50+ Unique Gifts for 3 year old boys has lots of great options for birthdays and holidays. You’re bound to find several ideas that will be perfect for any little boy!
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Gifts for 3 year old Boys
Sometimes birthdays (or Christmas) sneak up on me! We figured you have probably experienced this same overwhelming period of panic at some point in your life, followed by questions like,
- What does he want/need?!
- How do I decide what to get?
- Will he love it as much as I think?
This guide is mainly geared toward 3-year old boys but could really work for a variety of ages!
Cars and Trucks? Sports stuff? Animal lover? You name it, this list has several perfect gifts to choose from and has the potential to save you from any number of panic-inducing gift-buying-procrastination moments!
The Perfect Gifts For 3 Year Old Boys
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- Koala Crate by Kiwi Crate– Encourage STEM learning from a young age while having FUN! If your boy is curious about the world around him and likes to watch things work, this is the perfect gift. My kids look forward to the shipment arriving each month and spend hours playing with their new creation.
- PowerWheels If you want to spend a good chunk of money on something your boy is guaranteed to love, then look no further. What toddler doesn’t want to drive his very own car/truck?! A dream-come-true for any little boy! Some things to keep in mind- check reviews on battery life, recharging ability and life, and weight/age limits. I’d personally stick with name-brand on this one.
- Flexible Track Sets are a fun way to design and redesign a race track together. The link is for an off-brand set that is compatible with the brand name Magic Tracks. FYI My 3- year old loves to play with these but does need a little help with assembly.
- Superhero Capes, whether you make them or buy them, are an exciting addition to imaginative play! My little boy loves to run around, pretending to save the day. The capes and masks would make it even more enjoyable!
- Disney Eye Found It- A fun “I Spy” card game that’s great for all ages with familiar scenes and characters from many Disney movies. There are more Eye Found It options to choose from if you are looking for something more substantial too!
- Hover Soccer Ball and Goal Set is the perfect solution on rainy days! Instead of kicking around a ball inside that can bounce and break things, think about treating your little boy with this hover ball. It never lifts off the ground to protect your lights and windows, but he can still get his wiggles out.
- Scribble Scrubbie-Have you heard of these? Made by Crayola, the set comes with some bare pets to color and design to your heart’s content. Then wash it away to start again—a chance for your little boy to be crafty while using imaginative play.
- WaterWow Coloring and Painting Book– Another great stocking stuffer! These are great “coloring” books while traveling or just in a place where toting the whole craft kit isn’t feasible. All you need is a little water, and he can get to work painting animals, sceneries, and more.
- Camping and Tent Set for toddlers is perfect during the months when camping is out of the question. He can bring the camping experience right inside with a tent, barbecue grill, and more. Teach him while he’s young, and he can perfect his grilled burgers before he’s eighteen!
- Complete Workbench Tool Kit– I bought this last Christmas for my then 2-year old. He loves to walk around the house “fixing” furniture, and when Dad is working on a project, he runs into his room to grab his tools to join in the fun. The drill even spins around and functions with the supplied nuts/bolts!
- Toddler Bed There are so many of these to choose from. Find out your little boy’s favorite character, and there’s probably a bed out there with it. My son loves the movie Cars, so we snagged this bed for him. He was beyond thrilled to upgrade to a big boy bed with this one. If you’re ready to make the transition, or just add some excitement to bedtime, consider buying a new bed!
- Starlight Rotating Projector Make his room a magical place to be with the Smart Nightlight Projector and Speaker. It can be controlled with Alexa or Google and connects to wifi. A regular old nightlight can be helpful at night, but why not pick out something even more useful. It even has multiple color light options!
- Flybar My First Foam Pogo Jumper Have you heard of these before? Kids love to jump! Rain or shine, they can jump all over the house without damaging the floors. It’s the perfect solution to get your kids moving without much risk to them or your furniture.
- Spot It Jr Small enough to be a stocking stuffer and perfect for travel. Several different ways to play make this game continually fun for everyone. It can be played with two people or more!
- Zingo We own this game, and our 3-year old enjoys playing it. The recommended age is four and up, and it’s listed unsafe under three, so keep that in mind. However, I think it’s a great educational game that helps them learn words and eventually recognizing letters. I don’t mind playing it either! A game for 3-year olds that’s not miserable for adults (Hello Candyland) is hard to come by.
- Kinetic Sand If your little boy likes to play in the sand/dirt, this is the product for you! It can be built into something while managing to keep the mess to a minimum. We have kinetic sand and let our little boy play with it on a cookie sheet. Makes clean up a breeze!
- Yeti in My Spaghetti Here’s another super fun game that helps develop fine motor skills. It’s recommended age is four and up, BUT it’s been played by our 3-year old. He loves it and frequently asks to play. Plus, the Yeti is fun to play with on its own too!
- Toddler Bathrobe Who doesn’t love a cozy bathrobe?! This one is primarily geared toward 3-year old boys! Superhero themed works great in our house. Maybe your boy is more interested in other characters or cars/trucks. Bathrobes are warm and making getting out of the bath not too bad!
- Play-Doh Sets I swear, every year, Play-Doh comes out with several new and exciting play-doh sets. I prefer the play-doh brand over any others because of the texture, cleanability, and longer-lasting product (it doesn’t dry out as fast as off-brands). My little boy can play with play-doh for hours and hours. Play-doh has withstood the tests of time!
- Teeter Popper It seems simple, but it’s super fun! This in-house teeter-totter comes in 3 different colors. There are many other uses for it- rock, sit, stand. And on hard surfaces, the popping suction cups will be sure to make him laugh.
- Swing Seat Nest This swing seat comes in 4 different colors and can be installed inside or out! Perfect for a kids’ bedroom or playroom. My little boy would love to have this as his little reading nook tucked away in the corner of the house. Also, a perfect place for hide and seek!
- Rainbow Music Handbells Is your family a musical one? Or do you want to be? Give the gift of music by gifting this colorful children’s bell set. He can learn the basics of music and even create his own tunes. It’s a fun way to introduce music to him, but you may also want to supply a soundproof room! Ha!
- Basketball Hoop Get him working on his game now! We aren’t a super athletic family, but my little boy still loves to shoot into baskets. This helps to burn off some energy while having fun!
- Swing a Ring Do you have a big tree in your yard? Gift this excellent swing that can hold the whole family! He can swing for hours along with his friends. Sitting upright or laying down, this is a fun way to swing in the yard.
- Green Toys Elmo Planting Kit I love this! Teach your little boy about the art of gardening. He may find he has a serious green thumb. There’s nothing better to teach patience and responsibility than gardening. Plant the seeds, water regularly, and wait to see what comes up!
- Tonka Truck What little boy doesn’t love a big monster truck?! Tonka is a reliable brand. My son has left his outside multiple times, and a quick wipe down with a wet rag brings it back to looking new. You could even supply him with some extra tools to dig and load up the truck!
- Pull Back Train Book We got this for my son at Christmas time, and he loves it! Every page has a new track to use the train on. The train has an auto wind feature, so no batteries. Yay for no batteries!
- Toddler Backpack Help him get ready for the preschool experience with a new backpack. My little boy was so excited to finally be able to go to school just like his older siblings. He loves his backpack and will find any excuse to wear it.
- Sit n Spin We got ours used at a garage sale. It’s probably 30 years old, at least. The concept is quite simple, but all of my kids love this toy. My 3-year old boy will spin and spin and then get up to try to walk. Lots of laughter to be had with this one!
- Bath Finger Paints or Crayons Why not make bath time into playtime? Time to incorporate some more toddler based toys, especially if your little boy has begun to dread the bath. Anything you can do to make washing more enjoyable is worth it!
- Lawnmower Bubble Maker Boys love to be like their dads. Toddlers love bubbles. This toy is the perfect combination of the two! It comes with a bubble solution too!
- Playskool Slide It’s a pretty simple toy, but it’s so versatile! My kids have used it inside and outside, going into the kiddie pool or just into a pile of pillows or adding it to a made-up obstacle course. Little boys love to run and slide, and this one has held up to the wear-and-tear of 5 kids!
- Kiddie Pool Speaking of outdoor play, does your little boy have a kiddie pool yet? Summer is meant for fun in the sun, and what better way than water play inside a small inflatable pool. To make it even more fun, this particular pool looks like a giant watermelon!
- Baseball Set Teach them America’s game… or is that football? Batter up! A swing and a miss. If you get them out practicing in the yard early enough, t-ball will be even more exciting this season. Get your little man outside enjoying the sport!
- Rocket Launcher This foam rocket launcher is perfect for peaking your little boy’s interests in the sciences. It’s safe while still exciting as it flies up into the air. Plus, this set comes with multiple rockets, so you don’t have to retrieve it after each launch!
- Monkey Bars Do you have a little monkey on your hands? Help him get his climbing instincts out in a safe way with these monkey bars! He can learn balance, develop fine motor skills, and more while burning off some energy. You’ll need some room in your yard for this one!
- Bouncy Horse This has been a classic toy enjoyed by all ages in our family. From toddler up to big kids, they all enjoy bouncing around on these. An added benefit is they seem to last forever. We plan to save ours for grandkids at this rate!
- Radio Flyer Wagon Some toys never die. This is one of them. Every little boy needs a red wagon. They can pull their friends, pets, toys, piles of dirt; you name it! Other brands may be just as good, but I can attest to Radio Flyer holding up very well!
- Tricycle A great way to get your little boy used to peddling, a tricycle will teach him new skills. Take it out on bike rides or to ride around the indoor gym. My little boy loves to race his friends and his dog around the driveway.
- Balance Bike Ready to transition to the real deal? Balance bikes have been raved about by parents for several years. Balancing is one of the more challenging skills to master. This helps them learn how to balance without the distraction of pedals. I’ve seen toddlers use these, and within a few months, they’re riding a bike without any training wheels!
- Race Cars My little boy got these first his 3rd birthday. He loves this toy! It has a cute colorful design, and the remotes work pretty well. He took about a day to get used to driving them. Be warned- they take a TON of batteries. But for the price, they work fantastic. Worth the extra $5/week in batteries!
- LittleFunClub A monthly subscription for age-appropriate books! Try out some new books. Teach literacy at a young age. Help him enjoy books now.
- Lego Duplos If your little boy loves to build and destroy, these are the toy for him. I love watching my son use his imagination to build dragons, cars, people, monsters, whatever! He also enjoys crashing into them with various vehicles to watch the chain reaction. Legos help with fine motor skills, and these larger duplos are great for toddler hands.
- Wood Tracks and Trains We bought our set from IKEA several years ago. Wherever you want to purchase them, they all seem to be pretty compatible with one another. Building a figure 8 today and tomorrow make it clear down the hallway. All of our kids, boys and girls, have enjoyed playing with these trains.
- Latch Barn by Melissa and Doug I love this brand of toys. They’re excellent quality and last a long time. This set is fun for boys and girls. It comes with the barn and the animals for lots of farm time fun.
- The Preschool Box This monthly subscription will bring preschool into your own home each month! With many activities and various options, this is a cheap way to introduce early phonics, craft time, letter recognition, shapes, numbers, and more.
- Daniel Tiger’s Welcome to Main Street, a board game for ages three and up using my little boy’s favorite PBS character. We enjoy board games in our home but finding one that works for a 3-year old can be difficult. This one isn’t as simple as some (which is a good thing for me!) but simple enough for a 3-year old boy to grasp.
- Don’t Break the Ice What little boy doesn’t want to use a hammer?! It’s the perfect game for a 3-year old to play with friends, siblings, or parents. The concept is easy enough, with the added excitement of watching it all get destroyed!
- Pete The Cat The Missing Cupcakes Game We have the Pete the Cat book series. This game is a cooperative game where everyone works together to help Pete. It works on letter recognition, singing songs, counting, and more—a cute game with a “groovy” theme.
- Fishing Game This was one of my favorite games as a little kid. Your little boy will grab a fishing pole and try to entice a fish to take a bite! It works on hand-eye coordination, color recognition, agility, and more. It’s a game that has been around for years!
- Movie Night Pick him up a new movie or take him out to the theater. Plan a whole movie night with all of his favorites- popcorn, candy, favorite blankie, chocolate milk. At 3-years old, he can probably sit through an entire movie now, so get out there and watch a kid-friendly DVD or film in the theater.
- Tickets Pick up some tickets to one of the following:
- Children’s Theatre
- Local Zoo
- Children’s Museum
- Local Aquarium
- Trampoline Park
Toddlers love to go on adventures. Take him out on a date to see the animals or watch a play put on by your local children’s theatre. All of these options would be super fun for any 3-year old boy!
As you can see, there are so many ideas and products for 3-year old boys! The gift variety available online is vast and super convenient. Your little boy is sure to love whatever you choose!
What is your favorite 3-year old boy gift idea? Share in the comments!
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