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Preschooler gift guide, coming in hot! I rounded up my absolute favorites and scoured the reviews to bring you the best Christmas gifts for preschoolers!
This list got REALLY LONG so I broke it out between ‘big gifts‘ (for us, something that can’t really be wrapped/comes assembled/set up near the tree 😉 ), smaller gifts and stocking stuffers for preschoolers, AKA kids ages 3-6ish.
Some of the things on the list were also on my Toddler Gift Guide list because my bigger kids (ages 5 and 7) still play with them, so they’re good for preschoolers, too.
Like the toddler gift guide, I’m opting to only recommend toys, books and stuff that I think you’ll truly use for years to come.
In this preschooler Christmas gift guide, I have a mix of fun and practical – yes, I’m totally THAT MOM who gifts essentials like markers or toothpaste – it’s all in the presentation ;).
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Here are 60+ gift ideas for preschoolers for Christmas – check out my favorites!
Best BIG Gifts for Preschoolers
1 // Bounce House – We don’t own this (yet!) but only because we don’t have space for it… my SIL & BIL have one in their basement and I’m not kidding when I say it’s had hundreds of hours of use. Works inside or outside, has great reviews, also totally fab for birthday parties, too.
2 // Webbed Swing – this is maybe one of the best things we’ve gotten our kids for the backyard – fits about 4 preschoolers and it’s held up so well over the years and the price is SO good.
3 // Foldable TeePee – you won’t believe the price on this… and the reviews are awesome. Considering it for my kids!
4 // Girly Play House – can you believe this is under $75?! Me either.
5 // Cub Balance Bike – this is made for kids 20 months – 5 years and it’s a great little balance bike for preschoolers (Coop has one) for a great price. Good reviews, lots of color combos.
6 // Balance Beam – I think kids ages 2-10 would love this… it’s 4 foot so if you want something longer, they velcro together and are super lightweight for portability. Made by Tumble Track which is an actual gymnastics equiptment company.
7 // Fire Station – Coop has had this for a few years and loves it… kind of like a ‘doll house’ but less girly (note: I’m not against boys playing with doll houses in ANY way, Coop just likes his firehouse
8 // Fire Truck Popup Playhouse – considering getting this for Cooper (who is not a toddler!) because it’s a great price, good reviews, my kids love tents annnd most importantly, it’s collapsable so not a huge commitment to taking up a ton of space. Great ‘big’ gift at a low price!
9 // Toy Kitchen – highly recommend this play kitchen… we’ve had it for 2 years and it’s held up really well, wasn’t a total beast to assemble, it’s a great price and it matches any decor (aka not big, plastic & primary colored).
10 // Easel – double sided with a chalkboard on one side, a dry erase board that also holds paper on the other at a great price point
11 // Wooden Dollhouse – It’s open sided for easy access and as neutral as it gets in the scheme of dollhouses ;). All wooden, high quality, good reviews, comes with 15 pieces of furniture, too.
12 // Knee Hockey Set – we bought one of these for Coop last year and he LOVES it (he’s also hockey-obsessed). It’s meant to be played on your knees but it’s the perfect standing height for preschoolers (ours is indoors).
13 // Play Table & Chairs – this set is insanely cute, has great reviews, comes with the table AND 2 chairs, and it’s under $130.
14 // Micro Mini Scooter – MEGA love for these micro-mini scooters for kids 2-5 (Quinn is 7 and just outgrew hers). Available in 8 colors, the highest rated scooter on Amazon, and a good price for all the use you’ll get from it – my kids even ride theirs in the house (thanks, wood floors!).
15 // Cardboard Brick Block Set – I have AMAZING memories of playing with these as a kid. They’re rated for ages 2-5 but I think I’m going to get them for Cooper (5.5) for Christmas.
16 // Basketball Hoop – for the preschooler who loves basketball… this hoop is really cute, good reviews (almost 5 stars!), good price!
17 // Grocery Store/Lemonade Stand – this has awesome reviews and Coop’s preschool has something similar that gets tons of use so a great option for a bigger gift.
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Best Gifts for Preschoolers
1 // Personalized Apron – I have one of these for each of my kids and they are DARLING, functional, and personalized on the little leather tag on the front. A great gift for kids who love to play in pretend kitchens and help in real kitchens.
2 // Colored Domino Set – strongly considering this for Coop & Quinn as a building tool – good reviews, learning potential and it’s really cute.
3 // Hot Wheels Gift Set – Hot Wheels cars are used nonstop at our house… this little gift set comes with 9 cars so it’s a great bargain gift with lots of playing time!
4 // Fleece Blanket with Foot Pouch – these supersoft blankets have a foot pouch built in which is perfect for kids whose feet slide out from under their blanket… and maybe my kids will stop stealing all my good blankets with this one?!
5 // Warmies – believe me, I am VERY anti-more stuffed animals coming into this house BUT I’m making an exception for these… they’re microwavable and have dried French lavendar for a soothing warm cuddle AND they’re at an awesome price point and they have a million animals to choose from – see them all here. Basically a really cute cuddly heating pad for kids – I’m grabbing one for each of mine.
6 // Play Cleaning Set – always love Melissa & Doug toys and we’ve had this cleaning set for the past few years and it’s a mega hit for kids of all ages, but easy enough to manuever for toddlers, too!
7 // Dear Girl – I’ve mentioned this book before but I LOVE it and it’s a great gift for any little girl. Sign it and write a little note inside to make it a special gift.
8 // V-Tech Kids Camera – both of my bigger kids have/had one of these and they’re super durable and easy for them to use. I like them having a device (besides my phone!) to use to take pics.
9 // Play Food – Take it from someone whose kids have owned a LOT of play food with a million pieces – this collection isn’t overwhelming and has the bonus lesson of sorting colors, so, bonus.
10 // Bilibo – yes that’s really the name and no I don’t know what it means 😉 but I’m getting one for each of my kids. Comes in 10 colors, has amazing reviews (4.5 stars on 1k+), stacks to take up less space, and are meant to encourage creativity, balance, coordination, role playing – from the Amazon listing: “sit in it, stand on it, spin in it or stack it. rock it, fill it, wear it or slide it.” – ok I’m sold 😉
11 // Metal Kids Shovel – this little mini version of an shovel adult works for sand and snow
12 // Reusable Sticker Pads – another great trick to have up your sleeve for the car, a plane ride, a restaurant.
13 // This Is How We Do It Book – this book has gorgeous illustrations and teaches kids how children their age live around the world.
14 // 20 Pack of Hair Bows – this pack of 20 6″ hair bows is AMAZING… we have them and they’re great quality at an insane price. They also come in 3″, 4.5″, 5″.
15 // Construction Paper – Christmas is always a good time to stock up on & wrap the essentials 😉 – fill the craft closet!
16 // Hunter Boots – hands down, the easiest boots for kids to put on and take off on their own… kind of a big deal when your preschooler’s middle name is “Independent”. They last forever and look really cute in every season, totally worth the $$ for me!
17 // Kinetic Sand – I honestly haven’t been brave enough to pull the trigger on kinetic sand but the reviews are amazing and I think my kids can handle it without a ginormous mess… fingers crossed!
18 // Tool Set – this set has amazing reviews, is wood (if you’re avoiding plastic), and is SUPER inexpensive.
19 // Lincoln Logs – a total classic… how do we not already own this set?! 720+ reviews and 100+ pieces in the set.
20 // Kiwi Crate – I really do LOVE these for kids of all ages – basically it’s a crate of activities and supplies of age-appropriate activities to encourage STEAM (science, technology, education, art & math) learning and play. Your first crate is FREE – you just pay $4.95 for shipping ;).
21 // White Paper Rolls – really meant for an easel but I put them down on our play table for easy clean up
22 // Play-Doh Tools – a great little set of tools for preschoolers to use with Play-Doh
23 // Play-Doh – a set of 10 Play-Doh colors is great for any preschooler
24 // Magnetic Drawing Board – this would be awesome for a road trip or to keep in the car for meals at restaurants.
25 // Drawstring Transparent Toy Bags – ok these are maybe more for mom than the kids but these bags are great for storing tinier toys; the fun stuff is still in sight but all the pieces are kept together.
26 // Magnetic Tiles – These are really great for kids of all ages to build just about anything. A great learning toy – engineering, colors, fine motor, and imagination rolled into one. Note – I’m not really brand-loyal on these, whatever is on sale is great ;).
27 // Scribble Scrubbies – I honestly think all 3 of my kids (2, 5, 7) will love these and they’re color-able, washable, rinse & repeat ;).
28 // Wooden Busy Board – this busy board is pretty solid so better for preschoolers than toddlers – we’ve had ours since 2016 and it’s held up beautifully and all my kids still use it.
29 // Dear Boy – a super sweet book to gift any little boy in your life – sign it & write a note to make it more personal.
30 // Big Puzzle – the perfect sized puzzle for preschoolers and it comes in a wooden for easy storage – good reviews, good price.
31 // Toddler Helmet – gotta have a helmet to go with the scooter – this one comes in sizes small enough for a toddler’s little head (ages 1-4) and has great reviews, comes in 7 colors, and is reasonably priced.
32 // Kids Robes – how cute are these?! Lots of animals to choose from, multiple size options, and personalization possibilities.
33 // Preschooler Slippers – these slippers are DARLING (they come in other colors for boys & girls, pink is shown) – and they’re available in toddler sizes and kids sizes. Coop has a pair and they’re really nice!
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Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Preschoolers
1 // Play-Doh – A classic toy for kids in a stocking-stuffer friendly package. Keep one or two in your purse for emergencies ;).
2 // Lacing Cards – great for fine motor skills. This is a smaller set of 5 cards for stockings :).
3 // Race Track Tape – the PERFECT stocking stuffer for a car-loving preschooler – sticks on to make anything a racetrack.
4 // Wet Brushes – These are just the best if you have girls or boys with longer hair – no tugging, no fighting. I like the 2 pack and keep the small one in the car.
5 // 50 Count Washable Markers – washable is the key word here 😉 this pack of 50 is such a great deal!
6 // 5 Pack Hot Wheels – this 5 pack of hot wheels fits perfectly inside a stocking!
7 // Kids Electric Toothbrush – this toothbrush is designed for kids ages 3+, rechargable, has great ratings, and has a built-in timer.
8 // Water Wow Coloring Books – Water Wow are the PERFECT thing to bring out to restaurants, on road trips, and on planes with super young kids. They come with a ‘pen’ that fills with water, which is what ‘colors’ them in. They’re reusable, too.
9 // Lice Repellent Spray – I know, I know… buying your child lice prevention spray for their stocking is just so typically MOM. But this stuff is all-natural and I spray it on my kids’ heads every morning before school – works as a detangler and a lice prevention spray.
10 // Kids Plates – mad love for these plates… they’re not character, they wash SO well, and they’re made from recycled material.
11 // Piggy Paint – this brand is non-toxic, no parabens or harsh, smelly chemicals, cruelty-free + vegan + made in USA.
12 // Wiki Stix – The perfect on-the-go toy to keep in your purse for any time you need tiny hands occupied for a few mins.
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