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A List of the Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Preschoolers This Year
If you’re anything like me, you’ll find that buying Christmas gifts for preschoolers is a lot more fun now than when your child was younger. At this age, your options really open up because they’re capable of doing so much more now than before.
The hard part? Narrowing it down and choosing only what fits within your budget.
I’ve narrowed your options down to 21 of the most fun Christmas gift ideas for preschoolers that I really think they’ll love. Lots of options, but not tooo many. You’re sure to find something for your child on this list!
1. Magnetic Wooden Block Set
Girl or boy, what child doesn’t love creating something out of nothing other than some wooden blocks, a little imagination, and their own hands?
Help your preschooler discover their inner builder with a set of magnetic wooden blocks. Not only are they great for imaginative play, but they also help with:
- Fine-tuning their motor skills
- Pattern recognition
- Problem solving
- and more
You can get a 14-piece set of Tegu blocks to introduce your little builder to the non-toxic, color tinted blocks.
Or if you want to go all out, there’s also a 42-piece set, which incorporates nine unique shapes, including magnetic wheels.
2. Play Food
We have a drawer full of play food, and unlike the real food in our house, it’s definitely not going to waste.
From infant to preschooler and beyond, what kid doesn’t love to make pretend meals? My girls are constantly mixing up interesting concoctions and building whimsical sandwiches for us.
And they’re so proud of their creations!
We have a mix of plastic and wooden pieces, and have found that the wooden food holds up longer. (Especially with a baby around who seems to think you can actually eat it!)
3. Play Kitchen
While we’re on the subject of pretend cooking, a play kitchen is a must in every household with kids.
I remember how excited my sisters and I were to receive one as a Christmas gift when we were little!
And they have come a looong way since I was a kid. There are some really neat play kitchens now. From this blue vintage kitchen…
…to a grand walk-in kitchen, complete with a built-in grill.
4. LEGO Juniors
LEGO Juniors are the perfect Christmas gift for preschoolers who have outgrown Duplos, but aren’t quite ready for the teeny, tiny instruction filled sets.
Here are a few of the best LEGO Juniors sets I found on Amazon:
And if you’re worried about keeping them organized, notice that the sets I listed come with a carrying suitcase for keeping all the parts together.
Pro mom space-saving tip: Once your kiddo’s done with them for the day, simply put the pieces back into the case and store it vertically on a shelf (kind of like a book).
5. Green Kid Crafts
Combining art and science with crafting, Green Kid Crafts is a monthly subscription for kids age two on up.
A year-long subscription box is the perfect holiday gift for kids who enjoy getting packages in the mail (who doesn’t?!). And not only is this craft box a fun activity for your preschooler, but it’s educational, too.
I consider that a win-win!
6. Kindle Fire
With a tablet like the Kindle Fire 8 Kids, there are parental controls that allow you to filter out anything you don’t want them getting into and to monitor their activity.
Plus, it comes with a kid-proof case.
And if it still breaks? It also comes with a 2 year guarantee, so just return it and get a free replacement.
Not sure what to put on your kids’ tablet?
Try out Amazon FreeTime Unlimited FREE for a month on the Kindle Fire for access to over 20,000 books, Audible books, movies, TV shows, apps, and games for kids ages 3–12.
(All FreeTime Unlimited content is hand-curated and age-appropriate.)
7. Baking Kit Subscription
You can either pick a single box or subscribe to Baketivity’s monthly subscription baking box.
These are real baking sets for preschoolers to tweens, complete with the required pre-measured food ingredients — not to mention learning activities.
Super simple, fun, and educational. Check it out and see for yourself!
8. Musical Instruments
If you don’t mind a little noise (and hopefully you don’t by this point in your parenting journey) then some musical instruments could make the perfect gift for your child.
This “band in a box” has served our daughters well in their quest to make lots of noise. Your preschooler is sure to love them, too!
9. Princess Dress
If your little princess likes to dress up, then a princess dress is the perfect gift.
We have two daughters and pretty much ALL of the Disney princess dresses. And on almost any given day, I find myself hanging at least one back up in the closet.
So you know they’re getting lots of use!
10. Superhero Cape
Not really into princesses? A superhero cape is another fun gift idea for preschoolers.
11. My First Reading Club
A year-long book club subscription is the perfect gift for your little bookworm!
My First Reading Club is a monthly subscription service for kids from birth to twelve, and when you subscribe, you get to choose from five different age groups.
This book club subscription includes three age-appropriate hardcovers, an activity book, aaaand a gift for Mom. (Yay!)
12. Personalized Storybook
While we’re on the topic of reading, a personalized storybook from Wonderbly is sure to delight your preschooler.
Just imagine how thrilled they’ll be to have a book that’s all about them!
If your preschooler doesn’t have a bike yet, now is the time to get one!
We got our daughter her first bicycle (this is the one we bought) for her fourth birthday, and she started out riding it around the house for practice.
(But now that it’s been used outdoors, it’s definitely not coming back in!)
So even if you live where there’s snow at Christmastime, if you have the room, let your kiddo try it out inside the house every once in a while. At least until it starts to warm up outside.
14. Dreamers Box / Disney Subscription Box
If you have a child who’s obsessed with all things Disney — not unlike my own preschooler — then the Dreamers Box, a Disney subscription box, is the ultimate Christmas present.
Each of the monthly boxes contains collectible items around a Disney theme. You can see some of the past boxes right here.
15. Jigsaw Puzzles
Puzzles are another must in every household with kids.
They help kids develop:
- Problem solving skills
- Spatial awareness
- Shape recognition
- Hand-eye coordination
- and more
The best puzzles for preschool age kiddos? We like these Melissa and Doug wooden puzzles because they come in so many different themes.
Plus, you can keep them organized on a handy wire rack.
These wooden jigsaw puzzles are pretty awesome too. They are simple enough for a toddler or preschooler (only nine pieces) but a little more advanced than the above, so it helps them to feel like a “big kid”.
16. Preschool Workbooks
Super simple workbooks can be a lot of fun for the preschooler who’s learning to recognize letters and numbers.
Some workbooks like this one even have matching activities and help teach kids to follow instructions.
We also love using wipe-clean activity books at our house, because you can use a dry erase marker and then wipe it off to use over and over again.
Just make sure to grab a pack of WASHABLE dry erase markers and get rid of the one that comes with the book. Trust me when I say this. The regular markers do NOT come out of clothes.
17. SmART Box
Creating artwork with a monthly subscription like SmART Box is the perfect way for kids to express their creativity.
And what better way to do that than with a monthly subscription service that delivers art projects (related to a carefully curated book that they’ll also receive) right to your doorstep!
Fun for kids, easy on parents.
18. Kinetic Sand
What kid doesn’t love to play with sand? It may be messy, but that’s part of the appeal.
Kinetic sand is a huge hit at our house and, while I don’t particularly enjoy the cleanup afterward, it keeps my girls occupied for AGES.
And that’s worth something, in my opinion.
19. Indoor Trampoline
If you have an energetic preschooler and can’t always get outside to burn off the energy, trust me when I say you NEED an indoor trampoline!
We gave our girls this trampoline a couple Christmases ago, and we’ve gotten way more than our money’s worth with this thing.
Try it out, and you’ll see what I mean.
Read More: 10 Fun Indoor Activities for Kids at Home
20. The Preschool Box
It’s the perfect gift for any preschooler. It IS called The Preschool Box, after all!
Here’s the gist of it:
- Encourages learning, reading, and creativity in children ages 3-6
- 16+ activities in every box
- A Parent Guide to help you teach your child
- Fun stickers and a book in every box
- Crafts, learning activities and games
Oh, and if you have more than one preschooler? No problem! Just choose the box for two or three kids when ordering your preschool subscription box.
21. Indoor Tent
An indoor play tent is a fun little getaway when your child needs some alone time.
The best part is that it sets up easily, and you can store it away when it’s not in use.
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There you have it — my top Christmas gift ideas for preschoolers that I think they’ll really love!
Which are you going to give to your preschool age kiddo this year?
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