Gift ideas for three year olds

The best gifts and toys for 3 year old boys and girls | Mum's Grapevine

Imagination and pretend play really comes to the fore for three-year-olds, so they will love play sets with animals and characters (from farm sets to princess castles) as well as pretend tools, doctor’s kits and lots of other accessories to enhance their make-believe games.

Check out our favourite toys for 3 year old boys and girls, based on what they’re doing, loving and learning at this stage in their development.

  • Painting And Drawing
  • Riding And Pedalling
  • Laughing At Silly Jokes
  • Playing Co-Operatively (Sometimes!)
  • Playing Make-Believe
  • Dancing
  • Dressing Up
  • Playing Ball Games
  • Talking (A Lot)
  • Asking ‘Why?’

  • Imaginative Play Sets
  • Basic Matching Games
  • Duplo
  • Tea Set
  • Play Food
  • Doctors Kits
  • Craft Supplies
  • Swing Set
  • Toy Tools
  • Bubble Machine


Beautiful first bikes

Banwood Balance Bikes

Banwood First Go Balance Bike ($289.95)

Introduce youngsters to the world of riding with a vintage-style bike that looks sleek on the streets. We love the included wicker basket for kiddos to carry their treasures.

Birdie babushka

Marmalade Lion Australian birds nesting dolls

Marmalade Lion Australian Bird Nesting Dolls ($59)

A beautiful collection of birds to sit pretty and be admired. Hand illustrated with incredible attention to detail, little love bugs will adore their new feathered friends.

Play like mum

Play Like mum Pioneer Dolls Pram

Play Like Mum Dolls Pram (from $59.95)

A dolls pram that looks and plays the part. This must-have accessory converts from carrycot to stroller just like the real Silver Cross Pioneer pram. With a basket big enough for everything dolly needs, it’s the perfect pram for pretend play.

A balancing act


HipKids Curved Balance Board ($139.95)

Rock, balance, step, flip and hide – the play possibilities of the multi-use balance board are endless. Made from 100% beech wood, it’s sturdy and strong enough to withstand hours of fun. We love that the only limit is imagination.

Stamping good fun

Micador Stamp and Colour Farmyard Set

Micador Stamp and Colour Farmyard Set ($35)

Featuring 9 easy-grip stampers, 20 stamp activity sheets a washable ink pad, crayons and more, this is the ultimate craft set for early learners. We love the Tri-Grip crayons for mini hands to hold.

Ready, steady, Wiggle!

Wiggles games by UGames

Wiggles Floor Puzzle ($15)

Anthony, Emma, Simon, Lachy and the gang come together to help little lambs learn their ABC. A brilliantly educational toy for Wiggles-crazed kids.

Time for tacos

Make Me Iconic Taco Kit

Make Me Iconic Taco Toy ($74.99)

It’s taco time and we can’t wait to tuck in. This playful kit has everything a budding chef needs to create the tastiest taco of all time. From cheese and chilli to parsley and prawns, the delicious combinations are endless.

Colour in the tub

Bath Crayons

Munchkin Bath Crayons ($11.99)

Bathing isn’t boring when there are bath crayons to play with. Draw on the tiles and sketch in the shower, then simply rinse off the doodles when they’re done.

A colourful alphabet

Petit Collage ABC Tray Puzzle - Hard to Find

Petit Collage ABC Tray Puzzle ($49.95)

Practising the alphabet is easy when it’s made into a beautiful game. Sitting in every cut-out is a lovely illustration waiting to be covered with the correct letter of the alphabet.

Baking beauty

New Classic Toys Mixer Set

New Classic Toys Mixer Set ($54.95)

Crack the eggs, sift the flour and pour in the milk. Baking cookies with this stunning mixer set is sure to keep them busy. Bon Appetit!

Magnetic making

Curious Columbus magnetic objects and letters

Curious Columbus Magnetic Objects and Letters ($28.99)

The big, bold and beautifully illustrated magnetic objects are the perfect size for smaller hands to grasp. And the name of the object sits next to the picture for learning and playing fun all rolled into one!

Belts at the ready

Adairs Hairdresser and carpenter belts

Adairs Hairdresser and Carpenter Belts ($34.99)

Give them the right tools for the job and take role-play to the next level. Armed with everything they need to fix that shelf and style that hair these tool belts are cuter than cute.


Dippy eggs

Alessi Egg Cup with hat and spoon

Alessi Egg Cup with Hat & Spoon ($39)

The perfect accompaniment to their morning egg and soldiers. Take off his hat and get the spoon at the ready. It’s dipping time!

Piece together your A-B-C’s

Janod Learn the Alphabet Puzzle ($39.95)

So much learning to be had with this jigsaw that pieces together to create the alphabet. With pictures to explore letter sounds and colour coded wooden letters, your mini brainiac will master their A-B-C’s in no time.

Dazzle in dress ups

Bonne Mere Glitter Stars Eyemask and Heirloom Angel Wing Set

Bonne Mere Eyemask & Angel Wing Set ($59)

Embellished with sparkly shooting stars and a touch of fairy dust, this stunning set is the perfect gift for a magical game of dress-ups.

Giddyupadairs Kids Hobby horse unicorns

Adairs Unicorn Play Horse ($29.95)

Darling dolls

These Little Treasures

These Little Treasures Lola & Lenny Dolls (from $89)

A delightful collection of dolls for tykes to treasure for years to come. These Little Treasures are made for play and adventures with love, care and attention to detail that makes them a wonderful gift.


One lump or two?

Green Toys Tea Set

Green Toys Tea Set ($45)

Complete with a teapot, cups, saucers, milk jug, sugar pot and spoons this charming mini tea set is everything young hosts need for a splendid high tea. The only thing missing now is the cake!

Make your own tracks

My First Train tape gallery, Donkey Products

Tape Gallery My First Train ($29.95)

All aboard the tape express! This clever roll of tape provides 33 meters of rail track fun for creative kids to roll over. Stick to the floor, wall or table to create a railway in an instant.

Their very own tool bet

Personalised children's tool belt

Personalised Tool Belt ($96.80)

Can they fix it? Yes, they can! With their very own tool belt at the ready kiddos will have the confidence to fix anything that comes their way.

Doctor, Doctor!

Plan Toys wooden doctors set

Plan Toys Wooden Doctors Set ($37.95)

A doctor’s set has an old-world charm that never loses its shine, and this wooden marvel will encourage pretend play and help ease worries about visiting the doctor.

Mechanic at play

Battat Take-Apart Airplane

Battat Take-Apart Airplane ($52.95)

Drill the propeller into place and screw the wheels on nice and tight. This adorable set features wheels, wings and screws for mini pilots to play with. And when the flying fun is over, set the drill into reverse and do it all again!

Kite in your pocket

Tigert Tribe, pocket kite

Tiger Tribe Pocket Kites ($14.95)

A fabulous first kite that goes where you go, so you’re ready for any windy day. Compact and frameless kiddos will be catching a breeze in no time.

A set for the sand

QUUT Beach Toys Set with Ballo

QUUT Beach Toys Set ($23.95)

Make shapes in the sand play games on the shore with the beach set that has it all.

Swing into fun

Spidey Web Swing, Lifespan Kids

Spidey Web Swing ($149.99)

Kids can swing together with the clever Spidey swing. Hook onto any swing set or even attach to a tree, and all they have to do is enjoy the ride.

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Gifts for kids based on play and development, not gender.

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