Handy guide to buying a gift for a child of any age

Are you looking for a gift for your child?  Or perhaps it’s a friend’s child’s birthday and you have no idea what gift to buy? Worry not, I’ve got you covered for gifts with this guide.

I’ve created a list here of 49+ items, which will help you to easily find a great gift for just about any child!

How did I come up with this amazing list, I hear you ask!? Well, just after Christmas 2016 I asked a load of mums in a facebook group what their child’s favourite Christmas present was, along with their age.

I was overwhelmed by the incredible response as 250 mums replied!  I thought it would be useful to collate all the results to produce this guide.  For many of the items I have also provided a link to the item which can be ordered online.

Of course many gifts could be bought for children above or below that particular age…

But I have listed them according to the results I received from my survey of real parents.

I hope you will find it helpful.  I know I will!

Many thanks to everyone who contributed.

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THE LIST

Gifts for Babies under 1 

  1. VTech Baby Play and Learn Activity Table – Multi-Coloured

 

2. Little Tikes Classic Cozy Coupe Ride-on (Multi Colored)

 

3. Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Puppy


4. Oball Rattle & Roll Car (colours may vary)

 

Other under 1 favourites: – activity cube, crawling lion, wooden stacking rings, dump truck, pull-along ducks, wooden maracas, ball pit with plastic balls, play mat

Gifts for kids Age 1 

1. Disney Frozen Magical Adventure Activity Ride-on


2.  Wooden Musical Table

 

3. Melissa & Doug Deluxe Pound and Roll Wooden Tower Toy With Hammer


4. Teletubbies Tubby Phone Toy (Multi-Colour)


5. AMOS Bubble Machine Blower Maker Portable Mains or Battery Operated + Fluid Liquid 250ml Kids Birthday Party DJ Disco Garden Wedding (Blue)

Bubble machine is to be used by an adult, obviously it is not to be operated by or left unattended with a 1 year old!

And here are some other age 1 favourites: buggy/stroller, blocks, construction items, Teletubbies musical train water table, bath toys, plastic tricycle, baby doll, Cabbage patch doll, jigsaw puzzles, toy Dyson vacuum cleaner (see below for link in age 2 section), mop and bucket set, water and sand table, jigsaw puzzles, push-along wooden car,  Beatbo, ride on Ferrari, tricycle, battery-operated drill, toy kitchen and accessories

 

Gifts for kids Age 2 

  1. Zapf Creation Baby Born Interactive Doll


2. Little Tikes Classic Cozy Coupe Ride-on (Multi Colored)

Cosy Coupe is on the list again, as it is still really fun for this age!

3. Finding Dory [DVD] [2017]

 

4. Casdon Dyson Ball Vacuum Cleaner


5. LEGO DUPLO 10617: My First Farm

Any Duplo set would suit this age group, this farm set is just an example!

Other favourites for 2 year olds:

Teletubby plush dolls, Tea set, Paw Patrol story book, wooden train set, trampoline, Little Live pet birds (see below in age 3 section for link), toy kitchen and accessories, doll house, Wiggles guitar, jumping Peppa Pig, Baby Alive baby doll, dinosaur toys

Remote control Monster truck, Paw Patrol Marshall firetruck and figurine, wooden train set, set of metal vehicles (digger, truck and bulldozer), train table, automoblox car, Fisher Price medical kit, ride on Ferrari, Tool set and tool table, push along lawnmower that blows bubbles, trampoline, Mack truck daredevil jump

 

Gifts for kids Age 3 

  1. Little Live Pets 28232 Tweet Talking Birds Single Pack

Little Live Pets have birds, puppies and hamsters in their range

2. Mini Micro Deluxe Scooter – Blue

These come in many colours and accessories are available too.


3. Rubie’s Official Doctor McStuffin Child Costume – Medium

Dress up as your favourite vet!


4. Disney Pixar Cars Toy Mack Truck Playset, Lightning McQueen Story Sets (Rust-eze)


5. Bullyland BUL-12760 Buzz Lightyear


6. Imaginext Superman Playset



7. John Adams Gooey Louie Game

This game looks pretty gross but to each their own!


8. Transformers Robots in Disguise Mega Optimus Prime Action Figure

My 4-year old loves Transformers and it’s a definite favourite in this 3-4 years category.

 

More age 3 favourites: Doll house, kids vanity/makeup, anything Moana related, picnic box of wooden items from Aldi, shopping trolley, kitchen, rocking horse, trampoline, My Little Pony baby flurry heart, bicycle, “Reborn” baby doll (up to age 8), Torch, Rapunzel doll, Babushka dolls, Baby born dolls, connector pens, Frozen costumes, Jasmine (Aladdin) costume,electric motorbike, Hot Wheels cars and sets, Paw Patrol pup house, Good Dinosaur figures, Tonka 4×4 with trailer, a Mack from Cars with Colour changing Lightning McQueen, Thomas the tank engine minis with a track, toy vacuum cleaner, Lion Guard play set, Imaginext super hero flight city, BMX bike, bug catcher, play-doh, Thunderbird 3

 

Gifts for kids Age 4 

  1. LEGO 10728 Juniors Mia’s Vet Clinic Construction Set – Multi-Coloured

Most just turned 4-year olds will need at least a little assistance with building small Lego sets, but they really do enjoy it!  All my children are completely mad on Lego…


2. Sylvanian Families Family Saloon Car


3. Shopkins 12 pack – Series 5

Shopkins sets (I’m not sure what the attraction is to these exactly but they seem to be very popular!)


4. Hungry Hippos – New Version

This game has been around for years and it’s still popular!


5. Hot Wheels Track Builder Starter Set

Actually quite fun for adults and big kids too!


More inspiration for 4-year olds, from real 4-year olds:

Paw Patrol lookout, Lego boats, train set, Yo Kai medals, flying Blaze car, flick out lightsaber, Jurassic World Dinosaur play set, Nerf guns, Hot Wheels sets, Thunderbirds Tracy Island with Thunderbirds, First bike with training wheels, swimming goggles, Trolls and Moana things, Mud kitchen, My Little Pony remote control car, Snuggles puppy, telescope, my Blazin dragon, baby dragon (responds to voice commands), Build a bear, trampoline, Peppa pig ferris wheel/circus, Barbie camper van, Doc McStuffins pet carrier, Beanie Boos, Wonder woman costume

Gifts for kids Age 5 

  1. My Little Pony Equestria Girls Dolls That Rock Twilight Sparkle with Microphone

In my day I was obsessed with My Little Ponies, and they were actual ponies!  These days there are a whole load of dolls purporting to BE My Little Ponies… I’m very confused, but my daughter has an elaborate explanation for it.  Anyway these dolls are a huge hit.

 

2. Hatchimals Egg – Pink

Hatchimals seem to be the gift of the season, but I can’t vouch for their longevity in terms of play!


3. Global Gizmos 54660 “Battery Operated Infrared Torch Remote Control Crocodile Lights and Sound” Toy

Remote control toys are great for this age group – and surely everyone needs a remote control crocodile!?


4. Dreamworks, How to Train Your Dragon, All 5 Dragons

“How to train your dragon” is a popular film, here are a bunch of collectible figures.

 

5. LEGO 10724 Juniors Batman and Superman Vs Lex Luthor Construction Set – Multi-Coloured

Lego sets are almost always a winner, in my experience!  You can also look really clever by suggesting the parents buy a Lego mat bag (see below!)


More favourites according to real 5- year olds: remote control monster truck, soccer nets, Lego dimensions, bicycle, robot chomper dinosaur, how to train your dragon figures, 4 wheel motorbike, Blaze truck, prank set, Thomas train set, Yo Kai watch, Batman lunchbox, buncho water balloons (good for ages 3 and up), fairy door, ice lolly maker, Monster High house, Lego, bug city catcher, popstar Barbie that sings, Little Live Pets bird, Barbie dancing horse, Barbie popping dog, Barbie car, FurReal Friend dog, BMX scooter

Lego Mat Bag Tip – parenting hack by a mum of 3 kids

Gifts for kids Age 6 

  1. Furby Connect (Purple) by Furby

It’s a little pricy but if you’re looking for a bigger gift then this is supposed to be quite good fun – it makes lots of noises (speaks in “Furbish”) and responds to your voice so you can interact with it.  Its eyes are animated so it appears to have different expressions.  The Furby Connect can also be used with an app, and when there is something new to discover in the app the antenna on its head will light up.  Comes in different colours and fur designs.

2. Shopkins Monopoly Junior

Monopoly junior Shopkins version ( I didn’t even realise this existed!  It looks brilliant and I might have to purchase this for my 8-year old!)


3. Instax Mini 8 Camera with 10 Shots – Yellow

Fuji Instax Mini Camera (I had never seen this either.  I must be living under a rock!  I might have to buy this or suggest my daughter save up for this! It looks like it would be great for children of many ages from about 6 onwards, and adults too.  It comes in lots of great colours too, although Amazon seems to have low stock of certain colours at the moment.

4. Binatone Latitude 100 Twin Walkie Talkie – Black/Yellow

I remember having walkie talkies as a child, we had so much fun with them!  They are probably considered a little retro now, in the age of mobile phones, but apparently kids this age are still into them 🙂

 


5. Minecraft “Light Up” Wall Torch

If you don’t know what Minecraft is you soon will.  It’s a computer game/app that’s become quite a craze, and a very addictive one it seems!  This torch looks like one from the game.

Other favourite gifts of real 6-year olds: wristwatch, Snuggles the dog, trampoline, My Little Pony toys, tickets to Nutcracker ballet, tickets to pantomime, Journey Girl doll and accessories, Our Generation doll, Smiggle pens, Shopkins colouring book, ribbon wand, Hatchimal (see link above), trampoline , Stanley junior tool set, Rescue bots, Minecraft lego, Lego Friends Amusement park, Care Bear, board games, watch

 

Gifts for kids Age 7 

  1. LEGO CITY Fire Station 60110

We have this Lego fire station and it is a brilliant set, I enjoyed constructing it with my 4 and 8 year old).  Sadly it’s now been deconstructed by the 2 year old but I’m actually looking forward to re-building it.  Bit sad I know!

2. 4M Kidz Labs Crystal Science

We have this exact set and enjoyed growing these crystals, the snowy “tree” grows very quickly in a day, the other two take up to a week and the results are impressive!)

3. LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack with Supergirl Figure (PS4)


More ideas for 7 year olds: Bicycle, fooseball table, quadcopter, dirt scooter, candy floss machine, science kit, Imaginarium marble run, Beanie boos, Robo hedgehog, Batgirl costume, Harry Potter stuff, Pez dispenser, camera, Pendo pad, tablet, roller shoes, Shopkins happy places house, craft kit, Crown of Flowers, bed tent, Pogo stick, remote control air rebound car, keyboard, Lego dimensions starter pack (video game)

 

Gifts for kids Age 8

  1. My Fairy Garden Fairy Garden

2. Tamagotchi Friends – Blue Gem

 

3. Zoomer Chimp Toy

4. YO-KAI WATCH (Nintendo 3DS)

Some other favourites of 8 year olds: Learn to draw animals book, robotic turtle terrarium, Harry Potter costume set, Captain Underpants books, Dinosaur backpack, trampoline, spy gear, mountain bike, tent, remote control car, Nintendo 2DS, walkie talkies, Pokemon cards, 3DSXL with Pokemon sun game, Lego dimensions game, Nerf guns, R2D2 Bop It

 

Gifts for kids Age 9

Camera, Hatchimal (link above), Chill Factor slushy maker cups (for older kids too), magic kit, fake nails kit, go pro, Tamagotchi (see link above), shoes, Big Mickey Tsum Tsum, Nerf gun, tablet and zombie brain saw, Nerf guns, kayak, Harry Potter board game, portable DVD player, virtual reality glasses, Tamagotchi

Skylanders Imaginators (Xbox 360)

Gifts for kids Age 10

Camera, Baby Born doll, Skylanders imaginators game (link above), prepaid mobile phone, Fairy Garden, Goosebumps books, Crayola Airbrush set, Furby, Sims 4, Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, 3DSXL with Pokemon sun, David Warner cricket bat and light up wickets

 

Gifts for kids Age 11 

  1. Garmin Vivofit Wireless Fitness Wrist Band and Activity Tracker – Black

 

2. LEGO Star Wars 7965: Millennium Falcon

Of course this is a rather special set of Star Wars lego, but there is a huge range which includes less expensive sets.

Other favourites of 11 year olds: Cluedo game, stikbot green screen and figures, skate shoes, skateboard, chocolate pen

 

Gifts for kids Age 12

Latest Harry Potter book, MGP scooter, Forza Horizon 3 game, prepaid mobile phone (ZTE zip phones), stereo system, X box one, tickets to a cricket match, 3DS game, Lego

 

Gifts for kids Age 13

1. Virtual reality glasses


2. PS4

3. Skate grind rail
4. Yahtzee Dice Game

5. Bluetooth speaker

6. Dark shadow controller for Xbox1

Gifts for kids Ages 14-15 

Canon SLR camera, Sony Bluetooth speakers, virtual reality goggles

Older kids

Navman, Uniden UHF radios, virtual reality goggles, concert tickets

 49 Fantastic gifts for kids of all ages
Hope this inspiration list helps you find something just right!

I would love to hear more recommendations from parents.  So if your kids have an ultimate favourite gift they received recently please let me know in the comments! You can also follow Awaybies on twitter @AwaybiesKids, instagram or facebook.

This post contains some affiliate links to amazon.co.uk. If you purchase through the link I do get paid a very small amount, but the item will not cost you any more than normal.  Just to reassure you, I only recommend products I honestly like, or in this case, have been highly rated by other mums.

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Elfin’s ice-skating escapade

Elfin the Christmas elf’s got a new video out and this time he is showing off his new ice-skating skills in a beautiful winter wonderland.

Elfin on Ice
Elfin on Ice

 

 

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His skating moves seem to improve each time he goes by, and he spreads a little magic too…

He does take a little tumble at the end but a lovely magical snowflake lands in his hand making him feel much better about it all… Elfin just loves snow!

In case you missed his other two videos here they are below!

Please leave a comment if you or your children like it, and let us know if you have ideas for more Elfin videos! And click subscribe (circle with Elfin’s picture at the end of the video) to stay updated…there may well be one more video before Christmas! Your idea could magically be made into a real video…

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Elfin the Christmas elf has landed

Check out this heartwarming video about a Christmas elf called Elfin. I love this little guy and can’t wait to see what he gets up to next!

Are you feeling Christmassy yet? I am definitely waiting till my kids’ festival of birthdays is complete before I get started on Christmas, but watching this does put me in the mood to get excited and put a tree up the minute December is here!

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Triple birthday madness

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