Gifted¦ Christmas really is just around the corner and gift buying is in full swing! It can be difficult to know what to buy children, so here’s some inspiration for boys and girls of all ages and something to suit all budgets!
Lego City Wildlife Rescue Operation
There is so much to play with and so much attention to detail with this lovely set! The helicopter is so cool with its rotating propellers, winch and cargo bay. There’s a vehicle with tracks, cargo space and a hoist chain too too. These are perfect for rescuing animals in hard to reach places when you’ve pulled the lever to use the landslide function! Once the animals are rescued, they can be taken to the veterinary station and nursed back to health. Animals included are an elephant and its super cute calf, a crocodile and 2 monkeys. It also comes with 4 Lego people.
It has 525 pieces and is targeted at children age 6 and above. My 5 year old needed quite a lot of help to follow the instructions to build it all, but loves playing with it! I love the attention to detail from the magnifying glass, to the baby crocodile’s eye peeking out of the egg! I think any child would be happy to receive this as a gift this Christmas and will have hours of fun!
Lego City Wildlife Rescue Operation has a RRP of £74.99 and is available from all good toy retailers.
Toys for children change over the decades, but the classics always remain. What child doesn’t have fun with magnets? Made of high quality, sustainably sourced wood these magnets come in a wooden box with two compartments. One contains brightly coloured upper case letters, the other has lower case letters. Whether it’s the alphabet they want to arrange or words, children will have fun and learn at the same time!
These magnetic letters are available at Jaques of London for £9.99
Luminosity Knitted Hat & Gloves
Keeping cosy in the cold weather is a must! These gloves and hats from Regatta are fleece lined, so they do just that. They’re hard wearing and come in several colours. Perhaps best of all though, is that there is reflective thread knitted into them! This isn’t something I’ve seen before, but it works so well and looks good too. As soon as any light shines onto them, they become really reflective.
Perfect for making sure that drivers can see your child cross the road on the dark winter morning and evening school runs.
These hats and gloves come in three sizes: 4-6 years, 7-10 years and 11-13 years. They each have a RRP of £20, but are currently reduced to £9.95 so grab yourself a bargain!
Paw Patrol Ryder’s Alphabet Pad
If anything is going to get children to learn their alphabet and phonetics, it’s probably Paw Patrol! This alphabet pad is aged 3+ and I’d say it’s probably best for 3-5 year olds. There are 5 different activities which promote learning at the same time as having fun with all your child’s favourite Paw Patrol characters! Importantly, it is in a British accent (so no having to explain that we don’t say “zee” when you get to the letter Z!)
Ryder’s alphabet pad has a RRP of £18.99 and is available at all good retailers. At the time of writing, it’s £14.99 on Amazon.
Globber Elite Prime Foldable Scooter
This brilliant scooter has battery-free LED wheels and an LED front deck vibration sensor which children will love! It folds effortlessly in a unique way to this scooter. What with its great folding and light weight, it is perfect for taking on the school run! It also has a patented steering lock button. Therefore, you can make it so that the front and back wheels only go backwards and forwards, helping your child to develop their gross and fine motor skills. This will ensure that they can learn to balance and turn at their own speed. This function would have been great for Autumn when she was younger!
However, there is plenty of room to grow. It has an adjustable handlebar and can be used from the ages of 3 to around 9. Although, it has a maximum rider weight of 50kg, so technically I can ride it too! It is built very sturdily and I adore the metallic paint.
The Globber Elite Prime Foldable Scooter with LED wheels is available at Skates.co.uk in deep pink, red or lime green for £94.95 with free delivery. However, if you’re quick you can snap it up at a Black Friday price of £54.95!
Mud & Bloom Box
Mud & Bloom boxes are so much fun and a perfect way to get children having fun in nature. Aimed at 3-8 year olds, they arrive at the beginning of each month. Their website sums up the contents very well:
“Each box includes everything you need for four seasonal gardening and nature craft activities along with nature news, spotting activities and games to teach children about animals, plants, insects, birds and the seasons.
Our seeds are certified organic and biodynamic wherever possible. We also provide organic peat free compost pellets in each box so you can get planting immediately.
Activities have been created by qualified teachers and support the national curriculum with influence from Forest School, Steiner and Montessori education.”
I highly recommend them! In our November box we received the following:
- Nature news
- Dip your own wax leaves
- Grow your own irises
- Forage for horse chestnuts
- Make your own autumn nature transparencies
- Make your own nature peg toys
- Grow your own lemon balm
- Mushroom and toadstool spotter
- November’s quiz
Pretty much everything you need is in the box! It’s one of the best subscription boxes I’ve ever seen and is truly one of the best types of presents – a gift that keeps on giving. You can buy a one-off box or buy a 3, 6 or 12 month gift subscription at Mud & Bloom starting from £13.95 for a single box.
Last, but by all means not least, add some Christmas cheer to a child’s room for years to come with this fun and vibrant cotton-blend Winter Wonderland duvet set! Available in cot bed or single size, it is very soft and washes really well. It can be tumble dried (woohoo!) and doesn’t need much ironing (although in all honesty ours hasn’t met an iron yet!)
Santa, his reindeer, elves and snowmen are all so cute. Autumn absolutely loves having it on her bed. It’s making her even more excited for Christmas than she even was!
The Winter Wonderland single duvet set is available from Bloomsbury Mill for £14.99.
Looking for baby gifts? Check out my baby gift guide here.
Disclosure: We were gifted samples of each of these products in exchange for a review and, upon my approval, listing in this gift guide. As always, all views and opinions are honest and my own.