Good Birthday Gifts for 4 Year Olds

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Your little one is turning four soon, and will likely want a gift that shows what a big girl she's become. Presents that are geared towards your son's new interests, as well as toys that promote education, are ideal ways to wish your 4-year-old a happy birthday; you can also create a gift for your child that will have sentimental value as she grows.

Role Play Gifts

  • Present your 4-year-old with a play tea set in her favorite color if she loves to have tea time with you and her dolls. Housekeeping toys are also appropriate for a 4-year-old who loves to help you in the kitchen; a stove and microwave that lights up or makes noises when the food is "done," along with plastic versions of your child's favorite treats makes for hours of fun. A play workbench with plastic tools and a toy battery-powered drill is ideal for a little boy who loves building things; many of these sets come with helmets and a tool belt to make your little boy feel like a real construction worker.

Piggy Bank

  • Present your little boy with a piggy bank in the color he likes best; take the gift to the local print shop to have it engraved with his name and birth date. Place money in the piggy bank before giving it to your son, and explain to him that you're going to help him start saving money now that he's a big boy. Encourage him to put the money he receives for Christmas or from the Tooth Fairy into the bank, and work with him on counting money when he wants to take money out of the bank to buy small items like toys or candy. This is a gift he'll keep for years, and will help him learn the value of money early in life.

Musical Gifts

  • Gifts that are suited to your little girl's love of music are ideal for her fourth birthday. Toy stereos designed for toddlers and children are age-appropriate; some devices allow you to download hours of your daughter's favorite music from iTunes or the computer. Choose a radio that comes with a high-quality microphone so your little one can sing along with the tunes. You can also write a silly song for your little girl if you're musically inclined and record it on CD; present her with a play xylophone or guitar so she can play along with the song.

Scrapbook Gifts

  • Put together a DVD or paper scrapbook for your son to showcase his first four years of life. This is a gift he'll appreciate more when he's older, but he may enjoy watching DVD footage of him learning to walk as a baby, or viewing pictures from his second birthday party. Use his favorite colors to decorate the scrapbook pages, and include a letter at the end of the book letting him know how much you love him and are already so proud of him. For a DVD scrapbook, ask friends and family members to help you put the gift together by recording a message to your four-year-old wishing him a happy birthday. Present your little one with an additional personalized gift, like a stuffed animal of his favorite cartoon character. Take the gift to a print shop to have it embroidered with your son's name so that the item will serve as a keepsake when he's older.

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