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Choosing gifts for children that will last and that they will love, gets harder and harder each year. However luckily, there is a huge range of gift ideas available both on the high street and online.
I’ve put together a selection of some of my favourite gifts that can be bought as gifts this Christmas.
Paw Patrol action toys are always a firm favourite in our house. If your child has recently watched the new PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie, I’m sure the new range of toys from the film will be at the top of lots of Christmas lists this year.
Marshalls Mighty Movie fire truck has a tilting rescue ladder and exciting sound effects and synchronised flashing lights. A figure of Marshall in his Mighty Movie uniform is included, which has translucent parts and a cool helmet. When Marshall is clipped into his fire truck, the vehicle with illuminate and his paws light up!
Hot Wheels cars are a brilliant stocking filler idea. They can be picked up in any toy shop or super market and there are so many different types available.
Connetix Magnetic Tiles are the ultimate construction toy. They’re available in a range if different sets, colours and shapes. They’re suitable for children age 3 and upwards and despite the 5 year age difference in my house, both boys love to play with them equally.
The 120 piece Pastel Creative Pack is the ideal introduction to the brand. It contains a variety of magnetic tiles in 8 earthy pastel colours. Connetix is a great toy for solo or team playing and helps to develop creativity, and problem solving skills as well as encouraging motor skills for younger children.
Cheatwell’s Christmas–Opoly is a great game to play over the festive period and would make a lovely gift to give. It’s a twist on the classic game that we all know and love. Familiar streets from the class Monopoly board are transformed into Christmas themed places. with place names like Santa’s Workshop, The North Pole and Gingerbread Junction.
The playing pieces, property cards, and even the play money are all related to the festive period and players will identifying the names and characters. We have thoroughly enjoyed playing Christmas-Opoly as a family over the Christmas holidays and it’s something my boys will love for years to come.
A 3D pen would make a great gift for any creative kids. They’re great for improving spatial thinking, creativity and artistic skills. This one comes with a pack of 3 starter colours, a stencil book, project guide and a charger. 3D pens are a great tool for creating decorations, handmade gifts or even fixes to things around your home. This one from Amazon is a great set for anyone new to the 3D pen world.
Snow Problem is a really fun puzzle game that is aimed at children 8 years and above. In theory it seems very simple – build your snowman using the snowballs however, its pretty tricky and kept us occupied for ages, There are 80 challenges to play, some of which are really hard! To build your snowman, you must use the obstacles so your snow balls don’t roll away. There have only been 3000 copies made of Snow Problem, so it may turn into a collectors item. I think it will make a great festive gift for puzzle lovers this Christmas.
If you’re looking for a great stocking filler, Tap Tap might tick all the boxes. It’s a small fidget device that will fit in the palm of our hand. It is very easy to use but is a little bit addictive. It has high-tech games, specifically targeting memory, focus and hand/eye coordination. The games include, Stop and Go, Raindrops, Eat Greens, Match It and Copy That. It’s a great little toy for car journeys and small enough to take out on a shopping trip to keep a child occupied. It’s available at Argos and comes in burning black, outrageous orange, blazing blue and passionate purple.
It’s very easy to set up, you simple take it out of it’s plastic case, turn it on and you’re ready to go.
Hot Wheels have some brilliant premium vehicle collections out this year. Any toy car enthusiast will love the Deutschland Design Container which comes with 5 different vehicle designs – Mercedes-Benz C63 Coupe Black Series, Mercedes C Class DTM, Porsche 911, Audi B5 S4 and Mercedes Sprinter Van, younger fans may want to play with them whereas older fans may prefer to display them.
The Jurassic World Command Center would make a great gift for Jurassic Park fans. It has two way radios to exchange static free messages with a friend, with an extended range of up to 500 feet, these walkie talkies can be used for both indoor or outdoor.
The Haynes Motorbike Construction set is a really cool for both little and big kids! My 41 year old husband would love this just as much as my 9 year old son. It’s made using stainless steel parts and has an anti-oxidation finish so it can be displayed after it’s been constructed.
I love Top Trumps. They’re so easy to play and a great way to pass the time. My two are 4 and 9 and both love playing with them competitvely or alone. There are so many different themes available too, these Jurassic Park ones and PJ Mask
I don’t think you can go wrong gifting a game at Christmas time. Sheep Dip is an easy to play card game with is perfect for sheep lovers of any age. The aim of the game is to collect and hold as many sheep as you can and the winner is the one with the highest score at the end of the game. It’s aimed at children aged 7 years and upwards but providing we help him with the word on the cards, my 4 year old thoroughly enjoys playing along too. It’s packaged into a relatively small box which makes it a great travelling companion too.
The Rubik’s Tower Twister is a variation of the traditional Rubik’s Cube. With this one, you have to twist and slide to solve the puzzle. It also helps exercise your hand co-ordination whilst providing fidgeting stress relief. It’s the perfect size to slip into your pocket and can help restless energy and promote concentration, attention, calming and active listening.
If your children love Canp Cretaceous on Netflix, I’m sure they’d enjoy the Camp Cretaceous Escape from Isla Nublar board game. Players have to roll the dice and move across the board into different areas of the map. Each area has its own corresponding game cards which determine your fate. It is suitable for 2-6 players and aimed at children 5 years and upwards.
Another great board game for slightly older children is Top It from Cheatwell Games. Top It is a fast thinking, naming game that is aimed at year 10 years and older – it’s also a brilliant game for adults. Each player gets 10 cones in the
Players are each given 10 cones of the same colour, 9 letter discs are laid out, and someone turns over a topic card. The is started and each player has to shout something out that fits the top and starts with the correct letter. The winner is the first one to score 50 points.
I think the Nerf and Mr Beast Gel Fire blaster will be a very popular gift this year. Rather than traditional Nerf bullets, it fires hydrated rounds that burst on impact. The blaster fires up to 10 rounds per second and as full auto and semi auto modes, high-capacity 300-round hopper, and a removable rechargeable battery. It’s suitable for children aged 14 and older.
Lost 4 Words is a quick fore word game where you play against your opponents and the clock. The first player to identify the connecting word. There are 500 challenges included and it’s very addictive. It’s aimed at children 10 years and above but our 9 year old has really enjoyed playing this with us. I think this would make a lovely gift for the whole family and a great way to spend Christmas Day afternoon.
I love to buy books for Christmas. There are so many different options available but my two boys love dinosaurs. For my 9 year old, Zap! The World of Dinosaurs is perfect. It has a cool picture glossary which contains details about 70 dinosaurs, step by step instructions to draw 14 dinosaurs and various other fun things like crafts and facts. It’s the sort of book that will keep a dinosaur lover enthralled for hours.
How To Draw Dinosaurs would make a fun sticking filler for young budding artists. It breaks down drawing dinosaurs into easier steps that children can follow. It also includes 60 die cut shapes that children can draw round.
The Jurassic World Dinosaur Sanctuary is a simple set but looks very effective. Children can design, mould and make their own dinosaur sand scene using cardboard cut out dinosaurs. I think it’s best suited to younger children and possibly more of an outdoor toy unless you love sand all over the floor!
The Grace and Stella rainbow bath bomb smells amazing. It is made using Shea butter and Coconut Oil to moisturise skin, Argan Oil to help protect the skin’s barrier and improve skin texture and Olive Oil to reduce dry skin and irritation from both psoriasis and eczema. Once it starts to fizz in hot bath water, a calming, sweet scent is released which works perfectly with the bright, colourful rainbow that fills the water. It certainly isn’t just for kids either, it would make a great stocking filler or Secret Santa gift for anyone. They can be bought individually or as a set of 4.
Mind Meld is another great game, perfect for playing over the festive season. It’s a wildly addictive and interactive experience which is inspired by the massive TikTok trend. It’s perfect for 2 or more players and the aim of the game is to get to 41 points . Players have to grab the squeezy brain first when they think of a matching word, but you only get points if you say the same word at the same time! Queue lots of fun and competitiveness!
I hope this has helped give you some more gift ideas for Christmas.