Gift giving is relatively easy when little ones are 3 years old—the name of the game is to be thoughtful and practical. But, let's be honest, how can you possibly give a gift to someone who has a new interest by the second? Pair that with your desires to get something fun, functional (we know you're tired of seeing toys around the house they played with for two minutes) and even educational, and the stress will make us wish we were dealing with a tantrum. Okay, not really. But, if you're the parent of a threenager, the last thing you need is any more drama in your life.
We hear you, mama. That's why we selected 18 picks that are sure to make any preschooler smile this holiday season as they develop their independence and growing personality.
We 💜 this wide base easel that's sure to inspire hours of imaginative play. Gift it solo or pair it with Farm Finger Crayons, another one of our faves.
North Face toddler moondoggy down jacket
This is one of our tried-and-true kid favorites for both style and quality. Warm without being bulky and available in tons of great colors. Pro tip: Buy a size up so you can use it for next year, too.
We are all for anything that inspires our preschooler want to finish a meal. The chic design makes this lunch box one of our go-to's. It's easy to clean and the separate temperature zones means you can store ANYTHING in it.
Mr. Tail dress up tails for kids
Bring a cool tail on your little one's next adventure! These adorable handmade tails—we're partial to the gold and red one, we have to say—are comfortable, lightweight and sure to become a regular travel buddy.
Petit Pehr alphabet sheet set
Keep your kiddos comfy in their new big kid bed and work on those numbers and letters! These soft cotton sheets make the perfect addition to any preschooler's bedroom.
Spark. Create. Imagine. pop-up play tunnel
Few things in life are cuter than watching kiddos laugh and play through tunnels. We love that this one is super lightweight and portable so you can take the fun whereever you go.
Reebok Classics shoes
It's all about being sturdy and stylish when it comes to toddler shoes. Your little one will feel comfy while the durable rubber sole gives them traction to run the playground. And no worries, if white isn't your thing, there are several other cool colors.
Odette Williams kids apron
This beautiful linen apron will inspire your little one to get cooking this holiday season. (You can add on wooden cooking utensils and even a monogram) Great for pretend play, too!
Barbie Dreamplane play set
Barbie is a classic and we especially love this one Instill in your little one because it helps Imaginations take flight. The plane doubles as a vehicle, too.
Literati book subscription box
Books are one of our favorite gifts to give—so why not give a whole box? Literati expertly curates the best of the best personalized for your kiddo each month, then offers a great discount on anything you decide to keep. Genius!
PlanToys preschool alphabet A-Z
This deceptively simple set hits so many important skill sets—learning the alphabet, matching and writing letters. Your preschooler will love the bright colors and adorable animals, and you'll love the eco-friendly materials and mess-reducing carry bag.
This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from around the World
Give your little one a peek into the daily lives of seven kids from around the world. This thoughtful, beautifully illustrated picture book will spark your preschooler's curiosity about the world around them.
We realize this isn't the most inspired gift pick, but if we had to pick the one toy our preschooler goes back to again and again, this would be it. They are truly a must-have!
PAW Patrol Mighty Pups Super PAWs lookout tower play set
Standing at an impressive nearly 3-feet tall, this action-packed tower is the ultimate PAW Patrol headquarters. Any 3-year-old will love sending pups up to the top of the tower and back down on the mighty zip line.
Play-Doh slime variety 6-pack
Play-doh got a major upgrade this holiday (even we like playing with the foam!). Preschoolers will keep hands busy with multi-colored krackle, stretch and fluffy slimes, as well as a blue foam.
Clover Baby & Kids pajamas
We're obsessed with these jammies that offer softness with the right amount of stretch. And, the hassle-free shoulder snaps make it easy for mamas to put on and off.
OMG Accessories Unicorn crossbody bag
Your unicorn-loving fashionista will love everything about this crossbody bag. It has just the right amount of sparkle and and an adorable rainbow zipper. Parents will appreciate the adjustable straps and the fact that their toddler can carry their own snacks around in their purse!
Build a snowman kit
This sweet little kit comes with everything your toddler needs to build the best snowperson in the neighborhood. We love that it comes in a convenient bag to grab on the next snow day and those wooden buttons are just too cute.
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