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23 Gifts for Three Year Olds That Aren’t Toys!

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My baby girl is about to turn three! What?! I’m starting to get requests for gift ideas from family members, and after our year on the road, the newfound minimalist inside me is screaming NO GIFTS!!!! We have plenty of toys that don’t get used, including several that made the cross-country, yearlong journey with us. So the thought of receiving loads of new toys for the 3rd birthday kinda stresses me out. That’s why I decided to brainstorm this list of no toy gift ideas, since we’ve found that most toys get played with a few times and then abandoned.

Because let’s be honest, ain’t nobody got time for a mess like this –>

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Subscription Boxes!

My daughter gets sooo excited anytime we get a package in the mail. What is it?! Can I open?! Oooh! She loves opening packages, even if they’re filled with boring stuff like USB cables from Amazon. Imagine how much fun it would be to get an actual package addressed to her, with snacks or books or projects just for her!

Snack Boxes

What kid doesn’t love food?! You will receive hand-picked selections of healthy, non-sugary snacks that kids will love.

Book Boxes

  • Bookroo Monthly Book Club – One of Parent Magazine’s top 10 subscription services 2017! High quality curated books your kids will love. Each book is individually gift-wrapped (for added excitement!)
  • Kid’s BookCase Club – 3 new hardcover age appropriate books each month.
  • Amazon Prime Book Box – two hardcover books per month. You have the choice to preview and select from a list of books, or be surprised every delivery!

Activity & Learning Boxes

  • Little Learners Busy Box – no-prep learning activities designed to build preschool skills.
  • Tinkering Toddlers Crate – three engaging activities for toddlers and preschoolers, delivered to your door.
  • Green Kids Crafts – Developed by teachers and STEAM experts (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) to support key developmental skills for kids ages 2-4, each of these Discovery Boxes includes up to six different experiments and crafts that activate thinking, questioning, inquiring, and original creation.
  • STEM Club Toys box – I know, this is supposed to be a “no toys” list, but these are interactive, build-it-yourself toys, so I’m making an exception. The box for 3-4 year olds has toys/projects designed to develop skills with counting, building, and cause and effect.
  • Little Passports Global Adventure box – receive letters, souvenirs, pop-out models, activities, experiments, stickers and more. Inspire a life-long interest in travel, language and world cultures with Little Passports!

Educational Tech

  • ABC Mouse subscription – ABC Mouse is an award-winning early learning education program for children ages 2-8. This digital platform includes more than 8500 learning activities to help children learn reading, math, science, music, and art skills.
  • Amazon FreeTime Unlimited – thousands of kid-friendly books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games on compatible devices. Parents can personalize screen time limits, set educational goals, filter age-appropriate content, and also manage web browsing and content usage based on their preferences.

Personalized Books

  • ISeeMe – award-winning personalized children’s books. Use your child’s picture and name to make a book, puzzle, or other unique gift.

Big Kid Room Decor

Three is around the age when toddlers get their “big kid” bed, so it’s a great time to buy a gift that fits the new lifestyle. Here are a few ideas:

  • Reading Tent – My favorite development at this age is seeing my child interact with books independently. The first morning she stayed in her room, “reading” her books aloud to herself, I thought my heart was going to burst. Provide space by gifting an awesome nook for your toddler to get away and read.
  • My Pillow Pets – get a cuddly character pillow to go with the new big kid bed.
  • Ok to Wake clock – so, this one is probably more for mom and dad, to be honest. Now that your kiddo is sleeping in a big kid bed, it’s important to put some limits on when they can actually get out of bed.

Experiences

  • Tickets to a local attraction like Legoland Discovery Center, Sealife, or the zoo! Be sure to put a date on the calendar, though, preferably in the very near future. Kids have short memories 🙂
  • Membership to a local children’s museum. Search here for ideas on local attractions.

Projects/Consumables

  • Color Wonder Mess Free Coloring Kit – Creativity is bursting at this age, so you should consider gifts that tap into that. We love the mess-free markers by Crayola, because..well, Mess. Free. For real.
  • Bubbles.
  • Sidewalk chalk. Always a hit!
  • Rocket copters. Hours of easy entertainment. I kid you not.

What no toy gift ideas do you have?

I’d love to hear more suggestions in the comments below!

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