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Gift Guide: Best Gifts for Kids Ages 3–5

find the perfect gift for your kiddo this year

Buying gifts for kids ages 3, 4, and 5 can be confusing. They aren’t babies anymore—they’re quick to tell you that—but you’re not totally out of the phase of worrying whether they may put small things in their mouths or color on the wall. So we’re here to help! Here’s our roundup of the best gifts for kids ages 3–5 to help make gift giving easy this year.

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Dragons Love Tacos and 10-inch Plush Dragon

If you haven’t read Dragons Love Tacos with your child yet, then get on it immediately. It’s a household favorite, as well as the sequel Dragons Love Tacos 2. And this sweet set comes with a 10-inch plush dragon that your kiddo can hold while laughing through the story. // $34.95


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Courtesy of Lego

Duplo Bulldozer

This new release from Lego is a great gift for little builders and builder-ettes. It comes in 10 pieces and, when assembled, the bulldozer measures 3-inches high, 6-inches long, and 2-inches wide making it the perfect size for little hands. // $9.99


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Courtesy of Hot Wheels

Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage 

If your child loves Hot Wheels, then this Ultimate Garage will be their favorite gift this Christmas. There is a kid-powered elevator that takes cars up and down the multi-level garage, and the twists and turns of the race track might land you in the jaws of the T-rex. Littles will love the non-stop fun of this garage. // $99.99


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Pop-Arty Beads 

For the little fashion-lover in your life, the beads in this Pop-Arty Bead Set pop together to create endless jewelry possibilities. The kit includes 500 snap-together beads, 12 adjustable rings, and six cuff bracelets for making all the accessories. // $17.99


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Courtesy of MindWare

MindWare Pattern Play Color by Design Puzzle

This 80-piece set of beautiful wooden blocks are perfect for creative little ones. The rainbow-colored blocks can be used to teach symmetry, patterns and fractions. Each block set comes with pattern cards to replicate and a tray for storage. // $24.95


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Courtesy of Hearth & Hand With Magnolia

Wooden Dollhouse with Furniture – Hearth & Hand with Magnolia

Unless you’ve been living under a rock since 2014, you have probably heard of Chip and Joanna Gaines of the HGTV hit Fixer Upper. Their product line at Target includes this beautiful Wooden Dollhouse that will actually add to your décor instead of being an eyesore. Your kids will love to play with this stylish house, and you can even add a pool and barn with animal figurines for a full ranch spread. // $129.99


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Courtesy of Little Medical School

Little Medical School Wilderness Survival School 

For the adventurous animal-lover in your life, this Little Medical School Wilderness Survival School is a wonderful role-playing kit that includes all of the tools to teach children about hiking, common outdoor injuries, basic first aid and even a plush Big Foot they can use their compass to find. This unique kit provides hours of fun! Editor’s Note: The item will officially be available Dec. 1, but it’s available for pre-order now.  // $29.99


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Courtesy of Pipsticks

 Pipsticks Kids Classic Sticker Subscription 

Sticker-obsessed kiddos will be over-the-moon for this monthly sticker subscription that inspires creativity and screen-free play. Each month’s shipment includes an activity book, a postcard, a sheet of scratch-and-sniff stickers, and 15 sheets of stickers including a giant puffy sticker. // $17.95 per month


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Courtesy of Osmo

Osmo Little Genius Starter Kit 

If you have little ones in your house that are constantly trying to play with their older sibling’s Osmo set, then this Little Genius Starter Kit is perfect. This set will give them the opportunity to learn coding as early as age 3. With six games, it’s the perfect gift to keep your kiddo learning and having fun this winter. Set can be purchased to work with iPad or Fire Tablet. // $119


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Courtesy of Little Tikes

Little Tikes First Oven 

Being inside for cooler temps doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. This Little Tikes First Oven is a great piece to encourage imaginative play. The stovetop lights up, the buttons on the oven display work, and the oven lights up when you open the door—just like the real deal. // $49.99


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Courtesy of Slackers

B4 Slackers™ – Ninjaline™ Intro Kit 

If you know any American Ninja Warriors fans, this Ninjaline Intro Kit will be the perfect gift for the aspiring ninjas in your life. It’s perfect for kids starting at age 5. You can move the obstacles and change the patterns creating an infinite number of courses. This line is easily portable so you can take it to the park, on vacation and store it during harsh weather. // $99.99


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Courtesy of MindWare

MindWare Dig it Up! Discoveries 

We love these Dig It Up kits because there are tons of options to engage kiddos. Your kids can dig up everything from puppies, dinos, bugs, fairies, mermaids and other wild animals. Each kit teaches kids the types of environments their kit creature lives in and tons of other facts. // $26.95


best toys and gifts for kids
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Wizmo Spin Art

This toy harkens back to our childhood arts and crafts and creates beautiful, unique artwork. Each kit includes red, blue and yellow paints to teach kiddos about primary colors and color mixing. Plus, the kit has raised sides around the paper that help keep messes at bay. // $16.95

Looking for more gift ideas? Check out our gift guide for Babies & Toddlers, Kids Ages 6–10, Teens & Tweens and Gifts for Him. And keep an eye out for more guides coming soon!

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