The Best Birthday Gifts for 3 Year Olds

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Welcome to the threenage years. If you haven’t already noticed, 3 year olds have opinions—and lots of them. They aren’t afraid to tell you what they want, and in many instances, what they don’t want.

The development between age 2 and 3 is substantial, and for many of our little ones, it includes milestones like moving to a big kid bed and potty training. Over this past year, I felt like I blinked and suddenly my son was going from a toddler to something more like a little boy. And while he still has some time left in toddlerhood, every now and then, I get an unmistakable glimpse of what our future holds.

When he’s not running and climbing and jumping off anything and everything, he’s spending longer and longer amounts of time playing with his toys, including more creative and imaginary play.

Whether you’re little one has a third birthday coming up, or you’re just in the market for some new activities, we’ve rounded up some of the best gifts for 3 year olds below.

 

Gifts for 3 Year Olds Under $50

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Melissa & Doug

Dust! Sweep! Mop! Play Set

Kids this age love to mimic the grown-ups in their lives—and this includes helping to clean! And while we can't speak to the quality of their work, getting them a set of their own helps cleaning up become a part of play.

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Etsy | Simply Sublime Baby

Personalized Bounce House Birthday Shirt

A personalized shirt to celebrate their big day is sure to be a favorite well beyond their birthday.

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Target

Kinetic Sand Folding Sandbox

Perfect for plenty of sensory and creative play, kinetic sand acts like wet sand, but only sticks to itself and never dries out or hardens.

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Primary Lacing Beads Set

Little ones can work on their coordination, pattern recognition, and fine motor skills with this lacing bead set.

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Amazon

T-Ball Set

Batter up! This plastic T-Ball and bat set comes with six oversized balls for little players to practice their hand-eye coordination inside or outside!

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Examine & Treat Pet Vet Play Set

Encourage their imaginations with this extensive 24-piece pretend vet set. Plush dog and cat included, but any of their stuffed animals could be a patient too!

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Andrea Beaty & David Roberts

Ada Twist, Scientist Book

Beaty and Roberts' rhythmic storytelling and unique illustrations make these some of our favorite books to read aloud. Parents and kids will find lessons within the pages of STEM-themed Ada Twist, Scientist.

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Take-Along Railroad Set

Who doesn't love a portable play set? Little ones can tote along this railroad set from their bedroom to the playroom and maybe all the way to their grandparents house. Comes with accessories like three magnetic train cars and a park ranger vehicle.

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Amazon

Storybook Projector for Smartphones

Turn your phone into a screen projector for story time! This set comes with five Frozen-themed stories. Other stories available for your collection.

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Let's Explore Hiking Play Set

Get little ones exploring the outdoors with this play set, including a play first aid kit, play binoculars, sunscreen tube with flip-top, multi-tool, durable canteen, wooden snack bar, six double-sided animal track cards, trail guide activity book, and more.

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Target

Disney's Encanto Mirabel Madrigal Doll

The hero of Disney's runaway hit Encanto, this Mirabel doll comes with her signature green glasses, blue earrings, and beautiful dress!

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Melissa & Doug

Wooden Latches Board

Something fun hides behind every door in this activity board, where kids can practice hooking, snapping, clicking, and sliding them open and closed.

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Etsy | Decor Fab

Personalized Star Night Light

Bedtime can get a little easier with the help of a night light, like this sweet, personalized version from Etsy.

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Amazon

Dabble & Dollop Bath Bombs for Kids

This set of 12 droplets bath bombs will add fizzy, moisturizing fun to bath time.

100% natural, vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and made in the USA.

Gifts for 3 Year Olds Over $50

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Amazon

Magna-Tiles 100-Piece Set

Magna-Tiles keep kids entertained for hours with open-ended building and creating. Plus, they're a gift they will use for years to come.

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Melissa & Doug

Scoop & Serve Ice Cream Counter Toy

A reader and editor favorite, this scoop and serve ice cream set encourages imaginative play, counting, and fine motor skills.

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Melissa & Doug

Beauty Salon Play Set

Having their very own salon station will *hopefully* keep them out of mom's. This wooden set comes with hair dryer, hair straightener, comb, brush, flip-top lotion bottle, nail polish bottles, makeup brush, and more.

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KIDO

Loog Guitar

Sold by one of our favorite Black-owned businesses, this educator-approved and award-winning toy comes with access to the Loog app plus flashcards to help little ones learn.

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Fresh Mart Grocery Store

Plus-up your little one's play space with their very own grocery store; complete with shelves, conveyer belt, beeping scanner, credit card machine, and more!

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Melissa & Doug

Shopping Cart Toy

Complete the play grocery store experience or grab one of these mini-sizes shopping carts on its own. With 3 year olds, you'll never know what will become "groceries" they pick up around the house.

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Woom Bikes

Woom 1 Plus Balance Bike

Editor-favorite Woom bikes are not your average kids' bikes; they're designed specifically to fit just right and grow with your little one—and a bonus for parents: very little assembly required!

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Melissa & Doug

Hi-Rise Wooden Dollhouse

Wooden dollhouses are a favorite big-ticket gift item for 3 year olds. This multi-story version comes with furniture, figures, and more you often have to buy separately.

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Melissa & Doug

Play Kitchen

Another big-ticket favorite for toddlers—a play kitchen. We love how this version fits well with any home decor. Don't forget to add some play fruits and veggies or pots and pans, too!

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Fire Truck Play Tent

Playhouses are always fun, but there's something extra special about a firetruck playhouse!

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Pottery Barn Kids

Inflatable Unicorn Arch Sprinkler

For tons of summertime fun, this oversized inflatable unicorn sprinkler is sure to be a hit for your kids (and probably the neighbors too!).

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This post was in partnership with Melissa & Doug® but all of the opinions within are those of The Everymom editorial board. We only recommend products we genuinely love.