What did your 3 yo male child get for Christmas that he loves? other than toys or books...

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Posted: 1/10/2013 4:54:17 PM
My Godson will be 3 this weekend and I'm going to his birthday party (I live 5 hours away..)...I typically send him books or something educational and stick the cash I'd spend on a pricey toy into an account I've set up for his high school graduation gift...I hope to be able to hand him $2,000 to use for college or car or living expenses...

He has several Godparents and aunts and grandmothers who spoil him..he doesn't need toys. He doesn't seem to like books either (so I hear....but that could be because his parents don't take the time to read to him.. )

I want to give him a small gift he would like, but I'll still put cash into his graduation account.

He likes superheroes like Spiderman...if I'd thought about it soon enough, I'd have searched on etsy for a nice superhero cape or something. I think 3 year olds like dress up stuff.

Do you have a suggestion for a gift I can take?

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Posted: 1/10/2013 4:57:25 PM
bed, bath and beyond has superhero outfits on clearance.

Personally I would buy him a soft red blanket.


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Posted: 1/10/2013 5:01:57 PM
Thanks, meg, but I was at BB&B yesterday and didn't see any costumes at my local store. I can check Toys R Us & Party City, though, for costumes. Wish I had thought about it in advance.

Why a red blanket? To use as a cape?

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Posted: 1/10/2013 5:02:28 PM
Several articles of Star Wars Lego clothing & pajamas.

He also received a clock/alarm clock shaped like a rocket (His room has a space theme.) that projects an image of the Earth, an astronaut, etc. on to his ceiling at night. He adores that thing.

But I agree that a blanket would be a big hit, too. I was going to make him tied fleece blanket but ran out of time, and I was already budget. But I knew he would love one.

I'm still going to make it eventually.


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Posted: 1/10/2013 5:05:37 PM
My 3 year old is really into books, cars, Duplo (lego), trains, and tools / things you can take apart and put back together.
He got This car for Christmas and LOVES it!

There are some photo websites where you can have your pictures made into a board book. A simple board book with a photo of mom and then the word "MOM", grandma, auntie, home, dog, etc would be a fun and memorable gift, too.

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Posted: 1/10/2013 5:22:52 PM
DGS is 3 1/2 and LOVES his pillow pet.

He also cannot do without a flashlight. He kept taking Grandpapa's, so we got one for him. Since then, he has received several as gifts and LOVES them all.

He has Cars, Toy Story, Batman, etc. We just had to teach him to not direct the light into his or anyone's eyes.

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Posted: 1/10/2013 5:24:57 PM
look for fun themed pajamas like spiderman. If you have a disney store they are now carrying spiderman items.

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Posted: 1/10/2013 5:32:31 PM
When my little brother was that age, we made him a "cape" by taking a (flower sack style) white dish towel, and drawing a large letter "J" on it with a red Sharpie. His initial was J and we called him "Super J" as he tore around the house jumping with his "cape" sailing behind him.

He literally wore that around for months!

When our girls were that age, mil asked something very similar to your question, and I asked her to get some dress up clothes. She went to some local Salvation Army places and for very little $$ got a bag FULL of wonderful old clothes, shoes, jewelry, wigs, ties etc etc. That stuff was used by my kids and their cousins for the next 8yrs. It was the start of the "dress up" box and lead to hours and hours of creative play for them. The kids loved it because it was REAL grown-up people clothes and not just a cheap costume bought at Walmart.

Mil has told me so many times how much fun she had hunting for things for that dress up box! It was something that she would add to through the yrs if she saw something she thought the kids would enjoy at a second hand shop or garage sale.


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Posted: 1/10/2013 5:33:28 PM
My ds looooves this toy and wears is all day long:

Spiderman web shooter glove

It's not the one that shoots silly string, it just makes web noises.

I like the sheets idea too. I bought him some spiderman sheets on clearance at Target and he won't let me put anything else on. So I have to wash them and put them directly back on the bed.

Target also sells a spiderman fleece blanket, a spiderman football and a spiderman roller skates I am looking to get for his birthday soon.

Walmart sells a superhero cape and mask and has a matching set for a small stuffed animal. He likes to be a superhero with his teddy bear.


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Posted: 1/10/2013 5:46:30 PM
oooh, gotta get that spiderman glove for my dgd..
a li'l while ago I overheard this conversation between her and her mom:

mom: 'be carefull'
dgd: "I can do anything, I'm Spiderman!"

I don't have an answer to your question specific to boys, as I have a dgd, almost 4 years old...but she loves her dreamlight and I understand she uses it every night.

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Posted: 1/10/2013 5:48:00 PM
2&1/2 yr old grandson loves almost everything .
He has a wooden tool table and now a tool caddy.
Flashlights are a hit!
The only branded toys or books he has are
Thomas- some he got new for Christmas
Elmo/ other Sesame Street characters.

He loves little construction trucks, his farm set, his DUPLOs , wooden blocks, outside water play toys ( water wheels, funnels, pitchers, etc) - hot wheel ramp
Fisher Price people with cars. ( they can be purchased in small sets)
Sand toys
Wooden puzzles
Wooden lacing beads
Cooking - pots and pans, Velcro fruit ( Melissa and Doug brand)

Hope this helps!


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Posted: 1/10/2013 6:20:47 PM
My son is 3 1/2 and he loves anything with wheels. Cars are his favorite toys!
Aside from toys, some of his favorite things are . . .
- Pillow Pet
- Mini Flashlight
- Popcorn Maker for Movie-Night Inn (it's the kind you put the kernels in and watch pop, he also has a special wooden bowl just for popcorn)
- Play-Dough with Play-Dough Toys
- Paint and Paintbrushes. (My son love to paint!!)
- Play Tent and Tunnel

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Posted: 1/10/2013 6:31:18 PM
Alphie the robot - more educational than toy. Also vote for a cape and mask.
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Posted: 1/10/2013 6:33:31 PM
I was at Target today and they have superman pjs with the cape on the back. Think they had sweatshirts too.



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Posted: 1/10/2013 6:34:11 PM
Playdoh...they have a new kind with construction vehicles you can drive over the top
Coloring stuff...we love the Crayola Color Wonder fingerpaints- they don't work on anything except the Color Wonder paper
Anything from Melissa and Doug


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Posted: 1/10/2013 7:22:45 PM
what about a trip to build-a-bear? They used to have a spiderman outfit, I'm pretty sure


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Posted: 1/10/2013 8:12:03 PM
Imaginext toy line by fisher price.....little boys that age LOVE them. DS got some airplanes and the dinosaur. He really really loves the airplanes.

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Posted: 1/10/2013 8:16:59 PM
My almost 5 year old still loves his Imaginext and asks for more. We started buying it the Christmas before he turned 3 (February).

DS2 will be 3 in February and got a ton of Jake and The Neverland Pirates stuff. He loves "his pirates" and is having a Jake birthday party.

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Posted: 1/10/2013 8:17:20 PM
Little people has the super heroes now.


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Posted: 1/10/2013 9:03:57 PM
I saw a superhero cape and mask at Target in the party favors section. It was really cheap, but my son has one (he got it as a party favor) and he loves it!

Ds #2 turned 3 yesterday. He got a bike, some Rescue Bots Transformers, and Lincoln Logs. He seems to love all of it.

One word about your plan to save and give it to him at graduation: that is all fine and good as long as he is a mature teenager. If he gets into trouble you might reconsider handing that kind of cash to a teenager. In fact, my dd is a pretty decent college freshman (yes, I do have both an 18 y.o and a 3 y.o.) and I am glad that she doesn't have that kind of cash to spend.


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Posted: 1/10/2013 9:10:51 PM
We gave my DS his own little armchair. He loves it. It's his and he fits with room to grow. He sits with his blanket, Grover and sippy cup to watch TV. He doesn't like to share and the only person that has been invited to sit in his chair is our teenage babysitter who he is rather smitten with.
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Posted: 1/10/2013 9:48:49 PM
You Peas are the best!

Thank you for all the suggestions...since I only have one shopping day before traveling to his party, I'm going for sheets, blanket & pj's in the superman theme...I think that will all be new to him. But you have given me many ideas for the upcoming holidays....Thanks so much!

I don't get to see him more than a couple times a year but I love him.

And althought I'd love to give him art/crafty stuff like playdoh, I think his parents would not appreciate as they are working and need to keep the mess to a minimum.

And to Maite...I'm aware that giving a bunch of cash to a high school grad is not always the best idea....that's why I'm just stashing the cash back...there is a history of parents "borrowing" cash from kids and emptying college funds in the family...but my niece (the mom of Godson) is pretty level headed so I've told her my plan...as far as giving him a smaller priced gift for all the holidays and stashing cash into an envelope I hold until he graduates from high school....I can always directly pay a college toward tuition or just hold onto the funds until I want to give them to him...for a car or a house or a retirement fund...

That's just how I plan ahead....

Again, thanks for all the suggestions...it's been a long time since I had little ones and although I don't get to see this little boy often, I do love him and want to right by him...

You Peas have given me a bunch of ideas for the next few years...things I haven't thought of...

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Posted: 1/10/2013 9:51:27 PM
My 3 year old nephew is nuts for the Cars movie. For Christmas I got him some Woody pj's from the Disney Store and a Toy Story placemat, plate shaped like Buzz's spaceship, little alien guy fork and spoon and a spaceship water bottle. He was over the moon happy with them.


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Posted: 1/10/2013 10:01:12 PM
a twin size red blanket can be a cape, a fort, a snuggie, a flying carpet, tent....just about anything.

My aunt had a red plaid one for us to play with. It was the best toy ever.

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Posted: 1/10/2013 10:04:59 PM
Oh sorry, I missed the part of the title where you said you weren't looking for toy ideas! LOL

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Posted: 1/10/2013 10:49:24 PM
My 3yo son is a serious superhero fan. You can find capes and durable plastic character masks at Target, WM, etc.

He also loves coloring books (he doesn't eat the crayons anymore, but he does occasionally still draw on inappropriate things, such as walls, so maybe check with the parents first?), movies, and for Christmas he got an AWESOME remote control police car that does NOT have a siren (so it's blissfully quiet), but is big and durable and has really easy controls.

If I can find one, I'll post a link.

Eta: it's similar to this one:
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Posted: 1/11/2013 1:23:50 AM
I found Spider-Man and batman underoos sets at Target that ds is getting this month for his 3rd birthday. He doesn't watch either show but I know he heard about them from friends who do. I think he's going to love them.

He's also getting a kid sized table and chairs.

For Christmas he got a Scooby doo Trouble board game. He can't lose the dice and it helps him learn what numbers look like and practice counting.

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Posted: 1/11/2013 7:52:46 AM
My son just turned four but his favorite things are clothes/pajamas in his favorite characters. I tend to avoid buying them but he loves them so much. For his birthday he got an angry birds shirt and wore it for days. For Christmas he got angry birds pj's and he put them on right away. I found a. Yo gabba gabba shirt on clearance the other day and he loves it as well. They definitely get more use than any of the toys he got.

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Posted: 1/11/2013 8:26:25 AM
Superhero dress up clothes. My DS is almost 5 and still loves his dress up clothes.


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Posted: 1/11/2013 3:21:03 PM
He loved his Batman toys and Spiderman figurine. I also bought him a buzz Lightyear gun that he loves. And lots of cars. Oh and he got a Thomas The Train table set from my parents.



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Posted: 1/11/2013 3:40:48 PM
I tried to update this thread but it wouldn't let me..

I went to Target and found a Spiderman pillow & fleece blanket - good for the couch and taking go grandmas! Also found a Spiderman "adventure hut" which is similar to a tent...it was on clearance for $20! Also found a spiderman hoodie, Superman pj's with cape and Superman thermal shirt with puffy vest...all that was also on clearance!

I've made note of all your suggestions, after I see what he has in his room, I'll know more about what to send him this summer..

Thanks again, Peas!
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