If you’re looking to buy presents for children this Christmas, we have compiled a list of the toys that we think would make great gift ideas. We have gift ideas for babies, children under and over five, tweens and teenagers. I hope our guide helps give you some inspiration for the perfect gifts this Christmas.
Birth – Five
Gifts Under £20
1. DVD’s – from £5
Snuggle up this Christmas with your little one’s favourite BBC TV programmes. Join Sarah and Duck, The Go Jetters and Mr Tumble as they go off on their adventures. These DVDs would make great stocking fillers.
2. Teletubbies Tiddlytubbies Doll – £9.99
An adorable soft toy that is made from a soft towelling material with textured faces. Press their tummy to hear them giggle! There are 3 different Tiddlytubbies to choose from – yellow Umby Pumby, light blue Mi-Mi and pink Ping.
3. Rudolph Christmas Leggings – £10.00
These cute Rudolph leggings are available from Blade & Rose. They are available in sizes to fit children from birth to 4 years. The red, coffee, latte and cream striped leggings have a red nose Reindeer on the bum. The leggings are unisex so ideal for either a boy or girl.
4. Thomas Flip & Learn Phone – £10.99
A chunky classic flip-up phone in blue, with a backlit answer screen and image of Thomas and Percy. Little ones can call Thomas and his Sodor friends to hear their greetings. Includes games to help children with number and colour recognition. Kids can even pretend to take pictures with the camera-phone feature.
5. Peppa’s Sing Along and Learn Microphone – £14.99
Peppa Pig fans will love the Peppa Sing Along and Learn Microphone. The toy features a real voice amplifier and 7 songs from the TV show, including Wheels on the Bus, Big Balloon and Peppa Pig’s theme song. Little ones can sing along with or without Peppa’s help, using the karaoke mode. There’s even a quiz mode – answer the questions using the right and wrong buttons on the mic.
6. CAT Buildin’ Crew E-Z Machines – £14.99
This cute remote control vehicle has a single button remote control. It allows little ones to drive the CAT machine forward when pressing the button or watch it spin in circles when the button is released or if it goes out of range. There are other toys in the range too including the Remote Control Buildin’ Crew, Take-A-Part Buddies and the CAT Machine Maker Junior Operator set all are available from Toy State.
7. In the Night Garden Throw and Count Haahoo’s Game – £14.99
This game is bound to give little ones hours of fun. This colourful printed playmat comes with x 4 character Haahoo bean toys. The centre target on the mat is where children can find the 5th Haahoo! Helps little ones to practise their throwing, catching and counting skills.
8. Mr Tumble Learning Tablet – £17.99
The Mr Tumble Learning Pad is an ideal toy for any fan of the programme because it combines recognising colours, letters, numbers, musical instruments with the lovely Mr Tumble and his friends.
9. Discovery Play Centre – £18
The Carousel Discovery Play Centre is available from Tesco, it has a sun mirror, ribbon taggies, crinkly bee, rattle, crinkle leak for peek-a-boo fun and a teether soother to keep any little one entertained for hours. The coloured loops on the side of the play mat allows you to add more of their favourite toys if you wish. The play mat comes in a carry case, so you can take it with you if needed.
10. Twirlywoos Bedding – £19.99
Any little Twirlywoos fans would love this bedding set. It features Great BigHoo, Toodloo, Chickedy and Chick and a bright a colourful rainbow design. Available for both single and junior sized beds.
Gifts Over £20
1. Feeding Fun Emmi Doll Set – £20.00
Available from Tesco. The Carousel Feeding Fun Emmi Doll Set is sure to be a big hit with children who love to play with their babies. Emmi loves to giggle, gurgle, cry and snore! Tickle Emmi’s tummy and she will giggle. Squeeze her hand or foot and she will tell you if she’s hungry. Feed her with her spoon and her cheeks will move or feed her with her bottle and the milk will disappear. Once Emmi is full, she will close her eyes and fall asleep. Other sets are available including Emmi’s travel bag, bath sets and special nappies.
2. Playful Piggy – £20
Playful Piggy walks along, ‘oinking’ and making a snuffling nose and wiggly tail. This furry little piglet is sure to be a hit with little ones.
3. Soft Mr Tumble – £24.99
Little ones will enjoy watching and listening to Mr Tumble sing and move to his ‘Hello’ theme song. Press his hand to activate and enjoy singing and dancing with Mr Tumble. Little ones will love that he moves and that his nose lights up. A great toy for all Mr Tumble fans. Encourages hand-eye coordination and sound recognition. Available from Amazon.
4. Swim to Me Puppy – £29.99
This cute little puppy from Little Tikes has two modes of play. Put the puppy in water and see him swim, or take him out for a walk and he will walk just like a real dog. Swim to Me puppy from Little Tikes is bound to provide hours of fun. The toy can be played both indoor and outdoor. Comes with goggles, a lead and an adoption certificate.
5. Picnic Basket with Wooden Food – £32
This set from JoJo Maman Bebe contains a wicker basket and a selection of wooden food including cakes, fruit and bread, as well as plates and cups to dish up the picnic. Perfect for little ones this Christmas.
6. Kids Teepee Play Tent – £35
This kit from Hobbycraft is sure to be a big hit this Christmas. Assemble the wigwam and let your little ones get creative. The kit contains a plain canvas teepee, canvas rope and five wooden poles. Use the kit to create a retreat or a cosy space for your little ones. It can be used inside or outside in the summer. Once the teepee is set up, let the little ones lose with pens, paints, bunting, glitter, felt, fabrics and more.
7. Little Tikes Tyre Twister Lights – £39.99
Turn up the action with Tyre Twister Lights, from Little Tikes. With real police car lights and sirens, play all day, or light up the night! With this cool Tyre Twister Lights police car, you are in hot pursuit! Race the Tyre Twister Lights forward, rip backwards and backflip inside, or outside the tyre. Has two modes of play can be played in the light up wheel or out of it.
8. Emma Baby Changing Bag Dove Grey Embossed – £54.99
Another gift for new parents is a beautiful changing bag from Mia Tui. The Emma bag has enough space for everything you could possibly need for your newborn. You’ll find a unique interior with multiple pockets, zips, clips and extra bags. Included in the bag:
- Travel Changing Mat
- Buggy Clips
- 1 Clear internal bag with hand strap
- 1 Matching clutch bag with wrist and X-Body strap
- 2Insulated water bottle holders
- Key clip
- Phone pocket
- Pen holder
- Hands-free shoulder strap
9. Hape Rainbow Route Railway and Station Set – £65
This toddler-friendly train track from Hape is perfect for little hands. Around the colourful track is a number of activities and musical instruments that are bound to keep your little one’s attention. Helps to develop sound recognition, hand-eye coordination, sparks imagination and creativity.
10. Baby Carrier – £135
A BabyBjörn Baby Carrier One from the limited edition Be You Collection is the perfect gift for a new parent this Christmas. Their new Be You collection is encouraging parents to be themselves. The new collection showcases limited edition colours – lavender violet, navy blue, vintage turquoise, terracotta pink, dusk blue, and pinstripe/grey. Available from www.babybjorn.co.uk
Five and Over
1.Topps Cards – Various Prices
A great idea for a stocking filler this Christmas would be the highly popular Match Attax football cards and Premier League stickers, Star Wars cards and stickers, WWE cards and Shopkins stickers from Topps. You can buy individual packs of cards and stickers and sticker albums to keep all your collected cards safe. There is a Match Attax trading game and collectors tin available too. Prices start at 60p.
2. Olaf’s Frozen Adventure Art Kit – £8
This cute little case is packed with art supplies that any Frozen fan will love. It contains – 1 plain paper 50-page sketchbook, 10 mini chunky character design colour pencils, 3 figural erasers, 1 sharpener, 3 sheets of stickers (45 stickers altogether) and 5 paint marker pens. This set and other Olaf’s Frozen Adventure products are available from Disney Store.
2. Slither.io bendable toy – £9.99
124 million games of Slithero.io are played each month and over 60% of 0 – 14-year-olds have downloaded the game. You can now play with the cute critters at home with the new Slither.io bendable toys. There are other products in the range including blind bags and multipacks.
3. Pirate Treasure Chest Adventure Play Set – £10
Unfold the treasure chest from Wilko to reveal a vivid play scene for your figures and accessories to play on. There’s no end to the adventures you can re-create as you dig for treasure and become the master of the seas. The play set includes a variety of accessories for interactive play including a galleon, pirate figures, cannons, treasure chests and lots more. When the fun’s over, simply fold the treasure chest back up and pop the pieces inside to keep safe until next time.
4. Wilko Blok Figure Pack – £10
This set from Wilko contains 50 Blok figures. They are compatible with leading brand construction toys.Figures include pirates, aliens, builders and race car drivers.
5. Hotwheels Stationery Set – £11.99
This themed pencil case would be a great stocking filler. It contains 2 x Pencils, 12cm Scissors, 15cm Ruler, Eraser, 2 Hole pencil sharpener, Stencil template, 1 x Pencil grip, 3 x Colouring pencils
6. Mini Hornit – £14.99
If a new bike or scooter is on your child’s Christmas list this year why not give them a horn too. The Mini Hornit is the must-have lights and sound effects accessory for children’s bikes and scooters. It is loaded with 25 sounds and white and green lights and has a remote trigger so little ones don’t have to take their hands off the handles.
7. Justice League Stretch The Flash – £14.99
The 18cm Stretch Superhero The Flash would be a great gift idea for any superhero fan this Christmas Stretch him, pull him and tie him in knots. When you release your Superhero Stretch he uses his amazing stretch to slowly return to his normal shape.
8. Sweet Factory – £15
Youngsters can create a variety of candy treats including jelly sweets, lollipops and more. They can also learn about certain things from the sweet industry including how the perfect flavour is created, how to make sweets from yoghurt, marshmallow teacakes and homemade soft drinks. The kit includes cornflour, strawberry and tutti-frutti jelly sachets, a citric acid sachet, gelatine sachets, a sprinkles sachet, a thermometer, a silicone mould, lollipop sticks, a measuring spoon, small measuring cups, crepe paper sheets, satin ribbons, decorative stickers and straws. Available from Hobbycraft.
My Friend Pikachu – £24.99
Pokemon fans will adore this 10″ high soft toy. Pikachu ‘s ear move and he has glowing red circles on his cheeks. The toy features over 10 fun sounds and phrases when Pikachu’s belly is pressed.
Awesome Little Green Men – £24.99
Awesome Little Green Men is the military collectable that combines blind-boxed soldiers and vehicles with a gameplay experience. Collect & Play the Battle Game. Only you can unveil their stats to build the strongest troop and win the battle!
Xtrem Smart Bot – £29.99
This robot has 20 functions, 50 programmable actions and makes robotic sounds. Smart Bot can be controlled with the remote control and hand gestures. Smart Bot can either walk or slide forwards, backwards, side to side, and even dances. Smart Bot’s inbuilt motion detectors recognise hand gestures for additional movement, and the LED eyes produce a variety of facial expressions. The 20 functions remote control can be used to program up to 50 consecutive actions for Smart Bot to follow. Smart Bot comes with a USB cable for re-charging. The remote control requires 2 x AA batteries. Suitable for children aged 5 years and over.
Ben 10 video game – £30
A new video game that is sure to be a big hit with Ben 10 fans. Players get to star as Ben and are armed with the Omnitrix. Within the game, the player will discover and unlock 10 alien transformations that will help in their mission to save the world. Players will get to interact with some of the show’s favourite characters, explore a variety of locations, discover collectables and take part in battles against Ben’s most memorable enemies. Ben 10 offers players a chance to discover unique combat moves from each alien form, including Four Arms, Grey Matter, Heatblast and more, to fight Ben’s foes, push puzzle-solving skills to their limit, and save the galaxy. Available for Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch.
Spider-Man: Homecoming Radio Control Web Wheelie – £34.99
Superhero fans will love being able to pull wheelies with Spider-Man. The Spider-Man Web Wheelie Radio Control features 360-degree spinning action and rear wheels that light up when driving.
NIKKO RC VelociTrax – £39.99
NIKKO brings you a full-function radio control car that is bound to go down a storm this Christmas! The ast and futuristic velociTrax features 360-degree spins and ultra- manoeuvrability allowing you to race through any terrain and over obstacles! It has a 1 Hour quick charger included so there’s no need to wait for ages before you can play.
VR Headset and Dinosaur AR Experience – £39.99
The Dinosaur 4D+ app and VR headset from ReTrak offers users a fully immersive experience. Simply scan any of the 20 included cards with your preferred device and watch the dinosaurs come to life in 4D! Explore the 3D archives and learn about the history and origin of each dinosaur. Users can see how the dinosaurs compare in size to the average human and can capture fun augmented reality photos of dinosaurs in the real world. Compatible with smartphones, tablets and VR headsets. Perfect for ages 7+. Smartphone or iPhone required to use the headset.
LEGO Elves Rosalyn’s Healing Hideout – £39.99
This Lego Elves would make a great gift for any Lego fan this Christmas. This set has 460 pieces and comprises of the following:
- 2 mini-doll figures: Rosalyn Nightshade and Naida Riverheart
- Rimlin the Goblin, Sapphire the dragon, Lula the baby dragon and Lil’ Blu the baby bear figures
- Tree with unfolding branches that reveal a 2-level treehouse with an alchemy room
- Fireplace, moving leaves, kitchen, bedroom and a medical workstation, plus a big cart
- Also includes a posable adult dragon with translucent wings and room for 2 mini-doll figures
- Baby dragon figure on her back, plus a small carnivorous plant area with closing plant trap
- Open the outer branches of the tree and reveal the Healing Hideout’s second level.
- Load the cart and carry potion ingredients and bottles to the cauldron outside.
- Push the lever on the carnivorous plant to try and trap the baby dragon.
- Accessory elements include a potion bottle, cauldron, torch, bow and arrow
- Wheelbarrow, 2 cookies and a golden crown.
Madd Kick Pro X Complete Scooter – £74.99
If you’re looking to buy a scooter this Christmas, the Kick Pro X from Skate Hut is packed full of high-quality components and is perfect for younger kids picking up a scooter for the first time.
- 20″ Long x 4″ Wide, Flat Bottom, T4 & T6 Heat Treated, Fluted, Alloy Deck with 3° Concave and Powder Coated Finish
- Full Printed Grip Tape
- 100mm Composite Blitz Brake
- 100mm Nylon Core Wheels with High Rebound Urethane and Madd K-1 (ABEC-7 rated) Chrome High-Speed Bearings
- 22″ High and 18″ Wide One Piece High Tensile Steel T-Bar
- 130mm Squid Grips
- Powder Coated 6061 Alloy Double Clamp
- High-Quality Steel Threadless HIC Fork with Cut Outs
- Sealed Semi-Integrated Headset
- Extruded Alloy Tubular Downtube – Offering Strength Without Weight!
- Deck Length 50cm Long x 10cm Wide
1. Bic Stationery – from 99p
Perfect for Star Wars fans Bic has a great range of themed items available including pencils and ballpoint pens. Perfect as a stocking filler or secret Santa gift too.
2. Chewbacca Light – £6.99
This cute yet funky battery operated light from Spearmark is available from a variety of stockists including Amazon, ASDA, B&Q, Debenhams, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Wilko. Other lights in the range include Storm Trooper, Millenium Falcon, Kylo-Ren and Darth Vader. Would be a great present for any Star Wars fan.
3. Princess Diary – £9.99
This diary from Danilo has a week-to-view format and is A5 size, it gives you a little more room for notes/appointments. This official Princess diary also features note pages, address pages, notable dates and a year-to-view calendar. Danilo also has many varieties of wrapping paper including My Little Pony paper which is so cute.
4. Chip mug £10.99
For all the Beauty and the Beast fans, this Chip Cup from Prezzybox would make the perfect gift. Fans of the film will be able to enjoy their favourite drink from their favourite mug.
5. Gillette Proshield Chill Justice League Starter pack – from £14.99
For teens who shave or those that have recently started shaving why not treat them to a Justice League ProShield Starter Pack! It includes Gillette Fusion ProShield men’s razor, plus three Refill Blades. The razor has lubrication before & after the blades and also features Gillette’s thinnest & finest blades (first four blades, same as ProGlide), five precision blades, FlexBall technology and a Precision Trimmer on the back.
6. Football T-shirt – £14.99
If your tween is a fan of the beautiful game they will love an Art of Football shirt or print. You can choose images of famous moments on the pitch from their favourite teams.
7. Harry Potter Towel – £14.99
A must have for any Harry Potter fan is this cool hooded cape towel from Prezzybox. It features the Grifinfoor crest. Made from 100% cotton.
8. Smiggle – Various prices
If you have children that are almost teenagers then I bet you know about Smiggle. My Three are huge fans of the brand and love visiting our local store whenever possible. They have a huge range of products that would make great gifts this Christmas. Here are some of our favourite products:
- A Sparkle Speaker – Has massive sound. Features Bluetooth connectivity & rechargeable battery. Easy to use & includes USB charging wire.
- Headphones – Light, cool earphones, 3.5mm jack and with adjustable headband.
- A Strap Purse – From Smiggle’s Sparkle range! Has 3 zipped compartments, 2 card compartments & Smiggle logo badge and a detachable shoulder strap.
- A Talking Alarm Clock – Has features including time, alarm and snooze, digital calendar with month and day. Calls out the time and temperature every hour or when you press the button. Requires 3xaaa battery to operate (not included)
9. Heliball – £20
Remote control flying has never been easier thanks to the amazing Heliball! Using a clever set of proximity sensors on its base, this cool RC flyer never hits the ground, sensing surfaces underneath it before flying upwards. This opens up a whole new way to control this cool flying machine. Just wave your hand, foot or anything else underneath and the Heliball will immediately begin to climb. Alternatively, switch over to the intuitive handset and take manual control, activating the contra-rotating blades with a squeeze of the trigger. Turn out the lights and you can even treat yourself to one of four groovy light shows that are brilliant to behold, especially in the dark!
10. Haynes Build Your Own Jet Engine – £39.99
Build a fully motorised jet engine with sounds and an illuminated combustion chamber. The kit contains all the parts you need to assemble the working model. Equipped with jet engine sounds, this detailed battery-operated replica has high and low-pressure turbines, and see-through casing to observe the Engine’s moving parts in the illuminated combustion chamber. A fantastic introduction for kids to JE01 building and engineering as well as hobby enthusiasts. Includes its very own Haynes manual giving clear step-by-step instructions. Other engine sets are available from Trends UK.
11. Motion Control Drone – £39.99
This gadget is available from Menkind. It works with the motion of your hand – move your hand left and the drone flies to the left. Tilt your hand forwards and the drone flies forward. Simply press the button on the side of the remote and up it goes. Press it again and watch it land without a hitch. The Motion Drone has a feature where it automatically holds its height for you. Thanks to it having a headless mode you can perform 360° flips with ease. Simply push up the trigger on the side and watch as the drone flips and spins in the air.
- Control range approx. 50 metres
- Charge time approx. 30 min
- Flight time approx. 5 – 8 minutes
- Drone battery – 3.7V-280mAh Li-Po
- Recharge via USB cable included
12. Astrobot – £179.99
Astrobot is a super cool robot. He will help your child get smarter with STEM learning through using the Astrobot kit, the Kit allows your child to build, program and code three different kinds of robots: humanoid, anthropomorphic wheeled vehicle, and treaded mobile robot with grab and lift action. AstroBot allows your child to have fun while learning. It has an entertaining space-themed story explaining where the robots came from and how the humanoid and vehicle characters combine to create the treaded mobile robot.
*We were sent the products mentioned for the purpose of this piece*