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If you’ve recently said things like “Please stop putting stickers on the dog,” “I can only talk to you once you take those underwear off of your face” or frantically Googled “Where does the moon go when we’re asleep,” you may be the parent of a 3-year-old. They’re inquisitive, curious, and totally hilarious (when they aren’t downright frustrating). With all their newfound knowledge and personality, choosing Christmas gifts for 3-year-olds can be almost too easy.
The name of the game is to be thoughtful and practical. But, let’s be honest, the challenge here lies in giving a gift to someone who has a new interest by the second. Pair that with your competing desires to get something fun, educational and also functional (we know you’re tired of seeing toys strewn around the house your kiddo deserted after 2.5 minutes) and the ensuing stress *might* make you wish you were dealing with a tantrum instead.
OK, not really. But if you’re the parent of a threenager, the last thing you need is more drama in your life.
The best Christmas gifts for 3-year-olds provide them with fun and engaging ways to be active in both their body and imagination. Toys like balance boards and mini trampolines allow them to burn off energy no matter what the temps while things like dollhouses and dress-up clothes offer quiet time and creativity. We also love educational games that help them master their ABCs or more complex puzzles that test their problem-solving skills.
We hear you, mama. Here are 25 picks that are sure to make any preschooler smile this holiday season as they develop their independence and growing personality—and staunch opinions.
Best Christmas gifts for 3-year-olds
A version of this story was published October 27, 2021. It has been updated.