Christmas Day is approaching, nearly time to get the tree up, munch on mince buys and…. do the pressie shopping. Chances are, your kids have dropped a few hints about their dream Christmas presents already, but if you're stuck for gift ideas then we're here to help. Toy shopping can seem like an absolute minefield in the festive period; what can you get them that will keep their interest longer than a day?
We've rounded up a few choice favourites below…
Parents, meet Rizmo... it's one of those toys your child is going to love. Rizmo has travelled from afar in search of cuddles, music and dance. On arrival on Earth, Rizmo is a snuggly baby and your child's job is to help her grow with love and music. Rizmo has five evolving play modes, she'll sing to you, dance to your favourite music and mimic your voice. As Rizmo evolves, she learns new games to play, meaning this toy keeps your little one's interest.
£39.99, John Lewis
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Osmo Little Genius Starter Kit
We love a toy that's both fun and educational, so this gets our vote. The Little Genius Starter Kit is aimed at children aged three to five to spark their imagination with four core subject games. The kit takes the creations your child makes with physical objects in the real world and turns it into engaging content on a tablet screen. Your child will learn skills like the alphabet, problem-solving and creativity while having fun at the same time.
£79.99, John Lewis
Sphero Mini Activity Kit
The Sphero Mini Activity Kit brings learning and play together in one fantastic tech package. Learn to code with fantastic challenges that don't feel a bit like hard work. Build mazes, design obstacle courses, construct towers - even play croquet with your Sphero Mini ball. Great for young and old - we can guarantee mum or dad will want to get in on the action!
Hot Wheels Colossal Crash track set
Both boys and girls will have a blast with this action-packed track. The set is over five feet wide (clear some space!) and features a double figure of eight design for multiplayer fun. If your child loves cars and speed, then this is the toy for them. It also folds up for easy storage.
£90, Mattel, Argos
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Classic World Tabletop Easel
Time to get creative with this practical kids' easel which fits nicely on top of a table. It's easy to fold up and includes 26 magnetic letters, a chalkboard and magnetic whiteboard for children to create on.
Ultimate Walking Buzz Lightyear
Are kids ever going to fall out of love with Buzz? Don't think so. Hot off the heals of the Disney Pixar Toy Story 4 movie, this new Buzz comes to life with lights, sounds and special moves. He walks forwards and backwards and swivels his hips, plus his wings deploy when a button is pressed. He can also do special steps from the film.
The kids will love this fun, wild game where they have to take turns hanging fruit and jungle friends on the orangutan. They need to watch out though - he'll surprise them by springing up and sending all the fruit and his friends flying!
£12.99, John Lewis
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Aw, how cute is this little camera? Suitable for children as young as 3 the myFirst Camera is capable of recording video and taking HD high resolution photos. It also comes with a 32 GB micro SD card. It's lightweight and ultra-compact with a decent battery life. Prepared to be papped by your child – a lot!
Oxelo Fit 3 Kids' Fitness Skates
These skates are the perfect Christmas gift for all those speedy kids out there. Available in four different colours, the skates can be adjusted to fit four shoe sizes as your child's feet grow, making them excellent value for money. They have hardwearing rubber wheels with extra grip and a triple fastening system to keep little tootsies in place.
Festive Friends Colour In Stocking
We love this fun stocking from selfieclothing.co.uk which will keep the kids busy on Christmas Eve! The creative kit includes a stocking, four fabric colour in pens and a colour in practice sheet, suitable for kids aged two to ten. For an extra £5 you can order a personalised stocking too. Also comes in a 'Santa's Sprouts' design.
£20, Selfie Clothing
Mission Rocket with Launch Site
This will keep them busy! The Playmobil set comes with a space capsule, astronauts, a maintenance platform and functioning lights and sound. Perfect for all your budding astronauts.
This game is absolutely hilarious and just the thing to get the whole family rolling around the floor giggling on Christmas day. You build fun tracks with the cups and move the ping pong-style balls simply by blowing them along. The aim is to race your competitor by blowing your ball from one cup to the next until the finish line.
Jumanji: The Video Game
Little video game fans are going to love this adventure game based on the popular film Jumanji. As they seek to find the precious Jewels of Jumanji, save the world and find a way home. Unite with up to three friends in a hilarious adventure with friends and family. Available on Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Xbox One or PC.
£29.99 (Nintendo Switch), Amazon
LEGO Star Wars BOOST Droid Commander 3 Programmable Robots
This is seriously cool. It's Lego, robots, coding and apps all combined! This interactive buildable robot toy puts your child in command of three app-controlled Star Wars droid robots: R2-D2, a Gonk Droid and a Mouse Droid, each with their own personalities and skills. Using the free LEGO BOOST Star Wars app, your child builds the droid robots, inserts the Bluetooth-controlled Move Hub into the robot that will solve each mission, and brings the robot to life using the intuitive drag-and-drop coding environment. Then it's time to construct tools, weapons, targets and obstacles as they progress through over 40 exciting missions.
£168.49, John Lewis
Little creatives will love drawing on this cool sketchpad with the fine tip stylus. The pad comes in three different colourways and sizes (8.5”, 10”, 12”), has a pressure-sensitive LCD screen and one-key erase feature. To keep drawings safe and avoid any accidental scribbles whilst on the go.
£25, Argos (10 inch version)
5 Second Rule Jr.
This much-loved game is always a hoot - can you name three things you find down the back of your sofa in just five seconds? You won't believe the funny answers that slip out of your mouth. The ideal family game to play after Christmas lunch.
£9.99, Smyths Toys
The ideal stocking filler for kids who love to dress up. Adorbs are magical costumes that come all wrapped up in a cute glitter ball. There are six colourful styles to choose from – a fun addition to the fancy dress box.
£4.99, Smyths Toys
Vtech Zoomizoos Tree House
Little ones will have so much fun exploring this fun toy treehouse where the animal characters tumble, wobble, bounce and roll around. There's a spiral tree truck track, rope bridge and moving up, lift and even a trap door so they can zoom around in different directions. Place the four animal characters on the Magic ZoomiZone which will magically recognise them and introduce their names and fun characteristics.
LEGO City Space Rocket n Launch Control playset
Another great set from Lego! Your child will love building this large multi-stage rocket and opening launch control tower. It's an interactive play experience with a monorail system to transport astronauts from the tower to the training grounds and rocket. The set includes six Lego City Minifigures.
Gruffalo Christmas Jumper
Treat your little one to this cute Christmas jumper featuring everyone's favourite creature, the Gruffalo. Sainsbury's have teamed up with Magic Light Pictures to launch a range of children’s Gruffalo jumpers to celebrate Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day. There are four different styles available in sizes 9-12 months to 5 years, with 25% of the sale of the range being donated to Save The Children.
Fortnite bed cover set
Just the thing for your little Fortnite fans! The video game is super popular with kids nationwide so how about this reversible duvet cover and pillowcase for their bedroom? Wilko are selling the set for just £12 - hurry while stocks last.
Reusable Handwarmer Gift Set
Keep your those little hands all toasty and warm this Christmas with this cute handwarmer set - just the thing for their stockings. Simply place in boiling water to re-heat and the handwarmers keep warm for up to 30 minutes. Your child won't want to leave home without them!
£7.49, Mountain Warehouse
Nuvoletta kids pyjamas
Get the little ones all dressed up for Christmas Eve in these adorable festive pyjamas by Nuvoletta. The range includes the same design for children, parents - and dogs! These PJs come in both red and green, with a child's pair priced at £19.99.
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