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This year has been tough on everyone, but especially for our children. Here are some ideas for Christmas gifts for kids aged 4 to 14 for a bit of escapism, fun or to let off some steam.
BTW if you are looking for other 2020 gift guides head over HERE
Let’s kick off with a selection of books…
Books have been a life saver for us during lockdown, here are a few fab ones:
The Bear in the Stars & Blue Planet II
The Bear in the Stars by Alexis Snell
Aimed at age 4 plus £12.99 from bookshops & Amazon, a stunning, lyrical fable that celebrates the wonders of the natural world, and an original, uplifting response to the issue of climate change. THE BEAR IN THE STARS, is the first picture book by debut author-illustrator Alexis Snell.
Blue Planet II by Leisa Stewart-Sharpe
£14.99 available from bookshops and Amazon, for ages child to adult. With a foreword from Sir David Attenborough, BLUE PLANET II is full of the incredible stories we first watched in the landmark BBC Blue Planet II TV series, re imagined and brought to life with stunning illustrations, alongside exciting facts and surprises.
Did you know that 71% of the Earth is covered by ocean? Or that the Atolla jellyfish has a built-in burglar alarm which flashes lights when under attack? Or even that there is a kelp dwelling Weedy Sea Dragon who is a master of disguise?
With stories from The Deep, the inhabitants of the Big Blue oceanic outback, and explorations in to the curious world of our coasts, BLUE PLANET II will fascinate and excite this Christmas
Mug the Wumph the Dancing Wizard by Nicola J Rowley
The magical adventure for 7-12-year-old’s is aimed at encouraging boys and girls to become effective leaders of tomorrow. The wizarding character of Mug the Wumph was created for the Author by her dad when she was just nine.
The story is told from the perspective of 12-year-old Minty Taylor and encourages readers to explore the importance of good communication, trusting your intuition, and responding to, rather than just reacting to situations.
Available from Amazon
The Tower Bridge Cat The Tower Bridge Cat & The Baby Whale
Aimed at primary school children or pre schoolers as a bedtime story, RRP £6.99 each or both for £12 from The Tower Bridge Shop
The Tower Bridge Cat: It is the Queen’s birthday and the crowds are gathering at Tower Bridge. All of a sudden Bella the Tower Bridge Cat notices something is WRONG! Can she save the day?
Follow the adventures of The Tower Bridge Cat in this exciting children’s storybook inspired by the true story of a London bus jumping over the Bridge in 1952.
The Tower Bridge Cat & The Baby Whale: The fictional feline friend residing in London favourite’s landmark, Bella the Bridge Master’s Cat, returns as the star in a new adventure storybook set at Tower Bridge.
All seems to be well at Tower Bridge as everyone prepares for an exciting day with an aerial stunt show from Maya the Flyer. Suddenly Bella notices an unexpected visitor, a lost baby whale!
A Really Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson.
Age 9 plus RRP £20 available form bookshops and Amazon. Ever wondered how we got from nothing to something? Or thought about how we can weigh the earth? Or wanted to reach the edge of the universe? Uncover the mysteries of time, space and life on earth in this extraordinary book – a journey from the centre of the planet to the dawn of the dinosaurs, and everything in between. And discover our own incredible journey, from single cell to civilisation, including the brilliant (and sometimes very bizarre) scientists who helped us find out the how and why.
Kay’s Anatomy – Adam Kay & The Puffin Book of Big Dreams
Kay’s Anatomy by Adam Kay. Illustrated by Henry Paker Aged 8 plus £14.99 available from bookshops and Amazon
Do you ever think about your body and how it all works? Like really properly think about it? The human body is extraordinary and fascinating and, well… pretty weird. Yours is weird, mine is weird, your maths teacher’s is even weirder. This book is going to tell you what’s actually going on in there, and answer the really important questions. So sit back, relax, put on some rubber gloves, and let a doctor take you on a poo- and puke filled tour of your insides. Welcome to Kay’s Anatomy. You can read our review of Kay’s Anatomy here.
The Puffin Book of Big Dreams, aged 5 plus £14.99 available from bookshops and Amazon
Stories to spark your imagination – a celebratory collection of stories, poems and illustrations to mark Puffin’s 80th birthday. Perfect for reading aloud or reading independently at bedtime, this wonderful collection features brand new stories, poems and illustrations from well-loved and exciting new Puffin talent including Jacqueline Wilson, Malorie Blackman, Anne Fine, Jamie Littler, Jeremy Strong, Tom Fletcher, Sam Copeland, Ed Vere, Nadia Shireen and many, more!
One Hundred Steps: The Story of Captain Tom Moore
One Hundred Steps is a heart-warming story about adventure, family and never giving up, exemplified by Captain Tom as he takes us through key moments in his incredible life! From his early childhood, through to his service in World War Two, his huge Guinness World Record breaking achievement of raising the largest sum ever for an individual charity walk (over £39 million) and his subsequent Knighthood.
Full of positive messages, it’s the perfect story for parents and grandparents to give children hope this Christmas and also a lovely keepsake item!
RRP £12.99 currently on sale for £8.39 on Amazon and available from all good book shops
Photo personalised books featuring your child from www.itsyourstory.co.uk
These books are truly delightful and start at £19.50. We were sent two, both were personalised with each childs name and their photo throughout the story. For Christmas choose from:
Keeping with stories but for something a bit different:
My Fabulous Storyteller from lunii
The child-sized, interactive story creator is the perfect Christmas gift for children aged 3-8 years old. Little hands can easily use the device to select different characters, settings and objects to create their own, unique story which is then told to them through the My Fabulous Storyteller device.
The fun and engaging audio experience provides young minds a chance to step away from screen-time while learning about the exciting world around them and progressing key academic skills.
The My Fabulous Storyteller retails at £69.90 RRP and can be purchased at through Amazon, Harrods, in store at Selfridges.
Cuddly Toys and Plushies for Children Large & Small
Lincoln the T Rex from Gund
Gund is a firm family favourite. Little L has a very special elephant made by Gund so he will love Lincoln the T-Rex.
GUND is proud to present Lincoln- a friendly green T-Rex with a dino-sized smile! This plush features a super soft body, triangle teeth, and a contemporary design that’s sure to please dinosaur lovers of all ages! Height: 30.5cm.
RRP £25.00 from Gund
Baby Shark: Mummy Shark Musical Puppet and Baby Shark Sound Cube
Your favorite Baby Shark character is now available as an interactive puppet! Move the mouth of your Mummy or Daddy Shark puppet to hear the entire Baby Shark song. Change the speed of the Baby Shark song by moving the mouth faster or slower!
RRP £20 Available from Smyths toys and Amazon
Baby Shark Sound Cube, also available Mummy and Daddy Shark. Squeeze him to hear the Baby Shark tune.
RRP £5.99 from Smyths, or the family of 3 £14.99 from Amazon
Snax The Sloth
Meet Snax! Our favourite sleepy sloth and cuddly friend!
My name is Snax. I live in New York City. Living life in the fast lane is tough when you are a sloth, as I do everything very slowly. I love to hang out, SLEEP and I even talk. Talk to me and I will talk back to you… very slowly. I also have really long arms that can bend and hold onto just about anything and give the best cuddles!
Snax the Sloth RRP £29.99 available from Smyths
Science Mad Rock Tumbler
Polish rocks to create semi-precious gemstones. Learn about the exciting hobby of rock tumbling with this set. Includes all the accessories you¿ll need to start polishing dazzling gems. Use the included ring fastenings to create beautiful homemade jewellery! Rock tumbling is a fun activity for children of all ages and promotes an interest in geology and science.
Ages 9 to 12 RRP £39.99 available from Very, currently on sale £29.99 from Amazon
Rainbow Painter from Buzz
Let children get creative with this rainbow painter. The kit includes a paint tray, 6 interchangeable and fast drying watercolours, 6 non-drip foam brushes and a bonus mega brush. All packaged in a portable art case. The paint is both non-toxic and washable.
Suitable for all ages RRP £25.00 currently on sale for £15 from www.buzzretail.co.uk
Little Brian Paint Sticks
Contains 30 assorted Paint Sticks in all the colours available, 12 Classic, 12 Metallic and 6 Day Glow colours. Shaped like a 30cm tall yellow Paint Stick, the Giant Stick it’s perfect for children to store their Paint Sticks, unleash their creativity and quickly tidy up again.
RRP £17.99 from Amazon
As always Smiggle has loads of gifts for all ages to suit all pockets. Pictured are:
Smiggle Happy Bento Box: This bento lunchbox has four compartments and is perfect for storing your favourite snacks. The size is perfect for school lunches and it fits into our double decker lunchboxes, square lunchboxes, and our compact lunchboxes! Little L uses this daily and it’s fab. RRP £25.00
Smiggle Splash Speaker: This bluetooth shower speaker from Smiggle has excellent sound quality, is very easy to use, and includes a USB charging cable. Bluetooth & rechargeable battery RRP £20.00
Smiggle Create Your Own Transfers: Add some flair to your style with Smiggle’s create your own transfer! decorate your books or arms with our pre-coloured transfers or make your own. Includes: transfers, adhesive stencils, paint, paintbrush. RRP £12.00
Smiggle Fashion Stationery Kit (Football) includes: 1 x A4 Notebook, 1 x Novelty Pen, 4 x Highlighters, 5 x Greylead Pencils, 8 x Gel pens, 1 x 30cm Ruler, 1 x Sharpener, 1 x Eraser RRP £19.00
Time to play!
Playmobil is a firm favourite in our house with the kids and parents alike. With collaborations such as Ghostbusters and Scooby-Doo there is something for everyone. Recently Playmobil added Novelmore:
The legendary world of knights, sorcerers and villains.
An ancient prophecy is about to be fulfilled.
Can you help save Novelmore?
There are two large castles/fortresses available, along with a variety of quirky, medieval type characters, animals, vehciles and landscapes. There is even a Novelmore YouTube series that our kids love with new episodes released on a Friday.
As always with Playmobil there is something to suit every pocket with prcies starting from £2.50 for a figure up to £179.99 for the Grand Castle of Novelmore.
Ricky Zoom Speed & Stunt Playset from Tomy
Load Ricky into the super launcher and watch him zoom into action. Then add the adjustable track for more zoomtastic play fun from the ‘Super Race’, a straight-line speed dash , to the ‘Super Jump’ where Ricky can be launched up ramp to fly through the hoop and hit the target.
Speed and excitement are always high on the agenda for Ricky Zoom and this new launch lets children have a slice of the action from home.
Age 3+ RRP £19.99 from Amazon
Charlie the Tiger Headphones from Planet Buddies
Charlie the Tiger headphones designed with a furry headband with animal print and ears so that children can get into character. The headphones have soft padded earcups for maximum comfort and are equipped with two 3.5mm jack ports so you can connect any second pair of wired headphones and share what you’re listening to!
Age 3+ Price: £19.99 available from Planet Buddies & Amazon
Melissa & Doug Sandwich Counter
Little L loves pretend play, especially if it involves food!
Create piled-high sandwiches, made to order with this wooden sandwich counter play set with all the fixin’s! The sturdy wooden deli counter includes a play meat and cheese slicer for the wooden play food, and felt sandwich roll and toppings to create sandwiches ordered from the menu.
There is a wooden dressing bottle, play snacks, and a cup with drink insert to round out meals that customers can pay for with the included play money! An illustrated guide helps with sandwich prep and shows kids how to use the slicer. All 52 pieces store in the sandwich counter for easy cleanup. It’s a deliciously fun way to encourage counting, sorting, and fine motor skills, as well as imaginative play and storytelling.
Age 3+ RRP £39.99 available form Argos and Amazon
Thunder Jet X from Buzz Retail
The Thunder Jet X is a large plane (it really is quite a size!), made of foam and capable of flying up vertically. It has a 2.4 GHz remote control that gives a very long control range. It can be used indoors and out. The Thunder Jet has 3 different speeds: low, medium and high, to control the speed of flight, 6 axis gyro which gives a stable control and the ability to make a 360 degrees flip in the air.
Age 8+ RRP £70 currently on sale for £50 from www.buzzretail.co.uk
Screwball Scramble Level 2 – Tomy
If you’re in search for a game that will keep the kids entertained for hours, look no further that the newly launched Screwball Scramble Level 2 – a topsy-turvy crazy maze.
Featuring ten new obstacles and fun surprises, this game is certain to challenge kids’ skill, patience, and dexterity as they steer their ball through the tabletop board.
The sequel to the classic game of Screwball Scramble, Screwball Scramble Level 2 also connects to the original game to form one giant maze with a bridge attachment, perfect for those wanting to enjoy hours of fun this festive period.
Ages 5+ RRP £22.99 available from Smyths, Argos & Amazon
FartBuster is the gross, farting reaction game! Follow the farts, find the sequence and avoid the poop! Pull FartBusters arms and see if you can repeat the sequence. Includes 3 game modes, light up arms and hundreds of silly fart sounds.
Ages 6+ RRP £15.00 available from Argos, Smyths and Amazon
Drone Home is the first ever game to feature a real drone! Enjoy this fast-paced kids’ action game where there is a race to save your aliens and get them to safety. The race is on to launch each of your aliens down the ramp and into the drone. Once an alien is inside the drone, it will lift off and the alien can flee to safety. But watch out! Whilst you are waiting for the drone to lift off, other players can sabotage your mission by knocking your alien out with their own! The goal is to be the first to get all your aliens safely home.
Ages 6+ RRP £19.99 Available from Argos, Smyths and Amazon
Air ball from Buzz Retail
A floating ball that can be played at any surface: wooden floor, laminate, marble or even a thin carpet. The ball creates an air bubble underneath it so it’s actually hovering over the ground. A fun toy for all the family together without breaking all the house!
RRP £30 currently on sale for £15 from www.buzzretail.co.uk
We are huge fans of Wicked Toys in this house. As well as these mentioned we can recommend the Indoor Booma (I am pretty good with this and you really can use it indoors) the UKick and the Jump Rope…
SKY SPINNER ULTRA LED Trick Disc: The original, ground breaking, hand-propelled spinning trick disk has been updated with an extended spin time of up to four minutes and three multicolour LEDS. Featuring a super-high-speed ball-bearing for incredible spin speeds of up to 500 revs per minute, kids can create stunning light effects as they learn to master an awesome array of over 30 tricks and stunts. Available in Red, Blue and Yellow. Ages 3+ £15.00
MEGA BOUNCE XTR: Up there with the world’s very bounciest balls, the Mega Bounce XTR bounces at 85% of its original dropped height! That’s compared to a basketball’s measly 56%! Throw it as hard as you possibly can and watch in awe as it soars higher than a two-storey building! Now that is MEGA! Available in red, blue and yellow. Ages 3+ £6
DUNCAN PULSE YO-YO: A twist on a retro classic, adults can teach kids a trick or two with this unique, high-quality, perfectly balanced, light up yo-yo with high-speed ball-bearing axle. Equipped with new lighting technology to create a fantastic show of colour changing lights and patterns! Ages 6+ RRP £10
MICROJET: The NEW Microjet is a boomerang stunt plane which returns to your hand every time. With a range of up to four metres, simply adjust the flaps and wing tips to change the flight. Choose from short, high and arching; long and super smooth; or a death-defying loop-the-loop! Comes with a sticker sheet for customisation plus a miniature runway to perfect your landing skills. Ages 3+ £5
All Wicked Toys are available directly from www.wickedmania.com & Amazon
Nerf Bunkr Challenger Pack
Create your Gamefield Zones with 3 piece of urban themed items: Jumbo Tyre, Oil Barrel and Cargo Crate. Each item features large 3-way valves for easy inflation & deflation. Integrated ammo cache and stability system for outdoor play. Includes Bunkr Game Cards to extend and enhance game play & team challenges!
Ages 8+ RRP £29.99 available from Amazon
The Light Spinner is an easy-to-control UFO toy that lights up and glides through the air in a spinning motion. It is controlled by a hand-held remote control that can move your LED spinner up and down, just like a small remote control helicopter, however the design is much lighter and easier to store.
It comes with a USB cable for easy and convenient charging, to ensure the Light Spinner is always ready to take off. With its stable performance and LED lights , this remote controlled UFO will provide hours of fun for any remote control enthusiast young or old.
RRP £30 currently on sale for £20 from www.buzzretail.co.uk
Top Trumps – Marvel
All the greatest Marvel characters, and some lesser known heroes and villains, make up this brand new Top Trumps pack. Great heroes from stories like Guardians of the Galaxy, the Avengers, Ant-Man and Spiderman as well as their nemeses are together at last!
Age 6+ £4.99 from Winning Moves & Amazon
Pass the Pugs
A pair of pugs in the palm of your hand. What are you going to do with them? Roll them like doggy dice of course! How the hairy hounds land will determine if you are Top Dog or the runt of the litter! Will you find Puppy Love, Play Dead or roll a Bummer? Only the Pugs can tell! Take a chance and roll the Pugs in this classic twist on the beloved family game, with Pass The Pugs. Score points according to how your Pugs land – will you get a Faceplant, a Snoozer or a Canine Combo?
These charming, detailed miniature pugs come in a handy carry case which also contains a rulebook, a scorepad and 2 pencils for keeping track of all your tricks. Whether you’re staying at home, on the move or looking for a way to pass the time with friends and family, you can’t go wrong with this hilarious twist on Pass the Pigs. Easy to pick up but tricky to master, everyone will be eagerly awaiting their turn. So go on – Pass the Pugs!
Age 6+ £9.99 from Winning Moves & Amazon
Last but certainly not least…
Gaming for kids
We are lucky enough to have a Nintendo Switch, the family clubbed together to get it and a few games for Big L last year. I thought I would put together a few of the games he, Little L and we enjoy playing:
These are all affiliate links for Amazon but are available elsewhere:
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a great game, I have just started playing it myself. It’s 12+ but Big L is loving it and he’s 9.
Minecraft – we all play Minecraft together, I pay on my phone while Big L plays on the Switch and Little L (4) plays on a tablet. You can also play online with friends and create realms together.
Mario Kart 8 – it turns out I’m quite good at Mario Kart. Who knew? It’s great fun for all the family and I expect we’ll play a bit on Christmas Day!
The next few games are from Outright Games who I have enjoyed working with on several ocassions this year:
Available on Switch/Xbox/PS4/Steam age 7+
Full Single Player Campaign with Arcade Co-op, play as famous Autobots & Decepticons such as Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron and Starscream each with unique abilities & transformations.
Available on Switch/Xbox/PS4/Steam age 3+
All 8 playable pups with unique super power abilities, 7 action-packed main missions featuring iconic locations from the show as well as 6 side missions, with 4 mini-games (including Pup Pup Boogie) and couch co-op.
Available on Switch/Xbox/PS4/Steam age 7+
Get ready to transform into powerful aliens to battle enemies, solve puzzles and freely explore an exciting 3D world and team up with Kevin Levin in local drop-in, drop-out cooperative play.
Available on Switch/Xbox/PS4/Steam age 3+
Help Giganto unblock the volcano by completing tasks and puzzles throughout the game and unlocking races to get to the next level, featuring open world environments, 6 unique levels and 4 player offline multiplayer.
Available on Switch/Xbox/PS4/Steam age 7+
Based on the DreamWorks Netflix series by Guillermo del Toro, the game features voice talent from the TV series including Emile Hirsch, Charlie Saxton, David Bradley and Lexi Medrano and 1-2 player couch co-op.
Switch age 7+
Unleash the full power of the Zoids and experience spectacular mecha combat, with anime graphics faithful to the series, full Single Player Battle Story Mode and spectacular 1V1 Battles.
Switch/Xbox/PS4/Steam age 3+
Play as Ryan and an expanded roster of friends, with 12 new USA-themed drivers and join them on the open road for an American truck tour, featuring 4 new circuits as exciting and colourful as a kid’s imagination.
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