33 Great 3rd Birthday Gifts under $30

    1st July, 2019

We've shortlisted the best 3rd birthday gift ideas for you, and they're all under $30

On a budget? We've got you, boo. Feast your hungry little eyes on this list of great 3rd birthday gifts that are cute, stimulating and educational. Best of all, every single idea on this list comes in at under $30. Thrifty looks great on you!

Wipe Clean: Early Learning Activity Book

The best way of learning in form of a workbook!!! This book wipes off so easily with a wet cloth so you can practice a lot on the same one.It is spiral bound so no worries of tearing it in middle and the pages are also sturdy. The pen that comes with it dries up after a few uses but you can use crayons or washable markers and it serves the purpose. Very good concept of learning for a child.

Roger Priddy’s spiral bound Wipe Clean: Early Learning Activity Book offers essential spelling, math, and creative exercises in a workbook that reinforces understanding and encourages practice. With lots of early learning activities to do, children can learn new skills and practice writing, counting, telling the time, and drawing their favorite animals again and again with this fantastic wipe-clean book.

Learning Resources Shining Stars Projector

Picking out which slide they want for the night has become one of my girls' favorite bedtime activities. Nice illumination as a night light, auto off after probably 5 minutes. Plenty of cool images to choose from. High quality toy projector.

Share with a three or fouryear old child the beauty that is exploring the universe! The Shining Stars Projector lets a kid fly into outer space in the comfort of their house. This fantastic choice for a birthday gift projects stars, planets, space walks, and more, as big as a room allows. The set includes projector, stand, 3 discs (with a total of 24 images), and activity guide.

Melissa & Doug Shape Sorting Clock

Great Value as a Shape-Sorter and Introduction to Other Mathematical Skills. The clock is made of quality wood that it is solid and durable, with a very good finishing in both the cut and the paint. The shapes for the numbers are all unique, and it is not possible to misplace them.

This Melissa & Doug Shape Sorting Clock makes a great birthday gift for children age 3. This hands-on, screen-free play toy helps a kid to tell the time. Terms such as 'half past' and 'quarter of' and concepts of 'before,' 'after,' 'early,' and 'late' will be whimsically explained by this colorful, wooden clock.

Melissa & Doug Wooden Magnetic Matching Picture Game

Good activity for Creativity and imagination. Would recommend. Love this item Exactly like descibed

The Melissa & Doug Wooden Magnetic Matching Picture Game is a fantastic gift choice for a 3rd, 4th, or 5th birthday! This toy allows combinations for more than 100 wooden magnets to recreate and bring to life imaginative scenes. This playful and set includes 119 wooden magnets, a magnetic game board, a wooden storage case with handle, and more. Kids three and up will have fun while honing fine motor, matching, color recognition, and problem-solving skills.

Hog Wild Toys Penguin Popper

I use this toy in therapy with children to develop hand strength and visual motor skills. It is fun, engaging and safe.

A penguin that shoots soft foam balls up to 20 feet makes a great birthday gift for playful children! Kids from ages 2 to 6 will love this toy. It's easy to use, and screen-free. All they need to do is squeeze the penguins belly: the harder they squeeze, the further it shoots.

Melissa & Doug Monster Bowling Toy

My nephews (aged 2 & 4) loved playing with these! They are very bright and colourful and they seem to be well made. Soft lovely product good size and colourful. Great fun .

Kids love bowling toys. But this one is so cute that you'll want to make a birthday gift of it. The Melissa & Doug Monster Bowling Set is a colorful game to use indoors or outdoors. It features six amazing, colorful monsters and one monster ball. When not in use, it can be stored in its handy storage case. This fantastic toy encourages creative play with its cute monster figures.

Learning Resources Puzzle Globe Toy

Fun, Interactive Globe for Kids. Definitely a educational tool for younger kids!

This fun, engaging way to encourage children as young as 3 to learn geography makes an excellent gift for any kid's birthday. The Learning Resources Puzzle Globe Toy is a challenging puzzle that keeps kids engaged and playing over and over again. This educational toy teaches continent names, the oceans, famous landmarks, and more!

Melissa & Doug Catch & Count Wooden Fishing Game

The magnets are strong enough to pick up the fish and hold on. The poles are sturdy and the turn on the pole moves with ease. Great for eye/hand coordination, verbal communication!

Such a fantastic birthday gift for children age 3 and up! The Melissa & Doug Catch & Count Wooden Fishing Game is a quality-built wooden magnetic fishing game that builds confidence while it helps develop hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills. It includes two magnetic rods and 10 magnetic fish which are numbered and patterned, making an exciting game for kids to play alone or with a friend.

Kinetic Sand, 3lbs Beach Sand

Easy to clean Easy to mold Indeed it doesnt dry out Tons of fun

Every kid loves to play with sand. However, instead of giving a toddler a bucket of sand, bring them the beach-sand fun without the mess. Kinetic Sand is like magic sand that sticks to itself and not to you! It oozes, moves, and melts right before your eyes. It flows through your fingers like a slow-moving liquid but leaves them completely dry. This toy makes a fantastic birthday gift to any toddler and stimulates their imagination and their manipulative ability.

Wonder Forge Eric Carle Matching Game

Beautifully printed illustrations and sturdy cards. The Eric Carle Matching Game is nicely made from sturdy cardboard. This set is versatile, and the type of games played (matching, memory, storytelling) can definitely adapt to a growing child.

This classic game of picture matching, featuring a kid’s favorite characters from The World of Eric Carle. The Wonder Forge Eric Carle Matching Game makes a great educational gift for any toddler. They can flip over brightly colored tiles and find pictures from The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Grouchy Ladybug, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and more. Many familiar faces that fill a toddler with joy.

The Giving Tree Hardcover

Whenever I am invited to a baby shower, this is always a gift from my husband & myself. I have even chose this book as a house warming gift. This book really tugs at all the emotions everyone goes through one time or another. Or even all at once. It has turned into a discussion book for all my grandkids.

Since it was first published fifty years ago, Shel Silverstein's moving picture book for readers of all ages has offered a touching interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return. This book brings a loving message and makes an excellent, thoughtful birthday gift, especially for kids 3+.

Melissa & Doug Construction Vehicles Wooden Jigsaw

Durable and fun puzzle boxes! Cute puzzles in a compact box

What could young builders three and up possibly enjoy more than assembling four dynamic and colorful construction site vehicle puzzles? The Melissa & Doug Construction Vehicles 4-in-1 Wooden Jigsaw boxed set includes four wooden, 12-piece construction vehicle jigsaw puzzles, each stored in a separate compartment of a sturdy wooden box. An excellent birthday gift for a problem-solving toddler, this set has each puzzle piece shape-coded on the back for easy sorting.

Candy Land Kingdom Of Sweet Adventures Board Game

Perfect gift for kids and fun for the whole family Candy Land is the perfect game for little ones who can't really use logic or strategy yet, but still want to be able to play a board game. They only need to know their colors and they're set to go.

This adorable version of the classic Candy Land game features gingerbread men as movers, colored cards, and fun illustrations that kids love, with different destinations like Cookie Commons and the chunky Chocolate Mountain. The Hasbro Gaming Candy Land Kingdom Of Sweet Adventures Board Game makes a lovely birthday gift to any toddler. Players choose their cards and move their pawns while letting their imaginations soar as they make their way to the castle to win.

Green Toys Meal Maker Dough Set Activity

This is the cutest set!! The play dough is really soft and pliable and nicely pigmented. This was a hit! Kids loved it. Played with this one non stop while all the other more expensive (chinese made) toys sat idle. THANX Green Toys for making high quality, non toxic, affordable toys in the USA!

Green Toys Dough Sets are a safe and simple way for toddlers and kids to enjoy the creative benefits of dough play. The Meal Maker set features a non-toxic dough bundled with quality tools and fun role play accessories. This toy makes a great birthday gift to kids age 2+. The 18-piece Meal Maker Dough Set Activity will inspire the youngest cooks to create delicious meals in minutes.

Melissa & Doug Pattern Blocks and Boards Toy

Cute designs, lots of designs, doesn't take up too much space, high quality boards and pieces These are great blocks to not only help with imagination, color and shape recognition, or pattern creation/recognition, but to have fun with mom or dad, or as they have gotten a little older by themselves.

Pattern Blocks and Boards is a classic toy that inspires kids to explore shapes and colors in a hands-on way as they fill wooden backgrounds with sturdy wooden pieces. This fantastic birthday gift option is a beautiful way for kids 3 and older to develop their fine motor skills. They can follow one of 10 design templates or create their own mosaic using the 120 colorful wooden tiles in 6 different shapes.

Melissa & Doug Food Groups - Wooden Play Food

The set is good quality and sturdy so it will last for a long time. Healthy food groups

The Food Groups Wooden Play Food set makes a great birthday gift for kids ages 3 and up. Kids will feed their imagination with this beautifully crafted wooden play food set. It includes 21 hand-painted solid wood pieces that can be mixed and matched to create a balanced 'meal.' The Food Groups - Wooden Play Food helps introduce the basics of nutrition and can be used to teach early number skills, color recognition, sorting, and grouping.

DK Games: Silly Sentences Book Supplement

This is a well thought out game for new readers who are ready to learn very basic grammer. The physical quality is also very high. I bought these silly sentences for our writing center at home. They are so awesome. They are a great addition to our writing station and homeschooling routine

DK Games: Silly Sentences Book Supplement is a fantastic game to practice grammar skills learned in the first three years of school. This choice for a 4th birthday gift is an great game for 1-4 players. Children and adults can enjoy it together as the younger players learn about nouns, verbs, adjectives, and more with the help of 124 color-coded cards, and construct an almost endless possibility of sentences.

Intex Rainbow Ring Inflatable Play Center

A really firm pool when inflated and large enough for all 5 of my grandchildren to play in together. They are really enjoying it both as a paddling pool and a ball pit. Fantastic pool for the younger kids! But remember to buy electric pump first as takes a while to pump up! I would highly recommend!!

The Intex Rainbow Ring Play Center is a summer-favorite fun for kids! This center includes many activities for kids: a wading pool, a water slide, a water sprayer, and a ring toss game (that comes with 4 inflatable rings). It can make a fantastic 6th birthday gift choice, especially in the summer, when parents can attach the water sprayer to the garden hose, to keep kids cool!

Baby University ABC's Four-Book Set

I love that these can grow with your kids. There are multiple levels of information on each page. At first- just talking about the letters could work. Then as your child grows, discuss the photos, then the name of the pictured items, then the description. The information is visually tiered on the page to chunk it based on age and development of your little joy.

Baby University books are written by a science expert and perfectly tailored for little scientists, featuring colorful, simple introductions to scientific principles. The series of ABC infant books in this four-book set are beloved by babies?and grownups!

Baby University Four-Book Set Board book

These books are so great! They are so simple, even I am learning something. I love them! Great gift for anyone with kids, or for your own kids to get them interested in science.

Written by an expert, the Baby University series features colorful, simple introductions to scientific principles and are beloved by babies―and grownups! Included in this Four-Book Set: • Quantum Physics for Babies • Rocket Science for Babies • General Relativity for Babies • Newtonian Physics for Babies

Educational Insights' Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game

This is such a great educational game! If you are in need of a great birthday or holiday gift, this is a MUST!!! Great for Speech or Occupational Therapy!

This educational game is so simple to set up! The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game is a lovely toy for a 3rd birthday gift. It features the kids’ forest pals that are hungry and need their help. This fun, addictive preschool game works when the kid spins the spinner and picks up the matching acorn with their Squirrel Squeezer, placing it in the log. The first to collect 5 acorns wins!

Melissa & Doug Solar System Floor Puzzle

The best and easiest way to teach a child the vastness of solar system !!! This is a huge floor puzzle with large pieces that is easy for preschoolers and younger kids too. Sturdy pieces, nice high-quality box

A fantastic way to teach a toddler about the solar system, the Melissa & Doug Solar System Floor Puzzle makes an ideal birthday gift for kids ages 3 to 6. This puzzle includes 48 extra-thick cardboard pieces that are easy for children to put together. The finished puzzle displays beautiful original artwork.

Crayola Color Wonder, Mess Free Coloring Pad

Loving color wonder and so is my almost 3 year old. No mess.

Crayola Washable Markers comes with vibrant, no mess markers that only show color on specially formulated Color Wonder Paper, not on skin, clothing, or furniture. This toy features 30 mess-free coloring pages in one convenient pad. This kid’s parents will thank you for this house friendly 3rd birthday gift for sure.

Flybar My First Pogo Pals Jumper for Kids

The product looks great the colors are sharp and vibrant, quality is amazing too. Fun kid exerciser and bonus dog runner!

The Flybar My First Pogo Pals Jumper for Kids makes a fun gift for any toddler on their birthday, and is a wonderful option for a 3rd birthday gift. The soft, comfortable foam handles allow the little ones to play all day long, and the secure stretchy bungee “spring” is suitable for most heights. This toy has 5 available pogo pals heads, great for boys and girls to show off their personality.

LEGO DUPLO Town Truck & Tracked Excavator

Exactly as pictured. Can’t go wrong with Duplo Blocks. I really like this set of lego duplo because it has 2 different trucks included as well as a couple accessories

Kids will have a truckload of fun with these toy construction vehicles from LEGO DUPLO. This toy is a fantastic birthday gift for toddlers to dig into their imaginations as they use the toy dump truck and excavator to build a LEGO town of their dreams. The LEGO DUPLO Town Truck & Tracked Excavator allows children to develop early building skills while encouraging imaginative play. Children will love to build and play with this simple building toy designed especially for toddlers.

Boon Building Bath Pipes Toy Set

Excellent toddler product and great value too! The tubes are sturdy and of high-quality. The little fans and flippers add an additional level of entertainment. Plus, the suctions work really, really well

The Boon Building Bath Pipes Toy Set includes 5 pipes with unique shapes and functions. A fun, entertaining toy, this set can be given as a 3rd birthday gift. The tubes can be used individually or together to create a chain to pour water through. They take a toddler’s fun in the bathtub to the max!

Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Seaside Sand Baking Set

Very cute, sturdy, versatile playset! This is one of THE BEST sand toys I have ever come across (and believe me, we have a ton of sand toys!) The quality of this is outstanding, the plastic pail is actually sturdy & isn't likely to break/crack like every other sand pail that we've had.

This sea-creature inspired "baking" set is a sturdy, versatile gift option for any 3rd birthday. This baking themed toy includes shell-shaped measuring cups, octopus whisk, and crab mixing spoon. The turtle lid on the mixing bowl doubles as a sifter. This is a wonderful sand toy option for any creative toddler aspiring to become a chef.

Holy Stone RC Cartoon Race Car with Music & Lights

Very sturdy car. Little kids always want to carry them around by the antenna and this can take a beating. Cute music, easy for tots to operate

Cars are classic children's toys, fit for any age. The Holy Stone RC Cartoon Race Car with Music & Lights is an excellent choice for a birthday gift for any toddler. This race car's sleek wheels and cute design make for a lightning fast and fun toy. It features honking sounds, music, and flashing headlights. Light and sound effects can be initiated by pressing the button on the remote-control car.

3 Bees & Me Dinosaur Toys for Boys and Girls

My 3 year old son absolutely loved these! He slept with them the first night and they've made their way to several trips since then. Great gift for the dino fan!!!!

This is an amazing 3rd birthday or Christmas gift for any dinosaur lover. This dinosaur set is great for getting a little one interested in learning about science and dinosaurs. The collection of 4 dinosaur toys encourages curiosity about science, imagination, and motor skills through fun play.

Durable Kids Doctor Kit

The variety and quality is good for what you pay It's a very cute doctor kit. I would definitely recommend it.

The Durable Kids Doctor Kit helps children learn about the human body and calm doctor-related fears as they engage in doctor/patient role play. The Doctor Set comes with an assortment of 12 medical tools and gadgets that spark a toddler's imagination. A fantastically sturdy toy, this kit is a great gift option for any toddler's birthday. It comes with a carrying bag in case the toddler has an appointment scheduled outside.

Melissa & Doug On the Go Water Wow!

These are winners because: 1. They use water only (no mess!) 2. The artwork is beautiful 3. The books are not easily destroyed 4. They are REUSABLE 5. The paintbrush itself is worth the purchase (BONUS POINTS!)

Melissa & Doug On the Go Water Wow! set includes reusable water-reveal activity pads that make a great educational birthday gift for kids 3 to 5 years old. This set features engaging animal and vehicle-themed watercolor books for children. Each book comes with a refillable water pen, chunky-sized for easy filling and designed for smaller hands to grasp quickly.

Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Magical Oven

Adorable, solid, and well made. Love that variety of food.options are available for "making" (using the play dough to conform to the molds) directly on the oven

With Play-Doh Kitchen Creations, the only ingredient needed is a little chef's imagination! A fantastic birthday gift for any three year old, this set includes oven, 5 pretend baking trays, 3 cutters, roller, knife, fork, spoon, plate, 6 cans of Play-Doh Brand Modeling Compound, instructions, and 1 creation card. Kids can feel just like bakers with their very own oven featuring lights, sounds, and fun cooking-themed accessories. It's the fun of baking without the heat and dirty dishes.

Melissa & Doug Examine & Treat Pet Vet Play Set

This purchase was a hit and already worth the money after just one week! Very happy I made this purchase. Everything is a perfect size and it is SO nice that this kit comes with a cat & dog!! AWESOME.

Give young animal lovers everything they need to examine and treat pretend pets! This toy was recognized by toy experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute for how it helps kids develop empathy. The Melissa & Doug Examine & Treat Pet Vet Play Set is a two-piece collection that makes a great birthday gift for aspiring veterinarians three and older. It comes with an adorable plush dog and cat, and accessories galore.