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17 Best Gifts Under $25 for Nieces and Nephews (3-6 Years Old)

A couple of years ago, I was in a Disney store starting to have an anxiety attack…

All because I had no clue what to get my niece or nephew for Christmas. I lived across the country and usually only saw them at the holidays. I have no kids myself so I had zero idea of what to get them.

This year, I moved cross country and now see them all the time, which means I have tons of ideas of what to get them.

But I know from experience that isn’t always the case. So if you live far away and don’t have kids and are struggling to figure out what to get your nieces or nephews this holiday, this gift guide is here to help!

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Best Gifts for Nieces, 4-6 years old

Just a quick note to say that while I’ve put these in the section for nieces, they could be gifts for nephews too if you wanted. Each kid a different, but overall, all the gifts on this list are things my niece (who is 6) and nephew (who is 4) would love.

1. Hatchimals

I think these are this generation’s Polly Pocket (though pretty sure Polly is still around). My niece absolutely loves these and collects them, she enjoys “hatching” them which is when she gets to break them out of their shell.

This Jewelry Box Royal Dozen is perfect:

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles, Jewelry Box Royal Dozen 12-Pack
  • 12 HATCHIMALS TO DISCOVER: The Jewelry Box Dozen 12-Pack is the fastest way to start your Hatchimals Royals collection! With 2 exclusive out-of-egg characters and 10 in-egg characters –including a sneak peek to the other half of the season – who will you hatch next?
  • EGG CARTON JEWELRY BOX: The glitter egg carton is the prettiest way to display and carry your Hatchimals! Open the lid to display your characters or close it up and take them on the go! Underneath the tray is secret compartment for accessories!
  • ACCESSORY IN EVERY EGG: Get glam and dress up your Royal Hatch and Royal Snow Ball CollEGGtibles! Inside each Royal egg, there’s an accessory to discover! You can even mix and match accessories on all of your new friends!

2. Beanie Boos

The Beanie Babies of today, but at least no one is acting like they are an investment that will pay off later. They’re just cute stuffed animals

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles, Jewelry Box Royal Dozen 12-Pack
  • 12 HATCHIMALS TO DISCOVER: The Jewelry Box Dozen 12-Pack is the fastest way to start your Hatchimals Royals collection! With 2 exclusive out-of-egg characters and 10 in-egg characters –including a sneak peek to the other half of the season – who will you hatch next?
  • EGG CARTON JEWELRY BOX: The glitter egg carton is the prettiest way to display and carry your Hatchimals! Open the lid to display your characters or close it up and take them on the go! Underneath the tray is secret compartment for accessories!
  • ACCESSORY IN EVERY EGG: Get glam and dress up your Royal Hatch and Royal Snow Ball CollEGGtibles! Inside each Royal egg, there’s an accessory to discover! You can even mix and match accessories on all of your new friends!

3. Legos

Legos are fun no matter your age, but the lego set you get can make a difference. Plus, legos are a great activity you can do together if you’re going to visit for the holidays. Really, any Disney Princess lego set will do so if you happen to know your niece’s favorite, pick up that one!

LEGO Disney Ariel’s Seaside Castle 41160 4+ Building Kit (115 Pieces) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
  • LEGO Disney Princess castle construction toy for beginners includes an Ariel mini-doll figure (with legs), plus 2 LEGO animal figures: Max the dog and Flounder the fish
  • Ariel’s Sea Castle measures over 7” (20cm) high, 5” (13cm) wide and 3” (9cm) deep Ariel’s boat measures over 4” (11cm) long and 1” (3cm) wide 115 pieces – Ideal The Little Mermaid gift for boys and girls aged 4+ and for fans and kids of all ages
  • This LEGO Disney Ariel’s Seaside Castle 41160 entry level set is easy to build together with all other original LEGO sets and LEGO bricks for creative building

4. Uno

While the box may say it’s for ages 7+, my 4-year-old nephew can play by himself, though he’ll often opt to team up with an adult and my niece is a pro. It’s a great game for family time, so your sibling is likely to appreciate the gift as well.

UNO Family Card Game
  • UNO is the classic family card game that's easy to learn and so much fun to play!
  • In a race to deplete your hand, match one of your cards with the current card shown on top of the deck by either color or number.
  • Strategize to defeat your competition with special action cards like Skips, Reverses, Draw Twos and color-changing Wild cards.
  • When you're down to one card, don't forget to shout "UNO!"
  • This fun family card game is perfect for adults, teens and kids 7 years old and up.

5. Nail polish

The love of nail polish can start early. My niece loves mixing colors and having “rainbow” hands. This set is perfect for kids because it includes lots of colors and peels off. Which means not having to use acetone on young one’s nails.

Disney Princess - Townley Girl Non-Toxic Peel-Off Water-Based Natural Safe
  • SAFE FOR CHILDREN 3 AND UP Our non-toxic, non-irritating, water-based and bubble gum scented formula makes our polishes Kid Friendly and safe for your young ones aged three years and older.
  • EASY TO APPLY - Our nail polish formula dries quickly, so your little one can get to play without waiting. Perfect for small hands and feets. SET INCLUDES TOE SEPARATORS AND A NAIL FILE, so your girl can easily polish with perfectly filed nails and no smudges.
  • POLISH REMOVER NOT REQUIRED - Simply peel off dried polish to remove it from nails. No need to expose your child to harmful vapors and chemicals that are in standard nail polish removers.

6. Slime

Kids love slime, but if you actually like your sibling do not, I repeat, do not get a slime kit. The kids love it, the parents do not.

Slime Bonanza Slime kit for Boys and Girls 36pcs DIY Slime Making kit, just add Water!
  • CREATIVITY Get off the TV and be creative with 100's of different slime possibilities ! Your only limitation is your imagination ! 
  • MAKE SLIME EASY Each DIY slime kit has everything you need, and nothing that you don't ! If your goal is to make great slime the simplest way possible, you've chosen the right slim kit !
  • CLEAN HOUSE As a family of 4, we know how big of a pain it is to clean up arts & crafts. That's why when we created the best slime kit we made sure that 1.) everything came in large storage box and 2.) We didn't include any unnecessary ingredients that would make a huge mess ✅ !

7. Unicorn Anything

What I’ve learned from spending time with my niece is that apparently little girls loving unicorns never goes out of style. If there is a unicorn on it, chances are she’ll love it.

Unicorn Gifts for Girls - Unicorn Drawstring Backpack
Unicorn Gifts for Girls - Unicorn Drawstring Backpack
  • Package Includes: 1 Unicorn Drawstring Bag, 1 Unicorn Makeup Bag, 1 Charm Bracelet, 1 Inspirational Necklace, 1 Unicorn Keychain, 5 pcs Slap Bracelet, 6 Sheet Stickers and 5pcs Hair Ties.
  • Size: Backpack - 15.5" x 12; Makeup Bag - 8" x 4.7"; Bracelet - Pull Adjustable String to Fit Kids to Adults, Wrist length 5.5"(14cm)-9"(23cm), Necklace - 18" + 2" extension.
Aurora Unicorn Fancy Pals Purse with 8
Aurora Unicorn Fancy Pals Purse with 8" Unicorn
  • New super soft material
  • Toy carrier
  • Colorful design
  • Comes with fancy pal
Unicorn Sequins Throw Pillow Case
Unicorn Sequins Throw Pillow Case
  • Size: Unicorn throw sequins pillow case size is 16" X 16"(40cm X 40cm), Recommend applicable to 17.7"x17.7"(45cmX 45cm )pillow insert,Insert not included.
  • Highlights:Reversible sequins touch feels like buttery soft, vibrant colors and flip over smoothly,the Sequins are not easy falling off .
  • These flippy sparkly pillow case perfect as unicorn birthday gift for girls,also good choice for decorations for your bedroom couch and sofa,enjoying your free time,watching TV or taking a nap in sofa,, cars and chairs,Warm tips: Hand wash please.

8. Tots Pet Carrier

Tots is a show on Disney Jr. It’s about birds delivering babies to their families, the main characters are a penguin and a flamingo that team up to deliver the “tots” and they carry the tots in carriers, just like this one.

(Yes, I now know way more than I ever wanted to about kids shows. At the beginning of the year, I probably couldn’t name a single kids’ show, now I know plots)

Just Play T.O.T.S. Care for Me Pet Carrier - Pony
  • From Disney Junior, it’s T.O.T.S., the Tiny Ones Transport Service where it’s another great day for delivery! The irresistibly cute baby animals are loved and cared for in the Nursery Headquarters until they’re ready to be delivered to their forever homes.
  • Set includes: One carrier, one plush pony, bottle, can of food, food bowl, rattle, wrist cuff, and shampoo bottle.
  • Carrier looks just like the delivery basket from the show, features a handle for easy carrying on-the-go and opens to a playset!
  • Plush pony fits inside the carrier.
  • Plush pony made with soft and cuddly fabrics.

9. A Mermaid Tail Blanket

Yup, it sounds like what it is, think of it as the kids version of a snuggie. My niece loves to crawl in hers all the time because it’s “just so cozy”

AmyHomie Mermaid Tail Blanket, Soft Crochet Sleeping Bag Blanket for Kids Adults, Mermaid Gift for Girls(Rainbow,Kids)
  • Blankets Size -- Kids blanket size is around 55x28 in (140x70 cm)Adults blankt size is about 71 x36 inch(180x90 cm). Made of Eco-friendly and Skin-friendly fabric without any allergies. Mermaid blanket suitable blanket gift toy for girl, top gifts for 3-7 year old girls.
  • Easy In&Out Design -- The back and bottom of the mermaid blanket are open, NOT closed, so you can easily in and out. As a sleeping bag best kids gift, this is a must have for nap time, cozy movie nights on sofa, camping out or car trip. A preschool gift to young girl or a teen girls gift.

BEST GIFTS FOR Nephews, 3-5 YEARs OLD

Like I said before, many of the items in the “nieces” section would make my nephew equally as happy, but these are some other gifts little boys love.

1. Pj Masks Figures

PJ Masks is a kids tv show around 3 kids who fight the bad guys at night to save the day. He loves them, he even dressed up as one for Halloween last year.

But if you don’t know which one is their favorite, I’d get a set that includes all three like this one:

PJ Masks Fold N Go Headquarters, by Just Play
  • Take the action-packed PJ Masks adventures on the go with the new PJ Masks Fold N Go Headquarters Playset! This dynamic playset comes with four figures and five accessories including: Catboy, Owlette, Gekko, Romeo furball catapult, furball, and 3 crates.   The playset features three levels of play for kids to recreate scenes from the show.
  • Includes five accessories: Catboy, Owlette, Gekko, Romeo furball catapult, furball, and 3 crates.
  • Fold the playset and use the handle to take on the go.
  • Features handle for easy carrying.

2. Characters that Help Them Read

Having favorite characters read to them or help them read is a winning gift. My sister got our nephew this Marshall doll that reads stories and it caused fights between him and our niece – she kept wanting to borrow it.

VTech PAW Patrol Marshall's Read-to-Me Adventure
  • Includes four illustrated books about Marshall, teamwork and friendship: My Friends, My Tools, Pups Fight Fire and Ready for a Ruff-Ruff Rescue
  • Press the music note button on his paw to hear Marshall play delightful melodies
  • Press the magnifying glass on his paw to hear Marshall ask questions about the books to reinforce reading comprehension
  • Marshall speaks in his familiar voice. Press the light-up badge on his chest to hear popular catchphrases from the show. This reading plush is intended for ages 2 to 5 years; 2 AA batteries are included for demo, use new batteries for regular use

This PJ Masks book could be a winner too:

3. Legos

Again, legos are a winner for boys or girls, my nephew got this set and really enjoyed building it with his dad.

LEGO Disney Pixar’s Toy Story 4 Woody
  • Build a speedy RC car with special Starter Brick base to quickly get your child building and playing in a fun Toy Story universe
  • Includes a Woody minifigure, plus 3 green army men elements
  • RC car measures over 2-inch (6cm) high, 3-inch (9cm) long and 2-inch (6cm) wide
  • 69 pieces - Toy Story toy building set for boys and girls aged 4+ and for fans and kids of all ages This LEGO 4+ Woody & RC 10766 Toy Story set can be built together with all other original LEGO sets and LEGO bricks for creative building

4. Hot Wheels Carrier

Hot Wheels are great for kids, but keeping all those cars from being lost could be a part-time job. This carrier doubles as a fun extra toy truck.

Hot Wheels HW Mega Hauler Truck
  • Haul off to big adventures with the Hot Wheels HW Mega Hauler that can hold more than 50 toy cars
  • This hauler has six expandable levels to show off any Hot Wheels collection and serves as a stylish way to store cars when not in use
  • Connect track pieces to the top level and roll cars directly onto a side-by-side raceway for traditional track play. (Track pieces sold separately.)
  • Park 2 cars atop the cab of the semi and lift the cab to park 2 more. 

5. Play-doh

Every kid should have some Play-Doh, and it’s likely to play better with your sibling compared to slime. This kit helps kid’s imagination come to life with their Play-Doh.

Play-Doh Fun Tub Playset
  • Play-Doh play lets kids take the lid off their imaginations and explore their creativity
  • Can packs and basic tool sets offer all kinds of open-ended play
  • Play sets come in many different themes and offer lots of creative role play
  • Great for play dates

6. Paw Patrol Matching Game

Paw Patrol is yet another kids show about a group of dogs who basically represent city services. A matching game helps them with memory skills and is just fun to play.

Paw Patrol Look a Likes Matching Board Game
  • Join Chase, Rubble, Skye and the Paw Patrol gang in a Look-A-Likes Matching Game adventure!
  • The Look-A-Likes Matching game comes with 72 Paw Patrol pictures to try and match!
  • There are two ways to play! Race to match first, or memory match the fastest!
  • The Paw Patrol Look-A-Likes Matching Game is made for 2-4 players ages 3+.
  • Includes: 72 Tiles, 1 Instruction Guide

7. Train Set

My nephew loves to play with his Doug and Melissa train set. Building different paths and pulling his train along, he literally can play with it on his own for at least an hour.

Melissa & Doug Classic Wooden Figure Eight Train Set (22 pcs)
  • 20 pieces of track including a bridge, plus a wooden engine and coal car--great value!
  • Solid-wood construction
  • Compatible with popular wooden railway systems
  • 9.5" x 3" x 12.5" packaged
  • Ages 3+

8. Puzzles

Puzzles can be just as much fun for kids as they are for adults, so long as they are age-appropriate. This puzzle set is perfect for little kids, it won’t take them long to do one which is why having a few is a great way to keep them busy. Making it the perfect gift that your sibling will also appreciate.

Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles Set for Kids Age 3-5 Year Old
  • Set of 4 jigsaw puzzles for Rabbit,Cattle,Tiger,Dog theme kids puzzle(20 piece each).
  • Children love puzzles! They’re fun, brain boosting, stimulating and they’ll learn while playing! Not only provides engaged play-time for kids, but also helps practice problem-solving and spatial reasoning as they work to complete the puzzle.
  • Each of puzzle size is 5.78x5.78inches,suitable for travel size,easy to carry.
  • All of the corners of these puzzles for kids are well processed, no sharp corners, which is safe for the young children.

Bottom Line

Hopefully, this list is helping you feel better in terms of what to get your nieces and nephews for Christmas.

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