Shopping for a toddler or preschooler can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you don’t have one yourself. If you are looking for a gift idea for a three year old, you have come to the right place. These are the best gift ideas for 3 year old boys that will work for any budget.
No matter if you want to splurge or stick to a tighter budget, there is something for you. I have tried to include gift ideas for 3 year old boys that cover several different price ranges because I know that everyone will have a different budget for this year.
Make sure to come back and check every week because I will continue to add to this list throughout the holiday season.
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Pretend Play Gift Ideas for 3 Year Old Boys
Tiny Land Trendy Black Style Play Kitchen
My son absolutely loves his Tiny Land play kitchen. He plays with it everyday. This play kitchen is gorgeous and will blend in seamlessly with your home decor. It has interactive elements like: clickable knobs, a lifelike faucet, and an oven with opening doors. There are spacious shelves, compartments, and hooks, your child can keep their play area tidy while learning valuable organizational skills. Constructed from high-quality, non-toxic materials, this play kitchen is built to withstand years of playtime, ensuring endless fun and learning. This is a gift that will last for years.
Wooden Workbench Playset
This Wooden Workbench Playset from Coco Village will keep him busy for hours. Made from premium quality birch plywood, it’s detailed tools are all included to create a complete and fun set. This is an excellent way to spark children’s curiosity and interest in craftsmanship, encouraging them to develop their problem-solving skills. If your little one likes to tinker, this is a great gift idea.
Get this Wooden Toolbox to go along with the workbench for even more fun. Budding little handymen will find the tools they need to make anything they can imagine! Made of pinewood, this set comes with: hammer, screwdriver, level, saw, measuring tape, retractable cutter, and the tool box itself.
Wooden Cash Register
Introduce your child to simple math through play with this fun Wooden Cash Register. This is great to play grocery store, it even has a scanner (my son’s favorite part). This cash register comes with coins, bills, and a credit card. Drawer is compartmented and opens to easily store the cash.
Wooden Food Sets
Coco Village has some adorable wooden food cutting sets that that will make pretend play even more lifelike. They have the Bakery Set that has a baguette, croissant, pumpernickel, and bagel. The Fruits Playset includes a kiwi, strawberry, watermelon, pear, lemon, apple, and an orange. Finally, the Vegetables Playset comes with a tomato , radish, carrot, potato, lettuce leaf, mushroom, and a beet. Each set also comes with a wooden knife and cutting board or basket.
Active Play Gift Ideas for 3 Year Old Boys
Climbing Dome with Slide
My son loves play with his Climbing Dome with Slide from Hearthsong. It is the perfect size for him and it’s nice to have something for him to climb on without having to drive all the way to the park. Crawl, climb, and hang on this delightful matrix of bars, then alight on the wooden platform and travel down the slide. Made of sturdy metal struts, it holds up to 175lbs. Give yourself plenty of time to put this together, it took me about 5-6 hours doing it by myself but it was well worth it.
One2Go 2-in-1 Folding Tricycle and Balance Bike
Help your little guy build strength and confidence with the One2Go Folding Tricycle and Balance Bike. Tricycle snaps into balance bike as kids grow and holds up to 55lbs. It is lightweight and folds up for easy transport to the park or other outdoor adventure. It even has a classic red push-button bell on the handle bars.
Jump2It Indoor Trampoline
Help them get out all of that energy with the Jump2It Indoor Trampoline. They can jump solo or with a friend and it even has an adjustable handle. The 56”L x 35”W x 9”H open-trampoline features a 43”L x 24”W polypropylene jumping mat, 24½-35” foam-padded handles, and non-slip feet. Great for ages 3-5 so you will get years of fun out of this gift.
Natural Wood Balance Board and Cushion Set
The Natural Wood Balance Board from Coco Village will help your child’s balance and motor skills improve. It’s suitable for all ages. Versatile and innovative, it is designed to offer multiple purposes, serving as a swing, a bridge, a rocking chair and even a race track for toy cars!
Pair it with the Cotton & Linen Balance Board Mattress with Cushion to make it even more comfortable. Use it for rocking, resting, reading, or just for a calming down safe space. It’s easy to put on and remove, your child can do it all by themselves.
Now they can play ball indoors without breaking windows with Ollyball. The 12-inch reinflatable ball, with Patented KrunchCOR®, construction, absorbs the impact from a full-speed hits and kicks. The outside cover, made in the USA, can be colored with crayons, markers and even paint. It is also a Toy of the Year award winner. Great for rainy days, snowy days and parties.
VICTURY V1 Soccer Ball & Volleyball
This ball also comes from Ollyball. The Victury V1 features a more durable valve opening that can be hit indoors and in-home at full speed and won’t break windows, mark walls or break faces! Engineered to spin, balance and react in “slow-motion” – allowing the mind to learn faster and build confidence. It includes a video training system on victury.com.
Toy Gift Ideas for 3 Year Old Boys
FARM WORLD Animal & Playmat Bundle
Take a trip to the farm with The FARM WORLD Playmat and Animal Bundle from Schleich. Includes six farm animal figures and a roll-up playmat decorated with colorful pastures, paddocks, and barnyards. The playmat rolls up for easy storage and the figures are very sturdy and high quality. It’s great to pair with other FARM WORLD toys.
Tractor with Trailer
This awesome Tractor with Trailer toy is also from Schleich. Help Farmer Paul use the front loader to scoop the hay bales into the trailer, then open the trailer’s tailgate to unload. The horse box can also be tilted to the sides and backwards.
Playmobil 1.2.3: Adventure Tower with Ice Cream Booth
The Adventure Tower with Ice Cream Booth offers lots of fun features to explore. The ferris wheel is set in motion by turning the handle. And there is a hidden double function: When placing a figure on the platform, it is gradually moved towards the slide until it slides down all by itself. Matching the figures to the appropriate seat and playing colour sorting with the ice cream sticks provides additional play value. This kind of creative play with figures also trains fine motor skills and initiates first role play.
Bumpas Weighted Plush
The Bumpas comes in four different characters so your child can choose their favorite. This interactive toy’s arms are perfectly sized to give realistic hugs.With eyes in the back of Bumpas’ head to keep watch as you slumber or snuggle, the cuddle toy hugs while watching. So soft and cuddly it’s perfect for naps and getting little ones to bed especially if they have anxiety.
NINJA KIDZ TV Giant Mystery Ninja Ball
If your child likes Ninja Kidz from Youtube and social media, they will love this Ninja Kidz Giant Mystery Ninja Ball. Series 3 includes 25+ surprises, including 5 Ninja Kidz Action Figures with articulation, 1 ninja mask and belt, 2 pieces ninja battle gear, 6 ninja throwing stars, 2 sticky stars with 6 sticky star targets, 2 mission cards, 1 sticker sheet and 1 collector card. This action-packed ninja toy container doubles as an easy-to-carry storage container, and includes a detachable shield for ultimate ninja play.
Numberblocks Super Secret Step Squad Headquarters Play Set
Join Numberblock Three at the Super Secret Step Squad Headquarters Play Set! Here you will find everything Numberblocks secret agents need for action-packed missions, from lookout windows to spy accessories and a ride-on elevator. Prepare for exciting number adventures ahead to practice counting, sequencing, and other early math skills. Then complete secret missions to earn your own special Step Squad badge!
Bene Bear & Bene Buddies
Teach respect, kindness, empathy, and giving with Bene Bear and the Bene Buddies. Read the book that is included with your child. Help your child understand what it means to help others, be kind and respectful, and to give to others. When your child is kind, helps someone, takes care of a pet, shows respect, or makes a donation, place a token in the bear or dog’s token slot. Your child can collect all the tokens he/she has earned in the bear or dog’s pouch and can trade for a reward or reuse them!
Sparkle the Dog teaches and reinforces the traits of kindness, respect, empathy and giving but with an animal and pet focus. A portion of the proceeds of each Sparkle the Dog Package that is sold will go to an animal shelter or rescue group.
Seawhee the Turtle focuses on teaching and reinforcing important character traits like patience, sharing, cooperation, and kindness, and with a focus on ocean conservation! If you order from the website by Nov. 22nd, you can get 20% off with promo code beneworld2023.
Home Gift Ideas for 3 Year Old Boys
Constructive Eating Dino and Construction Bundles
Make eating more fun and engaging with these Fan Bundles from Constructive Eating. The Construction Fan Bundle includes a Construction plate, utensils, and placemat that are designed to work together. The Dino Fan Bundle comes with a Dinosaur plate, utensils, and placemat. They are all dishwasher and microwave safe and made in the USA. I love how easy they are to wipe clean.
GoSili® 7.8″ Connectable SiliStraw
These silicone SiliStraws are so fun to connect together. This 4 pack is reusable and has a stopper to prevent it from being pulled out of a lid. They are dishwasher safe and made with soft, non-toxic, eco-friendly, 100% platinum silicone. The straws won’t melt in your drink like a paper straw and won’t hurt your teeth like a stainless-steel straw
My Little Zone 2 Pack Baby Storage Bins
These storage bins from My Little Zone are so adorable and will go with almost any decor. They have Dino drawing prints on light baby blue and comes with a coordinating solid gray. These cute baskets for storage fit almost any shelves due to their functional design. They fold flat for compact storage and the lining can easily be cleaned. Great for organizing small toys or other essentials.
Books and Crafts for 3 Year Old Boys
For one spirited little puppy, winter means romping in the snow, birds to chase, fragrant evergreen trees, and joy, joy, joy! Then again, winter also means . . . oddly unfriendly deer? Millions of little lights? Contorting inflatable snowmen? Wait, what? If this is all winter too, then winter is kind of . . . weird! Helen Yoon’s fresh and hilarious take on the winter season—part of a quirky new series of picture books—is a blend of bumbling affection and slack-jawed wonder.
Bear and Mouse have finally overcome their differences and are living together in perfect harmony . . . until it’s time to decorate the Christmas tree! Bear wants dazzling lights, while Mouse prefers gigantic ornaments. Did Mouse just put a manatee on the top of the tree? After Bear attempts an upside-down tree, it looks as if Christmas might be ruined for the pair. But maybe, just maybe, Bear and Mouse can reach a compromise in the spirit of the season.
Bundle up in snowsuits and boots, and out we go . . . Whump! Right into the fluffy, soft snow. We don’t care! There’s a hill to climb up and sled down, a snowperson to build, and skis to try out. Swish! Then—brrr—inside, please! What better way to warm up than a bubbly tub and a snuggle on the couch to watch the storm? Everyone’s favorite baby joins an adorable pal to revel in a seasonal adventure that will have little listeners eager to explore their own white, wintry world.
DinoMazing Egg Decorator
Decorate your own dinosaur eggs with Dinomazing Egg Decorator! Have hours of fun creating special dinosaur eggs and help them crack for a special surprise. Crack open the mystery egg to reveal a mix and match collectible dinosaur figure and gooey slime. Create endless exciting designs with the unique spinning action and the touch of a marker. Mix and match dinosaur pieces to create your own exceptional dinosaur. Keep it on hand for next year to decorate Easter eggs!
Santa’s Workshop Sensory Kit
This adorable Santa’s Workshop sensory kit from Meemzy Magic is perfect for the holiday season. Your little one’s imagination will be full of North Pole escapades with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, elves, snowmen, and a North Pole train. Unleash the sounds of the season with the North Pole kit: laughter and bells ringing on every street corner. Engage the senses with silky sand and smooth dough, featuring seasonal scents. The jingle bells provide a joyous sound and the trees provide a rough texture to engage your child’s senses and mind. They also have monthly subscriptions available if you want to give a gift that will keep giving year round.
Mickey and Minnie can go anywhere with a little help from their friend Funny! Press the sound button to bring the story to life. This Sound Book is special because it has hands on interaction to engage young readers. Multisensory reading experiences stimulate the imaginations of young readers. Includes iconic Disney characters: Mickey, Minnie, Donald Duck, Daisy, Goofy, and Pluto
Great for Puppy Dog Pals fans! Bingo and Rolly are on a mission to find a missing puppy! Press the sound button to hear a squeaky squirrel and bring the story to life!
Look for hidden surprises on every page with the Spidey Team and their friends! Keep little hands busy finding and lifting 20 flaps. Look and Find play encourages focus and exploration, and helps build early learning skills.
Ka-Chow! Lightning McQueen has a big race, but he is lost! Can Mater show him how to slow down and have some fun? Press 7 buttons on the book to bring the story to life with exciting sounds! Matching words with pictures and sounds enhances reading comprehension and engages young children at story time.
Games for 3 Year Old Boys
Sorting Snacks Mini Fridge
Kids master counting, sorting, and patterning as they explore Learning Resources Sorting Snacks Mini Fridge‘s 30 colorful mini snacks and 15 double-sided activity cards! The snack counters help kids build coordination, precision, and other fine motor skills! Helps kids build essential early math and sorting skills. All of the pieces can be easily stored inside the mini fridge.
Grab That Donut!
Spin the spinner, sort the donuts, and grab the right treats in this fast-paced educational game for kids—first to fill their order card wins! In addition to strengthening coordination, hand strength, and other fine motor skills, Grab That Donut! also helps kids learn to sort and match by color, frosting, or decorations! The box doubles as both a built-in activity set and a reusable storage solution when playtime’s done!
In Sneak-A-Treat, this sweet-toothed critter took your candy – are you brave enough to take it back? Spin the critter to see which candies you need to sneak back – then push the candy button, but watch out! He might jump and try to take the candy back! The player with the most points when the critter jumps wins. Features koosh-like material that wiggles as he moves.
In Monster Mash, press down on the eyeball to reveal which monster you’re looking for. Use the plastic smashers to catch the card that matches the correct combination of head, body, and feet. Be careful, if the same monster pops up, someone can smash and grab it back! Collect 3 cards first to win! Includes 1 Monster Spinner, 27 Monster Cards, 4 Smashers, and Complete Instructions
Stocking Stuffers for 3 Year Old Boys
Boo Boo Buddies
These have go to be the cutest bandages I have every seen! Boo Boo Buddies offers awesome bandages with adorably cute designs that are not only fun but also functional. My son loves these and even wants one when he doesn’t even need one! They have everything from mermaids and unicorns, dinosaurs, animals, cookies and milk, eggs and bacon, and so much more.
Bizyboos are hide and seek busy bags that are great for car rides or to have on hand in waiting areas or restaurants. There are 12 adorable characters to collect and over 250 hidden objects to find. They provide your little ones with hours of fun and entertainment while helping to develop their fine motor skills, problem solving abilities, and improving their concentration. I love that they are easy to clean and surface washable.
Five Below has some great affordable stocking stuffers like Matchbox Cars. These small cars are always a hit with my boy, he loves racing them around and I can easily store some in my purse for emergency situations. Plus, at $1 each you can stuff their stockings with several different styles.
Imagine ink® Magic ink Pictures Mess-Free Coloring Book
Another thing I love to grab at Five Below are the Imagine ink® Magic ink Pictures Mess-Free Coloring Books. They are great for letting him color without worrying about it getting all over my house. They have my son’s favorite characters like Cocomelon, Toy Story, Thomas the Train, and Bluey.
Bluey Sticker Playset
We can’t get through a gift guide for kids without mentioning Bluey! This Bluey Sticker Playset is so fun and reusable! Kids will love building their own scenes with the bluey sticker playset. it comes with 35+ repositionable stickers, so kids can move them around! It includes everything you need: 1 puffy sticker sheet and 2 bluey play scenes.
Durable, travel-friendly, and oh-so-fun, GooGames is the perfect toy for your little ones! They’re hand-held, sensory water games that you can squish and squish to play! Each GooGame is accompanied by multiple removable challenge cards, each one offering three levels of difficulty – easy, advanced, and expert. Perfect for on-the-go entertainment that feels like a smartphone but without the screen time, GooGames blends play and sensory stimulation into an irresistible, pocket-sized experience! Series 1 offers 3 styles: Candy Craze, Fruit Catcher, Treasure Hunt.
Make sure to check back every week for even more gift ideas for 3 year old boys. I will continue to add to this list throughout the holiday season.