What to buy a three year old boy for Christmas

I am so excited for Christmas this year and I share this excitement with my three year old little boy. This is Olly’s fourth Christmas and so he’s become very vocal in what he would like Father Christmas to leave him under the tree on Christmas Day. We’ve been asked by many friends and family what to buy Olly for Christmas so we’ve compiled a useful list of games, toys and books which we think would be perfect for three year olds (boys and girls) this Christmas.

Christmas Gift Guide for three year old boys


We all know fresh air is good for children and so getting an outdoors scooter to help them explore their neighbourhood is a fantastic idea. We love this JD Bug Original Street scooter which is perfect for little adventurers to scoot on the way to school or round the park to burn off all that energy. Combined with a Target II Dual Skate Helmet and SFR Kids Protection Kit they’re sure to be safe against the elements and have a fantastic time exploring on their scooter. RRP Scooter £49.95 / Helmet £17.95 / Protection Kit £13.95

Olly loves to have a dance around the dining room before bedtime and is always asking to listen to music on the radio on the way home from his Grandparents so to embrace his fun loving attitude and fondness of music, this Party Light from JML is the perfect way to recreate the dance floor in their own home. RRP £11.99

One of the ways Olly loves to play on a wet afternoon is to get out his BRIO and play with his trains. He recently reviewed the BRIO Rescue Firefighter set so getting him some more BRIO would be an amazing gift this year. He has loved playing with the Fire Engines so the BRIO Fire Station would be an amazing gift to compliment his existing collection. RRP £64.99


Ever since I can remember, we’ve been reading bedtime stories to Olly. Since he started pre-school, he’s been reading more and more and can now read a selection of short three-lettered words. We continue to read with him at bedtime and has loved hearing about out of space adventures. The new book ‘The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home‘ is a fantastic personalised book aimed at girls and boys aged 3 plus.  What makes the book completely unique is that every book features a personalised name and a map of the child’s home. What an amazing gift. RRP £19.99 with free shipping.

There’s a Snake in My School is a brilliant book by David Walliams and has been illustrated by Tony Ross, I’m pretty sure Olly would giggle all the way through this book thinking about what animals he could take into school. I’m not sure about the snake though.

Moana is the latest movie from Disney that’s about to hit the big screen. Olly’s seen the trailer and can’t wait to see the film so I know the Disney Movie Collection Storybook; Moana  will be a big hit. It’s got lots of illustrations to look through with snippets of animation from the film and will be a great book to read at bedtime.


I’m pretty sure Olly would be a pirate if he got the chance and so the Gotrovo Treasure Hunt Game is a great gift that the whole family can enjoy. Using the treasure map, adults can lay the trail around the home (or outside) for the children to follow. Solve the clues and collect the treasure, who can find the precious gold bullion bar. A brilliant game for active kids (and adults too) RRP £19.95

Olly loves playing with cars and trains and loves to make up his own on the move adventures. This Giant Railway from Orchard Toys is the perfect toy for little ones who love to make up their own roads and tracks and can be combined with any of the Giant Road and Giant Town jigsaws too. The fun is endless with these jigsaws and will help to build creativity and independent play.

Jigsaws are a great way of calming children down and this Moana 2 in 1 jigsaw is sure to be a big hit under the Christmas tree this year. Featuring a 32 piece puzzle of Moana, Pua and Hei Hei and a 64 piece puzzle of Maui there’s plenty to keep small hands busy after Christmas lunch.


Sometimes it’s easier to buy tickets for a family day out or experience rather than worrying over whether you’ve bought the right toy or not. From late December until early January, What the Ladybird Heard is on at the Town Hall in Birmingham and it’s a great production based on the award-winning Julia Donaldson book. With live music and superbly crafted puppetry it’s sure to be a fun afternoon. Tickets from £12-17 each.

Hope this Christmas gift guide has given you some ideas, it’s only 26 sleeps until Christmas!!

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, some samples and some ideas we genuinely believe three year olds would love this year

Emma Shilton

Emma Shilton, is a UK Family Lifestyle blogger from the West Midlands, UK, Emma is Mummy to two boys; Olly, (born February 2013) who loves Lego, cars and old cartoons and Freddie, (born January 2018) who loves noisy toys and making a mess. The blog follows their adventures as they capture everyday life, family travels and adventures.

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1 Comment

  1. 29/11/2016 / 8:56 am

    Ooh I didn’t realise what the ladybird heard was on, we might come and see that. We love The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home, such a lovely book and a great keepsake. I like the sound of the pirate game too, my girls would love it, they’re both obsessed with Swashbuckle on tv!

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