Last week I shared my recommendations for things you might like to ask for for yourself this Christmas and today I’m sharing my gift guide for kids with some of the coolest things to pop under the Christmas tree this year. I always like to get my kids a mixture of the things they’ve told me they really, really want as well as the things I actually know they’ll use. I don’t do the four gift rule but I do like to try and find things that I think my kids will really get some use out of! There’s affiliate links in this post and some of these items were gifted to me so that I could check them out and review them but I’ve only included stuff I’d genuinely give my children as well as stuff that I know they already love.
Cool Christmas Gifts for Kids
Maped Color’peps Superhero paints
As you can imagine we do a lot of painting round here but I actually struggle quite a bit to find paints that I like and, annoyingly, some of the kids ones we’ve used before have even stained my clothes. I love the new Superhero paints from Maped and my kids love the fun packaging of them as well. There’s loads of colours but the paints aren’t too big which means they don’t take up loads of storage space (always an issue!) I love that the paints include a little guide on the back to show how to mix different shades which fascinated my kids and most importantly they’re washable which makes me very happy! You can check out the ready to use paints here and the watercolour pallette here.
The Mini Hornit has to be the most fun bike horn I’ve ever seen and I couldn’t resist trying it out myself as soon as I saw it, it’s that kind of present! The Mini Hornit clips on to children’s bikes and scooters and has twenty five different sounds as well as green and white lights. If one of your New Years resolutions is to get the family outside more then this is a great way to encourage your kids out as riding a bike or a scooter with the Mini Hornit on it makes it a load more fun! The horn can work from a remote trigger so there’s no need to take hands off the handlebars and the noises include a bike bell, train, aeroplane, horse and what I’m sure will be a most kids favourites, burps and farts. You can find out more about the Mini Hornit here.
Roald Dahl My Golden Ticket Book
I honestly can’t remember the last time I was as excited about a children’s book as I am about the My Golden Ticket book! Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was the bedtime read round our house last month and my son fell in love with the film too – who doesn’t love Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?! What My Golden Ticket does is take Roald Dahl’s story and personalises it for your child, but instead of just plonking your kids name down every few paragraphs this book is properly personalised with their very own Wonka bar design and flavours inspired by their name. The illustrations are gorgeous too so it’s very much a book to savour and keep. You can find out more about it on their website and type in your child’s name to preview their story which is pretty cool (I just previewed mine and loved it and I’m 38!)
One of my son’s goals for this year was to learn to skateboard so this gorgeous skateboard from skates.co.uk has been perfect. Unlike some of the kids skateboards you see in the shops this one is the the proper size for a kid – we’d tried the tiny boards out before and just been left deflated and fed up. Instead a quick look on the site made me realise we needed to get something more suitable for my son’s age and this mini skateboard was the perfect fit for him. The design is great, the board arrives ready assembled and it’s a great way to get your kids enthused about going outside for some fun. You can see all of the skateboards in their range here.
Playmags are one of my absolute favourite things my kids have ever owned and are one of my go-to’s when things get a bit hectic round here! Playmags are building blocks with magnetic strips along each side meaning that they are super easy for kids to build with. What I love about them is that they’re super easy for kids to learn how to use them, so my four year old can build something as well as her older brother and they’re a great way to encourage creativity – many is the time I’ve found them together building a soft play model or a hotel for their toys. When they have playdates they’re also one of the toys I encourage the kids to get out most often as they’re always popular and a great way to get the kids to sit down for a little while. Playmags are available from RRP £19.99 at Amazon or for details visit www.playmags.com
I’m a huge fan of Orchard Toys and I know that my kids are too as over the last couple of years we’ve grown quite a collection of them. This game is suitable for kids aged 4 to 8 and helps kids to develop hand eye coordination as well as counting skills while they have fun playing. With it’s fun 3D tree Cheeky Monkeys feels different to more traditional games and it’s a great way to keep the kids entertained during the days when it’s a bit to wet to go out to play. Cheeky Monkeys is available at RRP £9.50 from Orchard Toys and
Between nursery, swimming lessons and weekends away my kids backpacks get a lot of use and I know that they love to have their favourite characters on them! We’re big fans of the Twirlywoos so this bag featuring Great BigHoo, Toodloo, Chickedy, Chick and Peekaboo is perfect. What’s more it has two side pockets that are perfect for popping drinks or stray dolls in as well as an extra pocket on the front meaning it’s super practical too. You can find out more about this bag and buy it here.
Naissance Make Your Own Bath Bomb Kit
I previously shared how much I’ve been loving Naissance’s organic beauty box so I’ve been super excited to take a look at their bath bomb kits. These kits are the perfect way for kids to make their own bathbombs with some adult supervision, meaning they get a fun bathtime too! the geranium and lemon essential oils make for a gorgeous uplifting smell and as the kit is cruelty free, vegan friendly and has no parabens or microbeads it’s perfect for environmentally conscious kids too.
BrainBox Roald Dahl
As you can probably tell by now we are all huge Roald Dahl fans so this BrainBox game will be the perfect excuse for a bit of family time over the Christmas holidays. The game is designed to help children improve their observation and memory skills and features The BFG, Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Different levels mean that it’s easy for kids and adults to play together so this would be a great addition for a family games night too! BrainBox games are available at RRP £11.99 from all good toy stores. Join the BrainBox Club, find out your BrainBox personality or invent your own game, see the Young Games Inventor Competition at www.greenboardgames.com or
JoJo Maman Bebe Girls’ Robin Cashmere Mix Cardigan
I absolutely adore this girls cardigan from JoJo Maman Bebe and only wish they made one in my size too! The cashmere in it makes this beautiful cardigan super soft too but it’s still machine washable making it perfect for kids. I adore this as unlike traditional Christmas jumpers I know it’s the kind of thing that my daughter would wear all year (we have pet robins in the garden she adores) so it’s a Christmas gift that will last all year as well as looking super cute on the big day. You can check out this robin cardigan here.
Disney Guess the Film Game
Over the last year we’ve started watching more Disney films together as a family so this fun Disney Guess the Film game is the perfect way to test our knowledge! Each player takes their turn to roll the dice and open the window with the matching colour to the dice. The coloured window reveals part of an image from an Disney film, and you to guess which film the image is from. You can find out more about the game and buy a copy here.
Bruno The Bear Bubbles
These bear shaped bubbles are beyond cute and I want some for myself! Made by dotcomgiftshop I think that these are the perfect addition to any Christmas stocking, after all who doesn’t like bubbles?! They sell very cute panda, bunny and cat versions too which would be great for party bags as well. You can buy Bruno the Bear bubbles here.
We’re huge fans of star gazing and planet spotting so this beautifully illustrated astronomy kaleidoscope from Dotcomgiftshop is the perfect stocking filler or extra little treat to pop under the tree. It also comes in monsters of the world, circus and creatures of the world designs and you can check it out here.
Design Your Own Superhero Comic Book
How cool is this book?! Both of my kids are superhero crazy so even though it’s suitable for 7 to 12 year olds I’m seriously cotemplating having to buy a copy for each of us! Activities include designing a superhero by adding costumes, special skills, powers and weapons, creating a logo for your superhero, thinking about character development and writing stories for them to star in and as the book contains templates a love of superheros is more important than artistic skills. This book looks like it’s selling out quickly but you can get a copy here now.
Which of these do you think your kids would enjoy the most?