My daughter is almost 4 this Christmas and I’m finding this age such a fun one to shop for. They have vivid imaginations, love to try new things, and do what grown ups do. They are getting more independent and will play the same thing for long periods of time. It’s wonderful!
Presents that encourage kids to play, use their imaginations, and stretch them to learn new things are my type of gift over more gimmicky or electronic ones. One of my other key points when it comes to gift shopping is quality over quantity!
Most of these my daughter has and a few more she’s getting for Christmas this year. I love that brother will be able to grow into them in the next year.
Gift Ideas for Preschoolers:
We’ve had one of these for over a year now, and in the last month my daughter has been playing with this constantly! It’s a “slide”, part of a fort, tornado, and whatever else she comes up with.
This is one thing our daughter is getting for Christmas this year. I think she’s going to love it! A little house, reading nook, fort, castle. I see it getting lots of use!
Some kids don’t enjoy puzzles, but if yours do these giant floor puzzles are a lot of fun. We have several of them and they are frequently put together on the kitchen floor (and then are treated as a dance floor by little brother).
You can find themed dress up clothes on Amazon or check out the local thrift stores for fancy dresses, shawls, bow ties, top hats etc. But together a bin full of dress up clothes and it will be something they will use for years to come (especially if you buy real clothes from the thrift store)! We had dress up clothes growing up and they got used to shreds!
Sheets and Clothespins
Not for their beds, but rather for some epic fort building. We spent countless hours building forts inside and out growing up and at least once a week my daughter is building forts in our house. She makes little ones with the coffee table or asks me for help making ones that take up a good portion of the living room.
Kids are obsessed with flashlights and they are the perfect accessory to a fort or for exploring.
Some kids do the block thing and other don’t, but they are a classic toy to have around. They can build cities and roads or towers to knock over.
These are more stable for little hands (but not as fun to topple over 🙂 ) We have a couple of sets of these that the kids cycle through playing.
Painting. Kids like anything kind-of messy in my experience. Having their own supplies is a lot of fun. They’ll sit and paint away. Having it be a present makes them ruining the paint and going through countless sheets of paper not quite so painful.
My daughter is obsessed with these things. She goes through them so quickly I’d be broke trying to keep up with her. She loves them, and views them as fun not school so they make a great present. I won’t have to limit how many pages she does a day when it’s a gift either.
Both of my kids push their little grocery cart around the house. They go grocery shopping, use it to move clothes from the dyer, or carry around toys and books.
Again, I think things with wheels are fun. Put a doll, stuffed animal, or other object in there and they have a blast. Getting to push it down the sidewalk is even better.
My daughter LOVES to help in the kitchen. When she turned three, one of her presents was a little silicone spatula, some recipes she could make, and the ingredients to make them. She loved it! Purchase real products they can actually use and the ingredients you don’t normally buy. They will feel pretty cool whipping up there own batch of mini muffins or cupcakes or decorating cookies they made with their stuff. My daughter still asks for “her spatula”.
Reading. We love books in our house and spend lots of time on the couch reading a lot. Find good books to add to your stash. These are just a few of the many books we have, but my daughter seems to bring these out frequently to read.
Something else my daughter loves to get out and spend long periods of time playing with. Colors get mixed, my rolling pin and cookie cutters get brought out along with plastic animals so they can make foot prints. Play-Doh dries out so they will always need new stuff! You can even make your own.
What are your favorite gift ideas for preschoolers?
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