Comments on: Ask Design Mom: 3 year old gifts The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Sun, 23 Nov 2014 15:55:34 +0000 hourly 1 By: Anonymous Anonymous Thu, 31 Jul 2008 13:49:00 +0000

By: Mon, 28 Jan 2008 12:21:00 +0000 These are all great gifts! I wish I could have read something like this before the holidays. We don’t see our 3 year old nephew very often so it was hard to decide.

I actually designed and printed a board game (posted here for free download:
and my husband screen-printed a few
shirts for him to “grow into.”

By: To Think is to Create To Think is to Create Fri, 25 Jan 2008 03:01:00 +0000 We got our 3yr old the German doc kit as well, and it’s become attached to his hip! Picked it up at, who have incredible European toys.

We also love Moolka’s wooden animals from the Holztiger line:

By: Anonymous Anonymous Fri, 25 Jan 2008 02:22:00 +0000 One more–Someone already posted superhero capes but I ordered some from this Etsy shop with customized initials and they looked pretty awesome:

By: Anonymous Anonymous Fri, 25 Jan 2008 02:18:00 +0000 I just made big list for the family of good gifts for my three year old:
Nerf football
Hippity hop
Croquet set:
Boat for the bath:
Krazy Kar:
Cool kids bathrobe
Post-It Notes
Interesting band-aids
Good site:

We splurged on an indoor swing:

By: MommySecrets MommySecrets Thu, 24 Jan 2008 22:30:00 +0000 What a great list! My 3yr old also LOVES Cariboo and the Bloom puzzle. Other current favorites are Sorry, Uno, anything with Lightning McQueen, those Crayola markers that only work on special coloring pages, and playdough. Oh, 3yr olds are so much fun! If only we could bottle up their energy!

By: Frugal Dad Frugal Dad Thu, 24 Jan 2008 21:31:00 +0000 It’s funny how the simplest gifts can be the favorites, over much more expensive store-bought items. My nephew is turning 3 soon, and I passed the ideas on to my wife who loved them. Thanks for sharing (the homemade doctor’s kit was our favorite).

By: Design Mom Design Mom Thu, 24 Jan 2008 10:31:00 +0000 Hi Katy! I’ve had good luck finding plastic cookie cutters at Art & Craft Supply stores like Michaels and AI Friedman. The 2 pictured are made by Wilton.

By: Just Katy Just Katy Thu, 24 Jan 2008 10:09:00 +0000 Where do you go to buy the plastic cookie cutters? I’ve been hunting for some with NO luck.

By: Missy Missy Wed, 23 Jan 2008 00:14:00 +0000 Here’s a couple links to them:

By: Missy Missy Wed, 23 Jan 2008 00:09:00 +0000 That banana car was in the last Wisteria catalog. There are a ton of other cute ones too!

By: Mamalang Mamalang Tue, 22 Jan 2008 19:00:00 +0000 My son loves his skateboard 2 years later (he just turned 5) even though he still isn’t very good on it.

Those are really cute toys!

By: citymama1 citymama1 Tue, 22 Jan 2008 18:47:00 +0000 If the child has everything, might I recommend giving an experience instead.
-If you live in the area, a day at the aquarium or children’s museum might be fun to do together. Or you could pay for yearly memberships at these places.
-I also am a fan of magazine subscriptions. National Geographic Little Kids is excellent for three year olds. We have one for my daughter and she loves it. The pictures are fabulous and they have simple stories and “articles” that are fun to read together. And it’s the gift that keeps on giving! :)
- Tickets to their favorite musical groups are also fun. And there is no shortage of great entertainment in NYC.

Good luck.

By: mamacita mamacita Tue, 22 Jan 2008 17:10:00 +0000 If you’re on a budget: a flashlight (avail. at the Dollar Store); also, some more crayons are always welcome. If you don’t know the kid well enough to get him a home-run favorite-toy-of-all-time gift, you could do worse than to simply replenish the stuff his parents run out of all the time (crayons and paper, Playdoh, Legos, cool socks or pajamas, etc.). Even if it’s not the most glamorous gift, it’s still something necessary instead of burdensome clutter for his parents.

By: Genevieve Genevieve Tue, 22 Jan 2008 17:02:00 +0000 Wanted to let you know that one of Cranium’s games was just recalled for excessive lead levels in the paint. It’s called Cadoo and is for kids 7 and up. Hopefully you don’t have that one.

By: Super Zoe Super Zoe Tue, 22 Jan 2008 16:51:00 +0000 Books are always good, and be sure to write in the front. I agree that parent-approved sports and music equipement is also great (I like maracas and a sombrero as a gift!) Art supplies, too. Cool blocks, things from foreign countries and faraway places (like New Jersey or Idaho) can be fun, too.

I agree that locally made gifts are always fun. And I would LOVE to get that wooden medical set for someone.

By: bethany bethany Tue, 22 Jan 2008 15:26:00 +0000 You can find some really great gifts for a three year old on Etsy. Here are a couple links that I like:

There’s lots more on Etsy-I just love supporting the artists who create such wonderful products!!

By: brandy brandy Tue, 22 Jan 2008 15:19:00 +0000 When my daughter turned three, we gave her a tambourine, a kazoo, and some Romper Stopmers. Remember those? Five months later, they are still favorites! And you really can’t go wrong with a grab-bag of art supplies at any age.