For most children, Christmas is the most exciting time of the year, but it can be overwhelming for parents who have no idea what to buy. I know My Three are already excited and can’t wait to spend their holidays with their older brother. They’ve already given me their Christmas lists and I’m pleased to say that they’re not overly extravagant.
I hope the following gift ideas will help if you’re struggling to find the perfect gift.
Little Tikes Hot Hoops
Hot Hoops from Little Tikes is a fast-paced double sided basketball game. You will find 2 hoops on either end of the game for competitive play against an opponent. For two players aged five and over. It can be folded away after use.
Floral Patchwork Teepee
This Floral Patchwork Teepee would be lovely present this Christmas. To the front it has two flaps that can be tied up at the sides or left closed, creating a little hideaway for children to enjoy. The tent can be used indoors all year round, or outdoors in good weather. It’s lightweight enough to move around, and with the clever ties and fabric slots, the poles are held securely in place when fully set up. Each pole comes in two pieces and slots together easily, to then be tied together at the top and inserted into the fabric slip on each corner of the tent. The teepee can be assembled in minutes, with no screws or glue required, meaning it’s also easy to take down at any time. It has a matching zipped carrier so that the tent can be stored away safely if not in use for long periods of time.
Fingerlings were one of last years must have toys and it seems that the new BFF’s are heading the same way. Each Fingling in the BFF series comes with their own tiny friend who can sit on the end of your finger or pencil top. Each Fingerling reacts with over 40 sounds and animations as you play, they respond to sound, motion and touch with blinks, head turns and cute monkey babble. A little affection will ensure hours of interactive fun.
Nerf Laser Ops Pro Alphapoint 2-Pack
Nerf Laser Ops Pro gives players everything they need for a head-to-head laser battle. The set includes two blasters that feature lights and sounds, indicators to track health and ammo, quick-reload button, and unlimited ammo. Players can amp up their gameplay with the Nerf Laser Ops app – available for most Apple and Android devices.
- Features light and sound effects, unlimited ammo, and quick-reload button
- Includes indicators to display health, ammo, and team selection
- Includes 2 armbands to hold smart devices
Fairy Light Garden
Create a magical, illuminated home and garden (with the grass seeds provided) where fairies and their friends will love to live with the Fairy Light Garden. The set comes with a fairy mushroom home that doubles as a night-light! There are two areas in the garden in which to sow the seeds provided to create a lovely lawn. The magical fairy mushroom home can be placed in the garden or removed and used separately as a night-light. Blow on the magic candle through the fairy-house window and it will light up and play a fairy melody! Blow again and the light will turn off. There is also a secret home for the hedgehog and a pretty bridge to link to other fairy gardens.
Fartist Club Figure
There are four Fartist figures to collect at the moment. They are Munchy Max, Windy Wendy, Ripping Randy and Farty Flip. Each toy features ten exclusive fart-sounds with a delay mode option so you can surprise your friends and family when least expected. Each one is 12cm tall, highly detailed and has individual features – Wendy’s roller skates, Randy’s guitar, Munchy’s bone and Flip’s toilet-seat skateboard.
L.O.L. Surprise! Eye Spy Under Wraps
L.O.L. Surprise! Eye Spy Series UnderWraps dolls have 15 new surprises for you to unwrap! Unbox the spyglass to find codes and unlock surprises! Each doll is dressed in a mystery disguise, unbox each layer to discover who’s inside! The disguise becomes multiple fashion accessories. Contains – A spyglass, a secret message sticker, a surprise codes, a bottle, 7 mystery Disguise’s, a pair of shoes, a fashion accessory, an outfit, and a LOL Surprise Eye Spy UnderWraps Doll.
A cheeky chocolate elf from Thorntons would be a lovely stocking filler this Christmas. It’s sure to put a smile on the face of your cheeky little elf too.
Classic Tiny Tears
This cute Classic Tiny Tears doll drinks, cries and wees. She has moveable arms, legs and head and is 38cm high. She is suitable for children aged 3 and over and comes with pull up pants, a hairbrush, dummy, bottle and nappy.
With Pearl’s Lagoon, you can create a magical world where Pearl and her narwhal friend live! Sculpt and play with the glittery magic sand and other accessories to create an enchanting ‘under-the-sea’ scene in a beautiful bottle with a shell-shaped stopper. Take Pearl anywhere, carried safely in her clamshell home that fits perfectly into a pocket.
FabLab is a range of activity kits that enable girls to explore, play and experiment with their style in a fun and safe way. All their cosmetics are 100% non-toxic and designed specifically for children.
- Tie Dye Kit – a fun and easy kit, that comes with an 8-page instruction booklet which explains the techniques to get the latest trendy looks. The Kit contains 4 dyes in applicator bottles, rubber bands and PVC lab gloves. There are enough ingredients to dye the equivalent of 5 T-Shirts.
- Festival Face Tattoos – contains over 12 gorgeous temporary tattoo designs that are easy to apply and easy to remove with the oil provided. Also includes glitter tattoos to add sparkle and to customise your look! Great fun to do and perfect for festivals, parties and sleepovers!
- Stylelab – a jumbo pack of activities that are fun to do with friends and great for parties or sleepovers. You can add colour to your hair with 3 vibrant, easy to wash out hair shadows, design salon-style nails with 6 solvent free varnishes and create glamorous glitter tattoos with 4 glitter colours and over 25 cool designs.
Untamed T-Rex’s by Fingerling are fierce and unpredictable creatures and can tell their friends from foes. In untamed mode, they roar, hiss and chomp! In tame mode they nuzzle, purr and love to be near you. Complete with snapping jaws and gripping claws, these interactive dinos react to touch, motion, and sound with over 40 different sounds and animations. There are four Untamed T-Rex Fingerlings to collect.
Monopoly Cheaters Edition
Monopoly but not as you know it. Follow, bend, or break the rules to win in this Cheaters Edition of the old family favourite. Think of all those moments when you’ve played in the past when there’s been questionable going ons, when rules are bent or money is borrowed. This game welcomes all of that, it has suggestions on the board, cards, and rules included the encourage players to express their inner cheat – buy, sell, dream, and scheme. Fake a die roll, steal some bills from the bank and even skip out on rent. Complete a cheat to get a reward, but fail a cheat and pay the consequences! No houses in this edition – only hotels – and pretend handcuff unit may leave players “chained” to the board. Includes a game board, plastic handcuff unit, 6 tokens, 15 Cheat cards, 16 Title Deed cards, 16 Chance cards, 16 Community Chest cards, 16 hotels, 2 dice, money pack, bank tray, and game guide.
Build and code 128 dazzling lights and 16 million colours with the Kano Pixel Kit. Comes with step-by-step book, lightboard, case, buttons, lanyard, and free Kano app. Kids can learn to code in 30+ step-by-step creative challenges – make games, art, sound equalisers, and data light up instantly. Works wirelessly with Mac, PC, Linux and any Kano Computer Kit.
Jack Jack Attacks
The Incredibles 2 was a major hit in cinemas this summer and Jack Jack was by far the star of the show. Press Jack-Jack’s tummy once to activate light and sound effects – laughing and giggling, press and hold his tummy to activate his ultimate power mode. Jack Jack has a soft body with a moulded head and hands. He comes complete with his arch nemesis racoon.
Personalised Snowman Sweet Box
The perfect stocking filler for those with a sweet tooth. This personalised snowman sweet box comes packed with classic sweets such as love hearts, parma violets and rainbow drops.
Disney Princess Sing and Sparkle Ariel
Sing & Sparkle Ariel is the perfect present for any little Princess this Christmas. If you rotate Ariel you’ll see all glitter float in her tail. Press her seashell necklace and she’ll say phrases and sing, Part of Your World and Under the Sea as her tail creates a beautiful light show. She can even be played with in water.
Glow In The Dark Slime Factory
With the Glow In The Dark Slime Factory, you will use real lab techniques to make creatures that glow in the dark! Create your own jumping balls, monsters, slimy worms and glow in the dark fish! This educational science kit encourages fun, creativity and boosts brainpower! Includes a 36-page booklet to guide users through 17 experiments.
The Unicorn Garden is a grow and play set that includes everything needed for you to create an enchanting garden where fairies Belle and Heather can make a wish. The pack includes a beautiful unicorn and her foal, grass seeds, a wishing well with acorn bucket and lots more. Sow the seeds, watch the grass grow and add a sprinkle of fairy dust.
Num Noms Snackables
Make and serve your own scented, silly shakes slime with the Num Noms Snackables Silly Shakes Maker Playset. Pick your scented “flavours” and toppings, swirl it in the mixer, and store in adorable mini silly shakes cups. Mix and match flavours and layers to make so many silly creations, or use the slime from your Silly Shakes collection for even more fun.
Wizard Training Wand
Young Witches and Wizards can learn to cast 11 spells with the Wizard Training Wand. There are four wands to choose from Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Albus Dumbledore or Lord Voldemort. There are 5 different modes to practice magic. Learn a new spell in training mode, and then fine tune your skills in single or multiplayer practice mode. Each wand has lights, sound and motion sensor technology so it recognises the pattern of each spell being cast and lets you know when you’ve mastered the magic. Spells to learn include the Accio charm, Stupefy and Expelliarmus. You can even take on your friends in duel mode, or zap opponents in a game of Wizard Tag.
The perfect stocking filler. There are 50 BABY Secrets baby dolls to collect (Each sold separately). Each baby’s nappy changes colour in water to reveal if they are a boy or a girl and each baby comes with their own birth certificate to be personalised. You can buy individual babies (hidden in bathtubs) or buy activity packs that include 2 or 3 different babies and accessories.
Mr Tumble’s Domino Train
Little ones will love Mr Tumble’s Domino Train. Simply load the dominoes into the top of the train, switch it on and watch as it lays the domino track ready to be knocked down, as it moves. To make a fun shaped track simply turn the train’s funnel left or right. Contains 35 bow tie shaped dominoes with letters and numbers.
Pull My Finger Game
Pull My Finger is a game that combines two things that make everyone laugh, Monkeys and Farts. Spin the banana spinner, pull the Monkey’s finger, and watch his butt inflate with each pull! How big will his bum get? How long can he hold it in? Avoid the Farts and win! For 2 or more players. Definitely fun for the whole family over the Christmas period.
Project MC2 Perfume Science Kit
With the Project MC2 Perfume Science Set, you can create your very own perfume. You can perform S. T. E. A. M. experiments at home using household ingredients. Use the violet or poppy scents provided and/or fragrant household ingredients such as rosewater, flower petals, vanilla or citrus extracts. Pump the ingredients through the tubes, and watch as your custom scent drips down and collects in the beaker. Pour into the test tube-shaped spritzers to store. Includes a perfume station with pump and tubes, a beaker, 3 perfume spritzers, 2 scents, 2 pipettes and a recipe booklet.
Gel a Peel Deluxe Rainbow Kit
With the Gel-a-Peel Rainbow Kit, you can make over 150 one-of-a-kind accessories to wear or share with your friends. The kit includes 10 different coloured gels and has 50+ design templates for you to follow or you can design your own.
Glam Goo Deluxe Slime Pack
Create and wear beautiful slime with Glam Goo! Customize and store your favourite slime in your purse and ring! This pack comes with two wearable slime accessories (glitter purse and double ring), a container of Glam Goo (clear slime), three slime decorations (Cloud Crunch, Daydreams, and Unicorn Tears), two sparkle colours (Electric Blue and Pinky Promise), one scent (Violet Vibes) and one mixing spoon.
My Living World Sets
My Living World sets offer the very best nature study kits on the market, allowing children to discover the wonders of nature in a fun, safe and stimulating way. Sets include:
- Bird Feeder – This kit has a large portal with a two-way mirror which allows you to observe birds without disturbing them. The feeder is easy to install, refill and clean. Full instructions and a garden bird guide are also included in the kit.
- Worm Word – Provides an opportunity for children to learn more about worms’ importance in our ecosystem. Children are encouraged to collect their own worms and told how to in the 20-page activity guide, written by naturalist Nick Baker.
- Bug Safari – Provides children with easy to use, professional quality equipment to enable them to catch, study and identify common mini-beasts in their gardens, in parks or in the countryside. Includes a full-colour 20-page booklet written by wildlife expert Nick Baker on how to use the equipment, and charts to help identify the creatures caught.
- Pocket Microscope – Small enough to fit in your pocket, but powerful enough to make an ant look the size of an antelope! This real microscope magnifies 30 times using precision optics. When you unfold the microscope, the light automatically illuminates the area in front of the lens, so that whether you are interested in nature studies, or crime-solving, this will be an invaluable companion! Comes with sample slides and all you need to make your own slides. Works both inside and out.
Crate Creatures Surprise
Crate Creatures Surprise are fun, monsters who need to be kept in their crates. There are a number of creatures available to buy and each one has it’s own personality, voice and accessory. Use the crowbar to break open the lock and unbox your new beast friend. Pull your Crate Creature’s tongue to hear fun sounds and monstrous noises. He’ll react with glowing eyes and shaking rage! Turn Pudge upside down or tip him over to trigger more than 45 unique creature sounds. You can use your Crate Creatures Surprise to record phrases and play them back in Pudge’s monstrous voice or press his horns and watch his googly eyes go crazy! Pudge loves his pizza—but it makes him gassy! This fluffy creature makes fierce chomping noises when you feed him his treat. Keep Pudge in his crate and unleash him over and over again for more beastly Crate Creatures fun.
Build A Bot
Builder Bot is designed to help unleash little one’s creativity while they build and play. Packed full of exciting building challenges, this multi-part bot can be rearranged in no time for loads of robotic fun. Helps introduce children to engineering in a fun way. The multi-part bots can be reconfigured in different ways to get fun reactions.
Vibrant Village Light Up Dog
Light Up Dog is a cute pup from Skip Hop’s Vibrant Village collection inspires musical creativity with cheerful tunes, notes and barks. Textured, light-up keys and an iridescent fabric ear encourage tactile and visual exploration, while an angled base makes it easy to play when your baby is learning to sit.
Maped Helix Writing Set
This set from Maped Helix contains a fountain, rollerball and ballpoint pens. They come in a traditional silver Oxford maths tin. Each pen has a balanced metal barrel ensuring that they are comfortable to hold. Mapped Helix also has lots of other products that would be perfect for stocking fillers including erasers, pencil cases, pens, pencils
Harry Potter Alarm Clock
How cute is the Harry Potter alarm clock? The easy-to-operate twin bell alarm clock is perfect for getting any Harry Potter fan out of bed.
This Minion Toothbrush will help to make brushing teeth fun. Little ones can brush their teeth with their favourite character! It’s clear voice instructions coach your child to be a better brusher. Minions provide sound effects as a reward and to congratulate after two minutes of brushing.
Blopens Glitter Studio
With the Blopens Glitter Studio, you can colour and create decorations as well as make a pretty butterfly mobile. The box becomes an easel with storage slots for your pens and glitters. Simply put one of your stencils onto a sheet of paper, blow through your pen and see your picture appear! Try blowing harder or softer for different effects and add extra details by drawing with the pens. The set includes 5 Blopens, 8 stencils. 4 projects, glitter holder, glue pen, 4 glitter tubes, ribbon and instructions.
So Glow Magic Jars
Create and customise your own mood jars. There are various sets available including:
- Magic Jars Studio – Create and customise your own light up magic jars. The Magic Jar Studio comes with everything you need to create 1 large and 2 mini magic jars, just add water and your creativity! includes 5 surprise collectable figures. 4 different coloured ‘moods’ to collect. Shake to light up and watch the colours change.
- Magic Jar Case – Create, customise & personalize 3 light up mini magic jars. This complete kit is supplied with everything you need in a handy storage/ travel case. Just add water & your imagination. Shake to light up and watch the colours change. Collectable figures included. 6 different ‘moods’ to collect.
Harry Potter Character Mug
A cute mug that features caricature drawings of a whole host of characters from Harry Potter including Harry, Hermione, Ron, Hagrid, Dumbledore and many more. This mug is of a standard size and has a printed design. The Harry Potter Character Mug will make a fantastic gift for any Harry Potter fan.
Hug Me Bear
The Hug Me Bear baby soother is suitable for children from birth. Use as a soother to project stars onto any surface, then when your child is a little older they can cuddle it in bed. It has four gentle melodies (Für Elise, Twinkle Twinkle. Little Star, Brahms’ Lullaby, Rock-a-bye Baby) and an auto-off 20-minute timer.
Crayola Scoot Game
A new game available this Christmas is Crayola Scoot. You can create your own Crayola Scoot character and start your journey to becoming a scooter legend. Perform insane tricks and jumps to splash your colour and activate traps, boosts and shortcuts. Upgrade your scooter and your rider’s style as you rise to fame and challenge for the championship. Keep it fresh with 6 team and solo events including Colour Frenzy, Crazy Crayons, Splatter Tag, S. C. O. O. T. And Trick Run. Challenge the outrageous Scoot Legends for the Crayola Colour Cup on 12 parks across 3 worlds. Splat your friends in 4-player split-screen battles. Available on Xbox One, PS4, Switch and PC.
Swizzels Sweets have been family favourites for generations. Everyone has their favourite. Personally, I am a fan of Refreshers and Love Hearts. This Christmas they have lots of products that everyone will enjoy including their Sweet Shop Favourite Tub, Sweet Shop Favourite Pouches and individual item tubes such as Drumstick Lollies, Love Hearts and Refreshers.
Glitter Phone Case
For those who are getting a new phone this Christmas, they will need a new case to protect it. Choose one that not only looks nice but that will protect your phone should it be dropped.
Polaroid 3D Pen
With the Polaroid 3D Pen you can draw and create three-dimensional images and structures. The box contains everything you’ll need to get started: The Polaroid Pen itself, along with a 1.5m USB cable for charging it, four 15g (5m) PLA filament packs to get you started on your artistic journey (with refill packs available separately), a quick-start guide to help set you up, and a Trace App Screen protector and four adhesive pads to keep your device safe while using the stencil app.
*We were sent the products mentioned above for the purpose of this piece – all thoughts and opinions are my own*