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2021-11-21 by Melissa & Doug
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Is the child in your life obsessed with a particular toy or topic? If you’re looking for the perfect gift — don’t worry, because we’ve got you covered! 

The Best Gifts and Toys for Kids’ Obsessions

From farm animals and dinosaurs to Blue’s Clues & You! and PAW Patrol, we have compiled a complete holiday gift list based on common childhood interests. Plus, you can find even more gift options in our complete 2021 Holiday Gift Guide.

For the Kid Who Loves Animals

Melissa & Doug Examine & Treat Pet Vet Play Set

If you have an animal lover at home, give them everything they need to examine and treat pretend pets with this Veterinary Toy Play Set! This set includes everything little vets three and up need to make house calls including a reusable examination checklist, and handy tote bag.

Is “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” a favorite song in your home? Check out these farm animal gifts below:  

Wooden Fold-and-Go Barn Toy, 3+

Water Wow! Farm Animals Activity Book, 3+

Farm Cube Puzzle, 3+

Poke-A-Dot: Old MacDonald’s Farm, 3+

For the Kid Who Loves Blue’s Clues & You! 

Melissa & Doug Blue’s Clues & You! Wooden Mailbox

With the Blue’s Clues & You! Wooden Mailbox Play Set, kids four and up will love playing mail carrier, pretending to send and receive mail, and exploring imaginative play.

Get out your handy notebook because we’ve got more ideas below:

Blue’s Clues & You! Wooden Music Maker Board, 2+

Blue’s Clues & You! Wooden Take-Along House, 18 months+  

Blue’s Clues & You! Wooden Chunky Puzzle- Fridge Food, 2+

Blue’s Clues & You! Reusable Sticker Pad, 3+ 

For the Kid Who Loves Dinosaurs 

Melissa & Doug Dinosaur Jigsaw Puzzle in a Box

This Dinosaur Jigsaw Puzzle set is perfect for a budding paleontologist! The set includes four wooden, 12-piece dinosaur jigsaw puzzles—a triceratops, an apatosaurus, a stegosaurus, and crowd favorite, T-Rex. 

Explore even more dino-mite gift ideas below: 

Puffy Sticker Play Set – Dinosaur, 4+

Dinosaur Wooden Stamp Set, 4+ 

Habitats Reusable Sticker Pad, 3+

Gentle Jumbos Dinosaur, 2+

For the Kid Who Loves Crafts

Melissa & Doug Flower Fleece Quilt

Can’t get enough of crafting in your house? Our Created by Me Flower Fleece Quilt is a fun and easy craft for kids six and older. Plus, when they’re done, they’ll have a cozy blanket for snuggling up with all winter long.   

Keep the creativity flowing with these fun gift ideas below: 

Deluxe Wooden Standing Art Easel, 3+

Make-Your-Own Bracelets,  4+ 

Stained Glass Made Easy- Butterfly, 5+ 

Sand Art Bottles Craft Kit, 4+ 

For the Kid Who Loves the Ocean

Melissa & Doug Underwater Floor

This giant 2×3 foot Underwater Floor Puzzle immerses your child in the deep blue sea! Kids will have a blast as they assemble this puzzle and watch the vibrant scene of fish, whales, sharks, and sea creatures come to life. 

Let’s dive deeper into ocean life with these swell gifts below: 

Giant Sea Turtle Stuffed Animal, 3+

FlipFish Baby Toy, 1+ months

Water Wow- Under the Sea, 3+ 

For the Kid Who Loves Outer Space

Melissa & Doug Solar System Floor Puzzle

If your child is an aspiring astronaut, this giant 2×3 foot Solar System Floor Puzzle brings outer space to their play space. After completing the puzzle, kids can explore the colorful solar system and learn the names of each planet. 

These other gift ideas are absolutely out of this world: 

Water Wow Bundle- Dinosaur, Adventure, and Space, 3+ 

Sticker Collection Book: Dinosaurs, Vehicles, Space, and More, 3+ 

Jumbo 50-Page Kids’ Coloring Pad – Space, Sharks, Sports, and More, 3+

For the Kid Who Loves Makeup and Beauty

Melissa & Doug Beauty Salon Play Set

What’s better than make-believe makeovers? A special place to make them happen! This Beauty Salon Play Set gives kids three and up everything they need to get the full salon experience for themselves, friends, stuffed animals, and dolls!

Complete the experience with these makeover upgrades: 

Love Your Look Nail Care Play Set, 3+ 

Jewelry and Nails Glitter Stickers Pad, 4+

Water Wow! Makeup & Manicures, 3+

For the Kid Who Loves PAW Patrol™

Melissa & Doug PAW Patrol™ Wooden ABC Block Truck

If Chase and Ryder are household names, this PAW Patrol™ Wooden ABC Block Truck is the perfect gift for kids three and up! The blocks include letters, numbers, and PAW Patrol™ characters. Plus, you get three wooden play figures for extra pretend-play options. 

Add on these extra gifts for more PAW Patrol™ adventures: 

PAW Patrol Jumbo Cardboard Blocks, 3+

PAW Patrol™ Puffy Sticker Book, 4+

PAW Patrol™ Magnetic Pretend Play, 3+ 

PAW Patrol™ Poke-a-Dot Alphabet Adventure, 1

For the Kid Who Loves To Play House

Melissa & Doug Dust! Sweep! Mop!

Little kids love imitating adults—and it’s a critical pretend play activity for both boys and girls. This Kids Cleaning Set has all the housekeeping tools kids three and up need to keep it clean! 

Keep the pretend play going with these fun picks below: 

Rotisserie & Grill BBQ Set, 3+

Fill and Roll Grocery Basket Play Set, 3+  

Shopping Cart Toy, 3+ 

Mine-to-Love Baby Doll, 18+ months 

For the Kid Who Loves To Play Rescue

Melissa & Doug Fire Chief Costume

If your little one loves to rush to the rescue, give them everything they need to look the part with this official Fire Chief Costume. This gift for kids three and up includes everything they need in an emergency: a bright red, machine-washable jacket trimmed with reflective material, a fire chief helmet, a “fire extinguisher,” a bullhorn with sound effects, a shiny badge, and a name tag to personalize.

Did someone call 9-fun-fun? We’ve got even more rescue gift ideas below: 

PAW Patrol™ Rescue Mission Wooden Dashboard, 3+

Emergency Vehicle Carrier, 3+

Classic Wooden Fire Truck Play Set, 3+

For the Kid Who Loves To Play School

Melissa & Doug Double-Sided Magnetic Tabletop Easel

Whether it be friends, dolls, or stuffed animals for students—if your child loves to play school, they need this Deluxe Double-Sided Tabletop Easel for kids three and up. The easel features a magnetic dry-erase board on one side and a chalkboard to make lesson planning official. 

A real teacher needs these essential classroom supplies: 

School Time Classroom Play Set, 4+ 

Deluxe Wooden Stamp Set, 4+

Drawing Paper Pad, 3+ 

For the Kid Who Loves Trains

Melissa & Doug Wooden Railway Set

If “Choo, Choo” brings a smile to your little one’s face, this Wooden Railway Set is the perfect gift. This amazing set for kids three and up includes a six-piece freight train with cargo, a four-piece passenger train, a three-piece flatbed truck with cargo, and more. 

All aboard the gift train; more gift ideas for your little conductor below:

Take-Along Railroad, 3+

Wooden Art and Activity Table with Bins, 3+ 

Created by Me! Train Wooden Craft Kit, 4+ 

Jumbo Coloring Pad- Vehicles, 3+

Looking for more of the best gift ideas for kids of all ages? Check out these blog posts:

10 Best Toys for Babies and 1-Year-Olds

10 Best Toys for 2-Year-Olds

10 Best Toys for 3-Year-Olds

10 Best Toys for 4-Year-Olds

5 Holiday Gifts that Wow


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