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11 Holiday Gifts For 4 Year Olds That'll Eliminate Shopping Stress

You just recovered from your Thanksgiving food coma, which means the holiday season is in full swing and it's time to start thinking about buying gifts for everyone on your list. Your inbox is probably overflowing with emails about toy sales, clothing sales, and everything in between. But if you're anything like me, sorting through all of the sales is way too overwhelming, and you'd rather just have someone tell you exactly what to buy. If you have any pre-schoolers on your shopping list, you could probably use some ideas for gifts for 4 year olds that are sure to please.

Kids can be picky, and it can be tough figuring out exactly what they want. But you can get ahead of the game by adding some of these cool gifts made for the tiniest people to your list. From trains, to tools, to tablets, this list is full of toys that kids and their parents are sure to love. These toys are not only educational, but they will inspire your kids' creativity, and allow them to have a whole lot of fun in the process.

So instead of stressing out about your holiday shopping, plop down on your sofa and surf the web for some of these unique gift ideas that are 4 year old-approved.

1. GeoSafari Jr. Kidnoculars

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Educational Insights' GeoSafari Jr. Kidnoculars ($15) allows your child to explore the world around him. Whether in the park or his own backyard, the focus-free kid-friendly binoculars will allow him to get a closer look at nature.

2. Personalized Superhero Cape

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Let your little one help protect the planet with a personalized superhero cape ($34). You can buy the cape alone, or add a mask and cuffs to complete your little superhero's look.

3. Black And Decker Junior Power Tool Workshop

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Let your kid fix things around the house with the Black And Decker Junior Power Tool Workshop ($70). The life-like workbench, tools, and screws will make them want to give you a helping hand.

4. Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-A-Pillar Toy

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Let your little one develop his critical thinking skills while having a lot of fun with the Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-A-Pillar Toy ($40). He can choose connect the segments in different ways to "program" the code-a-pillar to move in different directions. The lights and sounds it makes will entertain him for hours.

5. V-Tech Little Apps Tablet

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If you can't get your tablet away from your 4 year old, you can get a pint-sized version made just for her. The V-Tech Little Apps Tablet ($13) is loaded with colorful games that teach kids counting, letters, and basic math skills. And it's durable enough to travel with them wherever they go.

6. Kinetic Sand Sandcastle Set

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Kinetic Sand's sandcastle set ($20) allows your child to squeeze and mold the sand into different shapes. The kit comes with 100 percent natural sand and molds to help your child make a sandcastle of her own.

7. Personalized Name Crayon Gift Sets

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Crayola's personalized name crayon gift sets ($8) will make all of your child's artwork even more special. The multicolored crayons can be customized with the letters in their name and a few of their favorite things.  

8. Personalized Wood Bowling Set

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A personalized wood bowling set ($18) can be customized with your child's name. Choose the number of bowling pins you want to include in the set, and your child will have hours of fun while developing her hand-eye coordination.

9. NYC Transportation Taxi & MTA Deluxe Gift Set

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Recreate the sights and sounds of the Big Apple with an NYC Transportation Taxi & MTA deluxe gift set ($40). The set comes complete with a life-like version of a New York City taxi, bus, and subway car. Rush hour traffic and rude passengers are not included.

10. Chelsea Doll Cottage with Furniture

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Your little one will have hours of fun playing house with the  Chelsea Doll Cottage with furniture ($60). The three-level house with furniture and windows that open and close will encourage your child's imagination.

11. Gears! Gears! Gears!

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Encourage your child's love of science with Gears! Gears! Gears! ($17). Use the colorful gears to design and build cool structures that spin and twirl in every direction.