Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Holiday Gift Guide Ages 3-6

It's that time of year again! I worked so hard to bring this Holiday Gift Guide to life, nice and early, in hopes that this helps you to find just the right present for your little elf. Without further ado, here are ALL of my favorite finds, many of which we have and love, and others that the boys are hoping and wishing for.

1. Guess Who: At the top of Oskar’s list this year! He’s right in the sweet spot for introducing “Guess Who”, which also brings back lots of childhood nostalgia for us. Have to go with the retro version for this reason.

2. Candy Land: This is a family favorite, and we find ourselves playing as a family a handful of times a week. Even August plays along at two years old, even though he sneakily puts us all in Molasses Swamp when we’re not looking.

3. DCMarvel Match Game: This game is AMAZING for any superhero lovers. It resembles Connect 4 with a unique twist, and we team up in pairs to play against each other, though Oskar can totally hold his own now. We love this so much that we’ve added it to our gift-giving list to introduce to others.

4. Telescope: Oskar’s been asking for a telescope and we dig the idea. This is a highly rated one at a reasonable price.

5. Reversible Sequin Pillow: Reversible sequins are everywhere, and even I can’t stop flipping them back and forth when I see them. This little pillow is perfect for a big-girl room and to toss onto a chair or bed.

6. Birthstone Necklace: A sweet idea for a little girl. I still remember my first "real" necklace.

7. Elephant and Piggie Books: Can’t express how obsessed our little 4 year old is with this series. I don’t know what it is about them, but he just can’t get enough. We’ve added a handful of these books to his list, and in the interim, we keep checking them out from the library. The simple, sweet, and funny stories are sure to be a hit for any early readers.

8. Craft Box and Craft Case: For all of you lucky ducks with little ones who will sit and color or arts-and-crafts it up. The boys have no patience for this (sigh), but these kits are both the absolute jackpot for any little artist.

9. Horse and Stable Set: This is a beautiful, quality horse and stable set that will serve your kiddos for years to come. I remember playing horses for hours on end, and Schleich always delivers on design. 

10. Record Player: Hear me out on this one. Our niece has a record player in her room, and it’s quickly made us want to add one to Oskar’s room, too. I love the aesthetic, the vintage feel, and the thought of playing soundtracks or albums in the background as the kids play together after bath or before bed time. Linking the  Trolls, Moana, Coco, and Curious George albums here, since these are at the top of our list.

11. LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick Box: Again, I would be remiss to not include a LEGO set. We got the boys this classic box, and have watched their creativity soar. Our dining room table has now been dubbed the “LEGO table”, and the robots, cars, bad guys, castles, and traps that they build with these never cease to amaze us.

12. Barista Set: A cute little coffee set to add to a play kitchen.

13. Laser Tag: I stumbled across this and know that we need this in our house. The boys live for chasing each other with nerf guns or swords, so adding an actual laser tag game to the mix: HUGE win. The reviews are amazing, so this is sure to be a hit.

14. Bookbag: Great for sleep-overs at grandparents houses, but also to pack to pre-school, pre-K, or kindergarten. The kids also love playing “school” at home, and pack their bookbags over and over again. This one comes in so many cute patters, I couldn’t pick my favorite.

15. Watch: A first watch for the little kiddo in your life who is obsessed with asking what time it is. No, just in our house? 

16. Cozy Blanket: I love the thought of giving a cuddly, soft blanket with some favorite books to pair together for rainy days. You can also use this to make a cozy fort to read under.

17. Dalmatian Vet Kit: This continues to be a best seller every Christmas, and now I see why. Oskar is obsessed with playing doctor or veterinarian, and this kit comes with everything you need to do so.

18. Doll Stroller and Doll Carrier: Perfect for the littlest mommy in your life. You’ll be sure to get lots of imaginative play out of both.

19. Snow Gear: A perfect time to gift some gear for snowy days. The boys are getting Bibs, Boots, Waterproof Mittens, and a Snow Tube since everything from previous years has been outgrown.

20. Magna Tiles: These are on repeat every Christmas season as a “must-have” toy, and there’s a reason for that. We got a cheap-y set over the summer and the boys keep asking for more. Finally investing in a nice big set for castle building, which I know they will absolutely love.

If nothing on this list fits quite right, the 3-6 year age is a great time to gift a big boy room or big girl room refresh. Linking some inspiration here. I also stumbled across this STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Club Toy subscription from Amazon, perfect to space some gifts out over the course of the year. Your kiddo receives a box every month, every other month, or every third month, depending on your preference, and each box contains a STEM oriented toy/game/activity that encourages learning through play.

And that’s a wrap! Let me know what else makes your list this year and what you're most excited to see your kiddo open. There's nothing like that that Christmas morning magic.

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