Christmas Gift Guide: For Kids (Part One)

This year we've tried to break our gifts for kids down a bit more so that you can find something for the age group you are looking for more easily.  We therefore have guides for babies & younger toddlers; older toddlers & preschoolers; children aged c. 5-10; and teens & tweens for age 10 plus.  Of course, there will be some overlap in all categories, and you may even disagree with where I've placed things (how very dare you!), but hopefully you'll find just the thing for all the smaller people on your list in our pages.

Shopkins are the collectable craze of the year and the tiny characters now come with a wide variety of playsets and accessories, as well as in the collections of little baskets and shopping bags.  We love the Large Shoppin' Cart, which is great for keeping their Shopkins collection safe and sound, as well as playing at shopping in.  It retails at £13 and comes with 2 exclusive Shopkins characters and 2 shopping bags.

Lots of Shopkins shops are now available, but the girls' favourite is the Supermarket Playset.  With opening and closing supermarket doors, a shopping trolley, shelves to stock, a fun delivery chute to slide the Shopkins down, and even a moving conveyor belt to check them out on, this cute set provides hours of fun and role play opportunities.  It retails at £20 and comes with 2 exclusive characters.  Other shop sets and Shopkins character sets are available.

Vintage-style Tin Can Alley Game, Dotcomgiftshop

Cardigan and skirt, Liberty

Wooden book ends,

Teddy in Liberty print dress, Liberty

We love Aquabeads, little beads you can make all sorts of designs with, then spray with water to stick them together.  Lara spends ages making little flowers and other tiny designs for her Sylvanian figures to play with.  This Aquabeads Hello Kitty Fashion Set includes a great Hello Kitty-shaped case to store all your Aquabeads in, a variety of Hello Kitty templates for your designs, and over 600 beads!  It also has a bean pen to make placing the beads easier, perfect for us adults who clumsily knock everything else when assisting with designs!  Making these Aquabeads designs is a lovely, mindful activity, perfect for harnessing all their creativity and artistic talent.

Moulin Roty La Grande Famille Little Wardrobe, Amazon 

Gorgeous cotton nighties and pyjamas, The White Company

Sweatshirt, Liberty

Philips SoftPals are the perfect glowing friend for bedtime, and ideal for finding the way to the potty or toilet in the middle of the night.  The soft glowing light can also offer comfort if your child is frightened at night-time.  With a quick tilt, the SoftPal lights up for five minutes and then switches off.  The battery lasts for ages and its warm, soft touch body makes it ideal for falling asleep next to, if your little one is afraid of the dark.  Elsa and Spiderman SoftPals are also available, RRP £14.99, from Argos, Shopdirect, Amazon and B&Q.

Cardigan, Liberty

Steiff teddy, Liberty

My Little Pony Canterlot Castle, Amazon

Giant Yoda cuddly, Debenhams

The Hexbug range just gets more and more exciting, with the latest addition of the Hexbug Nano V2 Neon Launchpad bringing the chance to fire your Hexbugs into the air!  The set consists of a central launcher and targets that can be arranged at differing heights using the 33 pieces, with one micro robotic Hexbug Nano V2.  Insert the Hexbug, rotate the launcher and fire!  Connects with other Hexbug sets which are also available, as are a variety of Hexbug Nano robots.  Suitable from age 3+  The Launchpad has an RRP of £29.99 and widely available, although it is currently only £24,99 at The Entertainer.

Have a look at this video to see the Hexbug Launchpad in action!

Knight's castle, Liberty

New generation Bratz dolls, The Entertainer

FurReal Friends My Magical Unicorn StarLily, The Entertainer

For creative kids, or anyone who believes in fairies (all of us, of course!), this gorgeous Fairy Garden kit is the perfect gift.  Containing everything you need to create a delightful little fairy garden, bar the compost, the little garden can be put together on a quiet afternoon, then you just have to sit back and wait for the magic to happen.  The Craft Box Fairy Garden contains a bowl to create your garden in, a magical miniature cottage with a sprinkle of fairy dust, an oyster shell to fill with water, a fairy-sized clothes line with posts, pegs and clothes to dry, a fairy figurine, pretty gravel, grass seed, and much more.  All it takes is a bit of imagination and a sprinkle of magic to create a beautiful fairy garden to fuel your child's imagination.  Magical!

Giant Anna cuddly and headphones, both Debenhams

Galt First Sewing Kit, House of Fraser

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  1. Great list of gifts hun. I think my boys would love the Hexbug stuff, the Darth Vader jumper and I think those bookends are so cute! x


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