Christmas Gift Guide: For Kids (Part 2)

In the second part of our gift guide for children, you'll find ideas for big presents, stocking fillers and everything in between.  In case you missed it, check out the first part of our kids gift guide too.

The remote-controlled Nikko R/C Velocitrax is a magnificent beast of a machine, with stylish design and breakneck speeds.  With treads that can handle all kinds of terrain, super speeds and the ability to perform amazing stunts, this mega racer will delight kids aged 8+.  This unstoppable machine has outstanding manoeuvrability and can perform 360-degree spins and lots of other tricks.  With a 1 hour quick charger, it's ready for anything.  Available from Argos and Debenhams.

Perfect for any budding chef, the CHOC Chicos Dairy Free Chocolate Making Kit is a fun, dairy-free chocolate making kit for kids.  Containing organic ingredients, mini baking cases and a simple recipe book, they can make 20 raw chocolates that are free from dairy, gluten, processed sugar, artificial flavours and additives, and also learn about the origins of cocoa and chocolate-making.

On a cold night, what could be nicer than snuggling up to your new best animal friend.  Hugzzies are super soft cuddly animal teddies with a microwavable lavender-infused wheat bag inside.  With extra long 'arms' to hug around a child's waist, they are the perfect bedtime companion.  Available in 5 fun characters, we chose Dexter the Dog, a friendly pup who loves unwinding in front of the TV and a good sleep - perfect!

An electric toothbrush is a great first step towards being a 'big kid', and the Buddies Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush is unique in that it contains an integral cartridge that pumps toothpaste straight on to the brush in measured doses, making the brush easy to use and mess-free.  With appealing toothpaste flavours such as apple, the brush is aimed at children aged 3+ with the hope that it will encourage them to adopt great toothbrushing practices.  The charger unti also acts as a gentle nightlight.

The buttery, slightly minty flavour, Hint of Mint, and zingy apple flavour, Apple Fresh are also available as Buddies toothpastes with these cute character tops.  All available from and selected dentists across the UK.

There are always some craft items in our Christmas stockings, and these Colourpeps paints from Maped Helix are great.  These superhero super-washable paints are suitable from age 4+ and are available in a variety of vibrant colours, including primary and secondary hues, cool metallic and bright shades.  Kids will love the fun character designs on each superhero-shaped bottle, or pop this cute watercolour set in their stocking with vibrant, super pigments for creating their next masterpiece.

The Disney Guess The Film Game from Jumbo is a fun and exciting game for all the family.  Who knows their Disney films well enough to guess the correct film every time?  With 100 film images, it's time to put your Disney knowledge to the test.  Roll the dice to open a window, revealing part of an image from an iconic Disney film.  Guess the film correctly and win a Mickey token, with the first player to win 4 tokens winning the game.  And believe me, it's not as easy as it sounds!  Suitable for 2 or more players aged 4+.

Or why not practice their literacy skills in a fun way with the Wordsearch Junior Game from Drumond Park.  In this junior version of the popular puzzle, there are various levels taking them from pattern recognition through to letter puzzles where searching for vowel combinations and consonant clusters will be so much fun they won't even realise they're practising their reading skills at the same time.  With nine double-sided disks there are 18 puzzles to solve, meaning this fun literacy-based game will last and last.

The gorgeous Unicorn Girl Treasures Tin by The Bright Side is the perfect place to store all those special bits and pieces.  Containing "Sparkly things, magic stuff & something Pink & Fluffy" according to the lid, why not fill it with things to delight her, or just a note saying it is filled with love, for ever?  Quite rightly the underside reads: No grown-ups or boys allowed.  With a hinged lid this delightful treasure box measures 21 x 16 x 7.5cm.

Hatchimals are as big this year as they were last and, while the big version are still a huge hit, many have started collecting the cute little Colleggtibles, who even have their own nursery now!  The  Hatchimals Colleggtibles 4 pack + Bonus Character will be a welcome addition to their Christmas stocking.  With more than 70 adorable Hatchimals Colleggtibles to collect in Season One, including common, ultra-rare and limited editions, who will they discover?  Each Hatchimal has glittery wings and belongs to a special family, colour-coded by their eggs.  Suitable for ages 5+.

Paw Patrol also shows no sign of waning from the must-have lists and the adorable pups in their Paw Patrol Sea Patrol Vehicles are perfect for re-enacting all the rescue scenes form the show.  Rocky's vehicle transforms from truck to submarine while Zuma is busy in his boat.  Collect all 6 rescue vehicles and pups in these cute sets, each available separately.

The Cool Maker Sew Cool Sew 'n' Style Craft Kit is a safe and easy to use introduction to sewing.  Including enough fabric and accessories to make five projects, budding fashion designers can customise the end results to their heart's content with ribbons and pom poms.  With a storage drawer to keep everything neat and tidy, this is a lovely gift from age 6+.

Smiggle has a wide range of stocking fillers this year, including this pretty scented Sweet Magic A5 Lockable Notebook.  Featuring a slip cover, gel pen and 168 divided pages, this lockable journal comes in three designs and measures 16.5x22cm.  We love the other cute stocking fillers such as this unicorn purse, reindeer pen and pretty sequinned bracelet.

Pop one of these new CBeebies DVDs in their stocking and there will be a quiet hour on Boxing Day morning as they catch up with the latest adventures with their favourite characters.  The Hey Duggee - The Train Badge & Other Stories DVD is filled with laughter, learning and exciting activities in the adventure club that every child wants to join.  Or jet around the world with the Go Jetters in Go Jetters - The North Pole and Other Adventures and catch up with all their exciting geographical jaunts.  Have fun with Mr Tumble in the Something Special - Laugh With Mr Tumble DVD which features nine episodes of typical Tumble mayhem.  Or relax with Roger Allam's dulcet tones in the quirky tales on the Sarah & Duck - Constable Quack DVD, including Moon and Rainbow's first meeting, fun for all the family.

Mayka tape is the greatest invention for LEGO and similar construction toys, ever!  Simply apply this self-adhesive tape on walls or doors, under shelves, anywhere, and build away to your heart's content.  Flexible to go around corners, trimmable to any size or shape, brilliant stuff.  Build a city upside down or a pizza parlour sideways, the possibilities are endless.

Add to the magic on Christmas morning by having their presents delivered by having presents delivered by the Man in Red himself in this lovely Santa Sack.  With 'stamps' showing just some of the places Father Christmas stopped at on the way to your house, the sack can also be personalised with the name of your choice.  What better finishing touch to those beautiful gifts than to have them hand-delivered, just don't forget to send the sack back to the elves for re-filling next year!

If you have a young Kazoops fan, treat them to these adorable new cuddly toys.  In the epic fantasy adventures of Monty and his pig friend Jimmy Jones, friendship and helping one another are key themes, perfect for pre-schoolers.  The Kazoops 8 inch plush assorted characters include Lily, Monty, Otis and Suzy, while the super-cuddly 10 inch Jimmy Jones Feature Plush has an adorable face and makes sounds when you give him a big squeezy cuddle.  Just squidge his tummy to hear him oink, snort and squeal.  Sophia adores him!

With the new Frozen short film, Olaf's Frozen Adventure, on release next weekend, there will be renewed demands for beloved Frozen dolls and toys on their wish lists.  With the charming new dolls and playsets from Hasbro they can act out their favourite moments from the film or imagine new snowy adventures featuring their favourite characters.  The fun Disney Frozen Snacking Talking Olaf tries to enjoy holiday treats like his friends, but they slide right out of his tummy!  Feed Olaf yummy pretend snacks to hear him say funny phrases and make silly sounds.

With a catchy new theme song, When We're Together, Elsa is as popular as ever, and this gorgeous new doll in her stunning winter gown sings the melody.  The new Olaf's Frozen Adventure Elsa Doll is available from leading retailers.

Budding musicians can play along to the classic Frozen hit Let It Go with the innovative new Frozen Play-A-Melody Gown.  Elsa's beautiful dress from the original film has been recreated to function like a keyboard, with light-up snowflake keys that can be played to create music from the film, or for their own orchestrations.

Finally, who could resist this cute pair peeking out of their stocking on Christmas morning? The limited edition Christmas Mickey and Minnie Mouse Itty Bittys are available from Hallmark while stocks last.

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  1. These are wonderful suggestions, thank you; there's something here to suit all temperaments.


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