This helpful list of Christmas gifts for 4 year olds is full of fun ideas any four year old would be thrilled to receive for Christmas!
This is my third Christmas with a 4 year old (but my first one with a 4 year old girl!), so I feel pretty confident in picking out gifts a four year old gets excited about!
How We Decide What To Give Our Kids for Christmas
We stick pretty closely to the “something to wear, something to read, something you want, and something you need” mantra for gift giving. We do fill their stockings in addition to these four gifts, but this particular list is focused on the great gifts that we’ve given our four year olds in past years or plan to give our four year old this year!
It’s too easy for things to get out of control when we just buy a bunch of things. Giving the gift giving some structure really helps us parents out! I know some other people opt to set a maximum number of gifts they’ll give – usually 3. We didn’t opt for that route, but it is something for you to consider!
This Christmas gift idea list is sorted into the four categories we typically give gifts in: wear, read, want, need.
Christmas Gifts for 4 Year Olds to Wear
I think this is such a fun idea and I like that what we receive is a surprise for me AND for my 4 year old girl! Twirl dresses are especially fun at this age. Perfect for twirling around the living room to some fun Christmas music!
This too-cool-for-school brand of kids clothing is so fun. Seriously fun! Grab your kid some preschooler-sized sunglasses to give with this super stylish, wild child brand.
There are so many things your kids could dress up as, so this is just one suggestion! My kids have all been obsessed with knights and dragons and princesses at one point or another. This book is a family favorite and would be really fun to gift with this dragon cape!
We are currently in a can’t-get-enough phase of princess dresses! This brand makes comfortable, machine washable princess dresses. WIN for everyone! These are loosely based off of Disney princesses, but my 4 year old daughter knows most of the princesses from their original fairy tales, and I appreciate that they aren’t trying to be exactly like the Disney gals.
We live in southern AZ where snow is very rare, but we like to travel to get some snow time! Snow jackets are more of a luxury for us than a necessity and the kids have enjoyed receiving them for Christmas before. We’ve had good luck with the Amazon Essentials brand.
Same as above, just a more masculine shape!
We have been buying Plae brand shoes for just about a decade! Worth every penny and the rare type of shoe that actually held up beyond when our kids outgrew them. When you purchase through this link, you’ll save 20% on your first order!
Christmas Gifts for 4 Year Olds to Read
Anyone else looking forward to the new Masterpiece season of “All Creatures Great and Small”?! My kids adore these sweet animal stories and love to have them read to them over and over again.
For preschool at home this year, we have based much of our time off of this volume. There are some ideas to take each story a little further, the stories are all classics in their own right, and we enjoy the great variety of text and illustration inside this book!
If you’re a Laura Ingalls Wilder fan, this collection of picture books is a MUST. All of my kids enjoy the illustrations, and these stories never seem to get old to any of us!
Intended more to be for beginning readers who are ready for short chapter books, Mercy Watson has captivated our entire family! My four year old is not reading, but she listened to her big bros practice reading with this collection, and she just can’t get enough of the porcine action!
Even though her older brothers don’t need to read these for practice anymore, my four year old still wants to hear at least a chapter a day of these hilarious stories!
Christmas Gifts That 4 Year Olds Want
Duplos are fun for kids of all ages – they’re bigger/clunkier than regular LEGO pieces, but that makes them less frustrating to build with! Adding to our LEGO Duplo collection is always a good idea.
For four year olds who want to advance into big kid LEGO builds, there is a LEGO city series that has builds just perfect for kids who are ready for something some complicated than Duplos. Kids with older siblings might be especially interested in these builds!
After years of having our trampoline with springs be a hassle to maintain (the spring cover was constantly sun rotting and needing replacement), we upgraded to Springfree and are never going back! This guy was a beast to put together but it’s been 100% worth every penny (and the bicep workout of assembly).
It’s a big price tag, but it’s the ultimate Christmas gift for 4 year olds (and kids of any age)!
We actually gave a Yoto to all of our kids the year we had a 9, 7, and 3 year old. They all loved it then, and they’re still all loving it now, a year later. My oldest likes using it as an alarm and for playing longer chapter books, my middle child is obsessed with the “Horrible History” audiobooks, and my youngest will listen to just about any card we have!
Don’t forget to tune in for the daily podcast. We all look forward to hearing what fun information Jake’s going to share with us each day!
We don’t play with Barbies in this house, but our Lottie dolls, baby dolls, American Girl Wellie Wishers, and miscellaneous other dolls enjoy the dollhouse very much!
I really like the look of this table by LittleTikes and the big storage drawer underneath! Trains are what this table is intended to be used with, but a LEGO fan will be thrilled to have a building surface like this too!
Christmas Gifts That 4 Year Olds Need
Need is a pretty loose category for us because what do they need besides food, water, shelter, and love? We often get creative in this category!
Clean teeth. Fun timer. Ergonomic grip! Give the gift of excellent oral hygiene this Christmas season! 😉 Put some little travel size toothpastes in their stocking for one practical stuffing stuffer.
Please tell me you are as in love with those sushi socks as I am! I know a kid who would go nuts for the dinosaur 6 pack, but my kids are foodies and are going to be so excited to get some funny food socks! I’ll probably divide the 6 pack into 3 sets of 2 pairs – 1 set for each of my kiddos!
Learning activities are definitely considered a need in our home. Wiki stix are always fun, but this building set is downright incredible for learning something new! Even if you haven’t started teaching the alphabet yet, this will be fun for a 4 year old to receive.
These are incredibly useful art supplies! I know these seem expensive at first and if they were simple colored pencils, I wouldn’t be impressed. BUT I am impressed because these are able to be used on a whiteboard (wet erase), as crayons/colored pencils, and as watercolor crayons if you go over kids’ creations with a wet paintbrush.
Sensory Christmas Gifts for Preschoolers
Sensory play is essential for young kids, and that’s why we sometimes choose to gift our kids sensory toys and tools as a “need”! Here are some of our favorites:
Technically this swing is indoor OR outdoor, but I think this is going to be SO much fun inside! I haven’t decided if we will put it in our den or in the kids bedroom, but I know it’s going to be a lifesaver in hot AZ summers to have a fun, indoor swing at home.
This stuff literally NEVER dries out. It is a mesmerizing texture, it is so fun to play with. This is a version of the kids that is unicorn themed, but check the link below for another version! (But psst, if your play doh has dried out, try this!)
You get to take the magical, squishy, not-sand, not-dough and somehow shape it into bricks! And build with those bricks! It blows my mind every time I play this with my kids. There is some seriously cool science at work in this compound!
This is more like kinetic sand than the mad mattr, but my kids (boys and girl) really enjoy the construction element of this bin. They can play on the table, on the back porch, on the kitchen floor, pretty much wherever I put them, because the bin is super portable and keeps the mess down! You could also make your own!
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