I put together this list of unique gifts for a 3 year old, to help inspire you to think outside of the box when gifting this holiday season. Of course, I have included some essentials (Kindle & headphones for example), but also some items you might not have thought of when shopping for your toddler.
All the items in this list I have bought or am planning to buy for Sweetie. This post contains affiliate links.
Sweetie spends a lot of time helping in the kitchen, so you will notice that a lot of the items on this list focus on that activity of hers. As she is turning 3, I wanted to get her some more tools to further her ability to help make her favorite dishes. This egg beater is great for mixing up cake batter, scrambling eggs, or making pancakes. Bonus points: it comes apart super easy and washes up in the dishwasher.
Juicing oranges is an activity Sweetie was introduced to by her preschool teacher. Many manual juicers are glass, but this one is plastic and also has measurement lines so it will help develop those skills as we get there in the coming years.
As an avid collector of aprons myself, I cannot help buy more for Sweetie. However, this set caught my eye not for the apron, but for the oven mitts. Many are not meant to actually handle hot pans, but my regular ones are too big and bulky for her small hands.
We’ve actually had these headphones for several months, so I can attest to their durability. The headphone part is made from an unbreakable foam-like material and these limit the volume to keep little ears safe.
I’m not the first nor the last mom to buy one of these for their kid. For us, it’s a total necessity while traveling or during lengthy dinners while we idly chat over that second glass of wine (or margarita). The kid version is the best deal around, but will definitely go on sale before the end of the year.
Kids love to measure things, but Sweetie has broken several of our real tape measurers. This one is fabric tape so it’s not as loud as a traditional tape measurer, and the price is right. Great stocking stuffer.
Something about kids and flashlights, we go through them so quickly around here (usually they get lost and then eventually turn up somewhere unexpected). This flashlight is great though, we’ve left it outside in a garden box (getting wet by the sprinklers) for days and it still is working like a champ.
A classic board game to get the family together and off their screens. I’m excited that this year we will get to add more complex board and card games into our routines. I have a bunch of these classic games in my Amazon cart just waiting for an excuse to be bought.
We got Sweetie the Magformers starter set last year for her birthday, which we highly recommend. The magnets in motion set adds on to the existing set, or can be used as a stand alone. This starts to introduce some mechanics and cause/effect, and is a nice complement to other building toys you might already have (Lego, blocks, etc.)
This vegetable prep set will go nicely with the egg beaters and juicer above. I’m hoping that washing, peeling, and chopping vegetables will lead to eating vegetables. Perhaps it’s a pipe dream, but here’s to hoping!
It’s no secret that we love Disney, even though Sweetie has only seen a couple of the movies. This game is like an I Spy that the whole family can get involved with. I love to throw these cards in my purse when we are headed out to dinner to try to keep that Kindle put away as much as possible.
I hope this gift guide gives you ideas for shopping for your toddler. I love to think outside the box when gifting both for my own kid and for others that I shop for. What is in your shopping carts for this holiday season?
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