubble wand or $5 bottle of bubbles than a fancy $60 gift. You can’t go wrong with bubbles – kids love them!

threading beads

Threading and lacing beads are fantastic for building fine motor skills and hand eye coordination. Miss TT loves making necklaces out of her threading beads. This set consists of 90 beads in a variety of colours and shapes and 5 laces.

road tape

A great gift idea for the little car lover. My First Autobahn Road Tape comes off most surfaces easily and comes packaged in a see through box complete with a little car to drive on the new road. For the train lover, “My First Train Tape” is also available.

For more gift ideas for 3 year olds, visit the “Gift Ideas: Age 3” and “Gift Ideas: Books for 3 year olds” boards on Pinterest.

Has your 3 year old received any gifts that were absolute winners?

What gifts for 3 year olds do you love to give?

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