The ultimate children’s Christmas gift guide

Someone tell Santa! From a miniature music studio for aspiring singers to a tablet PARENTS can control – FEMAIL picks out this year’s best Christmas presents for kids (with prices starting at just £6)

  • FEMAIL picks out a selection of this year’s best gift ideas from the UK High Street and online for children
  • From a £6 memory game to a lavish Barbie Dreamhouse, there’s something to suit all budgets
  • Top picks include Amazon’s Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet with parental controls and Playmobil’s aquarium

Christmas is all about the children – watching their faces light up as they open their gifts on December 25th.

But getting those all-important presents right can be difficult, especially when you need to stick to a budget. 

Luckily there’s plenty of choice on offer including a Smiggle DIY lip balm kit, or a cute walk along puppy on a remote controlled leash – both for just £12.

Or if you’re looking to splash out, a thrilling 8mph ride-on toy that will set you back £180 will definitely create a stir on Christmas morning. 

Here, FEMAIL rounds up the best festive gifts for children of all ages – including toys that won’t break the bank.

UNDER £50 

Put your brain to the test with this geometric animals mini memory match game, which includes 12 pairs of furry favourites for you to match. 2+  

Give an educational gift that kids will love this Christmas. This wooden clock features 12 wooden blocks in different shapes for little hands to fit into the right slot. 1+  

Most kids want a dog for Christmas, so give them this cute version instead. It has a remote control leash so it can be walked, and it barks and wags its tail with excitement – and you won’t need to clean up after it! 3+ 

These charming personalised children’s books are a wonderful keepsake. From the Elf Who Saved Christmas, to The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name, these stories will keep little ones entertained, especially as they, and their family, are featured as the main characters.  

Stick these colourful, sticky bricks together to build houses, cars, planes and anything else little ones can imagine. For 18 months and over.  

This gift teaches toddlers all about colour, shapes, counting and seasons. Each of the toddler puzzles has 24 sturdy, big pieces that are easy for little fingers to put together and to take apart. Age 2+  

Just the thing for your tiny popstar, songy the singer records their voice and turns it into a song so they can dance along with the bright lights. 3+  

This projector works with smartphones to bring children’s books to life. It clips on to your device and uses flashlight to project vibrant storybook images onto any surface while displaying the text and playing sound effects. 3+  

This is a fun way for little ones to learn their ABCs. Press on the 26 bright letter keys to hear their letter name and sound. And there are six instrument buttons for extra sounds, plus easy spellings. 2+  

Never let your child lose their comforter again with this super-soft joey that features a child-friendly trackable device.  

Craft glitter butterflies and other decorations with this colourful creative set that features airbrush effects – and the box doubles up as an easel. For 6+.  

Choose from navy or pink and let little ones splash in muddle puddles in style in these cute wellies, which comes with a cream, pink or grey sock. The natural rubber boots can also be personalised, making for a lovely gift. 

Twinning is winning! Mums and dads can surprise the kids with matching festive PJs this Christmas. They’re made from organic cotton, sport a festive design AND can be personalised. 

He may have a poisonous wart at the end of his nose, but all Julia Donaldson fans will love their own soft version of the Gruffalo from Aurora. 

This colourful, big microscope is perfect for early biological investigations. The 72 slide images give kids a lot of things to investigate. 4+  

This beautiful book makes for a very special keepsake. Charles van Sandwyk’s delightful tales are accompanied by charming illustrations – and are brought together for the first time by The Folio Society.  

As well as having a fun ride, kids can learn their ABCs, numbers and colours on this interactive gift. The unicorn senses movement and realistic sounds as well as melodies are active when the child rocks. 12m+  

Print out credit-card size images instantly on this portable device which doesn’t require batteries. You can even add filters and remove red eye before printing. 

With panoramic windows, this 40x43x16cm Playmobil aquarium will open up the underwater world. Fill it with water and let little ones aged 5+ play with the sea lions, fish and people while learning about sea life.  

A perfect gift for fans of heritage toys, this restaurant – complete with staircase and awnings – serves the finest food in town, created by the Chocolate Rabbit Father who is the head chef. There’s also a kitchen unit and table and chairs – as well as a chef’s white hat.  

This is the gift that keeps giving. A 12-month subscription costs just £10 per month, and delivers books, cuddly toys, handmade puzzles as well as personalised notes and special surprises throughout the year. 

This kit is ideal for creative kids who love to experiment with beauty, mix together your own flavoured lip balms, with all the ingredients you need inside for strawberry, grape & tutti-frutti 

Allow your child the opportunity to experiment with their style with this headband kit. Transform plain headbands into works of art! Includes everything you need to design 6 unique headbands! 

A spectacular full-colour illustrated edition of J.K. Rowling’s fairytale classic with breathtaking drawings by Chris Riddell. The fully-illustrated edition of this essential classic for Harry Potter fans is translated from the runes by Hermione Granger. The volume includes The Tale of the Three Brothers, which Harry Potter readers will know forms a crucial role in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  

Carddies are retro sets of card people who live in a box for boys and girls to colour in and bring to life through imaginative play and story-telling.  Each Carddies set contains 12 double-sided, hand-drawn characters made of premium card, 12 high quality colouring pencils, and 12 plastic stands. 

This is great for giving children the gift of choice, and is designed to avoid the awkward Santa conversation. It can be spent in over 55,000 stores nationwide, including Hamleys and the Early Learning Centre, or used towards Virgin Experience Days or Vue Cinema tickets. Can be loaded with any amount from £10 to £400.


Let little ones look after this Baby Annabell featuring eye and mouth movement. The doll can also wet its nappy and use the potty – so great for toilet training – and cries tears, burps, yawns and falls asleep. Age 3+. 

Take the hassle out of Christmas shopping and let someone else do it instead. Pick and theme, then handpicked products – including books, games, toys – arrive beautifully wrapped, and ready to pop into your child’s stocking. 

Wrap littled ones up in style when it’s cold outside. This adorable knit dress features a striped motif in winter berry shades, and looks perfect with warm tights.  

This cute bedside light will make going to sleep fun for little ones. It goes from white to red and has a sunset fade setting so children won’t realise it’s getting darker. And it has low-blue light, to avoid stimulation.  

Kids can feed Spirit the horse carrots and he’ll ‘eat’ them with a realistic mouth and jaw movement. While Lucy comes dress to ride, and has poseable arms and legs so she can be moved into fun action poses.  

This shimmering sequin cardi takes any outfit up a notch. Great to either top off a party look on a cold winter’s night or with a pair of jeans and T-shirt.  

This nifty gadget lets kids learn how to draw via a projector with a step-by-step guide. They can trace letters and numbers or even family photos you upload via a free app. 

More than 50 activities with sounds and special effects. 

This adorable teddy bear has been made from upcycled offcuts in the softest organic cotton fabric from the the limited edition Vild Lab No.6 VILD x PUSS PUSS wild kitten print collection. Handmade in London – each teddy bear is unique.

The ’60s are back! This replica is the coolest ride this winter. It has forward function, and an LED front light – this high quality, feature packed ride on will make every ride a new adventure for your little one. 3+  

Engage and inspire young learners in with coding robot, Botley, which is easy to use with a remote control. Children can make it move forwards, backwards, right and left. And it can also detect and avoid objects with my smart logic.   

Give the kids a way to burn off all those extra festive calories even when the weather outside is awful, with this colourful trampoline. Perfect for indoor use, it will keep them entertained and make sure they sleep well on Christmas night. And it folds up so easy to store. 4+ 

This kids’ tablet comes with a two-year worry-free guarantee, so if they break the screen, it’ll be fixed for free. Let little ones surf the web, while you have peace of mind, with flexible parental controls.  


Mini people will look like tiny grown-ups in this cotton navy blazer featuring brass buttons. It has lots of pockets – including a hidden one – perfect for storing treasures.   

Scrap the push chair and instead take little ones out in this fold-up trike, which can also be carried onto planes as hand luggage. Suitable from 10 months, the trike, which folds up at the click of a button, transitions into a bike for three-year-olds – making it great value for money.  

Over £100 

Choose from lots of child-friendly experiences – including family royal afternoon tea at The Rubens in London. Guests are served a very regal afternoon tea in the Palace Lounge – overlooking the Buckingham Palace Mews. The voucher is for two adults and two children.  

This Trybike is the first 2-in-1 balance bike made of steel. The bike can be converted from a tricycle into a bicycle in a few simple steps – and looks super stylish too. 1+ 

This 1-2-3 isofix car seat is suitable from nine months up to 12 years – and won’t break the bank either. It’s stylish and offers advanced safety performance featuers. Comes with isofix connected and sun visors.  

Make the weekly shop fun with this checkout featuring an electronic conveyor belt, cash register (that takes cash and card) scanner and aisle light. Scan more than 35 food items or log into one of four game modes with a tablet via an app.  

This thrilling ride-on lets big kids travel just over 7mph. Gas and brake pedals all the rider to control the speed, and kids will learn how to manoeuvre around obstacles with the unique steering technique (lean left and right to do quick turns). After about 60 minutes, you’ll simply need to plug in the included charger to recharge. 6+  

This huge (3ftx4ft) dolls house features three storeys, eight rooms – including a home office – furniture, lights and sounds, and a swimming pool with a slide from the floor above. As well as encouraging storytelling, little ones (3+) can let their imaginations run wild. It comes with 70 pieces and promises hours of fun.  

Purchase a Water Babies swimming course for a family or friend’s baby this Christmas and spread the joy of water confidence and safety. Starting from as young as new-borns, search for your nearest Water Babies office and book a class at your nearest swimming pool. From £150 for a 10-week course.


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