Gift Ideas for Preschoolers
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About birthday gifts for 3 year olds-- my daughter turned 3 this summer as
did four friends. I finally settled on Playschool flashlights from Toys R Us
for under $10 ($14 at Mr Mopps.)
They turn white, red and green, & go off automatically after so much time
has elapsed. One family even used theirs during the summer west coast power
outage as it was the only flashlight in the house. Good for boys & girls.
Also my friend got kites for her gifts--gets kids and parents together too.
At this age (and later, too) we usually give the birthday child either
a jigsaw puzzle or a couple of books. If you look around you can find
some good puzzles in the $5-$8 range, and a couple of picture books,
soft cover, will be about the same. That way you don't get into issues
over guns, barbie dolls, etc. Of course, if you know the kid personally
yourself, and know they have a particular interest in collecting bugs
or some such thing, then you can look for something along those lines.
To Karen - shopping for a 3 year old girl's B-day party - I often ask
the parents when I RSVP to the party if their child has any particular
interests (or aversions), and that prevents buying weapons or Barbie dolls
for families that forbid that type of thing. Having a 7 year old and a 4
year old, I am now at the point where I let them choose the gift within a
certain price range if they know the child and have an opinion. When in
doubt - art supplies are always good - for 3 year olds, play dough or new
crayons, a pack of construction paper, or that type of thing is always
appreciated. ToysRUs actually has some good art sets with crayons, pencils,
etc. for under $15. Price wise, I try to stay between $10 and $15 unless
the child is a family friend. Hope this helps. It gets worse as they get
older, as they get invited to more and more parties. I'm hoping with my
older one to have a small slumber party this year and limit the number of
kids and the expectation of a huge haul of toys. Good luck!
I am a mother of a 5 year old boy and a 7 year old girl. I have been
faced with many birthday gifts so far and have come up with the
The simplest way to chose a gift for a child is to ask the parents
what the child likes. The parents are usually appreciative of your
thoughtfulness and always have an idea or two. A general price range
of $10 to $15 is safe, more than that is unnecessary. If you have a
boy of the same age, ask yourself which toys does he like that a girl
might like too. You would be surprised by how many things would work
as a gift for both girls and boys.
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