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24 cool & unique gift ideas for kids of all ages

What do kids like these days? Let us inspire you with these unique kids gift ideas...

Present shopping for children can sometimes be hard. Especially if you're on the lookout for something a little bit different that will make their little faces light up when they open it.

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If you’re looking for a unique, but totally cool, gift for your son, daughter, niece nephew or grandchildren, we’ve got you covered. We’ve gathered together the best gifts for kids of all ages – perfect for birthdays or any special occasions, and there’s something here for everyone, whatever their taste or whatever your budget.

A colour-in wendy house

Personalised Scoot and Ride scooter and helmet gift set, £150, My 1st Years

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Ages: 18 months and up

Wow this will keep them entertained for hours! A great unique gift that encourages their creativity. It's made from recycled corrugated cardboard so it ticks the eco cred box too!

A personalised scooter

Personalised Scoot and Ride scooter and helmet gift set, £150, My 1st Years

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Ages: 1-5

A scooter is always a top gift for a kid, and this one is not only stylish, but comes with a personalised helmet too. Suitable for children aged 1-5, the soft grey helmet can be personalised with up to 9 characters. The scooter itself, in matching soft grey, features rollover protection at the front so it won't topple over, a non-slip foot pad and rear brake.

This super cool scooter has individualised customisation to match the growth and development of a little one, going easily from a ride-on to a stand-up as they grow.

A unique kids' experience day

Diggerland admission for two, £56, Virgin Experience Days

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Ages: 3+

An experience day is a great unique gift for kids – it’s a memory that they’ll cherish forever. If they’re truck mad, the Diggerland experience is perfect – but there’s something for every boy and girl, whatever their interests - whether it be a chocolate workshop, trampoline session, or even a treetop adventure at Go Ape.

A grow your own fairy garden

My Fairy Garden Enchanted village, £18, John Lewis

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Ages: 4+

Well, this is a unique gift idea - a fairy village filled with plants that little ones grow themselves from seeds. The kit contains everything you need to grow a beautiful fairy garden at home complete with magical lights, music and sound - and fairy play pieces. A great way for them to discover the magic of nature through play.

A personalised storybook

Personalised story book, £20.95, Letterfest

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Ages: suitable for all ages

A unique gift idea for kids that puts them in the spotlight – this is perfect. You can personalise the story to include names and the physical attributes of the child – and pen your own personlised message in the front inside cover. Sure to be a bedtime story favourite for many years to come!

A kids director's camera

Little Tikes Toby 2 Director's Camera, £69.99 now £68.14, Amazon

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Ages: 3-10 years

This fun little camera is the perfect gift for any aspiring director, actor, photographer or artist. The easy-to-use camera takes high-definition photos and videos and the green screen and built-in backgrounds lets their imagination run wild and become a superhero, astronaut, news reader and more!

STEM toy build your own pirate ship kit

STEM toy build your own pirate ship kit, £19.99, Amazon

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Ages: 8+ (but younger children can get involved if an adult is helping out)

This is very cool – a pirate ship kit you build yourself. And it’s made from 100% sustainable cardboard and paper – not a piece of plastic in sight! Kids can make this alone, or as a part of a family project as extra fun, and the really great thing is that it helps develop problem-solving skills and enhances coordination too. No glue needed – just press out the pre-cut parts and slot them together, it’s completely mess-free.

A DJ mixer designed for kids

VTech Kidi DJ Mix, £52, Amazon

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Ages: 6+

Do you have a mini music fan at home? The next big superstar DJ maybe? Then check this out! This unique DJ mixer for kids includes 15 tracks in 7 different music styles and 15 multi-coloured instrument launch pads which light up. The professional-inspired turntable, cross-fader, light and tempo controls will delight budding DJs and the multi-coloured disco light effects will get any celebration jumping!

A subscription baking box designed for kids

Junior baking club subscription, from £7.50, Bakedin

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Ages: 5-11

A subscription box is the gift that keeps on giving, with a fresh box of activities delivered directly to your door! The junior baking club one above is great for getting children creative in the kitchen. Or if they’re more into crafting, toucanBox is a good choice. If you have a little scientist at home, check out Little Passports range of boxes, which start from age three. Even the littlest of littles can get involved with Lovevery's play kits - which are suitable for children ages 0-36 months.

A relaxing ASMR toy

So sand rainbow cake kit, £19.29, Amazon

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Ages: 3+

Some experts argued that ASMR toys (that’s Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response toys if you want the proper jargon) were just 2021’s updated version of fidget toys. But one things for sure, this rainge of brightly coloured toys that are all oddly satisfying are a massive hit with kids of all ages, and show no sign of going away. The scented sand cake kit above is great, and there’s a full range of colourful ASMR toys on Amazon.

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A book collection

Mr Men 48 book set, was £191 now £33, Books2Door

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Ages: Suitable for all ages

This is a gift that can be enjoyed at bedtime all year round – and by buying a full set online you can make some fantastic savings. There’s a whopping 82% off this Mr Men collection at Books2Door and there are bargains to be had on many other collections, including Peppa Pig, Star Wars, Julia Donoldson and Where’s Wally. 

Pokemon 25th anniversary merch

Pokemon 25th celebration silver Pikachu, £14.99, Amazon

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Ages: 2+

It's hard to believe Pokemon has turned 25! Surely I'm not the only one feeling old? The team behind Pokemon have brought out a whole range of merch to celebrate, including this super cute, huggable silver Pikachu plush. Other characters, including Squirtle, Charmander, Bulbasaur and Scorbunny are also available on the link above.

 

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl dual pack, £99, Nintendo Store

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Ages: 7+

To celebrate Pokemon's quarter-century, you can also experience the nostalgic story from the Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl games in an adventure reborn on Nintendo Switch. Strive to become the Champion of the Pokemon league in this fun adventure, set in the mythical Sinnoh region.

Interactive LEGO

LEGO Luigi Starer Course, £42.84, Amazon

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LEGO is an all-time classic. But this is a build-a-set with a difference. This interactive starter course is full of exciting challenges and features a Luigi figure with a colour sensor and LCD screen, which moves and reacts as little ones play.

A smartwatch you can call them on

Xplora X5 Watch chidlren's smart watch phone, £159.99, Amazon

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Ages: 4-11

This is smart little piece of tech which not only makes the perfect Christmas gift for kids, it gives parents peace of mind too. It's a smartwatch which allows the wearer to make and receive calls, and send text messages and emojis and pictures to up to 50 pre-agreed contacts. You can also use it to locate your child and create Safe Zones which will alert you whenever your child leaves or enters the zone. It's also available in all-black and with blue trim as well as the pink above.

A personalised jacket

Customisable upcycled denim jacket, from £55.99, KOOKOO BUT KIND

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Ages: Available from 0-1 years to adult sizes

How about a truly unique, personalised and customisable jacket that's both good for the environment and sends a positive message - as well as looking downright adorable? Just choose between the themes Be Kind or Endangered and the KOOKOO BUT KIND team will do the rest. They'll prepare a one-of-a-kind upcycled denim jacket for your little one that features recycled elements, including PVC free and recycled sequins and recycled organic cotton and thread.

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An interactive pet

Tamagotchi pix, £59.99, Amazon

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Ages: 6+

If they’re begging you for a puppy, kitten or hamster, an interactive pet is the next best thing. The Tamagotchi Pix is the super dooper 2021 version of the 90s classic parents will remember – featuring a camera and touch button control. 

An interactive dog toy

Moji the loveable labradoodle, £99.99, J D Williams

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Ages: 6+

If you want to get them something a little more cuddy, can we introduce you to Moji - possibly the most realistic interactive pet we've ever seen! Just like a real puppy, he responds to voice commands, and he has a smart collar that interacts with action cards and lets you know when he is hungry, thirsty or wants to play. Moji also has various touch points that will trigger different responses as well as dozens of tricks, including 'sit', 'shake', 'paw' and 'lie down'. In total, he has over 150 unique reactions so kids will be kept busy for hours and want to take him everywhere!

An interactive purse

Purse Pets, £25 / $28.99 each, Amazon

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Ages: 5-7

While we're talking about interactive pets, how about this - an interactive purse! Purse pets respond to your touch, they really blink and have 25 different reactions and sounds which are unique to each style. You can get the glam unicorn and fierce fox pictured above and there's also a luxe leopard up for grabs. Perfect for mini fashionistas who want to really bring their look to life!

a STEM toy

National Geographic rock tumbler starter kit, £79.99, Amazon

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Ages: 8+

STEM toys make great gifts for kids! It stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and STEM learning encourages children to discover more about these subjects through fun – learning while they play basically. We love the National Geographic tock tumbler kit – which lets kids transform rocks into extraordinary polished gem stones. There are so many different STEM toys up for grabs on Amazon.

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A jewellery making kit

Crystal jewellery-making kit, £20.99, Amazon

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Ages: 8+

If your tween loves accessories, take the chance to foster their interest in a new hobby by giving them a jewellery making kit. They can have hours of fun making earrings, bracelets, and necklaces for their friends.

A keepsake toy for life

Steiff Elmar teddy bear, £85, Selfridges

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Ages: suitable for all ages

Cute and snuggly Steiff teddy bears are collector's items that can be passed down through generations. The iconic yellow label with Steiff button in the ear proves their authenticity. There’s also a Steiff cat if bears are not their thing.

A unicorn bath set

Childs Farm Unicorn wash bag gift set, £10, Boots

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Little ones will adore this unicorn bath set, formulated specifically for sensitive skin, which contains some of Childs Farm best-selling bubble bath, and hair and body wash.

A wooden cookie set

Wooden Toy Cookies, £14.99, Woody Treasures

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Ages: suitable for all ages

Wooden toys are absolutely the cutest, and this cookie set is perfect for imaginative play - especially if they've got a toy kitchen or cafe. Includes 18 pieces in a keepsake box.

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