It’s almost December! If, like me, you’re really behind on your Christmas shopping you might be starting to panic a little now. Finding unique Christmas gifts for kids in particular is something that I struggle with every year. There’s such a frenzy to buy the latest toy or gadget at this time of year, but once you have the big present how do you make up the rest of the presents?
I have some great stocking filler ideas in this children’s gift guide to help you out.
3D puzzles really add a new challenge to the art of the jigsaw. This one from NimNik is of an ocean frigate, although they also make 3D puzzles of helicopters, robots and animal figures. This has 48 pieces, and the great thing about it is that when it’s built your child can keep it as a room decoration. It’s 26″ long when fully built and looks fantastic. It’s great for keeping a child absorbed for hours, and is currently less than £15 on Amazon.
I love the look of these, and the idea that comes with them. These biscuits come complete with a paintbrush. All you do is dip the paintbrush into water and then swipe it over the colour you want. Kids can then paint the design on the biscuit, before tucking in! These biscuits can be ordered via The Lovely Little Larder’s Facebook page, and cost only £4 each (or you can get 3 for £10). They are all made to order, and there are four Christmas designs to choose from.
This range of clothing is part of Aldi’s Specialbuy, which means once it’s gone it’s gone!. These are the 100% cotton Children’s Polo Shirt (£3.99) and Boys Trousers (£6.99), which is design for boys aged from 3 to 12. Also available this Christmas are sparkly girls shoes and bags, and a gorgeous little bomber jacket which is only £7.99. My nephew will look so cute in this outfit.
Playmags are something I would have loved as a child. They’re really unique magnetic building blocks, and can create really cool buildings and other structures. They’re also really good for designing cars and animals. The blocks are magnetic on all sides, bright and colourful, and perfect for a growing imagination. They are available from Amazon.
This is such a beautifully made Christmas sack, and has a lot of detail. It comes in a sturdy cardboard tube, and has its own ribbon so you can tie the sack up. Made of thick hessian, this is a gift that can be kept and reused for many years. This particular one is the Henson Christmas Sack, featuring the North Pole Express (£17). There are also Christmas sacks which can be personalised to include your child’s name. It can be stored back in its tube after Christmas to keep it clean for the next year.
As well as being really cute, this neck pillow has several uses for babies. It can be a cuddly toy, a head rest for sleeping on when travelling, and a pillow when staying away from home. It’s extremely soft and cuddly, and this is the sheep design.
These books from Lonely Planet are perfect for inquisitive kids. They are all large hardbacks, and available from Amazon. What I love about these is how interactive they are. The Incredible Cabinet Of Wonders, for example, has 100 little doors inside. Hiding behind each one is an extraordinary object from past or present. It’s great for budding archaeologists. Other favourites are The Big Earth Book and Dinosaur Atlas, which has fold-out maps and liftable flaps.
This is an innovative roll up dry-erase board and placemat in one. It comes with two dry-erase crayons already, and a cleaning cloth, so can be used straight away. The other side is a a wipeable placemat so it’s great for taking out and about with you and keeping children entertained during meals. As well as in pink, it also comes in red and blue. You can use any dry-erase crayon or marker with it. There’s also a little pouch to store the crayons, pens and cloth. You can buy it from Keeping Bizzy and from Amazon. It retails at £9.99.
The Smelly Sprout Sticker Activity Book and Teddy Christmas are just two of the charmingly illustrated books by Allan Plenderleith. The Smelly Sprout Sticker Activity Book has loads to do inside, from puzzles, games, join-the-dots, and colouring pages to a tasty recipe. It also of course has sticker pages. The variety will keep kids entertained for hours. Teddy Christmas is a very sweet Christmas story about a lonely bear looking for love and a new owner at Christmas. Funny and touching at the same time, it’ll be a perfect Christmas Eve read for little ones. Available at all good book stores and from Amazon.
These balloons will be a huge hit on Christmas morning, and not just with kids. The Elf Buddy (RRP £19.99) is made from latex and foil balloons stands about 1 metre high. The “Ho Ho Ho!” balloon bouquet (RRP £17.99) is a great festive centrepiece on your Christmas table, and floats neatly in shape for several days. This is Christmas decor that kids will love.
Densters would have been invaluable to me and my two brothers back in the day because we loved building dens out of sofa cushions and blankets. Finding easy ways to support our secret hideouts wasn’t easy, so these would have been much loved. Densters are unique pegs, all in the shape of characters (who all have their own story). They can be used to clip sheets to curtain poles, shelves, windows, under doors and to other sheets, to name just a few ways to use them. Kids will be able to create the den of their dreams quickly and easily (and without damaging anything!). Designed in London, they’re washable food grade silicone rubber, and BPA & Phthalate free. Available from the Kidesign website.
I hope you enjoyed my ideas for Christmas gifts for kids.
This beautiful rose gold bow, and the lilac Christmas decorations are from Home Bargains, by the way.
Which gifts do you have your eye on?
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