With three kids, Christmas can be incredibly expensive. All three of our children also have birthdays in the months leading up to Christmas, so I need to be strict on budget when it comes to this time of year.
Generally speaking, buying for children is easier than adults as they always have lots of ideas of what they want, but without sounding mean, sometimes what they want isn’t necessarily that brilliant (some of the stuff out there will last five minutes and costs so much more than it’s worth)!
I’ve put together this gift guide, which is filled with a mixture of gifts suitable for children of school age, for anyone looking for ideas!
Make your own Chocolate Pizza Kit – Find Me a Gift *
If your child is anything like my daughter Carly, they will be overjoyed with a present on Christmas morning that involves chocolate (it’s the first thing she heads for in her stocking)!
This brilliant chocolate pizza decorating set from Find me a Gift is perfect not just for children but for anybody who has a sweet tooth (I’m considering getting one for my Mum who is a self confessed chocoholic).
Design your own Superhero Comic – Find Me a Gift *
My eldest son, Cameron, has really been getting into comics and superhero films lately. I can’t wait to see his face when he opens up this gift, again from Find me a Gift, which allows you to design your very own superhero comic!
Suitable for ages 7 to 12, this is the perfect present for anyone who loves comics!
The Boy with his Head Stuck in a Book – available from Amazon*
When I read about this augmented reality book, which allows you to fully immerse yourself into the action through your smartphone using the free Zappar app, I wasn’t entirely sure what I thought of it.
For the purpose of this gift guide I thought I better test it out for myself in advance of giving it to Cameron, and it’s actually so much fun!
Virtual reality is becoming more and more mainstream, and in a generation brought up with more technology than ever, I love that this gift combines gadgets with classic stories!
Festive Jumper – Not for Ponies *
I absolutely love the colour of this jumper – there’s something so festive about the colour red (probably because Santa wears a red suit). I’ve already featured a men’s jumper from this company, and I think I should stock up on one for each of us so we can totally rock our family picture this year!
Space Racers: Make your Own Paper Rockets – Laurence King Publishing*
I was actually sent this kit a little while back and Cameron has already had a look at it but I wanted to include it as he was so impressed by it and it would be the perfect gift for any children who love space and rockets.
The set comes with a comprehensive book all about spacecrafts, as well as all the pieces to build paper replicas of some of the most famous ones yourself at home!
This will be a brilliant activity for us as a family on those cold winter days in between Christmas and New Year, when you are trying to avoid eating your body weight in leftover chocolates!
Lego City / Lego Friends – available from Argos
I have yet to find a child who doesn’t love Lego… Ed is a huge fan himself and so it’s no surprise that both the older children have Lego sets waiting under the Christmas tree for them this year!
Carly absolutely loves dogs at the moment so it was a no brainer when looking at the sets to pick up one of these cute dog mini sets to add to her collection.
Cameron is a bit harder to buy for as he’s got so many of the sets already, but I think he’s going to love this firefighter one!
Grossery Gang Mushy Slushy Playset – available from Argos
Ok, I’ll admit, this is probably one of those gifts I spoke about that are slightly overpriced and not well made, but it’s also something I know the kids will absolutely love as they are obsessed with Grossery Gang lately!
This slushy set is featured in the YouTube videos Carly’s been watching on repeat and I can’t wait to see her face when she realises she has one of her own.
Wonderbly Books – Wonderbly *
I’ve been working with Wonderbly recently on several reviews of their books and I absolutely love them.
Personalised with your child’s name, along with some other key details (the My Golden Ticket book I’ll be reviewing at the beginning of December also includes the name of an adult, so you can also feature), these books are well made and beautifully illustrated.
We are building up quite a collection at home, and I recently spotted a new book – A Letter for the Littlest Bear – that would be perfect for Benjamin!
Brainbox Roald Dahl – Brainbox*
Our family is big on games, but sometimes the children can feel a little left out as they go over their heads a bit (I’m looking at you Trivial Pursuit).
These game cubes, available from many toy stores or direct from Brainbox, are perfect for children of school age. They come in a variety of themes, but I love this Roald Dahl version as I grew up with his books myself. Cameron will love this as he likes to impart knowledge on others!
Despicable Me 3 DVD – available from Sainsbury’s
We tend to add to our DVD collection for the children every birthday or Christmas if a film has recently been released and this year’s Despicable Me 3 is one I’m excited to watch as I didn’t get to see it with the kids at the cinema.
Superhero Paints – Maped Helix*
These fun, brightly coloured paints are perfect for budding artists, or any child who likes to get creative. Washable, to avoid any dramas when they decide to go outside the lines, the superhero design is sure to raise a smile from the children when they open them up for Christmas!
If paint isn’t your thing, the range also includes pens, colouring pencils and even stationery sets perfect for the new school term in January.
Star Shower Laser Magic – JML*
Although technically not a gift for the kids on Christmas Day, I wanted to include this as something to make Christmas that little bit extra magical this year! This laser light show also has the option of additional projections suitable for Halloween, which the kids think is brilliant!
The items with an asterisk * beside them have kindly been gifted to me, however all opinions and photos remain my own.