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We continually update this page with the hottest gift ideas and trends for 4 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!

Peg Perego John Deere Gator XUV:

john deere gator xuv peg peregoWhile 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

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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!

Fathead Graphics and Wall Decals

gift ideas for 1 2 3 4 year old boysAre 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!!

Slackers Zipline Kits

The author's son on a Slackers Eagle Series Zipline installed in his back yard.

The author’s son on a Slackers Eagle Series Zipline installed in his back yard.

If you’re looking for a fun outdoor activity for a boy or girl between the ages of 4 and 12, you can’t go wrong with a Slackers Eagle Series Zipline from Brand 44. Hands down these are the safest and easiest to install ziplines you can buy for home use and they cost a lot less than you might think (around $140 for a 90′ model).  Best of all, they’re a TON of fun!

My wife and I have 3 kids (ages 9, 7 and 4) and they absolutely love their zipline. Don’t take chances trying to build a homemade zipline system yourself (chances are it would cost you more money to do so anyway). Slackers Ziplines are specifically engineered for outdoor fun and take less than 30 minutes to install with two adults.

For more information read our full review of the Slackers Eagle Series Zipline we bought for our own kids which includes a demonstration video of the zipline in action!

Where to Buy: Click here to purchase a Slackers Zipline Kit today through HearthSong.com.

The HugglePod Deluxe Hanging Chair

hugglepod review gift ideaLooking 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!!

Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty ($10):

Never heard of Thinking Putty? Neither had we until we saw a vendor selling this stuff at our local mall. This stuff seems to defy the laws of physics. It acts as both a solid and a liquid. It can bounce like a rubber ball, stretch like taffy, or smash like ceramic if you hit it on the sidewalk. It also changes color when it comes in contact with warm hands. This stuff is crazy and will certainly be a hit for the young man on your shopping list!

Money Soap ($10-$60):
This is probably one of the most clever gifts I’ve seen in a long time! Not only does it encourage kids to wash their hands and take baths more frequently, it also makes a great gift! You can order Money Soap in $1, $5, $10, $20, and even $50 denominations. Soap is scented with a pleasant “pear/green apple” smell. This gift will serve as a great “gag” gift for older kids and adults too!

Melissa & Doug Wooden Floor Easel

gift ideas for 3 year old girlsWe 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!

Giant Piano Mat

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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..

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Flying SeaHawk Ceiling Mounted Airplane ($19):

This is the perfect gift for the boy or girl who loves airplanes! I bought this exact airplane for my 4 year old daughter in the Houston, TX airport on the way home from a business trip. She loved decorating the body of the airplane with her own “princess” stickers! The plane dangles from a ceiling mounted swivel and propels itself 360 degrees around the room.

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!

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.

“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.

Jelly Belly’s BeanBoozled Game

best christmas gift ideas for son and daughterWho 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!

“Spot It” Game by Blue Orange:

spot it reviewSpot It by Blue Orange is a great child development game that can be played by children of all ages. My wife and I love it because the game is super easy to set up, its fun, and best of all, all three of our children (3 year old boy, and 5 and 8 year old girls) can play it with us (although our 3 year old needs a little “help”). The game encourages kids to match pictures on their own cards to the pictures on the cards from the deck as cards are flipped over one by one. The player with the most cards at the end of the game wins (after the deck of cards has been flipped over). You can by Spot It at most major retail stores or online.  You can also read our full Spot It Game review.

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. They are currently not available on Amazon.

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.

Bruder Construction Toys

bruder toysBruder 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.

Bounty Hunter Junior Metal Detector ($49):

When I was a kid, I loved going around with my cheap metal detector and digging up “treasure” in my parent’s lawn. This great metal detector is capable of detecting coin-sized objects up to 5″ deep and larger objects to 3 ft., it also has discrimination control eliminating unwanted metals, while the target indicator meter measures signal strength. Who knows what your little friend will find!

Cool Gifts Between $50 and $100:

An Authentic L.L. Bean Sleeping Bag ($59)

Yes I’m from Maine, and yes my in-laws work at LL Bean headquarters in Freeport, ME, but that doesn’t stop me from making an unbiased recommendation of an L.L. Bean sleeping bag as a great gift for an active boy or girl! I literally grew up in one of these bags! Whether crashing on friend’s living room floor during a slumber party, or camping at a remote campsite, a good quality sleeping bag (especially one from L.L. Beans) will stand the test of time and keep the boy or girl in your life warm and cozy no matter where they end up sleeping! If you’re not lucky enough to live by an L.L. Bean retail or factory store, you can shop for L.L. Bean sleeping bags online.

Fisher Price TRIO King Castle ($53):

This castle is perfect for boys ages 5-9 and is one of the highest rated toys on this website. The Fisher-Price TRIO King’s Castle allows a child to be the architect of his or her very own castle. The set contains over 200 easy-click bricks that can be used to build custom castles. With six figures, a working cannon, and other accessories included, the King’s Castle will immerse the child in a world of medieval fantasy, and encourage imaginative play.

Awesome Gifts Over $100:

Lionel Polar Express Train Set ($110):

All aboard the Polar Express! Perfect for inspiring imagination, this electric train set features ultra-realistic start-up and shut-down sequences, and is loaded with authentic train sounds including a bell and whistle.
Train set has a Berkshire Steam Locomotive, Passenger Car and Observation Car. Features include bell, whistle, fixed knuckle couplers, IR R/C remote control and 50″L x 70″W oval track. Requires two “AA” batteries for controller and six “C” batteries for train, included.

Junior Electric Guitar Set ($119):

Give the child on your shopping list the ultimate gift of music! Get started the right way with a TEACHER APPROVED Jr Combo Kit from Bguitars. This set includes everything a kid needs to get started: Electric Guitar, Amp, Cable, Chord and Strap. It is perfect for ages 4 to 10. It features: Die Cast Chrome Tuners, Maple Neck and Fretboard, basswood body and die cast chrome tailpiece. Also includes a portable mini amp. It makes a great gift for any child 4 to 10 years of age.

Take the stress out of gift shopping with unbiased suggestions, opinions, reviews, and tips from real parents. If you need to buy a gift for a child’s birthday party, Christmas, Easter, graduation, holiday, or other special occasion, this handy website will help guide you in selecting an appropriate and enjoyable present.