Gift Guide for 3 Year Olds

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1. Pengoloo from Marbles - If you haven't been to Marbles The Brain Store before, check it out online. They have a wonderful selection of unique, high quality puzzles and games for players of all ages. For each game, they explain exactly what kind of brain exercise you're in for and include a review from a 'brain coach.' Pengoloo is a classic memory game with a penguin theme.

2. Mermaid Doll Outfit (plus the doll) from OnceUponATreeHouse - We're big mermaid fans in our house, so this year I'm planning two DIY mermaid Christmas gifts: a mermaid doll and a mermaid blanket (tutorials will be featured on the blog in the coming weeks). If sewing isn't your thing, the pre-made doll and mermaid outfit pictured here is gorgeous and so is this mermaid blanket  I discovered on Etsy.

3. Magnatab from Marbles - This was Merle's favorite toy on our last trip to Marbles. Metal balls and a magnetic pen create a modern etch-a-sketch that is lightweight enough for travel. Take it out of the box and it can fit inside a stocking.

4. Merle loves spelling every word she comes across and is ecstatic when she notices her name on things. I ordered her this playful twirling dress from Hanna Andersson with her name monogrammed on the front. We have a version of the dress from last year and although it looks "fancy," it is durable and comfortable enough for day to day wear.

5. After three and a half years of using her newborn towels, it's time to upgrade Merle to cozier kid towels. I adore the hooded towels from Pottery Barn Kids. How cute is this princess bath wrap?

6. Christmas PJs are my favorite pajamas. Hanna Andersson's organic cotton are our go-to for Merle. I love the print on this cream colored pair with a little village in pastel colors.

7. Animal counters - Ages three to four are prime time for teaching fundamental math skills like addition, subraction, multiplication, and division, as well as pattern logic. These little animal counters make learning a bit more fun and colorful.

8. Rose Geo Doll necklace from Coral + Cloud X Pocket Folk collab - Merle adores wearing necklaces and frequently plays with mine. This lightweight kid friendly necklace manages to look both playful and modern with the

9. I am always looking for interesting books for Merle. A few have recently caught my eye, including Diary of a Time Traveler (each spread focuses on a different period of time and highlights significant people and achievements of the period),  You're Here for a Reason (another beautiful book from Nancy Tillman celebrating the uniqueness of every child), and The Empty Pot (a Chinese fable highlighting the importance of honesty over artificial representations achievement).

10. A love of dinosaurs and Star Wars is pretty much in Merle's DNA. Merle has been begging me for the Lego Star Wars Character Encyclopedia for months and I think Santa is finally bringing it home :)

11. Merle loves using straws, but I feel guilty about the daily waste created by using disposable ones. We're switching to stainless steel straws this Christmas.

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