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Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Best Gifts for Toddlers and Kids

2020-11-04 by Melissa & Doug
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Preschool is a magical time for pretend play! The best toys and gifts for 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, and 4-year-olds are those that inspire imagination, encourage hands-on exploration, and keep kids coming back for more. Here, we have compiled 10 of our favorite top toys for the 2020 holidays for the preschool children in your life. Kids at this age are little sponges, and these are the toys that will reward their curiosity again and again as they come up with their own unique ways to play. Plus, you can find even more Gifts That Wow, Stocking Stuffers, and Seasonal Toys for all ages in our Melissa & Doug Holiday Shop!

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10 Best Gift Ideas for Toddlers and Kids

  1. Fresh Mart Grocery Store
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    Age: 3+
    Why it’s a great gift for kids: So many realistic details, including a hand-crank conveyor belt, a card-swiping machine, a keypad/calculator, and a cash drawer. Kids can take turns being the grocer or the shopper. Don’t forget the Fresh Mart Grocery Store Companion Collection to help stock the shelves and add to the playful purchasing experience. Check out the video >
    Sweet detail: The scanner really beeps!
    Skills: Creative thinking, confidence

    HOW TO WOW: Stock up the shelves with the 70-piece Fresh Mart Grocery Store Companion Collection to add even more realistic flavor to the experience!

  2. Shopping Cart
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    Age: 3+
    Why it’s a great gift for kids: With sturdy metal construction and pivoting front wheels, this kid-size metal shopping cart toy is easy to maneuver, fun to fill, and built to last for years of pretend play!
    Sweet detail: Features a folding seat for your child’s favorite stuffed animal!
    Skills: Gross motor

    HOW TO WOW: Fill the cart with Fridge Food or Play-Time Produce or even some Baby Stuffed Animals!

  3. Beauty Salon Play Set
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    Age: 3+
    Why it’s a great gift for kids: Easy to assemble, this play kitchen includes a refrigerator/freezer and ice maker, an oven and stovetop with dials that turn, a microwave with turning plate, a sink with moving faucet and handle, a grocery checklist, movable hooks, and ample storage. Budding chefs and home cooks are sure to enjoy years of make-believe meal-making! Check out the video >
    Sweet detail: Features an innovative working ice dispenser and two “ice cubes.”
    Skills: Creative thinking, problem solving

    HOW TO WOW: Fill the cupboards with Let’s Play House – Grocery Cans, then slip a special gift message into the frame on the refrigerator door

  4. Chef’s Kitchen – Charcoal
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    Age: 3+
    Why it’s a great gift for kids: Easy to assemble, this play kitchen includes a refrigerator/freezer and ice maker, an oven and stovetop with dials that turn, a microwave with turning plate, a sink with moving faucet and handle, a grocery checklist, movable hooks, and ample storage. Budding chefs and home cooks are sure to enjoy years of make-believe meal-making! Check out the video >
    Sweet detail: Features an innovative working ice dispenser and two “ice cubes.”
    Skills: Creative thinking, problem solving

    HOW TO WOW: Fill the cupboards with Let’s Play House – Grocery Cans, then slip a special gift message into the frame on the refrigerator door.

  5. Get Well Doctor Activity Center
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    Age: 3+
    Why it’s a great gift for kids: The doctor will see you now! This wooden play space has everything kids need for imaginary visits to the doctor’s office! Kids can be the patient or the doctor, the receptionist, or the nurse. Not only is this kind of role play excellent for easing kids’ fears about doctor visits, it also encourages empathy.
    Sweet detail: Kids can sign in and check out with a credit card reader and card and fill out a reusable patient file! BONUS: There’s an easy-to-follow assembly how-to video!
    Skills: Social-emotional development

    HOW TO WOW: Make sure your little doctor has all the equipment they need to fix bumps and bruises with this 25-piece Get Well Doctor’s Kit Play Set.

  6. Dust! Sweep! Mop!
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    Age: 3+
    Why it’s a great gift for kids: Kids love imitating grown-ups, and this realistic 6-piece cleaning set will have them tidying up in no time!
    Sweet detail: The dust pan snaps onto any of the handles!
    Skills: Gross motor development, confidence

    HOW TO WOW: Round out the clean theme with the Spray, Squirt & Squeegee Play Set and the Laundry Basket Play Set.

  7. Smoothie Maker Blender Set
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    Age: 3+
    Why it’s a great gift for kids: Kids can get creative whipping up their blender concoctions! Use the wooden knife to slice wooden fruits and vegetables, toss in other healthy ingredients, like kale or protein powder, blend it all up! Add a dash of pretend milk, spin the dial to blend, pour into a cup with lid and straw, and serve!
    Sweet detail: There’s a double-sided reusable menu card for taking orders, and cup inserts to add realistic color to smoothies.
    Skills: Fine motor, language development

    HOW TO WOW: Set kids up to run a deli by adding the Slice & Stack Sandwich Counter!

  8. Latches Barn
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    Age: 3+
    Why it’s a great gift for kids: Unhook the latches to open the barn doors and see who is inside, then close the doors and buckle up the barn again! This beautifully crafted sturdy wooden barn features six brass-hinged doors with working latches and locks, and pictures of farm animals on the inside of each door. There’s even a brass handle on top to take the fun wherever kids go!
    Sweet detail: Comes with four approximately 3-inch-tall flocked play figures: a cow, a pig, a goat, and a horse.
    Skills: Fine motor, vocabulary, counting

    HOW TO WOW: Play up the barn theme by staging the barn atop the Round the Barnyard Activity Rug.

  9. Love Your Look Nail Care Play Set
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    Age: 3+
    Why it’s a great gift for kids: Have a mini manicurist in your midst? The 20-piece play set gives kids everything they need to give and receive pretend manicures and pedicures, with all of the fun and none of the mess! (Does not contain real cosmetics or nail polish.)
    Sweet detail: Includes a pretend nail dryer with LED light.
    Skills: Confidence, vocabulary, social-emotional development

    HOW TO WOW: Need a stocking stuffer to go with the manicure and makeup theme? Try this Makeup & Manicures Water Wow! activity pad. Nailed it!

  10. Fire Truck Play Tent
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    Age: 3+
    Why it’s a great gift for kids: It’s pretend play to the rescue with this sturdy fabric playhouse that stands nearly four feet long and more than three feet tall. The play tent is packed with playful details, such as a back door flap that rolls up, a roof flap that opens, gas cap that flips up, and durable floor material. The play tent is easy to assemble and easy to pack away in the handy take-along storage tote.
    Sweet detail: Mesh fabric in windows on every side let in light and keep the play tent cool.
    Skills: Social-emotional development, vocabulary

    HOW TO WOW: Pair it with the Fire Chief Role Play Costume Set (and personalize it!) to inspire even more firefighting adventures!

Looking for more of the best gift ideas for kids of all ages?
Shop the Holiday Shop >
Shop Gifts That Wow! >
Shop Stocking Stuffers >
Shop Seasonal Toys >
Go to our Gift Guide for Babies >

Happy Holidays!

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