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With three children and plenty of nieces and nephews between us, Ed and I are well versed when it comes to buying gifts for children at Christmas time but it can still be tricky finding the inspiration each year. I have put together this gift guide, with plenty of toys, games, technology and books to give you ideas if you are wondering what to get for a child this Christmas this year.
Draw Here is the perfect gift for kids who like to be kept busy – there are plenty of pages to encourage creativity and harness a child’s imagination.
Tiny T-Rex and the Impossible Hug
Another brilliant book for little ones, Tiny T-Rex and the Impossible Hug is all about the importance of a good hug.
Hey Grandude! is sure to bring a smile to their faces this Christmas. This fun, brightly illustrated book from music legend Paul McCartney is one for all the family to enjoy. Join Grandude as he takes his grandchildren on an exciting adventure thanks to a magical compass.
The Everyday Journeys of Ordinary Things
The Everyday Journeys of Ordinary Things answers a whole host of questions from how light switches work to the places that poos go when you flush! It is fantastic for children who are inquisitive about the world around them and is bound to keep them occupied in the days following Christmas before going back to school.
A Year in My Life
A Year in My Life is another book encouraging creativity. With prompts for each day of the year, including a range of drawing and writing exercises, this book is a journal with a difference.
The Impossible Boy
The Impossible Boy is a magical adventure celebrating friendship and the power of imagination (and ice cream).
Dorset Folk Tales for Children
A book filled to the brim with mythical creatures including dragons, giants and mermaids, Dorset Folk Tales for Children is sure to enchant children. Living in Bournemouth, I love the local aspect of this book and can’t wait to read it with the kids.
Disney Timeless Series – Bambi
Personalised books are always a lovely gift idea. The Disney Timeless Series have a selection of beautifully illustrated timeless classics including Bambi, which are personalised with the name of your choice to make a keepsake for years to come.
Love Leggings have a fantastic range of leggings, including children’s leggings in a variety of different colours. The Red Wine and Tiger Orange shades are perfect for Carly who loves being bright and bold with her clothing.
Style My Kid Clothing
Looking for a one-stop shop for children’s outfits? Style My Kid has adorable clothing for little ones. I love the selection of party dresses, perfect for all those Christmas celebrations!
JCB Mini Excavator
Have a little one who loves trucks? The JCB Mini Excavator is great for both indoor and outdoor play and is affordable.
Chicken Sunday Roast
We recently bought Benjamin a wooden toy kitchen and are always on the lookout for new food to add to his collection. Wooden toys generally stand the test of time better than plastic, and this Chicken Sunday Roast is brilliant for role playing.
Baby Born Stroller
Another great gift for role play, the Baby Born Stroller fits dolls up to 50cm and can be folded up for easy storage when not in use.
Arts and Crafts & Educational
Colour and Learn Pencil Case
EatSleepDoodle have a whole range of gift ideas for children and I love that their gift wrapping is also able to be coloured in – such a nice touch. This Colour and Learn Pencil Case has a fun space theme, which can be coloured in over and over again when using the wash-out pens.
Another gift idea from EatSleepDoodle, the Space Explorer Pillowcase is both fun and educational with stars, planets and spacecraft on one side and the moon landing scene on the other. The wash-out pens can be used to colour in the scenes again and again.
STABILO UK Sets
As a STABILO UK brand ambassador, I’ve been fortunate to try out lots of their sets over the past few months. There are some fantastic products suitable for gifts including the special edition Christmas Pack gold and silver pencils and a Christmas Stencil.
Little Learning Box
The Little Learning Box are a subscription box with a difference. Boxes include a range of books, activity cards and resources to provide fun, educational activities for little ones as they develop and prepare for school. If you aren’t sure about a subscription, a one-off box is available especially for Christmas.
Another brilliant educational resource, Letterland is something I grew up with myself so I was excited to learn that they are still going strong and provide a huge range of learning material including handwriting practise, phonics flash cards and the whole range of Letterland storybooks to read and enjoy together.
Puzzled Shapes Busy Bag
Sassy Bloom Gifts have an extensive website filled with gift ideas for special occasions. This Unicorn Wooden Clock can be personalised with up to 12 characters, making it the perfect magical gift for christmas, which will also encourage a child to learn to tell the time.
Technology & Music
NES Super Mario Lamp
Cool Stuff are brilliant for finding gifts that are a little different. This NES Super Mario Lamp is dimmable, with a hand-held remote to adjust the brightness. Perfect for young and the young at heart this Christmas with its retro-style design.
Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition
Cameron bought himself an Amazon Fire with birthday money recently and I was hugely impressed. The Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition is available from AO and comes with Fire OS installed, with plenty of fun apps to choose from as well as a durable and kid-friendly case to protect the device. It has 16GB of storage, which allows for plenty of apps, films and TV shows to be downloaded to keep kids occupied during travel.
Jooki Smart Player
Jooki is brilliant for giving kids independence whilst listening to music. You can set it up via the free to download app, setting up profiles for each child, and adding their favourite songs to a playlist, which will then automatically play once the character ‘token’ is placed on the Jooki smart player. I love it and know the kids will too!
The Xtrem Smart Bot is a remote control robot which can walk in different directions and even dances! The robot’s LED eyes can provide a range of facial expressions, providing hours of enjoyment.
3Doodler Start Essentials Pen Set
The 3Doodler Start Essential Pen Set is fun and educational, allowing kids to bring their ideas to life in 3D. Using biodegradable Eco-plastic, and not hot too the touch, the pen encourages creativity, planning, building and spatial awareness.
Remote Control Tarantula
This Remote Control Tarantula is sure to cause a stir this Christmas with its life-like appearance and ability to crawl left, right, forwards and backwards at the touch of a button. At 21cm, it is pretty big, and bigger than a real tarantula with bristles creating that spider-like look.
Tobbie the Robot
For older kids, Tobbie the Robot is the perfect gift. Build him yourself and use the 2 modes – ‘follow me’ and ‘explore’ to enjoy this Artificial Intelligence robot, which is 16cm tall and sure to provide hours of fun this Christmas.
NOW CDS are a firm favourite in our household and I love these Disney and Sing-Along versions, perfect presents for kids (and big kids alike) this Christmas.
Rolling Down the Road CD
Rolling Down the Road includes a bus load of colourful characters with songs that are filled with energy and sure to have the whole family singing along on car journeys (perfect to stop the ‘are we nearly there yet?’ questions).
Who doesn’t love a good board game at Christmas? Interaction is an interactive game for the whole family. Use the app alongside the game to fully test your knowledge in all the categories and see who will be the winner by the end of the game.
Whoopee Doo is a fun, fast paced game which encourages you to complete challenges and pass gameplay onto the next person before the time runs out or run the risk of ‘blowing off’ in front of everybody.
Science Mad! Chemistry Lab
Does your child love science? The Science Mad! Chemistry Lab allows you to perform over 80 safety-tested experiments in the comfort of your own home, with a clear and concise instruction manual to follow and 10 different chemicals to explore and learn about.
Narwhal Microwaveable Plush
This Narwhal Microwaveable Plush from Prezzybox is quite possibly the cutest gift I have seen this year. Practical and adorable, you can pop this plush in the microwave for 30 seconds to warm him up and keep you warm in bed. A lot less fiddly and safer than a hot water bottle.
Plush Grey Bunny Rabbit
If you are looking for a personalised gift that is also cute and cuddly, look no further than this gorgeous Plush Grey Bunny Rabbit from GiftPup, which comes with either pink or blue writing and can be personalised with a name of your choice. Carly absolutely loves her bunny.
Lully the musical teddy bear encourages a love of music from a young age, whilst also working to soothe babies to sleep. Lully sings 23 classic lullabies including ‘You are my Sunshine and When you Wish Upon a Star’ for one hour. It comes beautifully packaged and would make a lovely gift for a baby or toddler this Christmas.
Doidy Bowl Gift Pack
Buying for a young baby? Practical gifts are the way to go and this cute Doidy Bowl Gift Pack, featuring both the bowl and cup, is as useful as it is adorable.
A nightlight is a must for young babies and toddlers and this cute Dreamlight bear design from Chicco comes in both pink and blue, softly lighting up the bedroom to create a relaxed and comforting atmosphere. The Dreamlight also plays ten minutes of soothing melodies and it is portable, allowing it to be transported easily from room to room and taken on trips away from home.
Pop Pop Hair Surprise
Hangrees are those toys that parents don’t get but kids love. Both disgusting and funny, these parody figures are based on characters from kids’ favourite TV shows and video games and poop slime. Collect the set or play with friends.
Hopefully this gift guide has provided some inspiration and ideas for your Christmas shopping. Keep an eye out for my other gift guides including Gifts for Her, Gifts for Him and Food & Drink Gifts.
I have been gifted the items featured in this post, however all words and images are my own.