Kids Gifts

You’ve probably already been served with a vast list for Santa Claus if you have little ones in your life – if not, here are our top picks of toys and treats that will delight the under-6s.

 

Educational and lots of fun, this huge cloth map has 65 motifs to help little ones learn about the world around them. £99, Conran Shop

 

This box of tricks has fun toys for boys (and girls) including a brilliant balloon fuelled wooden boat, juggling balls, a glider plane and playing cards. £16.99, Selfridges

  

While you may not have the balloon modelling skills of Vince Vaughn in The Wedding Crashers you will certainly get lots of practice with this kit from Wild & Wolf, which should keep kids entertained for, ooh, at least an hour. It contains a pump, 32 balloons and eye stickers for your modelled animals. £8.95, Selfridges

 

Not only is the Micro scooter now a playground must-have, it also comes in evermore brilliant colour-ways like this candy coloured number. £59.95, Micro Scooter

  

This may look like an unappealing hunk of plastic but this easy to use badge maker will delight all kids – you can badge practically anything from magazine cuttings to your own drawings. £19.58, Amazon

 

This pretty wood and metal xylophone has a song-book full of easy songs. £16.95, Rockett St George

  

Playing shop has never been so chic with this portable bakery crammed with cakes, breads and pastries. It even comes with gift boxes and a chalk board to write up daily specials. £75, Lula Sapphire

 

Every kid needs a hide-out and they don’t get much cooler than this canvas wig-wam which can be used indoors or outside. £69, Not On The High Street

 

Brio’s adorable wooden train set includes a farm track with wooden animals, hayloft and a wagon. £35, Liberty

 

This is the kind of thing you visit Hamley’s for; hugely entertaining, a little bit noisy and lots of fun, this giant piano mat is perfect for kids big and small. £50, Hamleys

 

 

We love this sweet, interactive book by Marion Deuchars, who illustrates how to create amazing pictures using only fingers and ink. £7.16, Amazon

 

 

The classic space hopper was introduced in the 1960s – now it’s back and this one comes with a very useful foot-pump too.£19.95, Rockett St George

 

Kids love tattoos and these eight colourful animal hands are amongst our favorites, and cheap enough to buy as a fun stocking filler. £4.40, Amazon

 

You may think this robotic fish sounds ridiculous but they are spookily realistic and great fun. £10, Selfridges 

 

Even google eyed, couch-potato kids can’t resist weirdly addictive spinning tops. We love this trad metal one. £19.95, Conran Shop

 

 

These eco paper shapes make good stocking fillers – you can paint them, glue them, glitter them and make paper garlands too. Perfect for busy little hands. £4, ecopapershapes

— Helen
20th November 2013