We continually update this page with the hottest gift ideas and trends for 3 year old boys. If you have a great gift idea for this age group please feel free to share it using the message form at the bottom of this page! Thanks for stopping by today and good luck shopping!
Editor’s Top Pick:
Peg Perego John Deere Gator XUV:
While the price is a little steep, dollar for dollar you won’t find a better value for an electric ride along vehicle than the John Deere Gator XUV (you can read our full review here). Our 3 year old spends hours and hours riding around on this high quality buggy and loves going all over the yard on various “adventures”. Unlike some of the cheaper made Power Wheels products, Peg Peregos are very high quality, have great battery life and come nearly fully assembled out of the box. Two year olds will need to be under the close watchful eye of a parent, but they should easily get the hang of driving around after a couple of uses. Order Today through Walmart.com for Huge Rollback Savings!
Crocs Shoes and Footwear Accessories
Everybody loves Crocs shoes, especially kids! The original Crocs shoes where a huge hit with parents thanks to their versatility and now a variety of new “themed” Croc designs and styles have increased the appeal of Crocs to children as well (Free Economy Shipping On All Orders at Crocs.com!). Crocs are a perfect gift for virtually anyone on your holiday shopping or birthday list. Our children loved their Lego themed Crocs we bought them last year and this year our son absolutely loves his “Spider Man” Crocs with glow in the dark eyes. Our older girls love the cool “animal print designs”. New for 2015 and 2016 are the popular Star Wars themed crocs as well! Crocs even come in fleece lined versions to help keep children’s’ feet warm during the cold winter months. Free Economy Shipping On All Orders at Crocs.com!
Jelly Belly’s BeanBoozled Game
Who doesn’t love Jelly Belly jelly beans? Jelly Belly offers a ton of great holiday and birthday gift ideas for boys and girls. In addition to the regular gift packs, our kids absolutely love the Jelly Belly BeanBoozled game where you spin the wheel and take a chance on eating either a delicious flavor or something less desirable. Make sure you pick the correct bean or you could be eating a bean with the following flavor attributes: canned dogged food, skunk spray, baby whites, barf, and stinky socks. You can only imagine how much fun this game could be for 4, 5, 6, and 7 year old boys and girls!
Giant Piano Mat
We’ve been looking for a good quality piano mat for our kids. We tried several cheaper versions that we bought off Amazon and other retailers but they just felt cheap and didn’t hold up. Finally we came across this Giant Piano Mat from the Sharper Image and it works great! Our kids love it and our 2 year old niece loves playing on it too! These mats usually retail around $90 but if you order directly through the Sharper Image, you can get Get Free Shipping on any order at SharperImage.com $50 and over! Use code AFFRSHP..
Don’t Break the Ice ($10):
This is one of my family’s favorite games and is perfect family activity for kids ages 3-8! In this “classic” game, two to four players take turns wielding plastic mallets and tapping out ice blocks. The goal is to keep the polar bear skating for as long as possible. But as the game progresses, ice blocks start falling faster and faster. The object is not to be the one that sends the polar bear through the ice.
The HugglePod Deluxe Hanging Chair
Looking for a unique gift for a young boy or girl on your birthday or Christmas shopping list? Check out the HugglePod Hanging Chairs available through our friends at HearthSong. These hammock like chairs are a huge hit with our children (currently ages 3, 6, and 8). Our 8 year old daughter loves curling up in the HugglePod and reading while our two younger kids love swinging around and spinning in the chair. We have ours hanging from a rafter in the basement of our home but they can also be used outdoors or inside the house with a special portable holding stand. Order today through HearthSong and receive a special discount on shipping!!
The Classic Wooden Block Set:
You can’t go wrong with this 100 piece wooden block set from Melissa and Doug. This classic children’s favorite will provide the child on your list with hours of constructive and education fun! You can find these sets in almost any major retail store.
Melissa & Doug Wooden Floor Easel
We have 3 kids of our own and it can sometimes be very hard to find something that everybody wants to play with. We bought our Melissa & Doug Floor Easel 6 years ago and it is still going strong! This stand up art easel is perfect for kids between the ages of 2 and 8. The unit has trays to store art supplies (markers, paint, chalk, etc.) and has both a dry erase board and traditional chalkboard. It is a little pricier than some of the other wooden floor easels alternatives, but you’re not going to find any that match the Melissa & Doug brand for value and durability. Sale Save 20% on Melissa & Doug Wooden Easels! Now At GummyLump.com!
Fathead Graphics and Wall Decals
Are you shopping for a boy who loves Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Super Heroes or Professional Sports? Why not buy them an incredible life-sized decal of their favorite characters that can be used to decorate their bedroom walls? Fathead has been making amazing life size decals of famous athletes, super heroes, Disney characters (and much more) for over 10 years. These easy to install and remove wall decals are safe for nearly all types of walls and can be removed, rearranged and reused as needed! You can even have CUSTOM made Fatheads of family members, friends, pets and more! The perfect birthday or Christmas gift for a boy or girl. Transform Your Child’s Room With Fathead Decals! Shop Now!!
An Original Ugly Doll ($20):
Call it a fad or a hot trend, one this is for certain…boys love these “ugly” dolls. According to the manufacturer: “Uglydolls are plush, lovable characters that show us that being ugly means accepting our differences and embracing our flaws. Uglydolls also have a great sense of humor and know how to have fun”. These crazy guys come in a variety of different colors, sizes, and styles so you’re sure to find the perfect one to compliment the boy on your shopping list!
A Custom Made Puzzle with the Child’s Name ($25):
Children love to see and spell their names and absolutely adore these puzzles! Each puzzle piece is handcrafted, painted with non-toxic paints and sized just right for children’s busy hands. Also check out our new 2 name puzzles. Any one of these “Made in USA” customized name puzzles make a great Personalized Baby Gift.
The Original “Daddy Doll” ($25):
The perfect gift from the parent, grandparent, or other relative that will be away from a child for an extended period of time (military deployment, business trips, merchant seaman, airline pilot, etc.). “Daddy Dolls” allow you to take pictures of yourself (or someone else) and have the image scanned into a doll for the child. I had one made for each of my children (ages 2, and 4) and they absolutely love them! You also have the option of recording a message for the child that they can listen to by pushing a button. For more information, or to order a “Daddy Doll” click here.
“Grow” Your Own Rock Candy (And Make Other Tasty Treats) $19:
Who knew science could taste so good? With this kit, you’ll whip up cupcakes, cookies, candy, and more all in the name of science! Learn what makes cakes rise, candy crystallize, and more real chemistry happen in the kitchen. Tasty Science is packed with ingredients, recipes, activity cards, a test tube laboratory, and lots more to explore the science of taste.
Junior Scientist Weather Station Kit ($15):
My First Weather Kit will blow you away! Learn all about extreme weather as you have fun with this complete weather station. Learn what makes a tornado form, and how to check windspeed. Learn what the eye of a storm means, and why are we having so many hurricanes and typhoons. The young man on your shipping list will discover all this and more as he becomes a weather “expert”.
Bruder Construction Toys
Bruder Toy Trucks and construction vehicles are a great choice for active boys ages 2 and up. Our son absolutely loves his Bruder crane truck he received as a Christmas gift a couple years ago. We’ve found Bruder Toys (trucks, tractors, bulldozers, etc.) to be similar in durability to the premium metal Tonka trucks (we were familiar with growing up) but with more realistic designs and proportions. Bruder toys cost a little more, but they’re well-made and far superior to the standard plastic toys that are available on the market in most retail stores today. You can easily purchase Bruder toys online through Walmart’s website here.
Great Gifts Between $25 and $50:
Wooden Train Set and/or Plane Set from Rare Device:
These wooden toy train and plane sets are amazing and can add a more “organic” dimension to any child’s toy collection! These toys look great too! These sets from “Rare Device” are indeed very hard to find but you can easily find them on the internet through a quick Google search.
Ultimate Mission Spy Kit ($42):
This spy kit will delight the crime fighting youngster in your life. Complete with a Nightscope, Evidence Kit, and Ultimate Spy Watch, this kit provides aspiring spies and detectives with everything they need to go on “top-secret” missions.
Cool Gifts Over $50:
Wheely Bugs! ($67):
One of our childrens’ all time favorite toys (we have the bumble bee and ladybug models). The bright and friendly design of these “buggies” is an instant attraction to girls and boys alike. They go backwards, forwards, sideways, and round and round. Children don’t get stuck against obstacles like some other ride on toys. They are great to use on smooth level floors and ideal for indoors. Wheely Bugs are constructed for years of fun and are sure to become an heirloom toy. We highly recommend this toy!
Leapfrog Junior Explorer Globe ($99):
With a simple touch of the “magic” pen, the world opens up with fun facts, foreign phrases and regional music with this Junior Explorer Globe by LeapFrog. Four modes (Explore, Music, Search the World Game, Adventure Raps) teach about our oceans, continents, animals, landmarks, compass directions, foreign languages and more. Other features include on/off switch, volume control and a repeat function. The perfect educational gift for the inquisitive junior explorer on your shopping list!
Personalized L.L. Bean Rocking Chair ($109):
Parental supervision suggested for children under 3! These rocking chairs are just too cute not to include in our list of gifts for boys and girls! These adorable “first rocker” has slightly curved armrests and a comfortable, contoured seat. Solid hardwood with interlocked joints. Even better, these items are made in Maine (my home state!).
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