Book-Themed Gift Combinations

Turning 3 is a rite-of-passage, don't you think? Suddenly, a 3-year-old is mature enough for a million toys with parts that their 2-year-old self apparently couldn't handle safely. A three-year-old is ready for their very own cubby at their very own pre-school! A three-year-old picks out their own big-kid underwear. Their world is blown wide open with possibilities! (I'm not being sarcastic; I am just simultaneously amused and terrified for the much-too-soon day when my daughter will somewhat officially make the leap from toddler to kid.)

What should you give in celebration of this auspicious birthday? I suggest the Magic 3 Combo: something to READ, something to WEAR, and something to PLAY with.  

I'm not suggesting that one person ought to give three things--themed gifts like this would be perfect from a group, from all the aunts and uncles, for example. But if you're picking just one, go with something to read, because books are sadly under-represented at kid's birthday parties.

The Magic 3 Combo works for anyone at any age at any occasion, but here are 3 examples for a 3-year-old (with an estimated total price):

1. Eight Silly Monkeys illustrated by Steve Haskamp; Foamies Monkey Stickers; Barrel of Monkeys

2. Miss Spider's New Car by David Kirk; Pluie Pluie Kids Green Bug Rain Boots (sizes Toddler 5- Kid 2); Hot Wheels Dirt Track Race Toy Car 5 Pack
(The boots are the bulk of this price estimate, on sale for $37.99 as I type. I'm bugging out, they're so cute.)

3. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom written by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault, illustrated by Lois Ehlert; pipe-cleaner-and-bead backpack name label* (you can make it with the child in 5 minutes!); Melissa & Doug Alphabet Art puzzle

*beads, pipe cleaners and lanyard hook shown are from Hobby Lobby

What do you think?

This post was not sponsored (although, I wish that it had been) and contains only my personal opinions without guarantees.

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  1. I love this, and this slighty tooting horn as she and my son raise a bi-lingual 2 yr old daughter(my middle grand daughter!! Loved this one Anna!!


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