I strongly believe in the power of retail therapy. Shopping is my hobby, and I love sharing all my deals and finds with friends. Since having kids, I realized how little I actually knew about shopping for gifts for kids. Will they like it? Will they play with it? Will they wear it? Is it safe for their age? Are they too old for it? Will it drive me crazy? Will the pieces go back in the box? Where will it be kept? Does it have special care instructions? Is it going to stain or stick to everything in my house? Is it portable?
So basically, I have a lot of questions that go through my mind before buying something. Ha. Fortunately for me, I actually really enjoy researching products and reading reviews. This also applies when I am buying a gift for someone else’s child. If the recipient is older than my kids, I have to basically start the process over because I don’t understand kids of all ages. It’s been a long time!
I can’t speak for all kids, but I know what my kids like. We recently were invited to a birthday party for a friend’s kid. I hadn’t been to their house in a while, so I wasn’t really sure what kind of toys she is currently into or what she has. Also, I had just gone through my own kids’ toys and realized we had way too many. I didn’t want to buy a bunch of junk that their daughter either wouldn’t want, already had, would take up too much space or drive her parents crazy. They are my friends, after all. I wouldn’t curse them with the world’s loudest, most annoying toy.
Basically, her mom told me to buy something my own daughter would like. So, I went through a list of things that my daughter adores and crafted a gift that went over surprisingly well. My goals were something she would like, something didn’t already have, something that was quiet and something that didn’t take up tons of space.
3-year-old girl gift tips
My daughter loves playing dress-up and is typically the fanciest girl in her class. I’m talking full-on princess most days. She loves to wear necklaces, bracelets, barrettes and tiaras. I found this adorable glow-in-the-dark necklace that I knew both girls would love.
I am known for having a slight obsession with diaper bags and purses (hello JuJuBe, Petunia Pickle Bottom and Skip Hop!). My daughter definitely takes after me. She likes to switch up her backpacks between Skip Hop, JuJuBe Mini Be and Pottery Barn Kids. She likes to take her treasures wherever she goes. I was checking out the Dollar Spot at Target as one does and came across a cute little lunchbox. It was brightly colored with a cute pattern on it. I figured if nothing else, it cost about the same price as buying a fancy gift bag. Turns out, the little girl loves it. She keeps her My Little Pony action figures in it and carries it everywhere.
Who doesn’t love a good pair of sunnies? Babiators are awesome because they are so durable and stylish. They have a flexible frame and are shatter-resistant. Win!
My daughter gets on kicks where she wants her nails painted constantly. I like Piggy Paint because I can trust the ingredients and it’s much easier to clean up if you have a child who likes to “help” a lot. There are TONS of fun nail polish colors to choose from.
- Art supplies – as long as they are washable
- Costumes or dress-up clothes
- Sidewalk chalk or other outdoor activities
- Age-appropriate educational toys
Do you have any more 3-year-old girl gift tips? Leave them in the comments!