3 year-old boys are at such a fun age!  They’re becoming self-sufficient, you can communicate easily with them, and they’re figuring out the world at full speed.  Regardless of how fun they are though, it can still be tough to figure out the perfect gift for a 3-year old boy (especially if you’re not around them a lot).

All of the gifts listed here are absolute favorites of my own 3-year old son, so I’m speaking from experience!  If you opt for one of these, I’m sure it will be a huge hit.

These are the best gifts for 3-year old boys!


Activity Desk

This activity desk has ended up being one of the greatest gifts we ever got my son.  It actually is on my list of best gift ideas for 2-year old boys and is STILL one of my son’s favorite toys.  

It’s no shocker why – not only is it a fun way to learn, it also serves a practical purpose.  It’s a desk that’s just his size!

And as I’m sure you’re realizing, 3 year olds want to do things just like you. So while I work at my desk, he works at his!


Kids’ Amazon Fire

This isn’t just my son’s favorite toy.  It has become a necessity in our lives.  There are few products I would replace immediately if something happened to it, but his Amazon Fire is definitely one of them.

First, Amazon has an amazing feature that blocks all adult content and only allows preschool-age material (they call it FreeTime).  

Second, since he loves it so much, it is an amazing distraction to use when we’re at a restaurant, on a plane, or when I’m trying to get his sister asleep.  

And third (but really most importantly), he learns soooo much from it.  Everyday I’m shocked by the things he is picking up!


Lego City Sets

Even my train-obsessed little boy can’t get enough Legos.  

What’s unbelievable is that these little 3-year old boys are becoming old enough to actually follow the directions to build fairly complicated Lego structures!

You can get Lego sets for anything imaginable, but the biggest hits are the obvious ones – fire trucks, trains, cars, and planes.  Without a doubt, my son’s favorite is the fire truck.


Paint Sticks

I’m not the world’s most creative mom and I definitely don’t like to clean up a mess, so I’ve pretty much avoided paint…until we were given these paint sticks.  

My son LOVES them!  

You hold them just like you would hold chunky crayons, but they color way more like paint.  

Somehow that seems to do the trick for him and he will play with his paint sticks far longer than he will with his crayons.



This is one of those gifts that makes you realize just how smart 3-year old boys actually are.  

When my son first opened these, I thought “oh that’s cute, but there’s no way he’ll be able to do this on his own.”  Holy moly, was I wrong!  

Within minutes he had created his first car and this became one of his favorite new toys!  

There are a ton of sets to choose from, but if you have a vehicle-loving child, nothing beats a set that includes wheels.


Bubble Machine

The bubble machine is another toy that was on my Best Gifts for 2-Year Old Boys list that just. doesn’t. get. old.

My son absolutely loves this toy and it dramatically increases the amount of time he spends running around and playing outside (which I obviously love).

Not surprisingly, whenever other kids are over, they love it just as much and it’s perfect for a group of kids!  Nothing they have to take turns with or share.


Play Doh Tools

I will not lie, play doh often feels like the bane of my existence. BUT, since this is a list for the 3-year old boys in our lives, it would be wrong to not list it – because 3-year old boys LOVE play doh.  

But since you can get (or make) play doh pretty easily, what you want to focus on for a gift are the creative and fun play doh tools that are out there.

You don’t need to go crazy here. Often the most fun play doh tools are the classics – scissors, rolling pins, and presses.


Basketball Hoop

It’s time for sports!  3-year old boys are finally able to really appreciate sports and start to see things as more than just a ball to throw around.  

A little basketball hoop that can start out really short is the perfect gift for a 3-year old boy that has a clear sports streak in him.

A great bonus with these basketball hoops is that you don’t necessarily need someone else with you to play, so they’re perfect for days at home when your 3-year old doesn’t have a playmate around.



Oh boy, my son and his flashlight….like two little buddies off on an adventure.  Seriously.

Flashlights are one of the first “real tools” that little boys can play with and they will certainly put them to good use.  After bed, in any room that doesn’t have windows, under a blanket, or in a box.

My son’s favorite is his Thomas the Train flashlight (shocker!), but you can find a ton of other cool character flashlights, or just opt for one that looks just like Dad’s!

Related post: 20 Unbelievable Thomas the Train Gifts for Your Thomas-Obsessed Little Boy



This is an easy-peasy add-on gift, and you just can’t go wrong with chalk for a 3-year old boy!

The options are absolutely endless and as a parent I can say that this is an activity I will never say no to.

He’s outside, being creative, and not doing something where he could break his neck (bonus points for that!).



I’d love to provide you with a list of specific books to get for your 3-year old boy, but it really depends on what your child loves.

What I will say is that 3-year olds LOVE to learn, so take advantage of whatever their current obsession is and buy them a ton of books about it!

This is also a time when they can handle longer books, so you don’t need to stick with purely board books.  They will enjoy a good story!

Related post: The 10 Best Books about Trains for Your 3-Year Old


I hope this list was helpful!  Let me know if I left off anything that your 3-year old absolutely loved!

You may also want to check out these posts:

10 Easter Basket Ideas for 3-Year Old Boys

10 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for 3-Year Old Boys

12 Best Gifts for 2-Year Old Boys


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These gift ideas for 3-year old boys will definitely please your little guy!

3 comments on “The 10 Best Gifts for 3-Year Old Boys”

  1. Great picks! My 3-year old loves Lego, PlayDoh and Lightning Mcqueen, so you’re list is spot on! Thanks for sharing this. I’ve always wanted to get that activity desk, I think it’s time to get it! 🙂

    • I don’t even know what Lightning Mcqueen is! I’ll have to check it out 🙂 Maybe it will make an appearance this Christmas 😀

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