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Are you stuck with what to buy your children this year or do you need some last minute inspiration for stocking fillers? We have put together a list of 19 Christmas gift ideas for kids of all ages. Our gift ideas vary from practical, fun, developmental and educational, plus most importantly gifts to create magical memories.
Whether your kids already love being outdoors or you wish to encourage your little ones to be more active outside, we have come up with a gift guide to help inspire you when choosing presents.
Gifts for encouraging outdoor play and discovery
The Den Kit Co.
Who doesn’t love to build a den and what better way to tempt children outdoors? The Den Kit contains everything you need to help make the best hideaway ever! I loved building dens in the woods when I was little and to have a kit that contains all the accessories needed to make a super duper hideout would be awesome! The kit contains a camouflage tarpaulin, groundsheet, 10m jute rope, steel tent pegs in a bag, handmade ash mallet, enamel mug, camouflage face paint and instructions all packed on a handy haversack bag. This is a great gift for any age, from young kids looking to build dens with their parents to young teens looking for adventure.
Walkie Talkies offer a sense of adventure and are a fun way of communicating. This pair are simple to use and also include a flashlight.
Gifts for Active Kids
If you are looking for more physically challenging gift ideas for kids then why not consider a slackline? I love having a go on a slackline so why not get the kids involved! The beauty of this kit is that it also comes with an overhead training line which is perfect for beginners.
I always wanted one of these when I was younger. This unicycle is designed for children and smaller adults and will lead to hours of challenging fun!
If you have a child that wants to run away and join the circus, stilt walking is a good place to start training for the auditions. These beginner stilts are suitable from 4 years of age and are adjustable for older children. Stilt walking is a great way to help improve balance in children whilst having fun!
Bow and Arrow
What better way to help improve concentration and coordination? This particular set is suitable from 3 years of age, however there are more advanced versions for older children.
Lets go fly a kite! This a fantastic way to get all the family together outdoors – just think of the final scene from Mary Poppins! This kite is great because it is designed to catch the wind easily so it is suitable for all ages.
Gifts for Nature Exploration
Outdoor Explorer Set
My daughter has one of these. I hate it. She loves it. However, I do try to enjoy it when she plays with it because I think that it is a great way of learning more about nature. It also helps her learn about bugs and mini beasts and allows her to observe them in closer detail. The kit includes binoculars, a torch, a compass, a whistle, a shovel, bug catchers and collectors, a magnifying glass, tweezers and a draw string bag.
Books about bugs greatly compliment the outdoor explorer set above. For children that want to learn more about creepie crawlies or for children that are afraid of them, these books are great educational tools.
Nature Discovery Journal
This is another super educational toy and a great way to keep a record of nature discoveries. It is a compact scrapbook that can be filled with outdoor memories.
This is an easy to use telescope for exploring the skies above. It comes with two high quality lenses which will even allow you to see craters on the moon!
Gifts for Making Memories
If you are looking for more unusual gift ideas for kids, then a hanging tent is quite unique. Set it up in the garden or take it camping with you. A little hanging hideaway will be a great place for little ones to dream big!
Capture precious moments in and on the water as well as on dry land. I have had a waterproof camera for years and I love it. This would make a great gift for older kids and teenagers.
If you want to encourage more outdoor adventures and camping trips, a sleeping bag makes a great gift. These ‘mummy’. sleeping bags have a 3 season rating meaning that they are suitable for use in the spring, summer and autumn.
Gifts for Sporty Kids
Ninja Obstacle line
Inline skates or quad skates
The age and ability of your child will influence your choice of skates, the quad set up being better for younger children. I loved my skates as a child so I think these will make a great present.
Encourage some hand eye coordination with this 2 in 1 baseball launcher. It offers both a pop-up launcher and a Hit T-ball.
Spike Battle Ball
This is a great game for teaching kids about team work. It is a two-on-two volleyball style game that can be played by children and adults with the aim being to bounce or ‘spike’ the ball to the net. The ball then ricochets up at the opponents and their aim is to return it.
My oldest daughter keeps a skipping rope in her school bag as it provides hours of entertainment in the playground. This one comes with the added bonus of a counting function.
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