The 9 Best Gifts to Buy for 3-Year-Old Boys in 2018

Spoil your favorite rugrat with these perfect gifts

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Boys who are three are full of energy and inquisitiveness. They’re starting to develop more skills, and their attention span is increasing a bit. Buying a gift for them is a lot of fun because they’re typically more aware that toys don’t just magically appear out of nowhere, but are a special treat.

They’re also starting to discover their own passions, be it a favorite television character, sport or color, and getting them a gift that feeds that passion will delight them. From those that burn energy to those that educate and inspire imaginary play and creativity, here are great gifts for three-year-old boys.

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    VTech KidiBeats Kids Drum Set

    Here’s a rockin’ gift for a cool little dude -- a drum set. He’ll just want to bang on the drum all day as there are three drum pads and a cymbal to make a variety of noises. Drumsticks are included, and it lights up as well for extra rockstar action.  

    Not only can he bang out some awesome tunes, but he can learn a thing or two while doing so. The drum set has four modes to select from: free play, letters, numbers and follow along. By following lights and tapping along, he can learn the alphabet, counting and so much more.

    It runs on three AA batteries. While a demo set is included, you’ll want to have some others on hand for regular use so the beat can go on and on and on.

  • 02 of 09

    Educational Insights Design & Drill Activity Center

    Power up the fun with this great activity set. The handy little man will love his own power tools -- just like dad’s, only a lot more fun! It comes with a reversible power drill, a screwdriver, a combination wrench, two drill bits and 120 colorful plastic bolts. The workspace is a sturdy activity board with holes in it, which the bolts can be driven into for a variety of patterns, pictures and other creations. They can use one of the 20 accompanying activity cards to aid in their design or freestyle all by themselves.

    Winner of several toy awards, the set encourages STEM learning, creativity, coordination and a whole lot more. It requires three AA batteries, which aren’t included, so you may want to have some on hand as this is one gift they’ll be chomping at the bit to use.

  • 03 of 09

    Jerryvon Bath Toy Fishing Games

    Let’s face it, three-year-old boys can be a sticky, messy sort, so scrub-a-dub-dub time in the tub is a frequent necessity. There will be no need to lure him in anymore; this fishing game will have him begging for bath time.

    It comes with a fishing rod made for little hands and five cute little spotted fish that float for him to try and catch. He can reel them in over and over again -- no bait, required. This game also works well in a swimming pool, in the kitchen sink or even on dry land, and promotes hand-eye coordination. Of course, don’t forget that children this age must be supervised near water at all times.

    The price on this cute gift is right (inexpensive, that is), and it’s sure to provide a lot of good, clean fun.

  • 04 of 09

    Melissa & Doug Fire Chief Role Play Costume Dress-Up Set

    Fire up his imagination with this fire chief dress-up set. He can jump into hero mode by donning this dapper uniform. It comes complete with a bright red jacket, sturdy adjustable helmet, official-looking badge and reusable name tag so he’ll look just the part. Even better, it also comes with accessories that include a fire extinguisher and a bullhorn that makes sound effects (Note: The bullhorn requires two AA batteries, which aren’t included). Both of them fit into the jacket’s built-in utility belt, so he has everything he needs to save the day right at his fingertips.

    The jacket is machine washable, so mom’s biggest problem may be getting him out of it long enough to wash it once in awhile. Bonus: Beyond everyday fun, it can do double duty as a Halloween costume. This is one hot gift.

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  • 05 of 09

    The Original Stomp Rocket Jr. Glow, 4 Rockets

    He’ll be soaring high when he receives a Stomp Rocket. The kit comes with one stomp launcher and four rockets. Kids simply run, jump and stomp as hard as they can on the soft launch pad, and send the rockets soaring up into the sky. And soar they do!  Rockets can reach heights of up to 100 feet depending on just how hard the stomp. Even better, these rockets glow in the dark, which makes them great for day or night.  

    It’s easy to put together, and no batteries are required either. It’s all kid power that makes the rockets take flight, meaning kids are getting lots of good exercise while having fun. This is one award-winning gift that you can’t go wrong with, no matter the little guy’s interests. Stomp rockets are always a blast for the entire family!

  • 06 of 09

    Prextex Pack of 2 Cartoon R/C Police Car and Race Car Radio Control

    Gentlemen (or, er, preschoolers), start your engines. These little remote control cars are a perfect gift for those little boys with a need for speed. The pack comes with two vehicles--a police car and a race car. Each also comes complete with not one, but two, removable action figures to take the wheel, so if you lose one, you have a double. The cars have flashing headlights and make lots of great sounds--honking and racing sounds for the race car and a police siren on the police car. (Sorry, Mom and Dad).

    Each car has its own remote with a separate frequency so the cars can be raced against each other at the same time. You will need to buy some batteries though, as they’re not included. Each vehicle requires three AA batteries and each remote requires two double AA batteries. On your mark, get set, go!

  • 07 of 09

    KidKraft Train Set and Table

    All aboard for fun! If you’re looking for a big gift that’s going to be a big hit, you’re on the right track with this train set and table. It comes with 100 pieces for an amazing array of adventures. Included are everything from wooden train tracks to trains, airport, helipad, trees, people, streets signs, police car and more. They’re so much to see, do, build and imagine.

    They play area is 49 inches by 34 inches, which means there’s plenty of room for lots of little engineers to play. There are also two plastic bins under the table that slide in and out to store all the extra trains and pieces when they’re not in use.

    This train table and set are sure to provide years and years of fun. 

  • 08 of 09

    SainSmart Jr. Wooden Tetris Puzzle 40 Pcs Brain Teasers Toy for Kids

    If you’re puzzled about what to get the three-year-old on your list, look no further. This great puzzle set solves that problem. Different from traditional puzzles, there’s more than one way to solve this one.

    It comes with 40 pieces made of beech wood and non-toxic paints, and the goal is to fit all of the blocks back together on the board with no spaces. There are many different ways to do it, making it a new and exciting challenge over and over again. The blocks come in eight colors (there are five of each), which also makes the puzzle great for learning shapes, colors and how to think creatively when faced with a problem.

    While it’s geared toward kids ages three to 10, adults will have fun trying to solve it as well. Set a timer and see who can solve it the quickest. If you need an extra challenge, this puzzle is a great alternative to electronics and video games.

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  • 09 of 09

    Little Tykes Jump & Slide Bouncer

    Every parent of a three year old knows - tire them out and bedtime is a breeze.  Add bouncy fun to the mix and you are parent of the year.  This bounce house is made to be puncture resistant and includes a built in blower for constant inflation during use.  Slides and safety mesh make for easy on and off and parental supervision.