Christmas – the most exciting time of the year for children. And this year has been difficult for them, with the pandemic and lockdown, which is why it's even more important to make Christmas all the more special for them. This gift guide, (for kids aged 5-10), will give you some awesome ideas for gifts that will bring a smile to those faces!
Animal motto sweatshirts
These unisex bright-coloured animal motto sweatshirts from Tommy and Lottie are made of exceptional quality and have all the eco-friendly credentials to make them even more special. Besides being super soft and extremely comfortable, the sweatshirts are ethically made from GOTS Organic Cotton, are PETA certified and cruelty free, vegan friendly and the embroidered designs don't crack or fade and are free from plastic.
Available in a range of colours from caramel to orange to cream pink marl as well as the blacks, whites, greys and navys, and fun animal mottos (badgers, hedgehogs, orangutans, polar bears, parrots, flamingos and more), these sweatshirts will make an exceptional and useful gift for girls and boys of all ages.
And there's a special coupon code for my readers – you'll get 10% off when you put in the code 'fun'.
Christmas crafting kits
I Do Handmade's craft kits always make lovely gifts, and now, there are a number of Christmas-themed ones added to the list too. Choices range from making your own Christmas wreath to stitching your own microwavable hand-warmers in festive tartan fabrics to an 'Acts of Kindness' Advent calendar. Other non-Christmas themed but just as creative kits include the block printing kit (featured below), the macrame plant hanger kit and the crochet kit. Created by mother and daughter team Becky and Wendy, I Do Handmade want to encourage everyone to give the gift of creativity this season.
And if you put in the code MAMAVILLE15 at checkout, you can get 15% off any purchase online!
Busy Things app
How about gifting your child or any child you're getting a gift for something different this year? Like a subscription to the Busy Things app. Suitable for children between the ages of 3-11, it has over 100 activities and games covering all subjects in the curriculum – literacy, maths, coding, art, languages and more. Plus there are loads of printable activities included too!
The best part is a family account can include up to 5 child profiles, so it's a shareable gift! Give the gift of learning with fun, and make screen time count these holidays.
The Christmas Wish – a very special 'personalised' Christmas book
Books are always much-appreciated and make for memorable presents. And The Christmas Wish (part of the 'Name of Child' and the Skinny Monkey series) by Mike Molloy will really be treasured as it is personalised; it features your child with his/her name and is also illustrated to look like your child. They are truly the stars of their own story! What's more, you can also include a photograph and a personal message inside.
The book is a delightful Christmas story that will enchant all those good little children who often put others first. It also shows how Father Christmas is always watching to see who to put on the good list. No doubt, this is a book children will adore! You can purchase the book here.
Again, you'll can get 20% each book if you enter the code MMTFM20 (Note: I am a part of their Affiliate program and will get a small commission if you purchase the book with the above code; however, there will be no difference in cost to you and you can still avail of the 20% discount).
Create your own calm: Activities to overcome children’s worries, anxiety and anger
Create your own Calm by Becky Goddard Hill will be a lovely and thoughtful gift, especially in the current circumstances. It's all about teaching children simple ways to de-stress, relax and make their day calmer and happier. Becky shows how children can use their creativity to calm their mind and enter a happy zone – through small things like cloud watching or growing a pizza garden or children's yoga. The book helps little children understand what's going on in their brain and help them work out what to do when feeling angry, stressed or anxious.
Comprising activity sheets, tasks and to-do lists, this is a book children will find both useful and enjoyable.
If it's toys you're looking for, then check out these amazing ones that are sure to get a thumbs up from kids this Christmas.
The Power Treads All Surface Vehicles Epic Course Track is a cool action stunt vehicle which goes over practically any surface! The set includes a track which you can design and re-design as you wish plus you can incorporate things from your home which the vehicle will drive, roll and jump over. Hours and hours of endless fun guaranteed!
- The RC Stunt Car – SGILE's remote control car does some fancy stunts including 360° spins and 180° side flips. It is perfect for 6-12 year olds.
- The RC racing car – This speedy drift car is powered by a strong motor and can drift and reach up to a speed of 18km/h, giving your child a thrilling drift experience. It comes with an easy-to-learn remote controller making it a perfect choice for beginners.
- The RC Robot – Which child doesn't enjoy a robot as a toy? The RC Gesture Control robot is fully programmable (you can input 50 motion commands and demonstrate a set of actions) and it comes with an infrared controller and LED eyes, making it look cool too. Other awesome features include Gesture Sensing and a Patrol function which allows him to move around freely while avoiding obstacles. Oh, andhe can even sing and dance!
- The RC Dinosaur – This touch sensing dinosaur robot can walk, slide fight, roar and dance. He can even be programmed by its function button. With a touch of the interactive respondent area, he can shake his head and wag his tail, making for a great interactive toy for little children.
- The RC Robot Dog – He's a smart toy pet dog who can wink, bark, sing, dance, be programmed and has a touch sensor.
Online art shop Ink and Drop have a fantastic range of prints that can be framed, made into door hangings or displayed as you like. Little Man loves this personalised canvas art door hanging with his initial in balloon foil; check out their range for more options.
LED Batman and Joker Colour Changing Night Light
Any superhero fans here? Then this Batman and Joker themed LED Colour Changing Night Light will be a perfect gift for your mini superhero to keep in his room. The night light changes through seven colours at the touch of the base, so can suit any decor or mood.
Yes, you read that right! Treats can be healthy and delicious at the same time. Treat Trunk is a healthy snack box subscription service, and they even do special kids boxes. You can even purchase a one-off Treat Trunk if a subscription is not what you want. I've tried some of the snacks and goodies, and so has Little Man, and we both absolutely love them! What's more exciting is the fact that you don't know what's going to be in your next box!!!
Disclosure: I was gifted some of the items listed in the gift guide to review; however, all opinions are my own.
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Stuck for gift ideas for the special woman in your life? Then take a look my Mega 2020 Christmas Gift Guide for Her; there are tonnes of amazing gift ideas in there.
And if it's Elf on the Shelf ideas you're looking for, then Helen from Twins, Tantrums and Cold Coffee has 24 smashing ones for you!
And for a mammoth post on all things Christmas (movies, traditions, crafts and more), have a read of 40+ Ways to Celebrate Christmas 2020 by Carly from Mom of Two Little Girls.
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