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Christmas gifts for 3 year old boys

Updated on July 17, 2012

Gifts my 3-year-old boy wants to receive this Christmas

In the presence of so many "best-gifts" Christmas lenses, I want to offer my personal view as a mom to a 3-year-old boy: making a lens to serve as a sort of wishlist for the gifts my 3-year-old boy wants to receive this Christmas! This will include toys or other things that he actually BEGS me to buy him, as well as the things I believe would be both fun for him and best for his development. Some may be educational kids toys , some simply fun to play!

Hopefully this will also give you an idea of what gifts would be best to give a 3-year-old in your own circle. Enjoy my compilation!

#1. Electric car - A big but worthy investment

My son saw a picture of an electric motorcycle once and keeps asking for one... but I'm not too sure about the safety angle. For a three-year-old, I would recommend an electric car instead. Of course, we're still saving up for this and hopefully it'll find its way under the Christmas tree one way or another.

Power Wheels Disney/Pixar Cars 2 Lightning McQueen
Power Wheels Disney/Pixar Cars 2 Lightning McQueen

Why did I choose this particular electric car over the dozens available in the market?

TOP 3 reasons:

1. It has a speed limit! 3.5 miles per hour sounds just right, not too fast, not too slow. (I know boys would want to drive SUPER-FAST, but for a 3-year-old, it's not advisable. They're not capable of staying within safe boundaries, and it avoid plenty of accidents.)

2. It's big enough to last a 3-year-old at least two to three years of use , making it an excellent deal for the price!

3. It's in a Lightning McQueen design! Boys love the Cars movie!!

 

#2. Playhouse

For some strange reason, my little boy loves playing house, with empty boxes and his stuffed animals. While that may not be typical of all 3-year-old boys, I think a playhouse is always a fun plaything, especially if there is more than one kid in the family. For us, I guess my son will have to wait til he gets a sibling---or if any of our loved ones happen to be willing to shell out for a playhouse!

But if we were truly to get him a playhouse, I think this item gets my vote: (It even saves us the effort of buying Item #3, a Trampoline !)

Sportcraft Bounce 'N' Slide Bounce House with Slide
Sportcraft Bounce 'N' Slide Bounce House with Slide

I would recommend this playhouse set instead of the traditional plastic play house.

TOP 3 REASONS:

1. Wiith the bounce and slide action , it delivers the most value and is friendliest for a family of siblings.

2. The bounce factor makes it much safer for rough play!

3. You can even rent it out for parties and get your money back eventually---good investment if there ever was one!

 

#3. Trampoline

Boys are naturally active, but even more so when they're only 3 years old and starting to get full mobility and exploring everything seems to entail running and jumping! I would love to give my son a safe way to exhaust all his energy, and bouncing is known for helping improve balance as well as builds up cardiovascular endurance.

My son discovered trampolines when there was one displayed at a local mall. You pay a certain amount for the child to jump and bounce for 20 minutes. He LOVED it! Of course, he doesn't know yet that trampolines may be bought and brought home, so maybe we'll hold off on this until maybe next year...?

Bazoongi Jump Pod Trampoline with Enclosure, 7.5-Feet
Bazoongi Jump Pod Trampoline with Enclosure, 7.5-Feet

I picked this item among all the trampolines available primarily because it's designed to be a beginner's first trampoline.

TOP 3 REASONS:

1. It gives a softer bounce thanks to torque technology.

2. The enclosure is confirmed to be more thought-out: meaning, it's safer !

3. This is bigger and sturdier , so your child will definitely enjoy this for many years to come!

 

Gifts for the Art-Loving 3-year-old Boy

I believe the best gifts are those that match a child's personality and interests. Preschool-aged girls aren't the only ones who love a quiet time for drawing and coloring! If your boy loves drawing and painting, as mine does, he will likely enjoy one (or more!) of these:

Darice 131-Piece Premium Art Set with Wood Box
Darice 131-Piece Premium Art Set with Wood Box

This is best for the serious artist. I would think my son would love these but he would likely wind up with all the pieces scattered around the house!

 
Creativity for Kids Big Fun Stamp Art
Creativity for Kids Big Fun Stamp Art

Not sure if boys would love these as much as girls; I remember loving these stamps when I was a kid! But I believe stamping is as much a part of art as anything!

 
Cra-Z-Art Super Art Set - 250 Pieces
Cra-Z-Art Super Art Set - 250 Pieces

I personally LOVE this complete set with carrying case!

 

Gifts for a 3-year-old's Endless Role-Playing

Preschoolers love to role-play! Among my son's favorite activities are playing rough with his dad (something hygiene- and safety-conscious mom can't relate to!) using his toy sword and helmet, pretending to be David fighting off Goliath. If your son also loves hero stories, the following toys will definitely make a good addition to the Christmas tree base:

Small World Toys Imaginative Play - Knight in Shining Armor Silver Color
Small World Toys Imaginative Play - Knight in Shining Armor Silver Color

All boys love fighting scenes, not because they're violent, but because they have an inherent desire to win battles for their loved ones!

 
Melissa & Doug Fire Chief Role Play Costume Dress-Up Set
Melissa & Doug Fire Chief Role Play Costume Dress-Up Set

This makes for a great way of teaching various work roles.

 
Melissa & Doug Pirate Role Play Costume Dress-Up Set With Hat, Sword, and Eye Patch
Melissa & Doug Pirate Role Play Costume Dress-Up Set With Hat, Sword, and Eye Patch

Pirates! Ahoy, mate! Boys nowadays may not be that familiar with pirates, but a movie or two will definitely have them wanting the sword and costume!

 

Gifts for the Car Loving 3-year-old

My son has a cousin who's only one day younger than he is. That 3-year-old boy loves all things cars! I'm dedicating this part of the lens to boys like him who are, even at a very young age, already collecting their share of wheeled toys. The items below are things I'm picking through for one of my gifts to this beloved nephew:

Hot Wheels Molded 48 Car Case - Colors and Styles May Vary
Hot Wheels Molded 48 Car Case - Colors and Styles May Vary

Hmm, this might give his mom a bit more to clean up after, but I bet my nephew will absolutely love this!

 
Green Toys Dump Truck
Green Toys Dump Truck

I want to expand his collection of wheeled objects to include other vehicles... A dump truck might be nice. I bet he'd fill the back with candies and sweets! He's always asking me for a truck to put his candies in!

 
Green Toys Fire Truck
Green Toys Fire Truck

A great way to introduce different workers in town!

 

Christmas Ponderings...

Do you think 3 years old is too young to have a Christmas wishlist?

Yes, I think keeping kids from asking things for Christmas will keep them from being materialistic later on in life.

Yes, I think keeping kids from asking things for Christmas will keep them from being materialistic later on in life.

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  • brandie-bowling 4 years ago

    AND IPAD!!!

No, what they want is just a reflection of their personalities and having a Christmas list is perfectly fine for 3-year-olds.

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      betta addict 5 years ago

      Such an excellent lens you have here! Keep it up! =)