Christmas Gift Guide for Children 2020
For most of us, 2020 will be a year we’d like to consign to the dustbin of history – and for children, it must have been especially strange, with school closures, few days out and limited visits from friends and family. And as we wait to hear what restrictions will be in place on December 25th, it’s clear this Christmas will be like no other.
With that in mind, Julia Paddon attempts to put a smile back on the little ones’ faces with a gift guide that ticks all the boxes – online ordering essential. And it starts, naturally, with a massive pink unicorn…
BRIO Smart Tech Sound Action Tunnel Circle Set
This interactive wooden railway puts children firmly in control of the fun! They can record their owns sounds directly into the Record & Play Engine and hear them play out whenever the train passes under the special Sound Tunnel – so, if they want their train to give a Moo Moo instead of a Toot Toot, no problem! Children can also place the other Action Tunnel to make the train reverse too. Compatible with all BRIO railway sets.
GraviTrax Pro Vertical Starter Set
The award-winning interactive track system hits new heights this Christmas with GraviTrax Pro. Build exciting interactive ball track systems that are higher than ever and discover the power of gravity, kinetics and magnetism as you attempt to get your ball to end of your track. Suitable for age 8 and up.
The VTech Hop-a-Roo Kangaroo is a fun and interactive learning toy! This adorable Kangaroo hops across the floor and encourages your little one to move with them. The cute phrases, kissing button and pouch button introduce your little one to nurturing role play. The put-and-take pouch allows you to take the cute Joey in and out and use him to interact with his mummy. The sing-along songs encourage your little one to join in with a stop and start game. There are 2 buttons on the kangaroo’s paws that introduce fun facts, numbers, phrases and sounds. Includes 3 sing-along songs and 10 melodies.
Clementoni Interactive Ride On Unicorn
A 3-in-1 activity centre that teaches ABCs, numbers, colours and more. The Unicorn senses movement, activating realistic sounds and melodies when the child rocks and rides
Clementoni/Science Museum Mio The Robot
Firstly, assemble the robot. Then infrared sensors means Mio will avoid obstacles and follow your hand movements. Use the microphone to command or manually programme a route. Marker and magnet holder allows Mio to draw or search for things to pick up. Free app to teach children principles of coding.
£29.99, Smyths, B&M, Home Bargains
Touch & Learn Activity Desk
Four-in-one desk features writing pad, desk, blackboard and art station! Desk includes an interactive desktop, stylus and 4 double-sided touch pages that teach letters, numbers, music, colours and more. It also transforms from a desk into an easel and blackboard with plenty of storage for art supplies. The interactive LED display teaches letter and number stroke order. Includes fun toy phone and music player for more fun.
Preschoolers will have lots of fun while they learn with this game. Using the included dough, children can complete activities and pictures by moulding the dough to the cards. A great activity for fostering fine motor skills as well as introducing numbers, letters and more. Suitable from age 3 years.
National Geo Geodes Dig Kit
Take your child on an educational adventure filled with excitement and discovery with these STEM educational kits. Choose from Dino, Bug, Shark. Gemstone and Geodes Dig Kits, or Build Your Own Volcano and Ultimate Play Sand.
£9.99, Age 8+, Argos, Very, Amazon, Smyths
Sleep Aids & Night Lights
The Shnuggle Moonlight
Dual Parent and Child modes provide a comforting light from those newborn night feeds to a soothing bedside light for your child as they grow. With carry strap, temperature dock and sleep friendly glow
You can never go wrong with the gift of sleep for Christmas. ewan the Dream sheep makes the perfect gift for baby’s first Christmas. It is no surprise really given its intelligent featuresincluding the MoonMode smartCRY, that ensures ewan automatically activates when baby stirs in the night! Also, the latest model features a new shushing sound!
Perfect Penguin Lamp
This super-cute penguin character lamp from children’s bedroom specialists, Room to Grow, is the perfect bedtime companion for little ones. With its soft warm glow, this safe LED light comes complete with a cable and switch, making it the perfect nightlight for your little treasure this Christmas.
Recreates soothing vibrations that are known to send babies to sleep. Simply place Zed on the mattress by baby’s feet and press the snooze button. Finely tuned vibrations ripple through the mattress and generate soothing sounds, comforting baby and encouraging deep sleep.
£29.99, use from birth, rockitrocker.com
Frugi Adventure Backpack
Frugi’s Adventurers Back-Packs are made from 100% recycled plastic. The main pocket fits A4 books and other essentials, and it has adjustable chest and shoulder straps, a padded back for extra comfort, and two stretchy side pockets. It takes seven plastic bottles to make one Adventurers Backpack. Personalise it for an extra £5.
Designed to allow independent feeding, little ones can tuck into their sprouts on Xmas day and feel ‘grown up’. Doddl comes in bright, kid friendly colours with sets for babies and toddlers.
Marvel Villainous: Infinite Power
This strategy game will see you attempt to dominate the Marvel universe as an iconic comic book villain. Choose to embody Thanos, Hela, Ultron, Killmonger or Taskmaster and then move to different locations in your domain, all the while dealing twists of fate to your opponents from a shared fate deck. This game is designed for players aged 12 years to adult.
Minecraft: Builders & Biomes
Digital world meets analogue in this Minecraft game for the tabletop. Just like in the video game hit, in this game players collect rare blocks and build spectacular structures. They need to beware of the dangerous mobs and scheming opponents though. The most clever and courageous crafter will win. A great game for fans of Minecraft and tabletop enthusiasts alike. Suitable for ages 10 years to adult.
Turbo Force Racers
Create your own super cool track set! Cool Turbo Force Racers track set can be re-configured into 4 different combinations; 2 epic racer circuits or 2 cool stunt tracks! Race Track comes complete with a Turbo Force Racer & Turbo Station wristband letting you race straight out of the box!
Superthings Power Band
Move between the 4 different characters and activate the 3 sounds per character to feel like a Kaboom City superhero or supervillain. Surprise everyone with a flick of the wrist and the sounds of your Power Band Watch. Now more than ever, Kaboom City is in your hands! Includes Power Band + 1 exclusive Enigma figurine.
£15, Age 4+, thetoyshop.com
Boom City Racers Firework Factory
Fire up for some action with three explosive ways to play – take on the Mega Boom challenge, the 2 Player FAST BLAST challenge or go head to head on the Double Trouble Ramp Jump for some BANG-ON racing fun!
£29.99, Age 4+, thetoyshop.com
Don’t Tip the Waiter Stacking Game
Get points by stacking as many cups, bowls and bottles on the waiter, just don’t tip him and lose.
Marvin’s Most Treasured Tricks – Wooden Set
Created by leading magician Marvin Berglas, the kit has everything you’ll need to have hours of fun, learning and performing your own magic tricks.
Timber Tots Magic Tree
This nostalgic Treehouse for action-packed for animal antics. There are two character figures included for little ones to get started. Jump in the lift to reach the upper level, play on the swing, head to the garage to wash the car or take a nap in the secret bush. The Treehouse closes for practical storage and transportation and a carry handle allows children to take their favourite playset wherever they go.
£39.99, 18mths, very.co.uk
Lazy Baby T-Shirts
The perfect gift for any family of winter sport enthusiasts, Lazy Baby’s best-selling Can’t Ski/Snowboard yet collection will have little ones looking in the part in no time! Sustainably sourced and screen printed in Devon, the 100% fairly trade organic brushed cotton long sleeved t-shirts are soft against little one’s skin and perfect for layering during the colder weather. Featuring an envelope neck for easy dressing and screen-printed witty slogan, the fun t-shirts are sure to become a favourite in little ones winter wardrobe.
Kit & Kin Hat and Blanket Bundle
The chunky knit hat and blanket bundle from Kit & Kin is the perfect gift for babies this festive season. Breathable and durable, the soft cotton hat features the most adorable bunny ears for extra cuteness and handmade side ties for added practicality, while the luxurious blanket is super snuggly on baby’s delicate skin. Made from sustainable 100% organic cotton, it is an essential for snuggles around the tree this Christmas!
Planet Buddies Headphones
The DIY headphones allow your kiddies to get creative with 24-character cards and 4 crayons to customise and change their design, they are child safe limited to 85 decibels. Accompanied by an eco-friendly travel case, the headphones are foldable and portable in design allowing for easy transportation.
Polarn O. Pyret Matching Pyjamas
For the family that likes to twin at Christmas … Matching PJ’s are essential for Christmas morning, and Scandi born brand, Polarn O. Pyret, has got you covered. The iconic clothing brand with a truly ethical mindset has some gorgeous cosy pyjamas for the smallest members of the family, to the oldest! New for this year is the limited edition green striped PJs with golden cuffs – a truly festive set available in sizes for the whole family!
Welcome to the tree house! It’s time to explore! Come and meet the ZoomiZooz, friendly, collectable animal characters that tumble, wobble, bounce and roll around! Your child will love tumbling the Zoomizooz down the spiral tree truck track, watching them roll and spin down the rope bridge and moving up and down on the lift, there’s even a trap door so they can zoom around in different directions! Place the 4 exclusive animal characters on the Magic ZoomiZone which will magically recognise them and introduce their names and fun characteristics!
Get ready to sass it up with the latest dancing craze! Meet Ali, the alpaca and Flossi, the flamingo who are brimming with attitude and sass! Each Sassimal comes with two fun modes: talk back and dance! Press the microphone on Ali and Flossi’s foot for talkback – they will repeat what you say in a silly, sassy voice as their neck wiggles around. Press the music note on their feet to hear three exclusive Sassimals songs! Watch as their neck dances and wildly wiggles.
Sylvanian Families Adventure Tree House
Swing from the treetops with the Sylvanian Families Adventure Tree House! Complete with a log flume slide, your Sylvanians will have all the fun this autumn, being at one with nature. Climb the tallest tree, admire the views from the lookout – the fun never stops!
Pop-Up Peekaboo! Penguin
This wintry pop-up peekaboo book follows Polly Penguin as she searches for Charlie Chick. The lively, read-aloud rhymes encourage literacy and early learning.
£6.99, Ages 0-5, dk.com
Where Are You Tiger?
Take a trip to the leafy, steamy jungle and say hello to elephants and orangutans in their natural habitat. But what’s that stripy flash in the undergrowth? Unlike other touch and feel books, Where
Are You? Tiger is plastic-free. It is made from responsibly-sourced cardboard and everything in the book is completely recyclable.
£7.99, Ages 0-5, dk.com
If You See A Lion
A devious and poorly disguised Lion tells the reader about a story that used to be in this book until a lion ate it all. While he talks, a brave rabbit tries to confront him. Can one brave little rabbit save all the storybook characters?
One World, Many Colours
A lyrical celebration of the vibrant colours waiting to be found in all corners of the world, from the ice-white plains of Antarctica to the soft pink blossoms of the Japanese countryside.
The Book of Mythical Beasts and Magical Creatures
Enter the enchanting world of mythical creatures and explore the history behind them in this beautifully illustrated compendium for kids.
My Encyclopaedia of Very Important Adventures
Take a dive into the great unknown and go on a daring journey across land, sea, and sky as you explore the highest mountains, deepest oceans, and everything in between. On your journey you’ll travel through time visiting the workshops, labs, and studios of history’s most important minds, and meet inventors, explorers, pirates, daredevils, and more.
£14.99, Ages 7+, dk.com
Atlas of Record-Breaking Adventures
Come face-to-face with the biggest, toughest, oldest and most unmissable wonders on Earth in Atlas of Record-Breaking Adventures, the sixth and latest in the bestselling series.
71% of our planet is covered by ocean. It’s home to the greatest diversity of life on Earth but is our least explored habitat: with so much to discover, from sea otters to humpback whales, dive in to the wonders of the earth’s oceans with this intricately illustrated and highly informative book accompanying the BBC series.
The Mysteries of the Universe
From planets and asteroids to black holes and galaxies, every page of this treasury will captivate young readers as they journey through the vastness of the Universe.
The Visual Encyclopedia
And finally, packed with carefully curated content, the pages of this illustrated encyclopedia are visually stunning, designed especially to be accessible and illuminating for all the family. The Visual Encyclopedia is a comprehensive guide to the fields of science, nature, space, history, the arts, technology, and more.