Preschooler Gift Guide (ages 2 and 3)

Oh, you didn’t really think I’d let the holiday’s go by without a Gift Guide for my own kids, did you? Well, they almost did. But people keep asking me: what are your kids getting? Here’s my preschooler gift guide, also known as what’s on my daughter’s list… with suggestions for both girls and boys ages 2 and 3.

Babies, dolls and accessories

gift for 2 year old girl

This year, Little is all about babies. She probably has too many already, but every doll she sees she melts over. On her list are several from Corolle including Tidoo, who is on oh-my-goodness a great sale today on Amazon at 43% off. I’ve never seen these beautiful and super sweet-smelling dolls so inexpensive. *

present for a 3 year old girl

Along with her babies, she’s also wanting a Corolle Carry Bed to go with her cribs and strollers and baby clothing, which is 32% off today.

gift for three year old girl

Little’s teacher has mentioned that she has a small infatuation with a certain Strawberry Shortcake, so we’re including Strawberry Shortcake Berry Bitty Clubhouse along with a Strawberry Shortcake Doll.

Creating with arts and crafts

what to get a preschooler who likes to create

Little, along with many preschoolers, loves creating–from drawing and painting to connecting and gluing, she’s learning to use her hands to make. So I’ve added the Alex Toys My Giant Busy Box to our list of perfect gifts for a preschooler–boy or girl. Also fabulous for little creators is Alex Toys Dots-n-Dashes paints and, of course, a box of Crayola Crayons and coloring books. We’re loving the Melissa & Doug Jumbo Coloring Pads(this is the Princess and Fairies version) which are in the $5 range right now, so I’m adding a few to my cart. (Blue Coloring Pad for the boys).

Pretend Play

grandparent gift for three year old girl

Little goes crazy every time she passes the Barbie Townhouse at Target. Because I’m not so sure about a Barbie townhouse for a 2 year old, I’m eyeing up this Fisher Price Dollhouse. I was talking to a friend today with a 2 year old boy, as she was trying to find a dollhouse alternative that would be masculine enough. In addition to a train set, I recommended a Parking Garage with Service Station and Heliportbecause children are still offered the opportunity to act out scenarios creatively.

2 year old boy present

Of course, with a Parking Garage, boys aren’t acting out home-like situations, which is what many preschoolers want to do, so I searched around and found the Playmobile Take Along Dollhouse which appears very gender neutral and, being Playmobile, will provide boy-ish opportunity for creating.

No-fail gifts for twos and threes

Of course, I have a bit of experience with preschool-aged boys, having had 2 of my own, so I can speak for them: Megabloks, LEGO Duplo, Preschool Art, bath toys and floor puzzles were always hits for the boys… and the girls as well.

Happy holidays! What’s on the top of your preschooler’s list this year?

This post contains affiliate links. *We received Corolle dolls as samples.

mom of 3 and wife living in the Philadelphia suburbs, Julie is a former elementary school teacher and a Public Relations manager. She is the owner/editor of Julieverse, a merchandiser with Chloe + Isabel ( and founder VlogMom and Splash Creative Media. A marketing strategist and freelance education and parenting writer by trade, Julie attempts to carve out time to enjoy playing with her kids, PTO, cooking and exercise.

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    • says

      Thanks Heather! It’s so easy to buy for little ones. It’s as they get older that it becomes more difficult.

      Yes… the dollhouse. The beloved dollhouse. It’s a shame there aren’t more options for boys.


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