Oh to be a kid again! There are so many toys I remember playing with in my childhood that are making a comeback and are proving just as popular the second time round. I love having nephews and a niece to buy for, although with so many toys in the market it can be hard to find ones that are suitable in age and that they will play with and not leave to gather dust in a corner (kids will be kids!). I have put together a kids gift guide which includes some top toys for 2014 which will hopefully provide you with some helpful gift inspiration. Most of the gifts are suitable from around 5 years +
Vtech Kidizoom Smart Watch
Vtech are well know and loved by parents and children alike. This year one of Vtech’s top Christmas toys is the Kidizoom Smart Watch which is suitable for ages 5-12. Children will have hours of fun with the 8-in-1 watch which is full of great features. There’s a camera for taking photos and videos, a fun voice recording feature with funny voice changing effects, fun games to play, and your little one can learn to tell the time using the digital or analogue clock. The 128mb of internal memory can store up to 900 photos or 15 minutes of video. The Smart Watch is available in 3 colours, white, blue and pink. Available from all good toy stockists with an RRP of £39.99.
Robo Fish Aquarium Limited Edition Play Set
If you haven’t heard of Robo Fish where have you been? Robo Fish took the toy world by storm when they swam into our homes. Lifelike robotic fish which can swim in different directions and are entertaining to watch. This is a limited edition set which includes 1x Robo Fish, a fish bowl, a castle, 2x coral reefs, a fishing net and 6 batteries – the perfect set to introduce your little one to Robo Fish. The fish are water activated so simply fill the bowl with water, drop the fish in and watch them go. The Robo Fish Aquarium Play Set is available from Amazon, currently priced at £12.50 with free delivery.
Hexbug Nano Hurricane
First there were Hexbugs, amazing little bugs that captured the imagination of children everywhere. NOW, there are Nano V2 bugs which are capable of climbing vertically in their habitat, capable of moving upside down and even travelling around a loop. The Hurricane set lets children customise the design and layout of the multi-level habitat. The Nano V2 Hurricane set is available from Amazon and good toy stockists. The set is currently reduced to £24.99 on Amazon.
Pokemon Battle Ready Pikachu
If you have a Pokemon mad child in your life then the Pokemon Battle Ready Pikachu is guaranteed to put a smile on their face this Christmas. Get ready for battle action! Pikachu fires foam disks up to 10 metres from the floor, a table top or even from sat on the shoulder thanks to the backpack harness. Pikachu also says over 7 fun phrases. Available from all good toy stockists. Pokemon Battle Ready Pikachu has an RRP of £29.99 but is currently available from Amazon for £18.99 with free delivery.
Crayola Glow Book
This is perfect for the little artist in your life, let them loose with their creativity with the fun Glow Book from Crayola. Create amazing glowing, moving, animated art with this easy to use book. Includes 6 glow marker pens and 4 removable clear drawing surfaces which wipe clean for never ending creativity. The Crayola Colour Explosion Glow Book has an rrp of 29.99 but is on offer for just £10.41 at Amazon.
Spot the Sillies – Pesky Pirates
Jigsaw puzzles make great gifts and this one has an extra element of fun! Building Jigsaws is great fun especially if it’s a Spot the Silliest jigsaw puzzle, once the puzzle is completed it’s time to Spot the Sillies. Throughout the puzzle there are 10 silly things hiding in the picture, can you spot them? From trainer wearing dinosaurs to parachuting pirates it’s sure to have everyone laughing and seeing who can spot the sillies first. Spot the Sillies – Pesky Pirates has an RRP of £8.99 and is available from good toy stockists nationwide, you can find your local stockist by visiting Gibson Games.
Domino Express Extreme
The Domino Express Extreme set (pictured) contains 180 dominoes for hours of fun domino action which will let little ones get creative and give them the ability to try different tracks and designs. This set includes 180 dominoes, flip up speed sections, rocket launch tower, marble run steps, plane launcher and an electronic auto dealer domino machine which lines the dominoes up for you. Available from all good toy stockists priced around £29.99.
Air Hogs RC – Zero Gravity Laser
Sure to be a hit this Christmas is the Air Hogs Zero Gravity Laser Car. The car features award-winning Wall Climber technology that allows the car to defy gravity. Shine the laser and watch the car follow closely behind, track the laser up the wall and amazingly the car will climb the wall after the laser, it can even travel upside down – now that’s impressive! Available from all good toy stockists priced around £29.99.
Personalised Animal Name Print
If you have a newborn or young child to buy for then this gorgeous name print from Getting Personal is a lovely gift and keepsake. Each letetr of the name is spelt out using a selection of hand illustrated letters and can also be accompanied by a special message. You can also select a mount colour to suit the area the print will be hung, you can choose from blue, red, green, Cream Dusty pink and purple. I think the fact no two letters in the name will be the same is a lovely touch. The finished product is professionally framed and ready to be hun in a nursery, bedroom or special room. Available from Getting Personal priced at £54.99.
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