This gender neutral Christmas gift guide for children aged 3-7 shows lovely gifts that both boys and girls will love, regardless of their gender.
I have a son and a daughter, aged 6 and 4 respectively. Being quite close in age, they like to play with most of the same toys and games. But as they’ve grown older, the gender divide has become more noticeable. We’re faced with toy shops that have ‘girls’ and ‘boys’ sections. One is predominantly pink and the other blue. It’s as if a girl couldn’t like Batman and a boy couldn’t like a toy kitchen. Wrong.
Lego is a major case in point. For decades it was the go-to toy for boys and girls. However, these days, we’re given the choice of boys or girls Lego. Superheroes and Star Wars are apparently just for boys. Girls get to build pink shopping malls and hairdressers. Frankly, it’s disturbing. Where a child wee’s from seems to be determining what toys they ‘should’ play with more and more.
Some supermarket clothing aisles have one side pink and one side blue. It’s as if they are the only colours. It’s actually quite difficult to find a yellow t-shirt that doesn’t look like it’s for girls or boys, specifically. A marketer’ dream is a parent’s nightmare. My children are nearly the same size, but it’s difficult for them to have hand-me-downs because even the plainer t-shirts are noticeably for ‘girls’ or ‘boys’.
Don’t even get me started on how absurd it is that we’re asked our gender just to buy a toaster online.
Mr, Miss, Ms, Mrs… Why do my reproductive organs and whether or not I am currently in a relationship matter if I want that toaster? If I order a pizza online I have to let them know that I’m married first. Amazon needs to know where I wee from before I order a book. Why? It’s nuts. Anyhoo, I’ll rant on that in another post.
As parents, we can use our consumer power to stop this nonsense. We can choose to spend our money on gender neutral gifts that aren’t targeted to either boys or girls, but to all kids (as long as they’re on the nice list).
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Kids Cookery Pots and Pans Set (£22, Baking Time Club)
This lovely portable kitchen set comes in a grey cardboard suitcase with a hob printed on one side. Inside, there are cooking utensils, pots, pans and a colander. It’s a really nice set that would spark any child’s culinary imagination.
Star Wars Virtual Reality Viewer (£14.99, Amazon)
This cardboard viewer fits over a smartphone and allows boys and girls to discover virtual reality. It works with the Star Wars app, as well as 1000s of other apps.
Around the World with the Ingreedies: A Taste Adventure (£12.99, Amazon)
This large hardback book is filled with information about food for kids. It has international recipes, information about foods eaten around the world and other food-related facts. It’s beautifully-illustrated and I can’t wait to get my kids in the kitchen so we can cook some of the recipes together.
Leapfrog Leap Reader Reading System (£40, widely available)
The LeapFrog reading system is a fun way for kids to learn to read and increase their comprehension. They follow the books with the magic pen, so while they look at the word, they hear it. Kids can also use it to practise their handwriting. There are loads of books to go with the system.
Safari Butt Magnets (£9.99, Steamer Trading)
Seriously, what child wouldn’t like a set of animal butt magnets? My kids find these absolutely hilarious. Gutter humour is always a winner. They’re well-made, with, erm, great detailing on the butts.
Personalised Book: The Intergalactic Journey Home (£19.99, Lost My Name Books)
These books are absolutely enchangting. JJJAs a personalised book, they have the child’s name throughout as the child goes on an epic intergalactic adventure. It has gorgeous illustrations, plus it shows the child’s house/neighbourhood from space. These are such a wonderful gift with a lovely message.
Striped Knitted T-Rex Dinosaur (£15, Born Gifted)
This cuddly T-Rex is perfect for boys or girls. It’s lovely quality and is well-made and sturdy. I like how it takes the scariness out of dinosaurs and is a fun, bright stripy pattern. This dinosaur is also good for babies, as well as slightly older children.
Capventure Fox Wall Hook (£9.95, Formahouse)
This super-cool fox wall hook would be lovely in a kids room. Perfect for hanging up coats or dressing gowns, or, if you’re my kids, for hanging up anything they can find that has a string.
Personalised Name Pencil Case, (£11, SquiffyPrint)
Yes, as you can see I’ve put my name on this pencil case. Sure, it could be for the kids, but I have a major thing about stationery myself. Inside, they’ve even put: Veggie Desserts. I love this canvas pencil case and I’ll be getting ones for my children as well. Kids always love things with their names on it, don’t they? And hoarding special pens and pencils. This is a really lovely quality pencil case. You can choose the colour of text and the case, plus add a two-word secret message inside.
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Fibracolour Magic Pens Set of 40 (£16.99, IdealWorld)
These extra-special marker pens come in four types: Erasable, Videoliner, Magic, ZigZag. My kids are obsessed with drawing and colouring, so these are absolutely perfect for them. Each set does something different, whether disappearing, changing colours or drawing patterns.
SweetPea Pantry Kids Baking Set (£13.50, Yumbles)
This set of four kid-friendly healthy baking mixes is a lovely gift. My kids love helping me in the kitchen, and with these mixes they can take the lead. The set of four has: Grainy Brainy Pancakes (gluten-free with buckwheat and flax), Playful Pizza Dough (with chia and flax), Super Oat Flapjacks (gluten-free with quinoa and flax), plus Chocolate Giggles (with barley and rye). I like that they aren’t full of any nasties like most commercial baking mixes, so we can have fun cooking these, and I won’t feel guilty letting my kids eat them. I also like that this set has gender neutral packaging!
Yumbles is the biggest artisan marketplace for all-natural food and gift with more than 400 sellers. We go around the country looking for small-batch makers with produce you won’t find in your nearby store.
Glow Turbo Trax-Pro Glow in the Dark Car Track (£29.99, Ideal World)
Girls and boys will love this glow in the dar car trac. It’s lots of fun with a flexible track that can make loop-de-loops and it has coloured lights. Good fun on these dark nights, where the kids can take it into the rooms, turn the lights off and let it run on the track.
Indoor Booma (£5.99, Amazon)
Another gender neutral toy, this foam boomerange can fly a whopping 4-6 meters! It has something called ‘memorang’ foam and you can shape it slightly to make it do different things. I had a look at a youtube video and it can do a lot! It’s made for indoor use as well (though it won’t be able to fly so far unless your house is massive), so no need to worry about wrecking the house. Which is a very good thing.
Finding Dory Aquabeads (£15.99, Amazon)
My kids both love Finding Nemo and Finding Dory. This aquabeads playset is pretty mess-free. Boys and girls just place the beads, spray them with water and wait for their creations to set. Kids love crafting and this is quite special. (Age 4+)
I hope you’ll be inspired by some of the ideas in this list of gender neutral toys. Down with pink/blue and up with a rainbow of inspiring toys for all children.
Disclosure: Samples were provided for this gender neutral Christmas gift guide. All opinions are my own. Prices correct at time of publication. This post contains affiliate links.