Here is my Kids Gift Guide 2017 – filled with my Christmas top picks for kids aged 4-11 from augmented reality t-shirts to role play kits.
There’s so much choice when buying gifts for kids, so I’ve compiled a list of my top picks for primary school aged kids (4-11), from wearable tech to board games. The list also includes amazing career-orientated activity books so kids can pretend to be a doctor or teacher, stunningly illustrated bespoke personalised books, traditional board games, science magazines, games, activities, crafts and more!
I’m sure there’s something here to delight the little ones in your life – as long as they’re on the nice list! So, without further adieu, here is my Christmas kids gift guide 2017:
Mover Kit, £59.99, Technology Will Save Us
Aimed at kids 8+, kids quickly assemble this watch and then go on the app to learn very basic coding in order to make it come to life! My kids (aged 5 and 7, quickly took to it and built it in less than 20 minutes. I love how hands on it is, and it encourages so many skills. I’ll admit that I was a bit baffled at first, but *adopts old lady voice* these kids today are very tech competent; mine completely grasped the concept and loved it. They company says, “Get kids moving, building and coding with this toy that reacts to movement with light and can be coded in infinite ways!
Selfie Colour-In Unicorn Cape, £25, Selfie Clothing
This is such a lovely idea that combines clothing and craft. My kids love using fabric pens and drawing on t-shirts, but this takes it to another level! This beautifully illustrated cape is perfect to let kids get creative with. It comes in a fun tube package so excellent for gifting and is great quality. My daughter absolutely loves this and has been running around so proud of the cape she decorated.
Virtuali-Tee, £25 Curiscope
This augmented reality t-shirt is absolutely amazing! You download the free app on a phone or tablet and use it to look ‘inside’ the body of the person wearing the t-shirt. My kids honestly couldn’t believe their little eyes. They’ve seen photos and drawings of the human body, but with this they could look at a body’s inner workings and see ribs and heart beating. It really brought anatomy to life for them and we’ll be taking it into their school so other children can learn from it. This is 100% one of those products that gets kids excited about learning. They had loads of questions while looking at it!
Magnetips – magnetic pens, £39.99, Magnetips
Magnetips are a set of fine-liner refillable colour pens. However, each pen has two super strong magnets so you can turn them into all sorts of structures! You can add chrome balls and let your imagination run wild. Build a house, a ramp, a slide! I love how they can promote mindfulness as you not only colour with them, but get to work building with them. They’re great for kids (keep little ones away from the chrome balls), but really I loved them myself. I may forget to give them back to the kids and keep them in my office. They’re refillable, which in our throwaway society is really refreshing to see.
Marvel Fidget Cubes, £9.99 The Fowndry
These original fidget cubes, of Kickstarter fame, are super-addictive for kids. My little ones pounced on them and barely put them down for a week. They’re a huge step forward on last year’s fidget spinners and far more fun for kids. I love that these ones come in Marvel patterns. The brand says, “Fidgeting is a response to anxiety or boredom. But now instead of jigging about like you have St Vitus Dance, you can channel all that pent-up tension into fiddling with The Original MARVEL Fidget Cube, essentially a one-stop ‘fidget toolbox’.” I love that they not only help kids to focus, but they help memory and cognitive function. Win-win!
Wannabees Roll Play Packs, £14.99, Wannabees
I love these play packs! They’re large thick books filled with exciting role play ideas, all based around one occupation. The doctor pack includes pictoral patient health records, questions to ask patients, eye charts, appointment cards, stickers and much more! Kids just have to put on a white coat, stick the cards onto a clipboard and start seeing patients (ie teddy, parent or sibling). The teacher-approved and award winning sets are really well thought out and will ignite any child’s imagination. Other occupations include cafe owner and teacher.
Wonderbly Golden Ticket Book, £19.99, Wonderbly
This is SUCH an enchanting book. It’s a wonderful quality with stunning illustration and even has scented paper! But it’s secret is that it’s personalised. And I don’t mean a few cursory names throughout the book – the personalisation is really complex! They’ve taken the basic story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and woven each child into the fabric of the story through their own sweetie, song, family tree and more! It’s really easy to make on their site and they ask lots of questions to ensure each book is perfect for the little recipient. I’ve had Wonderbly books before and I’m always floored by their exceptional stories and personalisation. This is a really amazing keepsake.
iExplore Predators augmented reality book, £7.99, Carlton Books
This is a beautifully illustrated hardcover book full of animal facts. But it’s also sooooo much more. You download the free app and it truly brings the book to life. When the page prompts, the reader just points the app at the page and suddenly predators leap out and pounce across the room. It’s amazing for grown ups and utterly magical for kids. Aimed at ages 7+.
Gross Science by John Adams, £21.99 CraftyArts.co.uk
What child doesn’t like talking about gross things? They seem to be fixated on toilet talk, burping and other unsavories. Well this kit lets them unleash all that grossness – and they get to learn about science at the same time! The kit has everything they need for 12 gross science projects, including creating a life size wobbly brain, make a stomach vomit and watch a burp in action. They can also make snot and other yucky bodily functions! It’s aimed at ages 7+, perfect for my son, but my yuck-loving 5 year old loved it too. Hours and hours of gross fun!
Whizz Pop Bang science magazines, from £3.75
These magazines are absolutely gripping for kids. They perfectly appealed to my 5 & 7 year olds who grabbed them and devoured every page. Written by scientists, they’re rammed with colourful illustrations, hand on activities, facts, science news, interviews, projects, quizzes, puzzles and more. My son can read well, so he happily ran off to read through it independently, asking for help with the projects. My 5-year-old daughter is still learning to read, so we went through it together, chatting about facts and how things work. I’ll be giving subscriptions to these as gifts this year. Educational and fun!
Basket Case Headband Hoop Game, £9.99, Find Me A Gift
What kids wouldn’t like lobbing soft balls at each other’s heads? This is loads of fun, with one person wearing the hoop on their head and the others trying to get a basket. My kids had SUCH a good time with this!
Sound Effects Machine, £8.99, Find Me A Gift
Kids and sound effects. They pretty much go hand and hand, amiright? This little machine has loads of fun noises, from springs to blasts. It’s a great stocking filler or small gift. Guaranteed cheeky laughs.
Fever Pitch Card Game, £10, UStudio
Too cold and wet outside to play football? Never fear, Fever Pitch is here! The player has to use the beautifully-illustrated cards to play strategies and try to win the game. There are pass and dribble cards, as well as tackle, saves, wonder goals and Ref decisions. Definitely good fun for a footie fan.
Disney Guess the Film board game, £25, Jumbo
Like most kids, mine love Disney films. This is a fun and simple game where a roll of the dice allows them to open a door to reveal more of the picture. The kids can then guess what film it is. My kids loved opening the little doors and, of course, trying to beat each other to guess the film first. There are loads of pictures to guess from and the game is for age 4 and up.
Personalised handmade hessian Christmas sack, £22, Handmade Christmas Co
This is a beautiful personalised hessian printed sack from the Handmade Christmas Co. It’s a fantastic quality, comes with a long ribbon to tie it and it’s lovingly hand finished in Britain. We’ll be using this for years to come full of Christmas pressies! It also comes in a lovely tube package so it would make a really special keepsake gift. My kids always get so excited to see anything with their name printed on it!
Chocolate Pizza Kit, £11.99, Find Me A Gift
There was some serious love in my house for this. The kids headed straight for the toy kitchen to ‘cook’ this chocolate pizza. It’s got loads of topping and they gave the taste two resounding thumbs up!
Sylvanian Families fruit and veg stall, £9.99, various
Sylvanian Families are a massive collection of enchanting animals in a human-like world. My five year old daughter loves the highly detailed sets and animals and loves playing with them. This fruit and veg stall has lovely considered details and will surely be a hit. I also like that it’s playing with healthy food, rather than a sweet shop!
Hawkshead Relish Popcorn Party Pack, £9.95, Hawkshead
My kids LOVE film evenings. We pop popcorn, move the sofa to a cinema-like position and snuggle together to watch a film. This popcorn pack is perfect for those nights. It comes with a reusable plastic popcorn container, popcorn and recipes – as well as Hawkeshead’s amazing caramel sauce and toffee sauce.
Dollzconfetti, from £1.99, Dollz Confetti
Dollzconfetti provide natural confetti for weddings and parties, but they also have fantastic water-soluble snow confetti, kids ‘fetti poppers and glitter reindeer food wand! These are the little touches that really make Christmas magical for kids. I can’t wait to use the snow confetti a little closer to Christmas to give them an enchanting evening in the garden. The confetti poppers are lovely and the glitter reindeer food wand is perfect for Christmas eve!
Silly Cones, £6.95, NewSoda
My kids often want ice cream, and I love making them healthy ‘nice cream’ (pureed frozen bananas) for breakfast. They often want a cone, but I’m loath to give it to them very often as they’re essentially a large biscuit. So these fun, bright, reusable ice cream cones are perfect! They’re kid sized, reusable, BPA-free and dishwasher safe. But the best bit is they have a valve at the bottom, so kids can drink all the melted ice cream!
Remote Controlled Jett Super Wings, £16, Alpha Toys
This is a fun toy where the remote control drives the plane around the floor. It’s ages 3+ so it’s really easy to use and it’s durable. It has lights and sounds and it can spin 360 degrees. It’s great for small kids!
Very Merry Christmas board game, £19.99, Amazon
This is a really fun board game for the whole family and is targeted at age 8+. It really gets you into the Christmas spirit as you all compete to fill your stockings, encountering sprouts and stealing each other’s presents! It’s interactive and you may find yourself singing festive songs. We all had a blast and the little ones found it easy enough to play – they just needed a little help with the reading.
Turkey’s Delight puzzle, £9, Amazon
This is a fun Wasjig 1000 piece puzzle with scenes of Christmas chaos. It’s not only a puzzle though – you have to find clues as you put it together in order to find out what Father Christmas has cooked for dinner! It’s challenging enough for grown ups but my kids loved helping too. It also comes with a free second 1000 piece puzzle.
Time Tokens, £14.95
I’m sure most parents will know the struggle to control screen time. I’m with ya. I’ve looked at apps to restrict their time, and I often use a kitchen timer, but now I’ve found Time Tokens! Decide together how much screen time the child is allowed for the week, have them sign the promise and then they can use the tokens all week, with a timer going off when time is up. I love that they’re vibrant and fun allowing kids not just to ‘pay’ for their screen time, but to gain an understanding of time and feel in control of their time on gadgets. It also means I don’t have to nag so much for them to get off screens! Such a simple idea, but absolutely effective.
The Christmas Snowflake personalise book by Wonderbly, £19.99
I’m a huge fan of Wonderbly’s whimsical and stylish personalised books for kids. My children absolutely love seeing their names in print (which doesn’t happen often as they’re unconventional names), so they adore reading about themselves on adventures. This book is a Christmas treasure. The enchanting story includes not only the recipient child’s name, but up to three other names, so it’s perfect to include siblings, parents or others. This lovely book will have a place in our Christmas box and come out year on year. A lovely gift.
Phew – that’s a rather epic list! I hope you’ll find some toys and games in this kids gift guide to help you with your festive shopping.
Disclosure: Samples were provided for this kids gift guide. All opinions are my own. Prices correct at time of publication. This post contains affiliate links.