The Best Birthday Gifts for 4 Year Olds

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Oh the magic of 4 year olds! Ripe with energy, curiosity, and creativity, 4 year olds are officially out of the toddler stage and on their way to becoming kids. Between the ages of 4 and 5, not only do kids start to enjoy being helpers, but they also learn to comfort others who are hurt or sad (heart swoon). Their burgeoning imagination, growing independence, and developing empathy are something special to witness and cultivate. And toys can support this growth.

So when it comes to birthday gifts for 4 year olds, there are so many possibilities. Costumes and pretend props can enhance their play even more—and they’ll likely want parents or other caregivers in on the action. Four year olds can also participate in family game night and put together puzzles on their own. Their motor skills are developing from wobbly toddler to confident (although now slightly more cautious) kid. So active gifts to get the wiggles out are great buys as well.

Not to mention so much life happens at age 4. Perhaps they’re welcoming a new sibling or are attending preschool for the first time. Teachers will thank their parents for encouraging independence now—from tying their shoes to learning to put their own things away—and we even have gift ideas to help them become responsible little people, too!

Read on for 25 of our favorite gifts for 4 year olds.

 

Gifts for 4 Year Olds Under $50

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Wooden Make-a-Cake Mixer Set

The cake-baking part of this high-quality wooden play mixer fits the birthday theme perfectly! Plus, it encourages hands-on pretend play.

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Chef Role Play Costume Set

Encourage pretend play with their very own chef dress-up set, whether they're really helping you in the kitchen or just inviting you to their imaginary restaurant.

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personalized piggy bank
ETSY | SWEETBOX

Personalized Piggy Bank

Kids can learn the value of saving with this personalized bank for allowances, gifts, lucky pennies, and more.

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Easel Companion Accessory Set

Cultivate their creativity—in a way that minimizes mess—with this extensive art set to complement an art easel or their at-home setup.

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Dinosaur Jigsaw Puzzles in a Box

Attention all dino lovers: this set includes four, 12-piece dinosaur-themed puzzles! Plus, the convenient storage means kids can clean up and put it away themselves.

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ETSY | DIY Craft Zone

Slime Kit

Yes, slime is polarizing for parents—but kids love it! And this extensive set is perfect to support their creativity.

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On the Farm Puffy Sticker Play Set

An editor-favorite for travel with kids, this puffy sticker set allows LOs to create their own farm scene over and over again.

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Amazon | Hasbro

Hungry Hungry Hippos Dino Edition Board Game

Add easy-to-follow games to their gift list this year like throwback favorite Hungry Hungry Hippos—but with a dinosaur update.

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My Magnetic Daily Calendar

Encourage independence and help kids feel in control of their expectations for the day with this magnetic daily calendar. The set features 80 magnets including years, months, numerals for dates, days of the week, holidays, special events, and emotions.

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Get Well Doctor's Kit Play Set

Want a gift to support their imagination and care for others? A doctor's play kit is the perfect option!

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Amazon | Flybar

My First Foam Pogo Jumper

Four year olds love to move! We love how this pogo toy is a way to release all their energy and doesn't take up too much space.

many colors available

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48-Piece Solar System Floor Puzzle

My family's toy cupboard is filled with Melissa & Doug floor puzzles that my kids have played with for years, like this solar system puzzle to support their curiosity about Earth and beyond.

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Nail Care Play Set

All little ones need is their imagination to create their own spa day with this set. And don't worry, it's not actual nail polish—meaning it's mess-free fun!

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150-Piece Marble Run Super Set

Watch your child build their engineering, science, and problem-solving skills with a marble run.

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Construction Jigsaw Puzzles in a Box

For kids who love construction trucks, this puzzle set includes a cement mixer, a bulldozer, a dump truck, and an excavator.

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Gifts for 4 Year Olds Over $50

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Deluxe Wooden Standing Art Easel

Art easels offer endless opportunities for 4-year old creativity; from a painting canvas, to a pretend school chalkboard, to a lemonade stand sign. Don't forget to grab some art supplies to go with this popular gift!

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Amazon

Magic Mixies Magical Misting Cauldron

This gift was made for little ones who love doing "experiments" and love stuffed animals. The spell book and potion creates a real mist to reveal an interactive Mixie creature kids can control with their magic wand.

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Vroom & Zoom Interactive Dashboard

Little ones will love sitting in the driver's seat for once with this interactive wooden dashboard complete with lights, sound effects, and other moving parts.

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Star Diner Restaurant

A big-ticket birthday item, this throwback diner set might make parents feel like they're visiting The Max in Saved by the Bell, but little ones will delight in role-playing wait staff, cooks, or restaurant guests.

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american girl dolls
American Girl

World By Us Doll

American Girl is always looking to set a good example for youngsters by modeling their dolls after real, inspiring girls.

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Wooden Railway Set

Perfect for little engineers, this wooden train set will help kids get creative as this track can be configured four different ways.

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Target

A-Frame Climber Tent

This creative take on a traditional playhouse includes a climbing wall with six rocks, a bell, a window, and front and back fabric "doors." Perfect to use outdoors or indoors for the 4-year-old who loves to climb!

etsy indoor outdoor swing
ETSY | OHH DARLING DESIGNS

Oak Indoor or Outdoor Swing

Another fun gift for indoor or outdoor fun, this special wooden swing promises hours of active play.

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Giraffe Giant Stuffed Animal

Four year olds might have a stuffed animal collection already, but there's something extra-special about an oversized stuffy. This giant giraffe stands 54 inches tall.

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rainbow bounce house
PLAY SMOL

Rainbow Bounce House

This beautiful bounce house checks both the pretty aesthetic and active play boxes.

available in two sizes and multiple colors

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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.