Your kids are bound to have given you (or Santa) their Christmas wish lists already, but if you’re looking for a little inspiration for stocking fillers, take a look at our list.
Here are a range of action, creative, discovery and musical toys, games and crafts, plus cute clothing ideas, so we hope there’s something you like here. Even if these aren’t exactly what your children want, they may serve to stir up ideas. Follow the links and you’ll also be able to see a range of related products.
(OK, we cheated a little – some of the products are a little over £20, but they were just too cute or cool to leave out).
WOW Toys The Turbo Twins Friction Powered Racing Car Team – £10.99
2 x Friction-powered racing cars called the Turbo Twins, 2 x Boy and girl drivers called Simon and Vicki.
Science Museum My Mystery Mid Air Floating UFO – £10.99
My Mystery UFO lets you amaze your friends–their jaws will drop in disbelief and shock. Throw the Magic UFO like a flying disc, spin it like a top, and make it hover and float. There are no batteries or radio controls and it’s completely silent. The amazing effect sets up in under 15 seconds. Suitable for children over eight years old.
Great Gizmos Brush Robot – £12.99
Build a robot that scuttles along on a brush. Powered by rapid vibrations of its motor. Educational and fun. Requires two “AA” batteries (not included). For ages 8 and up (not suitable for children under 3).
Marbultopia Marble Run Build & Learn – £12.25
Create amazing marble towers and runs and have endless hours of fun. Teaches basic construction skills.
Dragster – £9.90
Four-wheel fiends will love the Dragster kits, guaranteed to show off some serious speed and antics and make fabulous gifts for children of all ages this Christmas.
Mookie Lunar Hero Radio Controlled Car – £19.99
A strong, fast stunt vehicle able to do 360 degree spins and fully controllable up to 10 metres away with the wireless remote control unit.
Xploderz X Stormer 575 – £20
Pump action character gun fires ammo up to 75 feet.
KRE-O Transformers Megatron Toy – £17.49
Build the ultimate Decepticon villain, Megatron, in vehicle or robot mode with this 2-in-1 set of 310 KRE-O construction pieces. Includes 4 Kreon figures: Megatron, Shockwave, Specialist and Police Officer. 2-in-1 KRE-O construction set lets you build Megatron as a robot figure or as a truck. In vehicle mode, up to 2 of your Kreon figures can ride inside the cab of the truck.
Mega Bloks Dump Truck – £9.99
Offers little builders’ hours of vehicle play fun. Combines cool, sturdy freewheeling dump truck with simple building. Comes with fun role-play construction worker figurine and Maxi bricks. Building preschoolers’ imagination.
BEABA Kid Cook Book – £9.90
Featuring 25 original recipes created especially for children by mum-of-three Virginie Michelin, the Kid Cook Book makes it easy to introduce children to nutritious and tasty meals that they will love.
Available from BEABA.com
Bob the Builder Wooden Playtray – £7.99
This 8 piece wooden playtray is a fantastic introduction to the world of puzzles for young ones aged 2 and older. This high quality, hand crafted wooden lift out playtray is an ideal puzzle for pre-school children. Each of the large, sturdy wooden pieces is fitted with a colourful knob for easy lifting, and the high quality materials ensure the playtray is durable and safe for your child. Our playtrays are a fun way to help develop the following pre-school skills; Character identification, Manual dexterity, Shape matching and Concentration.
Octonauts 3 in a Box Jigsaw Puzzles – £6.99
Young Octonauts fans will enjoy this set of 3 sturdy jigsaw puzzles. Each puzzle shows a different Octonauts design and features favourite characters from the hugely popular TV show. Characters are shown in some of the locations featured in the TV show, including inside and outside the Octopod, and out and about exploring in the Gup-A. Each of the designs has been created to ensure that each jigsaw delivers enough of a challenge and plenty of satisfaction when completed! Each puzzle is cut to a different number of pieces – 25, 36 or 49 pieces and is made in strong recycled board. The puzzles have a linen finish to help stop glare on the puzzle picture. Each puzzle measures 18 x 18cm when complete A great gift for Octonauts fans and those keen to develop their puzzle building skills. This would also be a good buy for someone with several children or a playgroup needing graded puzzles for different levels of puzzle-building skill.
Fireman Sam Training Tower Playset – £19.99
Help Sam to train aspiring fire fighters with the training tower playset. Beat the door down with the battering ram then use the ladders and water buckets to extinguish any fires! With Fireman Sam figure the set also includes 3 ladders, training dummy and stretcher. With smoke tunnel and real fire features!
Winnie The Pooh interactive Friend
This interactive cuddly toy is a child’s best friend, allowing them to role play by mirroring their own routines throughout the day with Pooh. With easy set up, adjustable to your own routines, Pooh will switch modes throughout the day and talk to your child with over 50 phrases including prompts to get him dressed, feed him and settle him down at bed-time. In play mode Pooh includes a hide and seek game and Pooh comes with his own Honey pot and spoon to feed with.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Colourfelt Play Board – £9.99
Children can bring the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar to life with their own hands as they build engaging scenes from the much-loved children’s book by Eric Carle. Watch the little caterpillar turn into a beautiful butterfly as he munches his way through all the food he finds on his big adventure. The soft felt pieces cling to the felt play board and can be used again and again for endless fun. The large 37 by 31 cm soft touch board comes with 31 Very Hungry Caterpillar felt pieces that Stick Like Magic. It all comes in a portable clear carry case so you can take it anywhere and tidy it all together when play time is over.
Clumsy Smurf Figure – £3.25
To mark the new Smurf film coming out in summer 2012.
The Gruffalo Magnetic Adventures – £8.99
Magnetic play set featuring all the characters from the much-loved story of The Gruffalo, stimulating creativity and imagination. Ages 3+.
Doctor Who Character Building the Time of Angels Mini Construction Playset
The Weeping Angels are back! Recreate scenes from Series 5 Episode 4 with this Time of Angels playset…the Doctor and Amy along with River Song went hunting for a solitary Angel but discovered an army of angels waiting for them! Highly detailed construction playset including a fully articulated Weeping Angel micro-figure. Suitable For Ages 5+.
Thomas and Friends Take-n-Play James – £6.99
James is a durable diecast TakenPlay engine that can connect to other TakenPlay engines and vehicles with easy connect magnets that connect either way.
Sylvanian Families Chocolate Labrador Family – £16.99
You’ll have to be an early riser to keep up with the Sylvanian Families Chocolate Labrador Family . Come rain or shine these hardworking pups are up at six every morning to tend to the crops on their farm. They’re the perfect team to take care of Highfields Farm, sold separately, and if they need an extra pair of paws to help there’s also the Sylvanian Families Chocolate Labrador Twins to collect.
2in1 Cosy Foot Muffs – £28.99
The Minene Innovative Cosy Foot Muff is designed to be used as a warm and snuggly foot muff and blanket in the Winter, the fleece blanket can then be zipped off and it can be used as a pushchair liner in the Summer.
It fits all standard pushchairs and is machine washable.
Available in 6 designs from minene.co.uk.
Mini Superheroes – from £16
Available in a range of designs for your 0-10 year-olds. Available from www.fabricflavours.com
Hama Night Life Glow Beads Gift Box – £10
A kit in a class of its own; brand new from Hama Beads in 2008, this kit showcases the new glow in the dark blue hama beads, alongside the established red and green glow beads. Teamed with the two most popular pegboards in the range, this is a fantastic first kit and perfect for a present or gift. Contains 2000 mixed glow beads, butterfly board, flower board, designs, instructions and ironing paper.
Great Gizmos – 4M Paint A Flower Pot – £7.99
Paint a terracotta pot and turn it into a piece of art! Grow your favourite flowers in it or make it as a gift for someone. Each kit contains two 8.75cm/3.5” terracotta pots along with paints and a paintbrush plus a colour mixing guide and painting ideas.
Gelarti – from £9.99
Winner of the Dream Toys Kids Choice Award, Gelarti lets girls create stickers with a difference. They can paint and decorate their own designs with glitter paint and sparkling gems to show off their individuality. The stickers are reusable again and again on any surface from notebooks to bedroom walls, so just paint, peel and decorate to express your style.
Charmies Magic Beader – £19.99
With the Charmies Magic Beader, £19.99, girls can thread beautiful designs in any combination of beads quickly and easily, like magic. Load the Magic Beader with the chosen Charmies, then simply twist to string pretty designs together.
Hello Kitty Cool Cardz – £19.99
Create high quality laminated cards with the safe and mess free cool laminating machine! This funky kit is great for invitations, club ID cards, secret messages, badges, and more! Cute Hello Kitty stamps and stickers are included to make cards look really funky and they can even be displayed in the Hello Kitty wallet.
Booster Cushion With Crayons – £22.99
These gorgeous booster cushions come with attached crayons & a coloring book to keep your toddler occupied. They are lightweight & compact making them ideal for home, eating out or traveling.
The cushion is designed for toddlers that can sit unaided at the table and comes with safety straps that fit most standard dining chairs.
The cover is easily removable and machine washable.
Available in 4 designs from minene.co.uk.
Letter Press Cookie Cutters – £12.95
These cookie cutters will help you bake cookies that really make a statement. Double sided, punch out the shape then turn them over to stamp the letter. The cookies look great either plain or iced.
The set contains all 26 letters plus an ampersand and an exclamation mark and is made from strong, durable food-safe plastic.
The cookie cutters are packed on reusable plastic storage trays and are supplied in an attractive full colour gift box.
Available from FollyHome.co.uk.
Meccano Set 1 Easy Construction Box – £17.99
100 parts in this Meccano construction starter kit, with tools and instructions included.
Geomag Colour Set – £19.99
Magnetic construction system. Colourful Red and Orange Rods. Chrome spheres. Instruction Booklet. Create and construct funky shapes with the 66 piece set.
Great Gizmos Zoob 55
A brilliant construction kit. Make thirteen ZOOB models which are interactive with the other ZOOB kits. Includes 55 ZOOB pieces. Budding engineers will no doubt come up with more ideas too! Suitable for children aged six and over
Happy Feet 2 Huggable Boadicea Soft Toy – £12.99
Happy Feet 2 huggable plush. Soft and cuddly Boadicea. 5 huggable buddies to collect. For ages 4+.
Vtech Kidiminiz Interactive Pet Puppy – £14.99
Cute interactive pets! Show the puppy its favourite food and it will follow it around, or clap your hands to make it sing and dance. You can also play great mini games. When one Kidiminiz pet meets another, they will talk, sing and dance with each other. Choose different eyes, noses and mouths to change its facial expressions. Can also be used as an alarm clock: set the time and wake up to jolly music. Recommended For Ages 3 years plus.
Animagic My Tender Care Twin Puppies – £19.99
Max and Mitzi are a pair of cute cuddly newborn twins who need all your love and care! Just like real twins they love being together but Mitzi whimpers foe her brother when they are apart. Check they are healthy by listening to their heartbeats with the stethoscope. When they are fit and well feed them with their bottle to hear them slurp happily! Ages 4+.
Moshi Monsters Talking Plush Katsuma Soft Toy – £13.50
Squeeze Moshi Monster’s tummy to hear him talk.
miYim Organic Toys
miYim are more than just playthings – they aim to teach values and environmental responsibility, all while touching the hearts of children through imagination. The beautiful range of organic toys are not only completely safe for your little one they will become their new best friend.
From the plush and knitted dolls to the animals and pram toys all the toys are made and filled with natural unprocessed, untreated, and unbleached cotton and are coloured with their PureWaterWash process using only plants and minerals, making them a safe alternative to toys made with environmentally damaging processes.
Available from www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk.
Balloon World balloon modelling kit – £5.49
Create your very own colourful balloon world, by inflating and twisting the modelling balloons. Once created decorate your models with eye stickers and ribbons to really bring them to life. Each kit contains a selection of balloons, a pump, eye stickers, ribbon and instructions. This is an ideal rainy day solo activity for children, or an innovative and fun way for you to enjoy spending time together. Suitable for children aged five years old and over. 4M specialise in quality arts and crafts kits, that encourage children to explore and enjoy traditional skills, whilst being creative and using their imaginations to have fun.
LeapFrog My Own Leaptop – £19.99
Personalise pretend computer play with My Own Leaptop. Choose and download songs for a custom playlist (Internet connection required). Choose from 8 email messages and personalise for your child to enjoy (Internet connection required). Explore the alphabet, pretend play, music, animals and computer literacy with 6 learning activity stations.
Vtech Disney Cars 2 Lightning McQueen Atlas Educational Electronic Toy – £17.99
Race map with membrane keyboard. Big McQueen button for fun phrases. 30 touch points to learn countries and cultures. 10 light-up LEDs on the World Grand Prix countries. 6 adventure activities including geography and languages.
Fact Finders 50cm Diameter Inflatable Mega Globe – £8.69
Fact Finders Inflatable Globe. 50cm inflatable political globe. Shows longitude and latitude lines. Includes fun educational game ideas for home and school. Perfect for learning whilst playing on the beach or in the garden.
LeapFrog Leapster Explorer Camera and Video Accessory – £14.99
Turn your Leapster Explorer handheld into a digital camera and video! Take pictures, record videos and edit your creations whilst learning all about reading, mathematics and science. You can also distort, add funny stamps and borders to your photos and then transport them into games or music videos! Features include: Camera/video – take pictures or shoot videos Video maestro – select a song and create your own music video Photo albums – create your very own photo gallery Fun lab – fun games and activities to play and you can even feature your photos in the games! Funimatic – tools, stamps, distortion effects and more to edit your photos Card creator – cut out photos and make your own postcards Story creator – create your very own story with the photos you take Appropriate for children ages 4 to 9 years. Only for use with the Leapster Explorer handheld.
Science Museum Hologram Chamber – £5.99
Drop in a penny piece or other object and watch in amazement as it magically appears to float above the surface of the chamber.
Science Museum Green Science – Dynamo Torch – £9.99
Turn a simple toy motor into a generator that converts hand motion into electrical energy. Powers a light bulb. No battery, no pollution, just amazement. The generator could be used as an awesome emergency torch. From the Science Museum range of products.
Kidz Labs – Solar System Planetarium Model – £10
Build your own glow in the dark solar system planetarium model of 30cm span. Assemble, paint and highlight it with glow effects. Watch it glow in the dark as in real Space. It’s an inspiring science craft. Suitable for children aged eight and over.
Science Museum – Dinorobot – Robot Making Kit – £9.99
Create Your Very Own Mechanical Moving Robot. Fun to Build. Easy to Assemble!It Roars when it Runs! It’s a cool scientific project!
Science Museum – Buzz Wire Kit – £9.99
Construct your own Buzz Wire and learn how to complete an electric circuit. Challenge your friends with the exciting Buzz Wire game. Move the wand along the Buzz Wire from one end to another. If the wand touches the wire the circuit is closed causing the buzzer to sound and the player is out of the game.
3D Solar System – £10.19
3D Solar System Glow in the Dark. 9 Snap together Planets& 200 Adhesive stars. Hang all 9 Planets from your Ceiling. Watch the Universe in the comfort of your own room.
Natural History Museum Pocket Monocular – £6.99
Like binoculars, but just one lens, so it’s compact enough to slip in a pocket or wear on wrist. It features spherical lens for high magnification (5x) and no image distortion and comes protected in tough casing. Easy-to-hold wrist strap. Measures just 4.1 x 3.5 x 2.8cm and comes with cleaning cloth.
Pampering Boutique – £24.99
Girls who have already experienced the award- winning Wild Science range from Interplay, including Perfume Laboratory, Luxury Soap Science and Bath Bomb Factory, will be eager to experiment with the new Wild Science for Girls kits this Christmas, such as the Pampering Boutique and Moisturising Laboratory which reveal the secrets of the science behind their favourite cosmetics.
Slime Laboratory – £14.45
Weird Slime Laboratory will have boys creating ‘rat gizzards in tadpole soup’, fake fish eggs and slimy snot to freak out their friends! This kit does exactly what it says on the box with tons of experiments to make ghastly effects and super slimes.
Wild Science Superball Factory – £12.99
Promotes a pratical knowledge of the science behind elastic collisions. Supports the National Curriculum Science levels 2.1.2a,2.1.2c,2.1.2l,2.2a,2.2f.
Volcano Making Kit – £10
Make a solid volcano with the mould and plaster provided. Put baking soda and vinegar into the “crater” and watch the amazing eruption. Your volcano will erupt with bubbly, fizzy lava. The eruption can be performed repeatedly. Age 8+.
Spy Gear Lie Detector Kit – £14.99
Find out who’s telling the truth and who’s not. Give them a Lie Detector Test. LED lights up when someone isn’t telling the truth. Finger-tip sensors – LED response lights. Includes Illustrated lie detector handbook
The Silver Toy Saxophone is the perfect gift for the aspiring musician in your family. Your child will love learning to play on this easy to use instrument. The Sax is silver plastic with brightly coloured keys to make learning easier. The keys are each a different colour to help your child learn to play. This is the perfect way to introduce your child to music. Silver Plastic Toy Saxophone 16.5″ made by Bontempi in Italy.
Bontempi Wind Instruments – Trumpet – £9.99
This toy trumpet by Bontempi has four keys that can play four different notes. The keys are colour coded so children can play songs found on the back of the box. The toy trumpet is plastic and has a shiny silver finish. Size: 37cm. long. Suitable for children aged three and over
Goodbyn Lunch Boxes – from £16.95
Available in 2 sizes and in a choice of modern colours these lunch boxes have individual compartments making it easy to pack different foods without the need for fiddly cling film and foil and without fruit ending up tasting of meat or cheese.
Each lunch box is supplied with a drinks bottle and a range of sticker sheets so that they can be personalised. The stickers are dishwasher proof and include allergy labels, letters, numbers and pictures.
The large lunch box has 5 food compartments, while the small version has 3 and in both the drinks bottle is stored in the middle, keeping it away from food.
Available from quirkybags.co.uk.