Friday 1 December 2017

Christmas Gift Ideas for Children

Happy December! 
Christmas is sneaking up on us so quickly and now that it's the first of December, I've suddenly realised how unprepared I am. I still have about 40% of my presents to buy and all of my Christmas food. Better get a move on! 

I've put together a little list of some things that I think would make lovely gifts for children this year. If you're like me and are struggling to think of what to get - look no further! 

Itty Bittys

Seriously, how cute are these little guys?! As you've probably noticed they are Star Wars and Disney characters but they've been made over for Christmas! They are so cuddly and perfect for stocking fillers. There are a huge range of other characters to choose from if Star Wars and Mickey and Minnie aren't your style. 

You can get them from Hallmark for £6.00 each. 

CAT Machine Maker Junior Operator

This set is great for little ones aged 3+ who love to build. Each tub contains all the pieces that you need to create your favourite CAT machine as well as a chunky screwdriver so your child can feel like they're really at work. 

You can choose from either an Excavator, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, Service Truck or Wheel Loader. 

These are available to buy from Hamleys, Morrisons, The Range, Toymaster and Smyths at a price of £11.99.

Ultimate Spider-Man Rumble to the Rescue

Any child who is obsessed with superheroes will be blown away by this. Spider-Man sits upon his quad bike and, as the name suggests, it really does rumble!

It drives along making realistic engine and horn sounds. It's sure to keep your child playing for hours. 

This retails at £24.99 and is available from Smyths

Aquabeads Disney Princess Playset

If you haven't heard of Aquabeads, they are so much fun. Each set comes with a bead palette, 1000 beads in 15 different colours, a water spray bottle and a peeler. You simply follow the designs, spray with water, leave to dry and peel off.  You then have a pretty princess! 

We love spending family time doing Aquabeads together - it's not just fun for the kids. 

You can purchase this from Argos for £21.99.

BIC Kids Kid Coulter Rainbow Case

I always encourage my kids to express themselves creatively so I always make sure I gift some sort of writing (or drawing) medium. 

Having two children aged 5 and under, I stress over lost lids 95% of the time. This BIC set is the answer to my worries as this innovative case keeps the pens and lids all in one - genius! 

You can find these at all good retailers at a price of £2.99 which makes them a perfect stocking filler. 

Sylvanian Families Baby Sleigh Ride Set

Every time I see a Sylvanian Families set, I "aww" over its cuteness but they've outdone themselves with this adorable Christmas themed set. 

The set comes with Milo the Toy Poodle baby dressed as a reindeer, Henry the Milk Rabbit baby dressed as Santa, Santa's sleigh, two presents, teddy bear toy, Christmas tree, toy Sky Ride adventure, Santa's sack. 

You can purchase this from Amazon for £22.46 (price correct at time of publication). 

Jumbo Games Disney Guess The Film

I love a good game at Christmas time and this one is so easy that even my three year old can join in. 

You get a stand and insert the image stills (the game comes with 100!) into the back of the stand. Each player rolls the dice which lands on a colour. The stand has coloured doors, you open your colour and you get a tiny glimpse of the still. You then get to guess what Disney movie it's from! 

As a family, we absolutely love our Disney movies so this is the perfect game for us. You can buy this from all good retailers, priced around £15.00.

Woofy Whoops

This is one of the top games this Christmas and it's really not hard to see why. You simply download the free Woofy Whoops app onto your phone and set Woofy up on the fire hydrant. 

Once you've filled Woofy with water, you can clip your phone into the hydrant with the app set up. You need to spin him and whoever he lands on has to pet him however many times he barks (this is also displayed on your phone). Pet him at the wrong time and he will pee all over you! The app even records your reaction in slow motion, adding to the fun! 

Woofy Whoops is available to buy from Smyths for £19.99.

University Games Glowing 3D Planets

I don't know about anyone else, but my son always tells me that he's going to be an astronaut when he's older. I've even caught him searching on YouTube Kids "How do I become an astronaut?" Adorable.

This set from University Games is perfect for any budding astronaut. It includes eight planets, Pluto, 25 feet of clear nylon string and adhesive putty. You charge each planet up by exposing them to the light then when you switch your light off, they glow! 

You can purchase these from Amazon for £19.95.

5 Second Rule Jr

This is a slight twist on the family game, 5 Second Rule, except it has been adapted so that younger children can play too. You get a game board, timer, game tokens and 200 cards (400 questions). 

You pick a card and have five seconds to answer. It might seem easy, but can you do it under pressure? 

You can purchase this game from Smyths at a price of £12.99.

University Games Paddington Colour On

The new Paddington movie was released in cinemas last month, as well as his appearance in a Christmas television advert. There's no escaping the lovable bear! 

This contains 3 metres of colouring and fun activities. The paper is rolled up so you can pull it as far as you like then it can be easily rolled back up using the dial when you're finished. Perfect for keeping little ones entertained! 

You can buy this from John Lewis for £7.99.

University Games Paddington Spot the Difference

This fun little game promotes some friendly competition. It contains 80 spot the difference challenges and two markers with eraser tips. 

Who can find the five or ten differences first and spot the pot of marmalade? 

This can be purchased from Amazon for £7.99.

LOL Surprise Tots

These little dolls are top of my daughter's Christmas list this year and she will not stop talking about them. 

Each little ball has seven layers of surprise with each layer revealing a new mystery. These tots can be fed and bathed and for an additional water surprise, she might cry, spit, tinkle or change colour. There are 45 to collect. 

You can purchase these from Argos, Toys R Us, Smyths and The Entertainer for £9.99 each. 

Lalaloopsy Jewel's Glitter Makeover

This Christmas, you can get creative with Jewel Sparkles. You can glitterise, streak or style her hair the same way that she does in the Lalaloopsy Netflix series. 

The box contains a Jewel doll, glitteriser, chalk colour streaker, a brush and clips so you can style her hair over and over again. The possibilities are endless! 

You can buy Jewel from Toys R Us, Smyths and The Entertainer for £34.99.


These sets are amazing. They contain square and triangular pieces which magnetically connect so you can create whatever 3D shape you want. It engages mathematical and scientific thought and deductive reasoning, making learning fun! 

The Wow set comes with instructions on how to make vehicles of different shapes and sizes and the Carnival set will show explain how to build rides that you'd find at a carnival. They are so good for brain training. 

The Wow set retails at £29.99 and the Carnival set is £49.99. Both can be purchased from Smyths

Hope you've got some good ideas and happy shopping! 

(This post contains items that I have been gifted for inclusion in this gift guide. ) 

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