I always find it exciting buying gifts for children and love picking out presents for my niece and nephews. Imagining the excitement and the look on their face when they open the present and the hours of fun they will have playing with it. There’s a phenomenal amount of toys on the market which can make it difficult when trying to separate the good from the bad. This gift guide has items for the younger members of the family right up to early teens, for both boys and girls so if you’re stuck for ideas you should find some inspiration below.
Tablets are a popular choice for children at Christmas, but it can be a minefield choosing the right one. If you have a child between the age of 3 and 9 why not invest in a tablet that will grow with them. The LeapPad Platinum is LeapFrogs biggest and best tablet yet. It’s kid-safe, kid-tough, kid-smart and packed full of great features. It has a 7″ multi-touch screen with a sharp display, a front and rear facing camera, is Wi-Fi enable so children can access the kid-safe web, has a battery life of 5+hours and a shatter-safe screen with wrap around bumper making it the toughest LeapPad tablet yet. The tablet comes with 10 apps and 6 Imagicard cards to get children started, with over 1,000 games and apps (sold separately) there’s plenty to keep children engaged and entertained. Thanks to the clever parental controls you don’t need to worry about how long they spend playing on the tablet as you can set a password protected timer, you can also manage Wi-Fi activity, app purchases and more. As well as being a great source of fun the tablet also provides great educational values too. The LeapPad Platinum is available in purple or green.
Imagicard cards are a first of it’s kind digital and physical learning experience for children. Simply snap a picture of the Imagicard and the character and learning are magically brought to life. The interactive collectable cards are a great educational tool and feature a range of top licensed characters. Initial releases for the Imagicard range includes LeapFrog Letter Factory which is aimed at children aged 4 to 7, Paw Patrol for ages 3 to 5 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for ages 5 to 8. Each Imagicard set contains 30+ collectable cards, included in the set is a handy tin to keep the cards safely tucked away until they are ready to be used, there’s also a play mat for card sorting and learning activities. Imagicards are a fantastic addition to the LeapFrog range and really help bring fun and learning to life and capture children’s imagination. Imagicard cards work on all LeapPad tablets, excluding LeapPad 1.
Top of a lot of children (and adults) Christmas list this year is Disney infinity 3.0. Play Without Limits. Disney Infinity brings you into the game and lets you Play your way! You can choose to explore open world creation in the Toy Box or choose story driven game play inside Play Set. The Star Wars Starter Pack is available to buy for PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and Xbox One. The pack includes the game disc, Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano character figures, one playset item, a web card and the Disney Infinity Base. This is the perfect gift for someone who hasn’t experienced Disney Infinity previously as it contains everything needed to get started.
Young Disney princess fans can enjoy hours of imaginative fun with the Sofia The First Royal Castle play set. This is the perfect present for little ones who love Disney Princesses. Explore the castle with Sofia the First, Princess Amber and Clover the rabbit. The easy to build set is aimed at children aged 2 to 5 years, it has a revolving dance floor, staircase and annex. There’s also a whole host of exciting accessories which includes golden magic wands, sleeping blankets, treasure chest, jewel brick and crest, chandelier and window-decorated bricks. Children can re-enact their favourite scenes from the show or make up their own royal adventures.
This fun and exciting game took the internet by storm this year when a video of a family enjoying the game went viral. Since then it has been a much sought after toy and has been hard to come by. It’s also topped to be one of this years most asked for gifts thanks the the cute and hilarious video. It’s a simple game so everyone can get involved and have fun, all you need is the game and a can of whipped cream. Spray the whipped cream onto the hand and take it in turns to test your nerve and see if you will end up with a face full of cream! The game is sure to have everyone laughing by the end.
Little one’s love playing peek-a-boo and who better to play it with than their favourite In The Night Garden character Igglepiggle. Press Igglepiggles belly and he will cover his eyes ready for a game of peek-a-boo. Igglepiggle plays familiar sounds that children will recognise from the popular children’s show In The Night Garden, he also carries his iconic red blanket. Made with a super soft material Igglepiggle is huggably soft and makes the perfect bedtime companion. The perfect gift for any In The Night Garden fan.
Every year new items come onto the market that capture the imagination of children and has them all chorusing ‘I want that’. This year a new product to hit the market that’s causing quite a stir is the Hover Ball from JML. Hover Ball is the magic floating football that lets you bring the fun of football indoors. Made from soft foam it gently bounces off of walls, furniture and skirting boards without any damage or marks. It works on most indoor flooring and is available in pink, blue or green. Perfect for keeping children entertained no matter the weather.
Dexter the Digger is a colourful, friendly digger that was created with little hands in mind. Perfect for young children who like imaginative play. Dexter is friction driven, has realistic engine sounds and has a moveable mechanical arm which is easy for little hands to operate. Use the drivers hand to open the secret WOW button which when pressed reveals a secret engine compartment where tools are stored to help with any building jobs. Dexter comes complete with a removable driver and 3 rattling boulders for hours of construction fun. You will also be pleased to know that Dexter doesn’t require any batteries.
If it’s stocking filler toys you’re looking for WOW Toys have a great selection available. If your little one is a fan of bath time they will love Fireboat Felix. Children can rush to the rescue with fire fighter Tom, fill the boat with water then press the turtle button to quirt water from the four powerful water jets. The set includes a Fireboat and Tom the fire fighter who can be used with other WOW Toys. Other popular stocking filler toys include Georges Dragon Tale, Dynamite Daisy, Fireball Frankie and many more.
If you have a young child who loves magic they’re sure to love the Gee Whizz Magic set from Drummond Park. The set is perfect for children aged 5 years and over, it contains a whole host of amazing magic trick props that will help even the littlest Houdini fan become a master at magic. The tricks are easy for younger children to master and they can have hours of fun amazing family and friends with their optical illusions and magic tricks.
What gift is top of your children’s Christmas list this year?