The 22 Best Gifts for 3-Year-Old Girls

Foster imagination and discovery with toy kitchens, dress-up clothes, and more

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Finding the right gift for a 3-year-old is a delightful task. Full of discovery and blossoming independence, three-year-olds learn about their world through play, often reimagining their experiences, such as playing doctor after a visit to their pediatrician or pretending to be a firefighter. They are also developing cognitively, and by age 3, many children can complete simple puzzles or build towers from blocks. That means the world of early toys and games is open to them, and there are many gifts that will make their day.

Reviewed & Approved

The Melissa & Doug Cutting Fruit Set is a long-lasting toy that fosters independence and fine motor skills. For hours of imaginative play, we recommend the Bluey Family Home Playset.

When buying a gift for a 3-year-old, look for hands-on toys that let them act out real-life scenarios. They may enjoy pushing a baby doll in a toy stroller or serving pretend ice cream in a play kitchen. Dress-up toys also go over quite well, whether they are real-life costumes like a construction worker or fantasy-based characters like Elsa from Frozen. Because 3-year-olds are beginning to move from parallel play to cooperative play, look for toys that will be equally fun played alone or with other children.

When reviewing gifts for 3-year-olds, we considered versatility, developmental milestones, design, safety, and ease of cleaning. We also looked for gifts well suited to a 3-year-old’s interests, such as dramatic play, outdoor activities, and huggable animal friends. 

Based on our reviews, these are the best gifts for 3-year-old girls on the market today. 

Melissa & Doug Cutting Fruit Set

Melissa & Doug Cutting Fruit Set

Amazon

The Melissa & Doug Cutting Fruit Set is our top pick because it offers endless opportunities for imaginative play both independently and with others. This beautifully crafted wooden fruit set features 17 painted fruit pieces and a wooden knife. Kids can slice apart each piece of fruit with the wooden knife for a satisfying crunch sound. The pretend food, which reattaches with self-stick tabs, is well-made and long-lasting.

The play set fosters imaginative play as kids will enjoy making a pretend meal and serving it with the wooden tray. It’s also great for developing fine motor skills and early math concepts. While the fruit set is the perfect addition to a play kitchen, it’s equally fun on its own.

KidKraft Alexa-Enabled 2-in-1 Wooden Kitchen

KidKraft Alexa-Enabled 2-in-1 Wooden Kitchen

Courtesy of KidKraft

Bring imaginative play to the next level with this splurge-worthy gift. Two-sided, one side features a kitchen and the other a market check-out counter. Alexa enabled, the kitchen can also make sounds, play games, and prompt activities for kids to keep busy.

Bluey Family Home Playset

Bluey Family Home Playset

Fans of Bluey will love this kid-sized playhouse that features four rooms, a spacious patio, removable and moveable furniture, and a cute Bluey figure. Perfect for imaginative play, this house is a great intro to dollhouses.

The Elephant Project Kiki

The Elephant Project Kiki

Courtesy of The Elephant Project

Help save elephants through The Elephant Project organization. Your kiddo will love to cuddle Kiki and you’ll love that 100% of net proceeds go to various organizations that help elephants.

Hasbro Baby Alive Doll Stroller

Your mini-me will be instantly obsessed with pushing around with their very own doll stroller. Sized for dolls up to 24 inches, the stroller features a foldable canopy, undercarriage basket, harness, and folds for easy storage.

Kiko & GG Sushi Party Set

Kiko & GG Sushi Party Set

Courtesy of Kiko & GG

Expand your little one's familiarity with worldwide cuisine with an all-wooden sushi set. Velcro seaweed and magnetic sushi make it fun to play and create, all while building fine motor skills. The set includes 11 pieces, a bamboo mat, a serving tray, and more.

Micro Kickboard Mini Deluxe Scooter

Micro Mini Deluxe Scooter

Courtesy of Micro Kickboard

Get rolling on a scooter that’s made for kids from 2 to 5 years old. The three-wheel design provides a stable and supportive ride so small kiddos can master balance and coordination. Strong and lightweight, the handlebar is adjustable so it grows as your child does.

Tender Leaf Toys Baby Barn Set

Tender Leaf Toys Baby Barn Set

Courtesy of Tender Leaf Toys

Portable and easy to pack away, this sweet barn set is perfect to play with alone or with a buddy. Made of all wood, the set features animals, tractors, farmers, trees, and a big red barn.

My First Book of Girl Power

My First Book of Girl Power

Courtesy of Julie Merberg

Introduce your little lady to a wide range of role models that all promote “girl power.” The board book format is durable and easy to read over and over and over again!

Pottery Barn Kids Cash Register and Play Money

Pottery Barn Kids Cash Register and Play Money

Courtesy of Pottery Barn Kids

Fun for years to come, this play cash register and money set is inspiring for any young entrepreneur. Both the cash and coins are made slightly bigger than real money, so they are sized just right for kids and help young minds practice counting and coin recognition.

Green Toys Tea Set

Green Toys Tea Set

Courtesy of Pottery Barn Kids

Fun for role playing, water play, bath time, or anytime, this colorful set is made in the USA out of 100 perfect recycled milk containers. Included are cups, saucers, a teapot, spoons, and more. Pinkies up!

Eric Carle Board Book Box Set

Eric Carle Board Book Box Set

Courtesy: Amazon

You’ll love reading these six board books over and over again to your 3-year old. The simple, engaging text and colorful collage pictures are well-loved favorites for good reason.

Pottery Barn Kids Fishing Bath Game

Pottery Barn Kids Fishing Bath Game

Courtesy of Pottery Barn Kids

Enjoy the fun as you fill the tub with colorful fish and watch your kiddo reel in their catch. Three fish, a rod, and a net all promote hand-eye coordination while making bath time even more enjoyable.

Melissa & Doug Astronaut Costume

Melissa & Doug Astronaut Costume

Courtesy of Amazon

Head to outer space in this well-made, machine washable astronaut costume that’s sized for younger kids. The velcro closures make it easy for kids to take on and off on their own. Add this to a dress-up collection for fun that’s outta this world.

WeeFarers Polarized WeeFarers Children's Sunglasses

WeeFarers Polarized WeeFarers Children's Sunglasses

Courtesy of Amazon

Protect little eyes with these super stylish sunglasses that’ll have your mini-me looking just like mom or dad. Made with kids in mind, the glasses come with a carrying pouch and an easily adjustable strap.

Land's End Kids Hooded Bath Towel

Land's End Kids Hooded Bath Towel

Courtesy of Land's End

Made of 100% cotton, this adorable hooded towel is designed for your kiddo to be able to wrap themselves up after taking a dip in the bath, shower, pool, beach, or anywhere else. For an added touch, add a monogram or name to the towel.

Hasbro Don’t Break the Ice Game

Hasbro Don’t Break the Ice Game

Courtesy of Hasbro

A fun, fast-paced game that doesn’t require any reading, players are challenged to use their mallets to tap out the ice blocks, one by one. To win, keep Philip the Penguin on top of the ice. Fun for two to four players, this is a great introduction to board games.

Nutcase Little Nutty MIPS Helmet

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Nutcase Little Nutty MIPS Helmet

Courtesy of Nutcase

Durable and safe, this stylish helmet comes in two sizes and is made just for kids ages 3 years old and up. Use the size chart to find the right fit and pick from eight cool designs for a helmet your kiddo will love to wear.

Melissa & Doug Wooden Scoop and Serve Ice Cream Counter

Melissa & Doug Wooden Scoop and Serve Ice Cream Counter

Courtesy of Melissa & Doug

Order up! Replicate the entire ice cream counter experience with this 28 piece wooden set that includes everything kids need to serve the very best treats. A fun toy that promotes imaginative play and hand-eye coordination, it all fits back in the stand for easy storage.

Melissa & Doug Water Wow! Reusable Coloring Pads

Melissa & Doug Water Wow! Reusable Coloring Pads

Courtesy of Melissa & Doug

An amazing option for travel, life on the go, or just some much-needed quiet time, these genius coloring pads are powered by water. Simply fill up the included brush/pen, color the pages, and watch how they change. Once they dry, they’re ready to use again. The best part is that they are mess-free!

Lalo Play Kit

Lalo Play Kit

Lalo

A splurge-worthy gift, this attractive table and chair set creates an instant play zone for kids. Sized for young kids, choose from five different colors for the chairs. Stylish and practical, the set is easy to clean and comfortable.

Calico Critters Kangaroo Family

Calico Critters Kangaroo Family

Courtesy of Calico Critters

Perfect alone or with other figures, Calico Critters are flocked figures that include clothing and accessories that can all be removed, jointed arms and legs, and rotating heads. Gift your kid a set and watch how much fun they’ll have playing with their animals.

Final Verdict

The Melissa & Doug Water Wow coloring pads (view at Amazon) are a go-to gift for any 3-year-old and should be considered essential for travel. If your child doesn’t have a scooter yet, you can’t go wrong with the Micro Mini Deluxe Scooter (view at Amazon). Just don’t forget the Nutcase Little Nutty MIPS Helmet (view at REI)!

What to Look for in Gifts for 3-Year-Old Girls

Versatility

Three-year-olds will often begin to play with their peers, rather than playing alone near them (parallel play). This developmental step happens gradually, however. Young preschoolers don't fully grasp the concept of sharing yet, and it is best not to force them to share.

Instead, choose toys that can be played with alone or with others. This way, caregivers can respect the child's needs by letting them decide to play by themselves when they want, but also keep the door open for collaboration.

Dramatic Play

Toddlers and young preschoolers want to do what the big people do. The world is still fresh in their eyes and they often process new information through dramatic play. Costumes, play tool sets, and other hands-on, real-life inspired toys help little ones learn about the world around them.

Fine Motor Development

Three-year-olds' finger muscles are beginning to develop. Over time, this will prepare them to hold a pencil and write. But for now, fun activities that engage the small muscles in the hands will help them on their way. Toys and games that promote grasping and manipulating small objects (as long as they are not so small as to be choking hazards) prepare little ones' hands for future learning.

Why Trust Verywell Family?

Maya Polton is a former marketing manager and current freelance writer who covers food, home, and parenting. She’s also the mom of a 10-year-old-son, 7-year-old-son, and 3-year-old daughter. She keeps a secret space in her basement closet for last-minute gifts.

Outdoor toys and art kits are her go-to gifts since they have a wide appeal. Her kids are super active and love any toy that can be played with outside. They are currently setting new pogo stick records every day!

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