Kids & Craft Christmas Gift Guide 2017

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Kids & Craft Christmas Gift Guide 2017

Julia Paddon selects her favourite kids’ gifts and craft items for Christmas 2017…

Active Kids

christmas gift guide kids and craft 2017 go-kart

  1. Introduce your child to the thrill of motor-sport in this fun go-kart from MINI. The kart features an adjustable moulded seat, a sporty steering wheel with integrated horn and a handbrake for added safety.
    JCW Go-Kart, £160 – shop.mini.co.uk.
  2. For boys and girls, this striking skateboard brings a neat twist to the popular Pyro range and is a great, hard-wearing place to start for future skating kings and queens.
    Enuff Pyro Fade Complete Skateboard, £49.95 – skates.co.uk.
  3. Wicked has a huge range of Boomerangs and, in these winter months, the Night Booma will prove a hit for those looking to get outside after school.
    Night Booma, £9.99 from Smyths.
  4. One of this Christmas’s must-haves, Boppin’ Bugz carry a motion sensor on their back, meaning they can detect movement to deviously dive, dodge and deny you the chance to give them a bop and make them stop. Great fun for smaller children.
    Boppin’ Bugz, £12.99 – JMLdirect.com.

Baby Fun

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  1. The Silver Cross Pioneer 5-in-1 Dolls’ Pram from Play Like Mum is carefully designed to mimic the grown-up model and is available in Vintage Pink or Special Edition Eton Grey. Suitable for ages 4-7, free next day delivery to mainland UK is included if ordered before 4pm.
    Silver Cross Pioneer 5-in-1 Dolls Pram by Play Like Mum, £59.99 – playlikemum.com.
  2. A multi-functional play gym that grows with your little one. A play gym becomes a teepee, which becomes a crawl tunnel. Four hanging toys and a large-mirrored mobile engage newborns and infants with overhead discovery and lay n’ play fun.
    Infantino Grow with Me Playtime Gym Teepee, £89.99 – mothercare.com.

Tech ‘n’ Cuddles

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  1. Great for kids (or big kids), the transformation RS X Man remote control robot car will keep them entertained for hours, as it offers two toys in one. The car is easy to manoeuvre and has flashing blue headlights when in motion and can be transformed into a robot. Comes complete with a rechargeable battery, which can be charged via a USB lead.
    RS X Man Transformer 2 in 1 Rastar Remote Control Toy, £39.99 – buydirect4u.co.uk.
  2. The newest addition to the LeapPad family, LeapPad Ultimate comes with access to a learning library of over 800 games, apps and more, all designed or approved by LeapFrog educators, whilst kid friendly web browser “LeapSearch” lets them explore the online content they love.
    LeapPad Ultimate, £109.99 – leapfrog.com.
  3. A classic, home-spun look for the cutest bobble hat in town, for kids or grown-ups.
    Naz Fair Isle Knit Bobble Hat Pumpkin, £12 from Weird Fish.
  4. Created by bear enthusiasts, Charlie Bears  have their own unique characteristics, extra special touches and hand-embroidered finishes. From cuddly creatures to fairytale favourites, each huggable bear has a name to fit his or her features.
    Wide range available from Stonegate in North Yorkshire – stonegateteddybears.co.uk.
  5. This snuggly, soft toddler towel stays soft however many times you wash it and is perfect for bedtime and dressing up.
    Cuddledry ‘Cuddle Roar’ £34.99 – cuddledry.com.

Xmas 2017

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  1. There’s a gorgeous collection of kids clothes at Frugi, including this adorable penguin jumper with button fastenings on the neck – everything’s organic too.
    Cosy Jumper, £26 – welovefrugi.com.
  2. The Mega Bounce XTR claims to be the bounciest little ball on the market, and after 5 minutes playing with it, it’s impossible to disagree – a great stocking filler.
    Mega Bounce XTR, £5.99 from Toys R Us.
  3. Playmags are magnetic building blocks that allow children to learn through play. Geometry, architecture and math combine in a fun and creative way.
    Playmags 100 Piece Super Set, £69.98 from Amazon.

Craft

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  1. Sumptuous collection of artistic tools and everything the budding artist will want from Winsor & Newton. The four drawing inks will help you experiment with colour and the high-quality acrylics will help you get painting straight away.
    Drawing Inks Kaleidoscope Gift Collection, £18, and Galeria Introductory Gift Collection, £43.50 – winsornewton.com.
  2. Kids will love this fun build-your-own colouring set from MINI. Be creative and design your own colourful MINI with stripes, stars, or zig zags. Pack includes three untreated A4 cards, and Stabilo crayons in five colours.
    MINI Colouring Set, £12 – shop.mini.co.uk.
  3. Pentel’s Dual Hybrid Metallic pens are great for older children. These gel pens produce a glittery, iridescent colour that reveals a different shade when you look at it from an alternative angle – so you can have two eye-catching colours in one pen that will shimmer and sparkle.
    Pack of 8 Hybrid Dual Metallics, £19.92.
  4. UGears construction kits don’t require any glue or special tools thanks to the patented wooden joints which allow people of all ages to build fabulous and stylish wooden models, while also learning about mechanics and physics.
    Truck UGM-11 by UGears, £64.99 – ugears.online.

One More?

christmas gift guide kids and craft 2017 ukelele

Ukeleles are becoming the go-to musical instrument to introduce children to music. This attractive spotty design should appeal to kids of all ages and there’s a strong, high-quality instrument for long-lasting enjoyment.
Confetti Ukelele, £28 – kidly.co.uk.

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